the DR200 thread

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

  1. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I forgot to put the side stand down in the garage. The bruises took months to go away.
  2. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Shit happens.I share in the shame myself.Never forgot the stand but I have had a foot slide out from under me and go down with the bike.
  3. Sewerat

    Sewerat Cert. bike whore

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    Well we had the dr200 out on the ice yesterday, sorry no pics yet but I think it will be a nice little ice racer.
  4. Golden Chapati

    Golden Chapati Adventurer

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    Hi guys,

    I'm nearly decided - looking to do a tour of S.America and will buy new in Santiago. Basically either Honda Tornado 250cc, but the Sukuzi Dr-200 looks awesome as well. Can any Dr-200 enthusiasts persuade me why I should take the Suzuki over the Honda, or not, as the case may be?

    Many thanks!!!

    G.C.
  5. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I don't know anything about the Honda, but I know the Suzuki is the most over-built and rugged bike I've ever owned.
  6. 73Mustang

    73Mustang Been here awhile

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    Honda quality has slipped in recent years. I bought two brand new Hondas. One in 2008 and one in 2011. Both had serious manufacturing defects. One needed new piston and rings and cyclinder ($2000). The other had strange electrical gremlins that left me stranded twice in middle of nowhere (Arkansas). On other hand my Suzuki's and Kawasaki's has never let me down. My coworker rode a Suzuki Gix something; it was flawless. He switched to a shiny new Honda, and it gave him a lot of grieve.
  7. Magestyk

    Magestyk Bicycle NINJA

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    Hey guys I need quick info.
    I want to get a rear tire for my DR200.
    What's the Max tire size that can fit?

    The Tire I'm looking on Amazon are the Michelin T63 in 120/80-18.
    They also have in 130/80-18, so I was wondering if they fit just fine too with no issues. I would prefer wider tires ;)

    Also can anyone recommend the 'BEST' Front & Rear brake pads.
    I want to replace them. My bike has +10k miles and I need to take care of that.

    Thanks
  8. Eeesh!

    Eeesh! Adventurer

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    Hey Golden Chapati-

    As someone who is living in Laos and has managed multiple construction projects in rural Africa I would strongly recommend 2 things for travelling by motorcyle in underdeveloped countries:

    1. Buy the most common bike used locally. If you get some cool bike that has no parts supply available you might be stuck convincing a local mechanic to modify another brand's parts to work on your bike... or worse yet loading it onto the roof of a bus on your way to the nearest large town because of a $5 part problem. I have on more than one occasion had to put my Suzuki on the roof of a bus or the middle isle for lack of simple parts. It sucks.
    2. Kick start- Trying to bump start a bike on muddy or sand roads also sucks. Some developing countries have a real problem with short battery life because they only have Chinese products that sit on a shelf discharged for months or years before someone buys them.


    I have had only a limited amount of experience in S. America, but I remember there being a pretty wide variety of bikes on the road. Actually, it seemed quite advanced compared to Africa or rural Asia and maybe my recommendations do not apply- but if you are going you deep into the bush you may run into similar problems.

    Regardless have a great trip! Cheers!
  9. drtaco

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    well i'm going to try to ride tomorrow coldest day in 20 years the challenge was on:evil so I hit up on the minimalist thread about glove ideas think either garbing or venture 7 volt glove liners until then check out my drtaco wind guards no rights reserved:eek1
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    and here's how you to can do it :1drink
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    take a Wal-Mart jug and cut end off, take saw and cut seam as below
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    now work it over the handle and your hand guards(don't have any oh well keep going see how it works for you) as my granbaby vanna wanna be shows
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    now trim to fit and close back together mark for hole to insert handguard bolt thru and where you might put wireties to hold it together. you will neeed to put one up front when seem cracks:evil also I may have forgotten to tell you that you need to remove marker light, front cowl, windshield. also it is a lot easier to remove stickers before mounting on bike:eek1 put back on bike screw bolt in to hand guard and add wire ties where every you think you might need them:deal
    now line up where the mirror needs to go thru at and drill hole (ha,ha just remember drill or die grinder can make the hole bigger:wink:
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    so there you go oops what about the windshield wait there is more, using a heatgun on low and a long square wooden rod (cuz hot plastic burns fingers) heat and mold plastic corners to fit windshield.
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    so there you are. sorry to take up space. guaranteed for two years or the first time you use them:rofltested them on 3mile out 3mile back ride at 60mph and they are sturdy.!! as bill murray said in the movie 'where the buffalo roam' "I can not advocate the use of sex, drugs, alcohol and violence, but its worked for me:freaky
  10. ridenfly

    ridenfly Been here awhile

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    Nicely done! Thanks for posting.
  11. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Ohhhhhh you have the next Vanna White on your hands. What an adorable little girl.

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    Nice hand warmers too, those are even better than milk jugs.
  12. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Been here awhile

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    bigger std gas tank, with a few basic carb and oem exhaust mods I get a consistant 75mpg avg., the following on this site for a bike used and sold in many countries, means more parts avail.
    What Klay said.
  13. JayGoldstein

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    You might find this article from Cycle Canada interesting: http://www.cyclecanadaweb.com/articles/19739/. It's an account of a woman's ride from Guatemala to Mexico and back on her DR200.
  14. WizardSkills

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    Interesting bash-guard on the frame.
  15. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    As all good things come to an end, this winter project is now behind me. What I thought would be mind-numbing boring actually turned out to be bit more challenging.

    The little 3/4 sized framed bike was not easy to find a donor fender. I ended up with a Suzuki DR250/350 MX fender. Had I had a good source to try a bunch more out and would have, but in the end this one worked with if not with a bit of cajoling. Some thoughts that on other fenders folks have tried here

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    I figured it was time to find the 21st century, so I was going to go LED on the brake light assembly. The DRC Edge 2 LED Tail Light

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    It fits pretty well, but I did need to put 3/4" spacers to drop it down from the fender a bit.
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    Then I was tired of braking off the rear turn signals, so I wanted a turn signals integrated, so I bought the 12 O'clock board. Of course by the time I was done, I wanted both the external and rear turn signals and added back some stalks. :lol3

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    If you intend to run rear LEDs, you will need to upgrade the flasher to a no load flasher. I haven't upgraded the fronts blinkers, so I didn't need to do the diode kit to get the dash indicator to work, but something to think about it you go that route.

    All told, it was a bit more expensive than I would have thought. Parts list here. It's a tad longer than I might like, but I think it's also long enough to keep the mud from spinning up. I am hopeful that the yellow mellows/fades a touch and maybe matches better. If not, when I rip off the front fender I can just replace it to match.

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  16. Robboh

    Robboh Adventurer

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    Sorry if this isn't the right place to post this, but I came upon a DR200 and was wondering what a good price to snag one was.

    2006, just over 7k miles, looks stock and well taken care of.

    Hope to join the ranks soon.

    Thanks,
    Rob
  17. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    DRs seem to fall pretty quick to the $14-1800 range. Then they seem to sit there forever, as long as they are running.
  18. Robboh

    Robboh Adventurer

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    Thanks for the info Dorito.


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  19. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    Sounds about right.
  20. Sewerat

    Sewerat Cert. bike whore

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    Getting set up for full drift.