the DR650 thread

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

  1. acesandeights

    acesandeights Noob

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    Thanks. I guess I've got it pretty close to where I want it.
  2. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    So I have some questions about this bike.

    I currently have an R80RT, and looking at eventually getting an enduro as a supplement to the airhead.

    Within my pricerange it looks like either the DR650, or he KLR650

    Obviously, people on either side of the aisle love their respective bikes, which is very good news for me.


    How does this ride on the street? Does it have oomph to at least do 65-75 if needed on a highway with 180lb rider plus gear

    How is the headlight? Is it upgradeable? (granted I drive a 1986 BMW, I can survive with a kinda shitty headlight)

    Is this comfortable for longer touring, either with or without the stock seat.

    What sort of mods would I want to get beyond luggage rack, bash plate, perhaps a small fairing?

    Thank you, it is much appreciated
  3. barko1

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    Lot of us have had klr's, myself included. They ate good tractors:)
    I just added an hid light for $30, not sure why since i rarely drive at night :confused: DR is simpler, simple to maintain, sportier, plus better off road.
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  4. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    what sort of MPG does it get? 50+?
  5. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    If highway miles are mote important than pure off-road capability, get the KLR. They are totally serviceable on dirt roads, forest trails, etc, and they're wicked good touring machines right out of the box. You get a good capacity fuel tank, comfortable seat, and wind protection as stock. The DR is better off road and is faster, but needs some work to be good on the slab. A seat is a definite must, and a windshield is also needed.

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  6. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    Ok, I would imagine I'd be riding more on the road then off... Then again, that can change.

    Its my first foray into enduros and offroading.


    Regardless, I don't imagine this will happen within a year. But luckily there are a number of Suzuki and Kawi dealers near me so I will have ample opportunity to look!
  7. acesandeights

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    My very generic definition, but I'd say if you're looking at a 50/50 bike, the KLR is 60/40 on road and the DR is 60/40 off road bias, so if you think you'll be riding more on road the KLR might be better with plenty of ability to ride off road and the DR is the flip side. The DR is a better dirt bike but does really well on road as well. I used my DR as a daily commuter for a while and then put ~100 dirt miles on it on the weekends. I was putting ~750 miles a month on mine for a while and it rode really well as a commuter, much more fun on road than a bike like that ought to be and it did well off road as well. Now that I have done some modifications it's even better off road, but still plenty of fun on road.
  8. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    it is much appreciated
  9. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I don't have a windshield and will never have one on this bike. I did 1500 miles in a week last Sept. The one thing I did was put on a Seat-Concepts seat. I got the 1" taller version.

    I used the stock tires and gearing. no problems. (Trail-wings and 15/42 )

    I usually use knobbies and lived with the stock seat for over 5 years and run a 14 tooth front sprocket.

    I usually get just under 50 mpg. I can usually go 110 miles to reserve but on the highway going 70-75 mph, into a wicked headwind, I hit reserve at 90 miles. (stock tank)

    The DR650 is a TRUE dualsport bike. It will do roads and it will do trails. You have R80 for the road work, so the KLR will be too much of an overlap. Get the DR and you will love it.:clap

    BTW: the DR650 is pretty much unchanged since 1996, so buy a good clean low mileage used one and get in the game sooner.
  10. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    You can learn quite a bit by reading Essays on the Race Tech site by Paul Thede. He is sort of the Guru of off road suspension.
    Terms vary ... but I'm old school and follow Mr. Thede's terms coined back in the 1980's.
    Really only two terms:
    Static sag.
    Pull UP on seat and top out travel. Measure. Now let go and let bike settle on it's own weight. That distance is Static Sag.
    Next is: Race Sag.
    Rider on bike with full gear. Jump up and down some to settle bike down into it's full sag. Measure.
    Your specs are about right for the DR650. Between 3.5 and 4 inches is about right. Front sag is tougher to determine, but typically will be much less than rear sag. (about half)

    This is all good. Too much rear sag means bike will not turn on the trails, will be sluggish. Adding pre load or going to heavier spring can help.
    It's better to ride higher in the travel for a more plush ride. Thede's essay's cover this and talk about pre load and consequences.

    Trial and Error and using a consistent test loop and keeping notes seems to help. There are lots of variables beyond Sag and preload. But everything works together and every change ... affects everything else. :lol3
    Simple, eh?
  11. trumposorousrex

    trumposorousrex NOW WHAT?

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    For the life of me, I Thought I read on here that you can use a rear RM125/ RM250 rear wheel on a 96+ Dr650. I want more tire options for off road 18-19 rim size and keep a more streetable tire on the stock wheel. I have been looking on here for a while now and I am thinking that I made it up. So if any of you know if it will work or know of where I can read about it, It would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Matt
  12. doug s.

    doug s. Long timer

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    i must respectfully disagree. the dr650 is smoother, lighter, simpler, more reliable, easier to work on. with simple mods, it will outperform the klr as well. my bike has fcr39 carb, hi flow midpipe and header, and tsukigi gsxr1000 muffler as the only performance mod. it will cruise smoothly at 80 no problem, w/stock gearing. pulls strong to (at least) 100. my brother-in-law, who is 6'3", 230lbs, could not believe how much smoother/faster/better handling it was than the klr he sued to own. re: handling, mine is set up as a motard; i am sure that made a big difference! :D i would recommend something like a slipstreamer windshield at the least, and an aftermarket seat is a must. w/the stock seat, i was in pain in 20 minutes. and at 6'-0"/155lbs, i am not one of those fat-asses! :lol3

    i definitely recommend buying used, as was stated before - same bike for a lotta years...

    doug s.
  13. procycle

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    A DR350 rear rim will work with minor changes. Anything else will require significant mods to make work.
  14. acesandeights

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    It was the Racetech (Thede/Parks) book that got me confused. I read it several times, figured I was good to go and then started reading it maybe a little too precisely. They use "suspension sag", "race sag", "static sag", "free sag", "free sag, top-out bumper" and "free sag, negative spring" as various measurements in their bible and I'm not really concerned with them all. Per the bible though, I'm pretty close (a little high on the free sag, a little low on the race/static sag), and it rides nice. I thought I might be able to dial it in just a little better, but not sure I can. I see now that some of the terms they use are interchangeable. I was not fully geared up though, so the race sag would be slighly more geared up.

    Per the Racetech Motorcycle Suspension Bible, Race Sag and Static Sag are the same measurement. Free Sag is what you're calling Static Sag.

    The front though feels so good I haven't messed with it at all.
  15. 805gregg

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    How does this ride on the ave oomph to at least do 65-75 if needed on a highway with 180lb rider plus gear

    How is the headlight? Is it upgradeable? (granted I drive a 1986 BMW, I can survive with a kinda shitty headlight)

    Is this comfortable for longer touring, either with or without the stock seat.

    What sort of mods would I want to get beyond luggage rack, bash plate, perhaps a small fairing?

    Thank you, it is much appreciated[/QUOTE]

    It will cruise at 80 all day long, but the wind blast is something to deal with, I've got a Lynx fairing from Britania Composits, it helps I'm still working out the windshield, the stock seat is bad but a Sarget seat is an all day rider, much better bike than the KLR, I had one, faster better off road simpler, easy valve adjustments, no radiator and lighter. Go for a DR you will be hooked, also join DRriders, lots of info there
  16. neo1piv014

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    It must depend in the particular KLR you're comparing. The one I've ridden was a 2008. People always knocked those for being too street oriented, but in all the times my buddy and I went to the mesa on our bikes, we never came across a spot where my DR could go that his KLR could not, and his definitely had me beat on the road.

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  17. doug s.

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    no doubt; my brother-in-law's klr was older - 2002, mebbe? and, afaik, it was stock. and, as i mentioned, my 2000 dr650 has carb and exhaust mods.

    doug s.
  18. Hesaid

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    Do I want to clean up my backside?

    As it would turn out, I'm going to be doing some work on the backside of Shesaid's bike, several parts will need replaced. She has decided she wants the factory look, which is fine, but it offers the opportunity for me to take the factory parts from my bike, and put them on her's, while replacing mine with the backside cleanup kit from Procycle:
    (NOTE: pic is a link, but you'll have to scroll down a bit for the kit info)

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    I have been thinking about this mod for a while, but hadn't made up my mind. Now, due to some recent events (Faceplant ), I could actually make this come out as a "free" upgrade, as the kit costs less than all new Suzuki parts.

    Should I do it?

    MV
  19. Adv Grifter

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    Confusing for sure! And with Lee Parks in the mix ... you can be sure half is BS! Early Thede essays were his alone. Not sure how Parks got in the mix
    at Race Tech. Anyway, good luck sifting through it all.
  20. trumposorousrex

    trumposorousrex NOW WHAT?

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    Thanks, they seem hard to come by I've been looking. Anyone want to get rid of one? Would the rm wheel need machine work or just bearings?