the DR200 thread

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

  1. FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn Long timer

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    The 16T makes less difference than you'd think. Top speed is not any higher but cruising at 40mph to 60mph feels less tiring, the bike just hums along and feels less busy.

    Our DR is rarely ridden off-road, mostly on local streets and small back roads. And even when off-road nothing technical, just easy/intermediate trails in the ORV park. The 16T will stay in place.

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  2. wardie

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    I downsized my rear sprocket from a 45 to a 41. Gearing is now 15-41. This does two things. Lower revs and gives me pretty good top speed (mid 70's) and enhances my cruising speed. Although acceleration in first and second is better when you short shift rather than wind out it does do very well climbing. I've had it up in the mountains and it would go anywhere I could hang on!

    My only wish was for a 6 speed other than that it's a great bike. I'm planning a trip from Ohio to Nova Scotia in June 09' on this little bugger. If anyone is interested let me know.

    I just switched to IRC GP 110's and installed a Happy Trails rack for aluminum panniers. I've also added a Garmin Quest II GPS, battery tender and auxillary power outputs.

    I'll try and up load some pics. Wardie
  3. mike1952

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  4. planetmike

    planetmike Been here awhile

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    Another use for the little DR. What sprocket ratios do you think he's using?

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  5. Klay

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  7. wardie

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    For all the raving about the Happy Trails racks I was disappointed in several items. First there was no instructions. Just a sheet telling you where the bolts went. The socket head cap screws that mounted the rack to the frame did not come with washers. The same for the cap screws that mount the turn signals to the relocation brackets, they had no flat washers either.

    With no instructions you had to test fit everything. It wasn't hard I guess I just expected something more especially for the $240.

    I'm still not sure if the relocation brackets fit flush with the original turn signal mounts or if they slide in behind the brackets. I'll check with them tomorrow.

    Rack is solid and the welds do look good.

    With regards to the Nova Scotia trip I'm thinking June or August. July is already booked up with the BMW RA and MOA Natiional Rallys plus the Ferry doesn't run until mid May. I'd be happy to have company. Since you're in Michigan we could meet probably in the Northeastern part of Ohio. More on that later. I have some tour guides and other materials coming that should help out. Steve G are you in? Wardie
  8. Klay

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    I had to do some bending to make the Happy Trails side racks fit properly. Forgot all about that, or I would have given you a heads-up.


    I guess I wasn't fazed by the no instructions problem because I have Hepco&Becker stuff on all my other bikes with instructions in German. So I was used to having to figure out things from scratch.
  9. wardie

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    I just got an email answer from Turbo City regarding my inquiry about a headlight rack fro my DR 200. They don't have a bike to do a mock up on. I asked them if one of the ADV RIDERS who owns a DR 200 would take their bike to Turbo City and let them custom install one of their racks would they do it free to who ever owns that bike! They said yes free to the person who owns the bike which is used for the mock up. If you live near Turbo City send them an email on Friday and tell them you read on the ADV Rider forum that they were looking for a DR 200 to do a mock up and if your close man you'll get a free rack already installed. I never knew they relied on customers bikes to do this type of mock up. Sure wished I lived closer I'd be there in a heart beat. When someone gets this rack done please send us a picture. Wardie

    BTW the email adress is turbo@turbocity.com
  10. FlyingFinn

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    Headlight guard?
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    or a headlight rack??
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    If it's some sort of rack, I'm sure lot of people would be interested in that.
  11. Klay

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    I'd love to have a few headlight racks like that.
  12. wardie

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    Yes the rack fits over the headlight and you could bungee your sleeping bag or whatever to it. I've seen the Turbo City racks on DR 650's so I wanted one for my DR 200 but they didn't have a bike handy to make one and they've received a lot of calls so they think the market is there. I don't know exactly where they are located but if someone asks and could let the thread readers know I'm certain someones go to be close and get a free rack to boot!. Wardie
  13. FlyingFinn

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    Does anyone of you guys know if there's a fork brace available that fits the DR200? Last Tuesday my partner took a pretty good tumble on her DR and as a result the front end (of the bike) got tweaked pretty good.

    I've now been fixing things (on the bike) up but can't help to notice how much flex the front forks have. A fork brace would really help this bike.

    BTW, while working on the forks I took the springs out and cut 10 turns out of of them (from the tightly wound end) and made new spacers to take up the slack. The "new" springs still have enough length to support the full length of fork travel but are ~15% stiffer than the stock.
    With bit more preload than stock and new 10W fork oil the front end feels much better.
    Only the torsional rigidity (or lack of) still bugs me.

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  14. wardie

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post Turbo City is willing to give away a free headlight rack to anyone who will let them do a "mock up" on their DR 200.

    I received an email reply with their address; Turbo City, 1137 W. Katella, Orange, CA, 92867 phone 714-639-4933 ask for Tom. Hope this helps someone with a DR 200. As it stands there are few aftermarket parts for our bikes other than Happy Trails and Kientech. So getting another company to come out with a rack or skid plate would be a good edition. If someone follows through and gets a rack for free please let the rest of know about your experiences with Turbo City. Thanks Wardie
  15. steve gs

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    Don't feel slighted by the tweaking required to fit the racks. It's just a rite of passage. All the sets I have fitted have required some degree of persuasion.:deal



    Actually, I had planned a trip to Nova Scotia in 06. There was an "Isle of Man" type of event "Cape Breton Festival of Speed" planned but gov't support fizzled and the event cancelled. That with a heavy workload had me cancel the trip. Given the economy I should be able to escape in August/September 09. I might consider tagging along in August but I'll warn you I'll be on the 250. I prefer September traveling though. I'm currently upgrading to a 4.2 gal tank and a reworked (valving and spring) shock.


    For 09 I was considering a 2nd attempt at www.jamesbayroad.com. I had to abort in 07 because my timing was off (a bit too late in the season) when it came to the weather. I looped the lakes instead which I wouldn't mind repeating if conditions in the far north deteriorated again. The maritimes would be great too.


    It seems another good time to hit the JBR is early summer. A friend of mine did it in June with few bugs, lucky bastard.


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  16. wardie

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    If I knew you were coming Steve I'd change my trip date to August. Are you considering the 250 enduro or the 250 Ninja? The DR 200 geared at 15-41 moves along pretty well once it's going, it's just not a burner accelerating or maintaining high speeds going up long hilly strecthes. Kinda have to gun it going down to keep 50 plus going up if you know what I mean.

    I thought about the Cape Breton Speed festival as well and looked like they actually were going to pull it off until the late stages then it went down.

    Wardie
  17. steve gs

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    Ditto on the 15:41 a good compromise. My 200 cruised along real nice at 45-50mph.


    Would consider taking the 200 but have settled in with the 250 and will continue with this bike. My 250 is set up for a 50mph cruise in 5th and 55-60mph in 6th. Ask Klay how he likes his 350/4?? with regards to the ergos. I find the ergos superior to the 200 and I'm only 5'7". The DR250SE would get the nod over the Ninja, much more comfortable.

    With my profession I can usually never plan anything until after August. A soft economy may change my work routine. Do your own thing but keep in touch via a PM or post and if the window is open I might be able to head out too.

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  18. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Who makes that headlight guard?? Another Oz item?? Just bought my GF a DR 200 for Xmas!! :clap Let the farkles begin!!! :freaky
  19. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Hey!! I'd love to get a hold of the engine guards!! I think it'll save the bike and my GF a LOT of grief!! :lol3

    Let us know how that could work out. And thanks!! :freaky
  20. wardie

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    I wouldn't mind hob knobbing around Michigan for a weekend to test out some of the stuff. Will the racks from my DR 200 fit a DR 250? If you have a weekend open and want to do the sand dunes of something in the spring let's do it!

    I am waiting on the Teton panniers to arrive so I can finish the bike up. What was the model panniers from happy Trails you purchased?

    I see Suzuki is coming out with a 250 single cylinder road bike in spring 09'. The pics of the motor look exactly like a DR 200. If it is I wonder if I could pop in the cylinder and piston to upgrade?

    If anyone knows..let us know.