the DR650 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.

  1. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    The R/SXV's are in a whole other class then the 690/630's. We're talking 10 - 15 HP more and about 30 lbs lighter. Of course that fire breathing HP comes at a cost. My SXV popped a motor at 2500 miles. :lol3 Oh and I would never consider the SXV for racing. It'd be my KX450F all the way. In fact I set it up to do some sumo racing but then other things came up.
  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    How much faster or slower someone else is, that's totally irrelevant to me. The one truth is that there is ALWAYS someone faster then you. :lol3 The plain and simple fact, I can easily run a MUCH faster pace on the road with my 690 and 17's then my DR with 17/21's. I can also run a faster pace on the road with the 18/21's on the 690 then I can the DR. Off road the 690 with 18/21's is easily much faster then the DR with me riding them.

    The DR is what it is. A good, dependable, inexpensive large DS. You can pick them up used for next to nothing, aftermarket support is huge, and the knowledge base for the bike is enormous. You really can't go wrong buying one.
  3. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    ungeheuer - Outstanding beast. Interested on the BC screen as it's on my wish list - but pricey. Nicely done :beer
  4. GaThumper

    GaThumper Road Less Traveled

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    OK, I'll confess, I would love to drink the orange koolaid again. If I had the money to buy a 690 I think it would be an awesome bike. Maybe someday? My 450EXC was really impressive and the design and quality was spot on. Top notch components from the factory and the only thing I did was add a skid plate. (I bought mine used with the suspension already done)

    However, for a measly $3200 I bought my 2009 DR650 with 500 miles on it. It's a solid, simple design, and fits my churrent requirements very well. I love to explore and every ride is an adventure. I'm not as interested in super technical off road any more, and the big DR does street, dirt roads, forest service and jeep trails equally well.

    Now I love the process of tuning and modifying so my DR was a Blank canvas and I'll be adding and changing it to better suit me. I've already done the suspension and added an FCR carb. Will be adding the GSXR muffler to the DG mid pipe to replace the DG O can soon, and next is skid plate and hand guards. Incremental costs amortized over time will probably be Under $5000, less than the cost of a new DR650 and half the cost of the 690! I'm a happy camper.
  5. dec181966

    dec181966 Dude on a motorcycle

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    VERY NICE!!!!!! :clap :freaky

  6. Pauliic

    Pauliic LV

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    Almost done after complete rebuild :)

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  7. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Pauliic: Wow, Riga is a long way from here. :eek1
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  8. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Heck, I picked up my heavily farkled DR (came with a TM 40 carb and full FMF system for starters)for less then half of a what a new DR goes for. :rofl
  9. Pauliic

    Pauliic LV

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    thanks for welcome :D

    will keep you up to date
  10. doug s.

    doug s. Long timer

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    a beautiful country you have there - i spent a year in riga; i left at the end of last june.

    awaiting pics of your bike all back together! :clap

    doug s.
  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Still within CocaCola's reach.:D
  12. epix1718

    epix1718 Been here awhile

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    Almost time to renew my cycle insurance.. just curious what other DR650 owners are paying.

    I'm currently with Progressive here in Michigan and have the following on my 96 DR650

    Bodily Injury Liabililty: $20K/40K
    Property Damage Liability: $10K
    $1K Comp/Collision Deduct
    $3000 Accessory Coverage.

    Total comes to $93/year, but living in the great State of Michigan where we have a high percentage of uninsured motorists an additional fee of $145! is added on to the premium to help those that are uninsured :s_mad

    Thus a total of $238/year for the DR650..

    What you guys paying? Anyone in Michigan know if if there is a way around the MCCA fee, especially if I am already paying the MCCA fee on my car insurance?
  13. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    That's close to what I pay for the same coverage with Allstate in Alabama. I think its $240 or so. The minimum coverage was $105 with no injury or collision. The $240 was the best they offered.

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  14. TrophyHunter

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    Don't come to San Diego, Kalifornia, where 20 - 30 thousand uninsured motorists cross into the county each day. Add those to the one's already here.... Plus, I have to carry 100K/300K etc plus a million$ umbrella policy in case anything happens so I don't lose my house and all my savings.

    I'd love to pay your bill. Not in addition to mine, of course :D

    Make sure your ins company has the correct annual mileage figure in their calculations - it's all about exposure. Mine was pretty good working with me since I have the DR and the Strom but I'm the only one that rides 'em. They gave me the minimum annual mileage for each bike so that helped a bit.

    esurance is now owned by Allstate so some heavy backing with possibly lower rates due to the online management...?
  15. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Check with your agent on the possibility that if you've already paid the MCCA, that it includes all vehicles. If so then get the same coverage as you cars. I have Progressive. They give a discount to AMA members and multi bike discounts. I think I pay less for 2 bikes than you are for 1.
  16. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Geico $35/yr

    50/100/50 liability.

    Only have comp on the 690 and KX450F
    Don't carry coll on any of the bikes, especially a cheap bike like the DR :lol3

    There's a high percentage of uninsured motorists EVERYWHERE.
  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    You guys in the states have nothing to complain about, try living in Canada or BC particularly where we have gov't insurance. I pay $500 for 6 months, liability only, no collision. And I've been driving for 35 years, no accidents, no speeding tickets. That's for the DR, my CBF is even more because they base the rates on displacement. Only bike that is even close to being reasonable is my wife's DR200, but that's still close $300 for 6 months.

    I guess that's the price we pay to have this as our daily commute...

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  19. matts1050

    matts1050 Tiger Rider

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    What tires you running?
  20. ungeheuer

    ungeheuer DRongo

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    Pirelli MT21 up front, Mitas E-09 Dakar outback.