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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Suzuki DR & DRZ => Topic started by: NAZM on January 14, 2009, 05:12:21 pm

Title: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: NAZM on January 14, 2009, 05:12:21 pm
I would like to change the standard "bicycle" tyres on my DR200 to something a little more respectable. What's the biggest rear tyre that can be fitted safely to this bike? Oh, it's a 2003 model and currently has 100/90-18 tyre at the back and 70/70-21 at the front.
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: Etienne2T on January 16, 2009, 01:39:45 am
Try it for yourself, people also told me i wont be able to get more than a 110 on the rear, now im running a 130! And a 110 in front!
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: NAZM on January 16, 2009, 09:17:08 am
Ja, I was kind of hoping someone had already changed theirs and it would save me the trial and error. It's amazing how little info there is about this bike on the net.
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: Etienne2T on January 16, 2009, 09:27:29 am
You should pm operator, he has one
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: lecap on January 16, 2009, 10:18:59 am
Operator has a Djebel 250. Absolutely zilch in common with the 200.

Forget about the DR200's flimsy 2.75 OEM front tire.

We had Kings KT966 on our Djebel 200 (which is absolutely identical to the DR200SE besides some unimportant cosmetical things).
Sizes 3.00-21 front and 4.10-18 rear. Works perfectly fine but the speedo does not indicate more than you actually do any more. Please be conservative with your speed in restricted / residential areas.

Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: Etienne2T on January 16, 2009, 10:23:10 am
Lecap
Operator also has a dr200 that he bought for the wife.
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: lecap on January 16, 2009, 10:37:11 am
see, see, another wheeled wife ;D
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: NAZM on January 16, 2009, 10:41:01 am
Thanks Lecap. I must say, this is my first Suzuki and I am quite impressed by the quality of this bike. Proper chain, proper chain guard, nice odometer/speedo, smooth gears/clutch, 13l tank,oil cooler,proper air filter. Now, just to change those tyres!
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: lecap on January 16, 2009, 10:58:58 am
Does your bike have the "shark fin"below the swingarm in front of the rear sprocket. It's an important safety feature if the bike is used for technical riding or as agri bike IMHO and you can retrofit it.

The oil cooler is only fitted to the agri models, the DR200SE and Djebel 200 do very well without it.

The only kak part of the DR200 is the fast wearing plastic swingarm pivot. I do needle bearing conversions. Have a look at the thread in the vendors section.
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: NAZM on January 16, 2009, 11:14:10 am
Yes it has the "fin". So, this is the agri model? What's the difference? ??? Let me post a pic of the bike I think:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/nazm/DSC00108.jpg)
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: Operator on January 16, 2009, 11:45:10 am
It all depends on what your rim can take and also is there is space within the frame at the back to take the width of a wider tyre.

I just had a look now on the Djebel200.
Currently it is fitted with a 100 width tyre at the back.
There is definitely space for a 110, maybe just for a 120 but I doubt it.

At the front it's got a 70 width , which can easily be changed to a 80, but again I doubt if there will be space to go any wider.

Different brands of bikes have different frames and space on the frames.
My Djebel 250 XC can take maximum 120 width at the back..........while EtienneNXR got a HondaNXR 125 and his bike can take a 130 width.

It is not gonna help much if you go for example for a 130 and it rubs on the frame and mess up you tyre.........and your wasting money in the end.
Title: Re: Tyre choices for DR200SE?
Post by: NAZM on January 16, 2009, 11:52:09 am
It all depends on what your rim can take and also is there is space within the frame at the back to take the width of a wider tyre.

I just had a look now on the Djebel200.
Currently it is fitted with a 100 width tyre at the back.
There is definitely space for a 110, maybe just for a 120 but I doubt it.

At the front it's got a 70 width , which can easily be changed to a 80, but again I doubt if there will be space to go any wider.

Different brands of bikes have different frames and space on the frames.
My Djebel 250 XC can take maximum 120 width at the back..........while EtienneNXR got a HondaNXR 125 and his bike can take a 130 width.

It is not gonna help much if you go for example for a 130 and it rubs on the frame and mess up you tyre.........and your wasting money in the end.

Agreed, I was hoping to short cut the whole trial and error thing but it seems it's best to just the bike in and see which tyres work.