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Title: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 11, 2009, 03:17:52 pm
2008 Suzuki DR650 SE:
So far this is whats been improved:
-Old stupid reflectors removed
-stupid stickers been removed
-Tailend has been cleaned up,replaced with a custom made
stainless steel plate
-rear footpegs removed
-chain roller removed
-sidestand switch removed
-chainguard removed
-3mm custom MVD-aluminium Skidplate
-Bosson performance exhaust Leo Vince X3
-Orange headlight protector
-Custom made Rear luggage rack


Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 11, 2009, 03:20:56 pm
Fitted my Rear luggage rack yesterday,took some pics just now.(have asked a fellow dog to post soon!)

You guys at Waterjet,Fidel,Martin thanx alot for all the trouble

Turned out great! Super strong and damn sexy! :pot:

Will powdercoat black soon....

Pics coming tonight. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Kykdaar on December 11, 2009, 03:26:07 pm
2008 Suzuki DR650 SE:
So far this is whats been improved:
-Old stupid reflectors removed
Why? Makes you more visible from da side
-stupid stickers been removed
-Tailend has been cleaned up,replaced with a custom made
stainless steel plate
-rear footpegs removed
Could be handy someday?
-chain roller removed
Vital
-sidestand switch removed
Do the clutch switch too
-chainguard removed
Why?
- 3mm custom MVD-aluminium Skidplate
-Bosson performance exhaust
On a fookin Suzuki?  >:D
-Dunlop D606 rear
Excellent choice
-TKC80 front
Even better
-Kappa KA660 Screen
Indispensable and gives the bike a nice look
-cockpit toolbag
-Orange headlight protector
-Custom made Rear luggage rack
Waiting for the pics :thumleft:



Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Snafu on December 11, 2009, 03:29:04 pm
Are you running a Suzuki chop shop?? :)

Maybe time to add a few things again :)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 11, 2009, 03:35:52 pm
Are you running a Suzuki chop shop?? :)

Maybe time to add a few things again :)

LOL,No thanx ,Bike looks great now,and im well happy!

Next things to go is that huge flickers,gonna be replaced by smaller ones
and then some proper hand guards,and some Lecap handle bar risers
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 11, 2009, 03:41:30 pm
2008 Suzuki DR650 SE:
So far this is whats been improved:
-Old stupid reflectors removed
Why? Makes you more visible from da sideIm gonna replace that with the future reflectors,It's called a sticker(out with the old in with the new!)
-stupid stickers been removed
-Tailend has been cleaned up,replaced with a custom made
stainless steel plate
-rear footpegs removed
Could be handy someday?
I dont lift,I ride alone
-chain roller removed
Vital
-sidestand switch removed
Do the clutch switch too
Still want to do that
-chainguard removed
Why?Coz it doesnt need to be there,the chain is gonna start eating it soon anyway's
- 3mm custom MVD-aluminium Skidplate
-Bosson performance exhaust
On a fookin Suzuki?Yes!!  >:D
-Dunlop D606 rear
Excellent choice
-TKC80 front
Even better
-Kappa KA660 Screen
Indispensable and gives the bike a nice look
-cockpit toolbag
-Orange headlight protector
-Custom made Rear luggage rack
Waiting for the pics :thumleft:



Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Falcon on December 11, 2009, 03:51:04 pm
Just wanted to add my little chirp about my Dr...I have a new back tyre  :biggrin:
Thanks to Lecap for his help and advice.
loving my new bike  :3some:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: MalcolmX on December 11, 2009, 04:05:03 pm
Martin...
:useless:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 11, 2009, 04:06:47 pm
Eish - can't wait for the pics, Martin!!

I'm particularly interested in your tail tidy set-up, the skidplate and the rack. So pics of those would be gratefully appreciated.

BTW ... how's the bike running now?? Did you get those issues sorted?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Ganjora on December 11, 2009, 04:22:40 pm
the tail tidy is easy jenks.   
just unbolt the plastic 'hangover' from the bike's tail
cut the wires for the numberplate light,  seal off and tuck away
fashion a bracket to fit the bolts under the tail for a new numberplate mount.
bob's yer feckin' uncle
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 11, 2009, 04:58:56 pm
haha - thanks Ganj

Nice little Sunday project methinks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 11, 2009, 05:01:18 pm
Hey Falcon

Good to hear you're enjoying the bike!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 11, 2009, 08:00:15 pm
Martin...
:useless:

Ek weet nie waar my foto-man is nie?

Sal iemand anders die foto's op laai?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Etienne2T on December 11, 2009, 08:28:06 pm
Martin...
:useless:

Ek weet nie waar my foto-man is nie?

Sal iemand anders die foto's op laai?
Jy kan dit mos self oplaai :) , ek't die fotos van jou pa se bike gepost
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: pielas on December 12, 2009, 06:37:15 am

On a fookin Suzuki?  >:D


Kykdaar, you seen The Commitments?

Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: What did Evil Knievel want?
Jimmy Rabbitte: God sent him.
Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: What?
Jimmy Rabbitte: God sent him.
Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: On a fucking Suzuki?

BTW Martin:

 :useless:

i am also interisted in your

-Kappa KA660 Screen
-cockpit toolbag
-Orange headlight protector

Can we get some closeups of this setup, from different angles?

I'm of shopping for a new noodle and handguards today, fitted a different front mudguard yesterday, lyk piele  :thumleft: 

Does anyone know if the aftermarket DR hand-choke is available anywhere in SA?

http://dr650.zenseeker.net/Carburetor/ChokeKnob.jpg

BTW Martin, did I mention:

 :useless:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Griffin on December 12, 2009, 06:40:00 am
cut the wires for the numberplate light,  seal off and tuck away

So you no longer have a numberplate light.  Is that a problem when trying to get a road worthy certificate?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Ganjora on December 12, 2009, 06:42:56 am
cut the wires for the numberplate light,  seal off and tuck away

So you no longer have a numberplate light.  Is that a problem when trying to get a road worthy certificate?

dunno,  bought brand new...
although this is SA.   even the cops break the law...
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: lecap on December 13, 2009, 10:32:50 am
cut the wires for the numberplate light,  seal off and tuck away

So you no longer have a numberplate light.  Is that a problem when trying to get a road worthy certificate?

Yes. Keep bike until it falls apart or make reversible modifications.
Or buy RWC at the taxi rank in Khayelitsha ;D
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Kykdaar on December 14, 2009, 08:23:12 am

On a fookin Suzuki?  >:D


Kykdaar, you seen The Commitments?

Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: What did Evil Knievel want?
Jimmy Rabbitte: God sent him.
Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: What?
Jimmy Rabbitte: God sent him.
Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.: On a fucking Suzuki?

BTW Martin:

 :useless:

i am also interisted in your

-Kappa KA660 Screen
-cockpit toolbag
-Orange headlight protector

Can we get some closeups of this setup, from different angles?

I'm of shopping for a new noodle and handguards today, fitted a different front mudguard yesterday, lyk piele  :thumleft: 

Does anyone know if the aftermarket DR hand-choke is available anywhere in SA?

http://dr650.zenseeker.net/Carburetor/ChokeKnob.jpg

BTW Martin, did I mention:

 :useless:


One of my favourites :thumleft:

Because I am an Elvis fan I especially like the fact that (in that Catholic family' home), Elvis's portrait hangs above that of the Pope ;D 
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 14, 2009, 01:59:07 pm
My bike so far:

(http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/7985/1010041800x600.jpg) (http://img257.imageshack.us/i/1010041800x600.jpg/)
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5166/1010042800x600.jpg) (http://img209.imageshack.us/i/1010042800x600.jpg/)
(http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/1848/1010043800x600.jpg) (http://img686.imageshack.us/i/1010043800x600.jpg/)
(http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/3226/1010044800x600.jpg) (http://img29.imageshack.us/i/1010044800x600.jpg/)
(http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/4861/1010045800x600.jpg) (http://img527.imageshack.us/i/1010045800x600.jpg/)
(http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/3449/1010055800x600.jpg) (http://img188.imageshack.us/i/1010055800x600.jpg/)
(http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/4918/1010046800x600.jpg) (http://img18.imageshack.us/i/1010046800x600.jpg/)
(http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/7603/1010047800x600.jpg) (http://img693.imageshack.us/i/1010047800x600.jpg/)
(http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/7853/1010048800x600.jpg) (http://img697.imageshack.us/i/1010048800x600.jpg/)
(http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/7984/1010050800x600.jpg) (http://img704.imageshack.us/i/1010050800x600.jpg/)
(http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/7031/1010049800x600.jpg) (http://img138.imageshack.us/i/1010049800x600.jpg/)
(http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/1108/1010053800x600.jpg) (http://img695.imageshack.us/i/1010053800x600.jpg/)
(http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/3497/1010054800x600.jpg) (http://img197.imageshack.us/i/1010054800x600.jpg/)
(http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9338/1010051800x600.jpg) (http://img710.imageshack.us/i/1010051800x600.jpg/)
(http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/5089/1010052800x600.jpg) (http://img264.imageshack.us/i/1010052800x600.jpg/)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 14, 2009, 02:04:33 pm
Some more of the rear luggage rack:

(http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/3601/1800x600d.jpg) (http://img26.imageshack.us/i/1800x600d.jpg/)
(http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/147/3800x600.jpg) (http://img706.imageshack.us/i/3800x600.jpg/)
(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1310/4800x600r.jpg) (http://img13.imageshack.us/i/4800x600r.jpg/)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 14, 2009, 02:55:40 pm
That's one of the best farkled dr's in SA, Martin. Very good job! I'll copy a lot of that.

How do you find the Bosson zhaust?? My Tornado looks very similar and has a nice deep note.

The only change I'd make is move your front skidplate attachment screws. I mounted mine higher on my home made plate (to behind the zhaust). That way they can't be pushed into the casing if you hit a rock.

Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Ganjora on December 14, 2009, 03:02:48 pm
very well done martin!
the bike looks brilliant.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 14, 2009, 03:04:42 pm
Thanx ! Still alot I wanna do to it . . . .

The bosson is great,love it,has a bit too much popping on de-cellaration,I think I have to rejet it at some point,but for now I just ride. . .

The skidplate has 2 U-Brackets in front, that clamps over the frame,a really big mission to get them on there,but does the job very nicely.
I didnt want to drill holes in the frame so came up with that idea.

You should post some pics of ur bike aswell. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 14, 2009, 03:13:47 pm
Will post some pics once I get time to make another rack and plate  ;) .

Don't know what the other guys think, but those front attachment screws in your skidplate make me nervous. Just check that they can't be pushed into your casing by an unlucky hit right on one of those u-bolts. I used a piece of flat bar mounted very high up and behind the exhaust bend on my home made plate for the black bike:

(http://i360.photobucket.com/albums/oo48/LonesomeCraig/bigears1.jpg)

You could easily move those attachment points to behind the exhaust, I think. Here's another view of the plate on my previous bike:

(http://i360.photobucket.com/albums/oo48/LonesomeCraig/100_0225-1.jpg)

BTW guys - I should have some cash very soon - so I'm thinking the tm40 pumper carb, magnetic drain plug and dr250 tail light from procycle. Anyone else want to join in for a group order early next year??? I think I'll set up ANOTHER dr thread - the order from abroad thread :)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Kykdaar on December 14, 2009, 03:30:19 pm
Lekka :thumleft:

Now get rid of the ice cream scoops and fit some black barkbusters.

Consider a long distance tank and wide footpegs perhaps?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Rob_A on December 14, 2009, 06:54:50 pm
Nice. One of the joys of a reliable simple, light bike - can turn it something you want. Try handlebar risers and progressive front springs - makes a big difference to the handling and comfort.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 14, 2009, 08:49:55 pm
Nice. One of the joys of a reliable simple, light bike - can turn it something you want. Try handlebar risers and progressive front springs - makes a big difference to the handling and comfort.

Thats also on my list...
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Etienne2T on December 14, 2009, 08:51:57 pm
With all the money you're spending on mods, you could have bought a KTM640!!!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 14, 2009, 08:58:59 pm
With all the money you're spending on mods, you could have bought a KTM640!!!


LOL. . . . .you think ???
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 14, 2009, 09:01:45 pm
KTM 640 Adventure. . . . . It was the plan at first :deal:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: pielas on December 14, 2009, 10:49:29 pm
Great stuff Martin, lyk baie goed.

What's next?

I went looking for a new helmet today, but walked out with a fatbar, risers, grips and handguards. Helmet will have to wait for January.

Jenks's group buy?    I'm in  ;D
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 15, 2009, 05:51:36 am
dr @ 56K BRAND NEW ... KTM640 @ say 60K with 30 thousand on the clock. Nope, don't think so.

The nice thing about the dr is every oke can make it into what he wants, from a motard to an outright adventure bike - or both!! And you'll pay less pesos than you did for a purpose made bike like the 640 adventure. Oh ... and you also do the customization all yourself - that's satisfying!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Griffin on December 15, 2009, 08:12:22 am
dr @ 56K BRAND NEW ...

New price is Rk67 at Suzuki South but I would still buy the DR.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 15, 2009, 08:20:41 am
Hey Griffin

Ja that was a price spike because of the rand going to the toilet about one year ago. My spies tell me the 2010 price should come down nicely to around 56K (there's an 09 that was for sale new on the west rand at 67 - but the dealer told me she'd accept 56K .. tells you a story!)

The dr is not worth 67K IMO. Great bike. But 67K .... no.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Etienne2T on December 15, 2009, 08:24:33 am
A bikes price wont 'come down' howd you feel if you paid 67k today, and tomorrow your friend buys the same bike for 12k less?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 15, 2009, 08:27:34 am
A bikes price wont 'come down' howd you feel if you paid 67k today, and tomorrow your friend buys the same bike for 12k less?

It has before, Etienne. Ask Lecap.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: pielas on December 15, 2009, 09:17:19 am
A bikes price wont 'come down' howd you feel if you paid 67k today, and tomorrow your friend buys the same bike for 12k less?

I would be glad for his sake, and let him get the next 2 rounds.

Selling for R56.5k overhere as well, brand new. you can still finance for R68K, and do with the other R's what you u want. Dont know how long for though.

Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: lecap on December 15, 2009, 09:29:12 am
DR650SE 2001: R48000
DR650SE 2002: R68000 :o

...

DR650SE 2007: R48000

According to unconfirmed rumors the DR650SE will be R62k.

As an alternative to well informed circles the uninformed squares were established. This will be revealed by partially informed triangles soon :D

(http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w75/lecap/DRsump02.jpg)

The front of my bash plate attaches to a modified lower forward engine mount. No protruding bolts, "crumple zone" mounting protects engine & frame cradle in case of heavy impact. Footpeg bracket bolts protected. Impact ramps protect the mounting bolts at the rear.
Pro Arm lever does not protrude below bash plate. Yes, I know that this costs you some 2cm of ground clearance but I also know how expensive this lever is.

First field test of my bash plate ramping over a pile of gravel on Andy XTR660's urban enduro yesterday was a full success :)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Battlestar on December 15, 2009, 09:56:08 am
Martin your bike looks awesome. Nothing like farkled up DS  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 15, 2009, 11:45:22 am
dr @ 56K BRAND NEW ... KTM640 @ say 60K with 30 thousand on the clock. Nope, don't think so.

The nice thing about the dr is every oke can make it into what he wants, from a motard to an outright adventure bike - or both!! And you'll pay less pesos than you did for a purpose made bike like the 640 adventure. Oh ... and you also do the customization all yourself - that's satisfying!

+ 10
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 15, 2009, 11:59:46 am
With all the things I upgraded my DR with,

It's not near the Price the KTM640 would have cost me. . . .

And then Im not even talking bout the servicing the bike. . . :deal:



(...but I wanted a KTM640 ;D)

So mad the bike got discontinued. . . Would have bought one in the future :'(
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 15, 2009, 12:07:13 pm
For me It was between the new KLR (euuwwh :puke_r:)

OR a DR: And build the thing up to my needs.

So thats what I did,and look at the outcome. . . :love10:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Rolf on December 15, 2009, 01:13:35 pm
It loos awesome. I am a bit worried about the removed chain roller though  ???
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 15, 2009, 03:25:30 pm
Removal of top chain roller is essential. It connects with the chain if the suspension compresses and proceeds to rip a chunk out of your frame. It's a must do!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 15, 2009, 03:55:36 pm
The front of my bash plate attaches to a modified lower forward engine mount. No protruding bolts, "crumple zone" mounting protects engine & frame cradle in case of heavy impact. Footpeg bracket bolts protected. Impact ramps protect the mounting bolts at the rear.

Nice lecap! Did you weld lugs onto the plate to attach to the engine mounts??
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Ganjora on December 15, 2009, 04:06:46 pm
very nice bash plate....
i'm getting 1 soon,
pitty santa's not playing along this year...
holding on for a carb...
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 15, 2009, 04:42:25 pm
It loos awesome. I am a bit worried about the removed chain roller though  ???

I didnt want to remove it at first,and eventually after 8000km's I took it off,
Apperantly the DR's are well known to rip the chain-roller out of the frame,and so I just took it off to be safe.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Rob_A on December 15, 2009, 05:38:35 pm
I am in two minds about removing the side stand switch. The reason for saying this is that one day, after riding 600+ kms off road and was rather tired and also lost, I tried to start the bike to get going again. Needless to say it did not because the stand was down. This has never happened to me again but just proved  that it is possible. Surely it is good enough to just know how to bypass it should it fail - it is there for a reason. If one fails to oil the side stand it does also not flick all the way up when you kick it with your foot. Any opinions on this?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: MalcolmX on December 15, 2009, 05:51:37 pm
For me It was between the new KLR (euuwwh :puke_r:)

OR a DR: And build the thing up to my needs.

So thats what I did,and look at the outcome. . . :love10:
Versigtig seun, versigtig... ;D
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: jenks on December 15, 2009, 05:55:06 pm
I'm also in two minds :)

I think that switch fails because of the impact from the kickstand. I always guide the kickstand back gently  :3some: Dunno if it helps - but it makes me feel good.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 15, 2009, 08:54:17 pm
I am in two minds about removing the side stand switch. The reason for saying this is that one day, after riding 600+ kms off road and was rather tired and also lost, I tried to start the bike to get going again. Needless to say it did not because the stand was down. This has never happened to me again but just proved  that it is possible. Surely it is good enough to just know how to bypass it should it fail - it is there for a reason. If one fails to oil the side stand it does also not flick all the way up when you kick it with your foot. Any opinions on this?

Are you then "aan die slaap" ? ?(no-offence)

LOL,CLIMBING ON YOUR BIKE AND KICKING THE SIDESTAND UP AND MAKING SURE WITH YOUR FOOT THAT YOU DID IT CORRECTLY BEFORE YOU PUSH THE START BUTTON OR GIVING IT THROTTLE---SHOULD BE SECOND NATURE!!!!!! 

(unless you a new biker,and still learning,the sidestand switch is good...)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 15, 2009, 08:56:27 pm
For me It was between the new KLR (euuwwh :puke_r:)

OR a DR: And build the thing up to my needs.

So thats what I did,and look at the outcome. . . :love10:
Versigtig meneer, versigtig... ;D


Moet asb net nie vir my se jy gaan 'n KLR koop nie?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: MalcolmX on December 15, 2009, 09:18:29 pm
For me It was between the new KLR (euuwwh :puke_r:)

OR a DR: And build the thing up to my needs.

So thats what I did,and look at the outcome. . . :love10:
Versigtig meneer, versigtig... ;D


Moet asb net nie vir my se jy gaan 'n KLR koop nie?
Is jy......?
Miskien trap jy op ander honde se tone....
DRZ E is volgende op my lysie... :deal:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 16, 2009, 11:01:15 am
DRZ E is volgende op my lysie... :deal:[/quote]

nice ...
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Rob_A on December 17, 2009, 09:00:32 pm
I am in two minds about removing the side stand switch. The reason for saying this is that one day, after riding 600+ kms off road and was rather tired and also lost, I tried to start the bike to get going again. Needless to say it did not because the stand was down. This has never happened to me again but just proved  that it is possible. Surely it is good enough to just know how to bypass it should it fail - it is there for a reason. If one fails to oil the side stand it does also not flick all the way up when you kick it with your foot. Any opinions on this?

Are you then "aan die slaap" ? ?(no-offence)

LOL,CLIMBING ON YOUR BIKE AND KICKING THE SIDESTAND UP AND MAKING SURE WITH YOUR FOOT THAT YOU DID IT CORRECTLY BEFORE YOU PUSH THE START BUTTON OR GIVING IT THROTTLE---SHOULD BE SECOND NATURE!!!!!! 

(unless you a new biker,and still learning,the sidestand switch is good...)

One hundred per cent correct  Martin, I was "aan die slaap" - been riding non stop for twelve hours, lost, running out of fuel and it was past my bed time. "SECOND NATURE !!!!!!" also means not falling off your bike, not forgetting to shave in the morning etc - it happens to us lesser mere mortals.  Been riding bikes for about thirty six years now.  :)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650 Garage
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 17, 2009, 10:23:52 pm
One hundred per cent correct  Martin, I was "aan die slaap" - been riding non stop for twelve hours, lost, running out of fuel and it was past my bed time. "SECOND NATURE !!!!!!" also means not falling off your bike, not forgetting to shave in the morning etc - it happens to us lesser mere mortals.  Been riding bikes for about thirty six years now.  :)[/quote]

Haha,My mistake,But I understand those things still happens sometimes. . .
(It can be your age aswell? ;D)
Maar ek't besluit om daai ding af te haal eerder,baie keere op 'n trip dan sal ek my bike op die side stand trek dat die agterwiel in die lug staan en hom lube,maar met dai switch kan jy nie sulke goed doen nie,dis 'n gesukel.
So baie beter af as op.

Ek moet nou net nog my clutch 1 af haal.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 20, 2010, 06:13:36 pm
So as most of you know I had a freak accident about 3months ago  :'(- http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=56433.0

And the bike was pretty much a near write-off,we actually went in to the dealer to take some of the stuff of the list,just to bring the amount down to not loose my DR.

On the pics from far away the bike didn't look that bad,but quite some damage...
Bend frame,broken/smashed exhaust,handlebar,bend rear wheel,plastics farked....

So after battling more than 3months with the pathetic insurance company,they finally payed out and I could start ordering the new parts I need.

Suzuki South can only rebuild my bike into the new frame beginning 2011 (so I hope ::)) .
So today I went and got some of the parts so long...

*Leo Vince X3
*Pro Taper Handlebar
*Rear Indicators


It's been a tough few months and I cant wait to get back on the bike... :ricky: :mwink:


Will keep you updated. :thumleft:










Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: lecap on December 21, 2010, 03:44:19 am
I hope you did not give the poor guys at S South hell.
Got some guy on my back giving me kark about his pile of scrap which takes time to rebuild thanks to patchy spares supply ::)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 21, 2010, 09:23:04 pm
I just pray everything goes smoothly...Dont like them at S South doing the rebuild into the new frame,think I'll organize to be there the whole day/time their doing it.
Like to keep an eye on things... :patch: >:D
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on December 23, 2010, 12:55:09 pm
Look what came in the post today. . .

Acerbis Multiconcept Handguards


Thanks agen to Altus from Red Sky Adventures  :thumleft: :thumleft: www.redskyadventures.co.za
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on February 03, 2011, 11:55:51 pm
Aaah!!! Nearly 5 months of hell... :'( :'(

Earlier this week I went in to Suzuki South (after they received the rear wheel from japan)to take them some of the parts and they said the bike would be done today ,otherwise tomorrow.I was very excited and couldn't wait.


So a few hours ago I was surprised and my baby was finally back where she belongs. :love7: :occasion18:

They guy from Suzuki dropped her off and damn,I must say she looks better than ever. :love10:


New frame,handlebars,raisers/fatbar clamps,handguards,rear fender,rear indicators and a new rear rim with spokes.

I was so amped,jumped on the bike and went for a quick ride (Fa#k ATGATT)haha.

The feeling of the new handlebar and raisers is totally out of this world,I was so happy.

Just one pic I took somewhere in the neighbourhood,Will post better pics of the bike tomorrow.

The only thing left is to fit the Leo Vince,Cant wait! :headbang:

I'm in Heaven !!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Ganjora on February 04, 2011, 04:06:01 am
excellent news Martin!!!
i know exactly how you feel.
ride safe,  and enjoy your boney,  mate!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: ®©errie on February 04, 2011, 09:29:28 am
Bly jou boney loop weer :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on February 04, 2011, 09:10:34 pm
Took the bike to Scorch,They fitted the Leo and it sounds like a beast,very happy... :mwink:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on February 04, 2011, 09:13:09 pm
1 more ;)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: sidetrack on February 04, 2011, 09:37:23 pm
The pipe looks very nice ! How loud is it compared to stock ?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on February 04, 2011, 09:58:13 pm
The pipe looks very nice ! How loud is it compared to stock ?

I'll try and do the YouTube video thing over the weekend...

But lets just say the stock exhaust is nothing compared to the Leo,The stock gets hot as hell and weighs a ton.

Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Berty77 on February 04, 2011, 10:02:58 pm
Very nice Boet!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Ganjora on February 05, 2011, 06:18:21 am
very nice martin - certainly looks the part.
what did it set you back,  if you don't mind my asking?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on February 05, 2011, 11:41:02 am
very nice martin - certainly looks the part.
what did it set you back,  if you don't mind my asking?

Got a great deal on the Leo VinceX3 from TracMac for only 3 grand... :pot: :deal:

And I was really happy to use the link-pipe from the bosson - I had on the bike,as it was not damaged in the accident.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Berty77 on February 05, 2011, 01:53:51 pm
Damn Martin, now you convinced me to upgrade to a 650, Aargh!!!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: MalcolmX on February 06, 2011, 01:34:49 pm
Martin, ek was gister zone 7 se kant toe, ek het jou en nog iemand sien ry? Was julle oppad quarry toe?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on February 07, 2011, 08:37:34 am
1 more ;)

That's the first pipe I've seen on a DR650 that looks the business!  :thumleft:

Did LeoVince develop it for the DR?

Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on February 08, 2011, 09:08:57 pm
1 more ;)

That's the first pipe I've seen on a DR650 that looks the business!  :thumleft:

Did LeoVince develop it for the DR?



No, unfortunately not,but the X3 is designed for the enduro/offroad bikes ,I had to make a linkpipe to fit the DR.

The X3 comes with 2baffles you can easily insert at both ends to bring the noise down...But for now I'll keep them out >:D
I did a ride over the weekend and the pipe does not get hot at all,it's unbelievable,very nice. :)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: letsgofishing on February 09, 2011, 09:39:49 am
Great to see your bike back on the road!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: WabbitKiLR on February 09, 2011, 10:51:56 am
Sy lyk mooi martin! :)
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: MalcolmX on March 13, 2013, 09:41:55 am
UPDATES??
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: lecap on March 13, 2013, 11:25:55 am
Another zombie thread ???
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: MalcolmX on March 13, 2013, 11:46:22 am
Another zombie thread ???
I like the look of martin's DR and 2 of my mates wants to buy a DR each. So would be nice to know what farkling was done in the past 2 years that went by...
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: lecap on March 14, 2013, 10:29:29 am
I have two bash plates left :mwink:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on April 10, 2013, 04:49:33 pm
 :peepwall: Been hectic busy with work and studying the last 2 years :o and not much riding been done . . .

During this time I think the only mod I did, was spraying the front fender white and changed to a fat DID Gold chain and bigger sprocket at the back :pot:

But, Hopefully I'll post an update soon.

Next upgrades will be:

- Progressive fork springs
- IMS or Acerbis Tank
- Making the seat a bit higher
- Spray rims black



Did a solo trip end of last year to the eastern cape, ride report a few months late (but still in the pipeline).

Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: sidetrack on April 11, 2013, 09:23:38 pm
:peepwall: Been hectic busy with work and studying the last 2 years :o and not much riding been done . . .

During this time I think the only mod I did, was spraying the front fender white and changed to a fat DID Gold chain and bigger sprocket at the back :pot:

But, Hopefully I'll post an update soon.

Next upgrades will be:

- Progressive fork springs
- IMS or Acerbis Tank
- Making the seat a bit higher
- Spray rims black



Did a solo trip end of last year to the eastern cape, ride report a few months late (but still in the pipeline).


I would annodize the rims, not expensive if you diy and long lasting.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on April 12, 2013, 02:48:57 pm
Will do, thanks for the tip Sidetrack :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: boland on May 11, 2013, 09:10:02 am
Hello martin. Great looking DR, sho! Did you remove the higher screen from the bike, and if so, why?

If that screen works well I will seriously consider getting a dr 650. Dont think there can be a better "go anywhere without hassles" adventure bike
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Inprogress on May 11, 2013, 02:20:54 pm
Hello martin. Great looking DR, sho! Did you remove the higher screen from the bike, and if so, why?

If that screen works well I will seriously consider getting a dr 650. Dont think there can be a better "go anywhere without hassles" adventure bike

One silly thing Suzuki still does though is sell the bike with that miniature fuel tank - I'm sure the Djebel 250 tank will be a nice fit in factory - that is 17liters. I mis mine.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: lecap on May 14, 2013, 08:35:48 am
Get a 16l Clarke. Sorted.

Saw Suzuki South offering DR650SE on special R54k. Friggin' bargain!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: DeepBass9 on May 14, 2013, 09:18:28 am
During this time I think the only mod I did, was spraying the front fender white

Do you have any tips on this, I am going to spray my DR soon. How did you prepare the surface and what primer and paint did you use?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: lecap on May 14, 2013, 10:18:18 am
Don't spray the DR's body panels & front fender. It WILL crack and start to peel off. Sooner or later.

I have a brand new white fender. OEM & still wrapped. In case someone needs a new one.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: DeepBass9 on May 14, 2013, 11:12:35 am
Don't spray the DR's body panels & front fender. It WILL crack and start to peel off. Sooner or later.

I have a brand new white fender. OEM & still wrapped. In case someone needs a new one.

I'm willing to take the chance on later!
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: MalcolmX on May 14, 2013, 12:52:49 pm
Martin, wanneer doen ek en jy atlantis??
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: adv on May 14, 2013, 12:53:46 pm
Martin, wanneer doen ek en jy atlantis??

as jy wil gatskuur, pm my
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Grumpleton on May 21, 2013, 02:27:47 pm
Don't spray the DR's body panels & front fender. It WILL crack and start to peel off. Sooner or later.

I have a brand new white fender. OEM & still wrapped. In case someone needs a new one.


Do you have a white headlight cowling ,
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on May 22, 2013, 10:15:41 pm
Hello martin. Great looking DR, sho! Did you remove the higher screen from the bike, and if so, why?

If that screen works well I will seriously consider getting a dr 650. Dont think there can be a better "go anywhere without hassles" adventure bike

Thanks, The screen worked well and all...but with the riding I do I had to always remove the screen and then it's in my way bla bla bla..so I just sold it again.


During this time I think the only mod I did, was spraying the front fender white

Do you have any tips on this, I am going to spray my DR soon. How did you prepare the surface and what primer and paint did you use?

a friend of mine did it for me, so not sure how they did it. But I know they sprayed a primer on. . .It works, but mine now after a year got a few tiny cracks at some places. (not that it bothers me, just puting it out there) :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on May 22, 2013, 10:20:04 pm
Fitted new Progressive springs recently. . .and oh my, what a nice improvement on the bike, feels like I wanna try stoppies on the DR...haha

Cant wait to try it out and see what it does off-road.

For R1500. . .not a bad investment at all. :thumleft:

Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: lecap on May 23, 2013, 08:11:48 am
Fitted new Progressive springs recently. . .and oh my, what a nice improvement on the bike, feels like I wanna try stoppies on the DR...haha

Cant wait to try it out and see what it does off-road.

For R1500. . .not a bad investment at all. :thumleft:



I also was very impressed when I fitted the first set to my private bike a few years ago. If you compare the Wilbers ProMoto springs with the OEM (also progressive) they don't look that different and even the spring rates aren't drastically different.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: MalcolmX on May 23, 2013, 11:42:18 am
Fitted new Progressive springs recently. . .and oh my, what a nice improvement on the bike, feels like I wanna try stoppies on the DR...haha

Cant wait to try it out and see what it does off-road.

For R1500. . .not a bad investment at all. :thumleft:


Ons sal jou eers moet leer wheelie voor jy daai traai!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on May 23, 2013, 06:38:41 pm
 :spitcoffee:   
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on August 07, 2013, 10:46:38 pm
Future plans... :pot:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on November 21, 2013, 07:50:47 pm
DR650 - FORK SPACERS:

The DR's front suspension is not that great, lets be honest, it's waay too soft. . .

I Invested in a set of progressive fork springs, been riding with them the past few months, It was a great improvement from the standard (OEM) springs,but I still wasn't entirely happy with it. . .

. . .so I did some research and found out that the guys use a PVC spacer to fix the problem. . .

but nowhere on the net is there Steps showing what to do, or how to go about it, so here is my version, It's very simple actually:


Step 1: Get bike on stand, so that the front forks/wheel are of the ground.

Step 2: Loosen the top clamp bolts - size 14

Step 3: Loosen the top fork cap - size 22

Step 4: Insert the spacer, and screw the cap and clamp bolts back on.

DONE !

I couldn't find the right diameter PVC spacer, so I machined 2 spacers out of steel.   37mm diameter X 25mm High X 5mm Thick.

I just inserted these ontop of the OEM spacers (40mm in height), But the correct way would be to do 1 solid piece/spacer.

Took it for a quick spin, I cannot describe what a big difference it makes, the bikes forks feel really good now (you have to ride the bike to understand), and I have gained an extra 25mm in ground clearance/seat height.

This is a very easy upgrade that makes a world of a difference !

Enjoy :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on November 21, 2013, 07:56:42 pm
End result:  :pot:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on November 21, 2013, 09:25:34 pm
I will do a proper test over the weekend and give feedback on how it performed, and if changes need to be made etc.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Heimer on November 22, 2013, 12:16:14 am
That bike looks very very nice.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: fredda on November 22, 2013, 07:20:12 am
I lik your idea with the licence disk. What did you use to make it waterproof?
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on November 22, 2013, 09:19:32 am
I'm not sure what the spacers will help you with? The spring rate is still the same? Damping the same?

You now will just have more preload on the springs and less negative travel. You want a lot of negative travel, enduro riders set it up to have 30-40% sag front and rear so that the bike will keep tracking (and have traction) in rough terain.

If you are only planning to do street riding and hard braking and dirt hard pack I suppose it will work, but even on big hits (jumping) it will make no difference.

If I'm wrong please explain to me.
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on November 22, 2013, 12:27:46 pm
Ok well, the bike had a lot of sag, then with me on the bike it's even more, it was very low. . .

Now, It feels nice and "solid" not so "pap" like before. It already gave me more confidence & handling. . .

and much more ground clearance.

That's about it, as I said, you must literally ride the standard suspention, then feel it with progressive springs and then ad a longer spacer, it's just soo much nicer. I donno how to explain. . .


As I mentioned, I will give it a proper offroad test this weekend and update on how it handle :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Martin-DR650 on November 22, 2013, 02:22:01 pm
I lik your idea with the licence disk. What did you use to make it waterproof?

I laminated the disc and just used clear tape, easy. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
Post by: Berty77 on November 22, 2013, 02:36:36 pm
I like a bit more preload aswell, the travel is still eggsacketaly the as before, just without the BIG sag.