the DR650 thread

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

  1. Gravetter

    Gravetter Been here awhile

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    6'3 185 lbs, plan on riding single track in my backyard with the nephews (going very slow). ADV rides which will consist of 40% gravel and dirt roads, 30% highway and 30% single/jeep trails. Planning numerous 2-3 day rides which means I will be packing my gear (~30lbs) doing the above type riding.

    Owned a 2005 KLR and did a few weekend rides. My opinion was it was too big, heavy and lethargic.

    Budget is ~$3500.

    Shooting from the hip, DRZ400, DR650 or be patient and find a TE610?
  2. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Hmmm...
    I wonder what the unbiased participants in this thread will suggest...:lol3

    I'll start.

    DR
  3. Benduro

    Benduro L.A. face with the Oakland booty Supporter

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    NordieBoy Armature speller

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  5. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    ... and I love the mt21 front. Sticks good wet or dry on pavement, clears mud well and since its not directional you can flip it to get edges again and more miles.

    For a rear I love the Dunlop 606. If more mileage is needed, maybe an mt21 front and a heidanau (sp?) K60..
  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Here are a few other RTW reports featuring the DR650
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=556240&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Jammin Jay
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673764&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Big Al Smith
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.phpt=669987&highlight=DR650+Baja&page=3
    Jedi Master S. America
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704429&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Lars from Joberg (girl friend riding DR650)
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627428&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Air Borne Andy
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600065&highlight=DR650+Baja
    evermore
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=521136&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Girl Friend on DR/Husband on KLR
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=582578&highlight=jedimaster
    JediMaster N. America
  7. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I'm really just going on what various members here have said here on this thread over the last couple years. Not staggering numbers but there have been a few claiming they found previously used Phillips bolts were now Allen/Hex bolts ... but that they were also TIGHT. Who knew? :D

    On my '06 ... (in about '07) they were just barely snug. I simply backed them out, added Loc Tite and tightened them as much as I dare. That was about 40,000 miles ago. Maybe I should check on them one of these days? :lol3
  8. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    At 6'3" you may be inclined to either lower the pegs or get a "tall" seat ... or both? The DR650 feels quite a bit smaller ... and LIGHTER than a KLR.
    (I've owned both). It's also a better trail bike and handles better ON and OFF road, IMHO. But a very well set up KLR can be much better than a stock one. Same with a good DR ... so much better than stock. Nothing but money.

    It needs a better seat and upgraded suspension to be it's best. Still may not match the 610/630 or Terra in a race, but I guarantee the DR will get there without mechanical issues ... and for the next five years. :D
    Also, MUCH better on highway at a steady 75 mph for 10 hours a day.

    Good gravel/dirt road handler, slides OK in flat track mode. Fair trail bike.
    Packs up better than the KLR .... no broken bolts or sub frames. :clap
    Way stronger than the 610 but not as much fun when Roosting.
    :freaky
  9. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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  10. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I just heard about the TR8's recently and a buddy is running the TR8 and Heidenau K60 rear on his Tiger 800. I didn't realize the TR8 was so reasonably priced, but I will look into that for the next set as a front tire. I can see the 244 rear working very well with that too.
  11. djpreston

    djpreston Adventurer

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    Hi fellow advriders,

    Just bought a 2008 DR650SE with 34500km, it's the bike I always wanted since I got back into biking, really enjoying the bike, but only done commuting till now...time for some adventure!!! :ricky

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    Farkles to be added:
    - New front tire (Kings KT966)
    - New rear tire (probably a Mitas E07 or C02)
    - long range tank (any suggestions?)
    - Louder pipe
    - New bars (Pro-taper)
    - Screen (DIY)

    Thanks for all the great tips and advice on the forum.

    Cheers,
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  12. thump!

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    IMO the DRZ400 is a better dirt bike but the DR650 is a better all round bike. The 400 is a bit busy for any distance travel.

    A friend is selling a primo TE610 with an extra set of wheels but it's in NE Tennessee, a long way from Kansas City and a few hundred more than your budget. PM me if you want contact info.
  13. Gravetter

    Gravetter Been here awhile

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    Posed the same question in the DRZ thread!

    Thanks for the info. I'm still concerned about it's single track performance. Even if I am going slow, I know there will be some evenings I want to go light up the trails.

    I'm leaning towards the DRZ just a bit due to it's off road ability and seat height. Any thoughts on the new(ish) wide aftermarket gear set you can add?

    Also, send me some info on that te610, if you don't mind. Thanks.
  14. aardschok

    aardschok Fallout Rider

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    No, just lazy.:D
  15. Emmbeedee

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    I see. :lol3
  16. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    Sorry for the dumb question;

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  17. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    You can say the DR650 feels nimble, especially compared to bigger ADV bikes. It's certainly more trail capable than any heavier bike. But it only feels nimble until it doesn't, then if feels like an anvil. So upright and rolling, as long as you can pick and stick to your line, it works great. Combine steep with loose or large anything (like rocks, ruts, roots etc.) and you'll want more choices than what single track offers. I figure mine is a good trail bike, as long as it's a jeep or ATV trail.

  18. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    +1

    My DR reached out and touched someone. (me) I was standing on the pegs going down a loose rock jeep road. (think softball - bowling balls) The front suspension (I have emulators and .47 springs) did some weird boingo and the bike was in the air, on it's side and promptly landed frame first on my ankle and a rock, in that order. Ow! Big purple bruise that still is tender a month later.

    This is the first time it's really pulled something like that, but it's made me a bit gun-shy. It was my fault for trying to keep up with plated racebikes
    ( XR650R & a KTM)in that section. Know the bike's limits and it's a fantastic bike.
  19. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    IMO, the above is a pretty accurate summation of the DR650's ability on technical single track. Bottom line is: It ain't great. For me, at 65, it's a handful. 20 years ago I might have been able to handle it. These days I take it easy or avoid such trails.

    A talented rider could make the DR650 work in very tough conditions. We see this with our Brothers Down Under. These young guys are super talented. But for more average non competitive riders the DR can be a handful in super steep, loose, muddy or generally knarly single track.

    These days I can barely make such trails on my little WR250F ... the DR is simply beyond my skill level in tough conditions.

    In the Desert, the DR650 does better. (at least for me). With the right tires it seems to plow through deep sand pretty well. I suck as a sand rider ... so if I can do it, I'm guessing most average riders can too.

    But on open two track, Desert tracks and fast dirt roads the DR650 is awesome.
  20. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    Yea, someone like Rolf Tibblin. Big, tough and talented.

    I even got to train with him but I had no illusions about wrangling a heavy, poorly suspended bike around a motocross track. For some reason, maybe 1970 or 71, the shop I rode for wanted me to promote a BSA Victor 441 at a local motocross. I was leery and took it out for a test ride. After a few tentative laps I decided to see what it could do. I promptly learned it could thrash me like a rag doll. That beast gave me the worst neck snapping, shoulder wrenching tank slapper thrashing ever. Scarred me bad. Once I got it shut down I cursed it and vowed to never ride such a monster again. Race it? Not a chance.

    I really enjoy the DR650 but treat it with due respect.