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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2007, 11:19:24 am »
pwoaar
the black looks schweet!

on a side note. Kaboef mentioned that the DR had lotsa sag and I tended to agree with him

...until I borrowed a mate's YZ125 last weekend. THAT thing had loads of sag (it feels like you can bottom it out with your arms) and yet riding it felt perfect. It absorbed the most hectic bumps and rocks without knocking.
It seems stiffer isn't always better

Depends what you're into ;D
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2007, 12:13:45 pm »
LS,

A suggestion born out of experience with a similiar DS kitted XR650R.

Get an aftermarket (read: extremely comfortable) seat to go with that long-range tank or get ready for some serious monkeybutt
 

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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2007, 12:42:33 pm »
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2007, 09:42:13 pm »
on second thought

if you sat on it the suspension is probably moer toe

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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2007, 08:21:35 am »
on second thought

if you sat on it the suspension is probably moer toe

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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2007, 11:34:07 am »
Only thing wrong with the DR's is that dont have WP suspension, 28L tanks, and they are not orange.


A DR resprayed in orange with Wilbers suspension and an IMS tank is still cheaper than a KTM :D
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2007, 11:39:46 am »
Only thing wrong with the DR's is that dont have WP suspension, 28L tanks, and they are not orange.


A DR resprayed in orange with Wilbers suspension and an IMS tank is still cheaper than a KTM :D

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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2007, 01:06:53 pm »
Only thing wrong with the DR's is that dont have WP suspension, 28L tanks, and they are not orange.

That is actually a big +  ;D :D
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2012, 04:43:13 pm »
Damn good bike ! Just bought one 2008 model stock with airage pipe! Why oh why the tank that looks like it came off a pw50! capacity wise! Oil cooler guard kak , no stock bashplate ,why the crappy chain roller instead of chain slider and why no adjustable preload on forks?? Hey but if it was perfect then there would be no reason for us to keep upgrading! :ricky:
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2012, 08:05:20 pm »
Just for the DR fans, I'm gonna gooi 1 moerse thread on my DR soon... :pot:
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2012, 10:37:28 pm »
Ek wag in spanning!

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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2012, 11:00:56 pm »
Carb, air/oil cooled, light, torque, nice flywheel weight= good for rocky terrain.
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2012, 07:43:20 am »
I'm saving for one!   :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2012, 08:41:30 am »
I had the use of one for a week when over in Tasmania and wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I was looking for a single.
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2012, 09:20:34 am »
Dusty...I reckon it is a great bike...especially if you are light-ish and short-ich.

The only thing I can fault on the DR is the suspension, but then I am 90kg, and it had a full 36l safari tank on, and the sand was thick.

This is the one...



Another mate got this one, with 19l tank which is a lot when one considers he will probably do more km's than I can do with my 23l XR.
He paid R20k, for a DR with 6k km on, in George.




Custom Scorch exhaust, IMS  19l tank, handgaurds and bashplate saw him with a DS bike < than R27k...ready for anything between here and Van Zyls... (IMHO)

It has ample power for touring anything from Karoo gravel highways and doing the West Coast sandpad.
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2012, 09:21:07 am »
A tasty and tempting bike indeed, but I prefer the extra usability of my F650 motor which has no problem cruising comfortably at 140 or even 160 on the road, it's that bulletproof.
 

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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #36 on: December 18, 2012, 09:37:39 am »
Dusty...I reckon it is a great bike...especially if you are light-ish and short-ich.

The only thing I can fault on the DR is the suspension, but then I am 90kg, and it had a full 36l safari tank on, and the sand was thick.

This is the one...



Another mate got this one, with 19l tank which is a lot when one considers he will probably do more km's than I can do with my 23l XR.
He paid R20k, for a DR with 6k km on, in George.




Custom Scorch exhaust, IMS  19l tank, handgaurds and bashplate saw him with a DS bike < than R27k...ready for anything between here and Van Zyls... (IMHO)

It has ample power for touring anything from Karoo gravel highways and doing the West Coast sandpad.

Jeez! Your mate was very lucky tot get that  bike in George!   

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Ek hou van die feit dat dit nie 'n jaagduiwel fiets is nie,
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2012, 09:43:04 am »
I rode one for just over a year. Put 5000kms on it. It's like the toyota corolla of bikes. It's well made, reliable, gets the job done, is simple and easy to maintain, but isn't fancy or impressive. I swapped it for a DRZ which is 30kgs lighter than the 650 and makes the same power. But for a long-range travel bike it is brilliant.

I think at one stage they were R15k MORE than the KLR's. They are better bikes than the KLRs (suspension and brakes), but with a 12l stock tank and a R15k price difference, the KLR becomes a better buy. There are just very few DR650's around. They are good bikes, just under-rated I guess. I think is Aus they are very popular. Lots of accessories and such made that side.
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2012, 10:24:01 am »
You guys did notice that reply Reply #28 was made more than 5 years after reply #27 !!!

Lots has changed in the last 5 years and the popularity of the DR650 has grown tremendously!

I owned one for about a year and thoroughly enjoyed riding it.
Its a very confidence inspiring bike to ride especially on the more technical stuff.  Its not build to excel on tar but man take it onto dirt and it shines.
It also inspires the feeling that it could go on forever without leaving you stranded somewhere.

Yes, I'll buy one again in a flash.  :thumleft:
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Re: What's wrong with the DR650's?
« Reply #39 on: December 18, 2012, 10:56:15 am »
You guys did notice that reply Reply #28 was made more than 5 years after reply #27 !!!

Lots has changed in the last 5 years and the popularity of the DR650 has grown tremendously!

I owned one for about a year and thoroughly enjoyed riding it.
Its a very confidence inspiring bike to ride especially on the more technical stuff.  Its not build to excel on tar but man take it onto dirt and it shines.
It also inspires the feeling that it could go on forever without leaving you stranded somewhere.

Yes, I'll buy one again in a flash.  :thumleft:


No I didn't.  ;D
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