the DR650 thread

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

  1. amp333

    amp333 Life is short enjoy!

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    Having spent many years working in NASCAR, TRANS AM, IMSA etc., etc. it is very common to have a electrical or other "issue" be "the problem" so as not to have bad publicity/piss off sponsor, engine builder etc.
  2. Warebear

    Warebear Been here awhile

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    Bought my first DR650 this week! 2006, 7k miles. Tons of upgrades. Now I can continue the build myself and keep on adventuring.


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  3. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Damn....could the venerable DR650 be next??!!


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  4. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    That is sad and the end of an era which was a good run. Those are iconic bikes.
  5. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    ^^ but still fugly after all these years.
  6. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Speaking of open heart surgeries on DR650's, our DR trio in South America is still rolling south . . .

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-pan-american-trail.1221585/page-57#post-35931316

    270 miles to Ushuaia, and sounds like he is going to make a final bid for it with a not-quite-optimal rotating assembly.

    Goonies never say die and all that, can you believe the determination, diligence and positive attitude?

    DR650's bring out the best of all of us I guess.
  7. SloSolo2

    SloSolo2 Long timer

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    I'm calling fake news. Zero search results for Kawasaki discontinues klr650 and a few other variants. No mention of it in the klr650 only thread.
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  8. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    Agreed. I found nothing except this had been posted in years past.
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  9. SloSolo2

    SloSolo2 Long timer

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    Might as well flog it. Final outcome will be the same whether spectacular failure or quiet push into the weeds behind some south american gas station.
  10. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    sound like a marketing ploy
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  11. SloSolo2

    SloSolo2 Long timer

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    We all know the DR and KLR 650s are going to end but today is not the day.

    Just put the CFO on notice that I intend to buy the last model year or nos when the end finally comes.

    That said I look forward to what we may get to replace this group. The CB500X is pretty cool rally raided out. Of course the price is much higher.
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  12. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Well, that yellow KLR would have to be the last motorcycle on earth before I would be sucked in by that add :lol3
  13. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Man, I have been on the 500. It’s nice but a big bike. A lot of people are going to bigger bikes and hanging more stuff on them. It’s not for me. KTM and Husky are in the segment with the more pricey 690, 701. Those would be my new direction if DRs were no more. I think mine (DR650) will last me a bit longer.
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  14. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    And now back to our regular programming.

    My #1 DR, the leftover 2015 I bought new in Dec 2016, got some needed love this week. It has a tad over 13K largely dual sport miles, It's first outing was Broxton Bridge, SC at which I quickly realized I had brought a knife to a gun fight:yikes and the location where my avatar picture was made. After that part of the TAT, part of the MAT/MABDR, a week at Moab, the NMBDR, the IDBDR and the northern part of the Continental Divide plus LOTS of weekend and one day dual sport rides. About 8000 miles this summer. It's been a trooper and has never missed a beat.

    This week it got an oil change, fresh plugs, a valve adjustment, fresh FKM o-rings on the float cage, a new front tire, new front and rear sprockets and a new EK chain and fresh grease in the swing arm linkage. Now it's just chomping at the bit to hit it again. OBTW, on this bike I'm running @motolab 's dual bearing conversion cush hub. After 8K miles there is ZERO discernible lateral play in this assembly. It really is a nice upgrade in that I no longer fret about the condition of the cush rubbers - as long as there are some in there, cush hub bearing failure has become a non-issue.

    Meanwhile I continue to accumulate miles on DR#2, the 2003 I bought last spring and re-fitted with a 19" front wheel and street rubber. I've ridden this one about 3500 miles since early summer but it's never been more than 200 miles from my house! I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best rural pavement riding in the country and DR#2 is the perfect motorcycle for that. I don't think I'd want to take it across the country but for a day of tight Appalachian twisties it's THE ticket. I've owned a lot of bikes in my 60 years of motorcycling and maybe it's just my age and current interest but this one is right up at the top in the smiles/mile category.

    bothDRs.jpg

    Oh and I did do a 3000 mile road trip up to Wisconsin on the Strom too! Been a big summer of riding for me.
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    Hivernaut Enthusiastic NewBie Supporter

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    +1-- CB500X
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    edit.. Thanks NC Rick Taking different look in my search for a second more "highways" bike.
    Jeez Thump... Now a "streeted" DR would save part's shelf space.
  16. SloSolo2

    SloSolo2 Long timer

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    Was that with the Rally Raid stuff? I knew it was going to be heavy but looked like a better dirt machine than a wee strom and probably a better street bike than the DR. The 690/701 are good options too.
  17. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Not Rally RAID but our own suspension with increased travel. The body work is similar to a KLR. The power is ok I suppose. I don’t remember the weight off hand but it’s in there with the Versys 650 which is what I would start with if I were wanting a more compact twin. Which I don’t so my opinion may not mean much. Remember, we ride bikes with 10 inches of travel. A couple, three inches less is a big deal for how a bike is going to work. A guy rode his F800 GS to the top of Radical Hill, likely the easy way. We saw his bike parked in a very hasty manner, cold as a stone, locked and stripped of personal positions. I hope he is OK because my guess is that a Jeep or 4 wheeler hauled him out of there. It is DR650 paradise out there!
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  18. SloSolo2

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    So this touches on a gedanken I do occasionally and have alluded to here in the past, a lowered road oriented commuter/camper. I think I'd like to have a 790 at factory lowered ride height maybe less, I can get a leg over the seat now without using the pegs but it's a little risky when on an incline or slick surface. I'd also add a 5.3l acerbis, a low front fender, a screen of some sort and pannier racks. Might stick with the cv carb but definitely want the lighter exhaust. What have I missed? 19" front? I no longer commute but feel like this would be a really easy bike to ride up to the BRP or WNC to just tool around with my street bike friends while still off pavement confident and low maintenance and sharing parts with my current DR.
    Sorry for the drift into fantasy, let's blame the Hurricane. This isn't moving out of imaginary for quite sometime but your comment about 10" travel brought it to mind again.
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  19. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud Supporter

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    Hallo Hans!

    Glad you saw my post and my picture of you and your bikes. And thanks for posting your picture with me standing next to you (For other thread readers, I'm the bald guy in the grey Darien jacket. And I'm ugly from any angle.) :D

    It is nice to see how people can connect on this forum!

    Fahre sicher.
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  20. SilverFerret

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    I have a Shinko 700 rear tire that seems to be 16 7/8 because it is so tight on that 17 inch rim I can't even get a MotionPro tire spoon in there. Is this tire known for being hard to get on/off? Is there an easier tire I should be using ? 60/40 or 50/50 street/dirt.
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