You knew this would be a ride report about a DR650 didn’t you? Even before clicking, you thought to yourself, ’25 years of bold new graphics? That’s the best bike ever built’. I guess once perfection is reached it’s hard to improve. But I digress. So lets back up, what is this ride about? Well my trusty DR650 is getting pretty close to ticking over 62,138 miles, or 100,000 kilometers in the metric system. Hey, I’m from Australia so it’s a milestone to me! What does 100,000 km on a DR mean? Well it makes a lot of weird noises (best to wear earplugs), plastics have this weird perma-dirt, and you can feel the groves of individual butt cheeks in the seat. A old, rusty DR. So why is a DR the best bike? Well, because Venn Diagram. The best arguments are won and lost with these three circles of over-simplification. I have yet to ride a bike which better incorporates the spheres of off-road performance, highway slab-ability, and can it be thrown off a cliff. Africa twin? not enough off road ability, KTM 690? Harder to start when it goes off a cliff. WR250? Well…uhh….hey, this is my story so be quiet. Not a DR. Poor off a cliff ability. Most importantly it’s my bike and I think it is the best. Why? Because it has never left me stranded and has taken me to places beyond my imagination. So I guess really its simple, the best bike ever made is the bike you ride! Nothing gets in the way of a DR, not even a fence Oh and everything is original. Hahahahahah, no. Not only is a stock DR terrible but I crash a lot (hence the importance of riding off a cliff-ability), mechanically I’m ‘forceful’ and perhaps I’m overly enthusiastic at times– not a good match for the play-doh bars and elastic band springs that come standard with a DR. This also means my DR is on its second engine, second set of forks, second swingarm, and has aftermarket everywhere else. So I guess this is a celebration of the frame, which surprisingly hasn’t sheared in half, yet. There’s no fun in a celebration tour if you don’t have the original band, right? Introducing the other guy on this trip. @Drufiddy We have probably clocked up at least 500 days of riding together and both love the thump of the mighty DR. He hasn’t got sick of me yet, or maybe it’s a case of Stockholm syndrome, who knows. We’ve done some cool trips together, including a pretty big trip (https://advrider.com/f/threads/sacarctica-ride-good.1157097/). A couple of clowns free of the circus. My DR continues to plod on through new adventures. Sadly Drew made a smart choice and sold his first DR to some poor soul in Santiago and now it resides in Poland. Bold new graphics on bold new frontiers I guess. Drew is currently DR-less and this will need to be rectified before we begin, otherwise he’s walking because my rear peg mounts broke off the frame. Weight saving. Just like those 3 left over bolts when we swapped the engine. Drew parting ways with his first DR. He was never the same. So what does our glory tour include? We have 9 days to cram in as much fun as possible in late June. Unfortunately we now act like adults, so our longer trips of old are now just distant memories. Our plan is to truck to the Oregon/California border, ride the ORBDR through to Washington, Ride the IDBDR south to Jarbidge, then go overland from Jarbidge back to the truck. We may do more if we make good time. Either way it’s going to be a fun jaunt of the west. Actually, the more I think about it, the more this is like a ‘farewell tour’ - original beat up members reliving glory days with neither the proficiency or stamina of years passed. Perfect.