the DR200 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.

  1. Horizontal

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    Right you are. I would think that would be pretty obvious and include things like hard starting and a strong gas smell. The OP didn't mention any of these other symptoms so maybe they can clarify their situation and we can figure out the exact cause beyond simple mechanical failure.
  2. chokozip

    chokozip Been here awhile

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    Check post 7499:)
  3. Horizontal

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    Oh yeah, it did that...:doh
  4. Magestyk

    Magestyk Bicycle NINJA

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  5. nicholastanguma

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    Lads, you know how some TW200 cultists are glad to spend two or three times the purchase amount of their bikes for cool hot rod parts? Even while everyone else is yelling about how stupid it is? Yeah, well, I'm one of those cultists.

    Lately I've been eyeing the DR200. I contacted Engines Only (THE hot rod tuner for air cooled, small displacement motorbikes, in case you don't know; http://xr100.com/) to see if they would be interested in developing speed parts for the 200, and they immediately said yes.

    This thread has become too massive for me to read in its entirety--after page 85 my eyes were crossed. Can you all give me a listing of the DR200s known problems and fixes? I think it would save Engines Only a lot of research and development time and thus a lot of my money if I can tell them what to look out for beforehand.
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  7. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I'd be all over a big-bore kit.

    The big bore kit might be a bit elusive, this motor has been around in one form or another for years. The LT125, LT160, LT185, LT230, DR100, DR125, DR185, DR200 and others have all used some version of this same motor. I think the crux of the problem is that the Dr200 is already bored to near max.I've struck out trying to locate a big bore kit through Weisco, BBR, Pivot Works and Powroll.
  8. nicholastanguma

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    Yeah, I've kind of been concerned about that, too, since I'm under the impression the DR200 is a bored out DR125. However, I'm still hopeful for stainless exhaust, flatslide pumper carb, porting and polishing, a high comp piston or a decked head, a cam, hotter advance curve, an oil cooler, and maybe a stroker kit. Droooool, a stroker kit.
  9. tkent02

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    Meh, they make bigger motorcycles.
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    Maybe, but the 125/200 geometry makes it a very nimble bike - IMO a lot easier to ride fast through the tight bits than a full size bike.
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  12. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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  13. Horizontal

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    In my world, "only" and "$169" can't exist in the same sentence.:d
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    Thanks for the link.
    I will definitely look for some pegs like these to put on.


    You right $169 is cheaper that's for sure. But it cant beat $25-$70 KTM (fixed/wide) Pegs. :evil

    Thanks guys.
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    I think weight has a lot to do with this as well. Considering the DR weighs as much, if not more than most full size bikes I think you'll find its not nearly as friendly as you'd expect when you hit the tight stuff.

    To answer your original post though, pretty much the only recurrent issues on these bikes that would affect your build are the stock petcock and some fragile tail light wiring. IMO your biggest hurdles are going to be suspension and weight. The DR is a tad underpowered but I think anything more than a small increase in power and you're going to really notice the lack of proper suspension.
  16. 73Mustang

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    Is there a way to make the little DR more torky on low RPM?

    I had a XR 200, and it has so much tork down low. It is very fun to ride, both street and offroad. It'll climb any mountain. It accelerate so fast from stop lights; it blows all the cagers away. It was more effort to ride because it has a 6-speed tranny, but it was worth it. In fact, I saw a CRF 230 L and thought about trading my DR for it. But then remembered why I didn't get the 230 in the first place: tiny gas tank.

    I wish the DR engines run like the XR's.
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    The 230L has a 2.3 gallon tank and gets similar mpg to the DR. You're looking at at least 150 miles per tank.

    edit: Whoops, the IMS tank is for a 250L...
  18. 73Mustang

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    150 miles...maybe under ideal situation. In real world dualsport action, it'll be closer to 100 miles. That just don't cut it for me. Most rides I do need at least 120 mile range, and that means I want a bike with 200 mile range for margin of safety. In case I get lost and need to double back and find my way.

    I used to carry a spare 1-gallon can. I bought the DR so I wouldn't have to mess with gas can. I just don't know why manufacturers don't put bigger gas tank on these bikes. These bikes have single-back frame; so a bigger tank should be easy to design, unlike perimeter frame bikes. At least have it as an optional accessoriy or something. Geez.
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    A VERY quick glance on the forums seemed to suggest that most people were getting around 60-70mpg off road so that's 140+ miles. I carry one of those aluminum bottles sold for backpacker stove fuel when I think I might be pushing it. The one I carry is small but its enough for me to get another 15-20 miles if I'm gentle with my thirsty KTM.

    http://www.rei.com/product/783963/msr-fuel-bottle-with-crp-cap-30-fl-oz
  20. Horizontal

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    Just curious, since there's no tach, do most of you set the idle/mixture by ear or do you hook up a tach to match factory spec when doing a tune-up?

    Related: Since there's no tach, what would red line be?