the DR650 thread

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

  1. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Would do it again 10 times over with the same crew.

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  2. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    But first, billet vs ...not.
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  3. Ride1st

    Ride1st Been here awhile

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    I already have my own unicorn that rides a xt250 and a F700gs[​IMG][​IMG]


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  4. TwoUpTourer

    TwoUpTourer Been here awhile

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    Interesting. When I ride in the bush here in Oz, about half of all bikes I meet are DRs, and of those, some are DRZs.
  5. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I wish I could hit the like button several times for that post.
  6. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    Way...way too many pages for me to wade through. Are there any major upgrades based on model years? Sort of like the pre 08 KLR's having some advantages.

    Thanks. I have had 3 KLRs now and it may be time to try a DR
  7. ayemiller

    ayemiller n00b

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    Nah, you're not alone :)
  8. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    96 and up all the the same, nothing major. gaskets ,retainers etc.. 2017 finally got loctite on the nsu screws, thats pretty major.
  9. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    So a low mileage 97 or 98 could be upgraded to be as good as a 2017?
  10. sandwash

    sandwash Long timer

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    Not really it's the same thing.
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  11. Nobade

    Nobade Been here awhile

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    Yes. Somebody will remember the years that needs the starter torque limiter, not a big deal.
  12. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    I guess I mean with the retainer and lock tite the screws.
  13. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    I loved my old KLR. But I got tired of picking it up. I've ridden DR's ever since and love them more.
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  14. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    Hadn't heard of a starter torque limiter. I will research it.

    Any other infamous issues?


    ETA: Google says...1998 and early 1999 models have the issue.
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  15. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    Purple frames have 12 more horsepower.
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  16. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    The 2003 (I think) got the metal base gasket and since I have no desire to have to replace a leaking base gasket, would prefer that already done by Suzuki.

    Where to look, paper will not have this tab.
    [​IMG]
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  17. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    Hard to say how you get a good "sense" about people. I sense I can relate to most everyone here on the DR forum. ER and others welcomed me here and gave good advice. Had a nice opportunity to share a dinner with TrophyHunter Ken and family that totally affirmed that "sense." Became apparent early on I'd like to meet and ride with Cyberdos. I truly enjoy not just DR related, but also other experiences folks here relate. Would I had time and means to visit one and all.:freakyNC, ER, CD, BD, and you F&F host of others here contribute to my sense of belonging on the planet. All we all do is ride around like a tribe of Indians knowing we do belong here. Guess what I'd like to say, and what you Rick are saying, is this world offers a lot to those who give and receive!:beer


  18. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    http://kientech.com/DR650TorqueLimiter.html
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  19. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    you really should read at least 1000 pages before asking questions.

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    :photog Just kidding, welcome. Ask away
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  20. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    That F700 appears to be radically lowered. How does the changed geometry affect handling?