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New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« on: April 24, 2008, 09:45:13 pm »
My wife is now the proud and happy owner of a 2008 DR650. can't ride it yets as the shop is shortening the sidestand and the seat has been sent off for cutting out etc

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Thanks to Gerald at Suzuki PE for being the best sales person we have come across in the biking world.
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 09:46:20 pm »
Congrats!

how much did you pay if you don't mind me asking?
 

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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008, 09:47:47 pm »
Lekker man! Congrats!  :cool:
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2008, 10:03:45 pm »
Hey, LS, it was slightly cheaper than yours (with all extras) but yes your tank did add tempting value.

We took the bike bog standard with no extras. Rather get them ourselves after some research.
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008, 07:07:35 am »
Congratulations for getting a great bike! And now:
Adjust steering head bearing.
Grease rear suspension linkage. (They will pull the rear shock out for lowering the bike anyway, yes?)
Remove upper drive chain guard roller.
Replace OEM chain with DID 525VM X-Ring before the sprockets start to wear (lasts more than twice as long).
Remove cheap (the only cheap parts on the whole bike) galvanised philips screws from bodywork and switch units and replace with stainless steel allen head cap screws.
Toss bar end weights and hand guards and replace with Polisport Sharp for example.

I've got a 16l Clarke tank on my DR. Does not rust, chip or ding, looks great and gives 300km range.
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008, 07:22:57 am »
Congrats Bossies,awesome bike! ;D
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2008, 08:23:50 am »
Congrats! How much were you able to lower the bike by? What is involved in lowering the bike?
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2008, 08:26:50 am »
Congrats to you wife Bossies!
Keep the shiny side up ;)
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2008, 09:20:52 am »
Congrats! How much were you able to lower the bike by? What is involved in lowering the bike?

You get some 4cm off the standard height:

Remove rear shock, unload spring, remove and turn around lower spring base, preload spring.
Fit rear shock with connecting bolt to linkage in the second position.

Remove fork, open, drain, take preload spacers out, take damper inserts and inner tubes out, put preload spacers under piston instead of atop spring, fit everything back together.

Replace or cut & weld sidestand.
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2008, 11:49:38 am »
Thanks for all the responses and advice.

Suzuki moved the shock to the upper position but will have to check that they also flipped the spring base.
We have only pushed the forks through the yokes by 25cm but when I have a change I will relocate the preload spacer. My wife's riding style wont allow the front to bottom out against the mudguard ;-)
The sidestand has been cut and rewelded.
The seat has been chopped out.

She now has tips of big toes down on the ground but mamaged to ride home form the shop without incident (would think so after crossing a continent)

Will sort those other tips thanks Lecap.

We would like to get the bike just ever so slightly more lower so that she is on balls of feet. As the bike is at it's lowest "factory" setting I assume the last resport is longer links. We are aware that this might have an effcet on the quickness of the steering but she's used to that from the XR250. Anyone know of aftermarket lowering links or must I get precision engineer place to make a set for us. Kouba does not make them anymore.
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2008, 08:29:03 pm »
Get two friggin pieces of flat bar and a drill press. What do you need a precision engineer for ???
BTW: If it's only about a centimetre and as I assume the lady is on the lighter side of weight categories (below welterweight) I would first try to lower the shock preload another  few millimetres (but don't overdo it!)
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2010, 02:23:27 pm »
Great bike--great choice for a lady rider as well  :thumleft:
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 07:59:37 am »
Another thread returning from the dead  ??? ;D
Is Bossies still around?
Did he find a drill press & flat bar?
Does his wife still enjoy the DR?
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 09:30:21 am »
Yes Bossies is still around popping in every so often to the well of wisdom...

Pulled a favour and had the links made by a engineering shop. The missus can now get both feet flat on the ground and rides with fantastic confidence because of it.

The steering is a bit quick and when stationary you feel the handlebars wanted to turn to either side but on the move the bike is still very stable.

With our 7 month old daughter the missus is not getting much chance to ride but we will certainly keep the bike indefinitely till we do another trip.

A brilliant bike and will always get my vote as one of the best all rounders ever.
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2010, 12:02:03 pm »
Congratulations for getting a great bike! And now:
Adjust steering head bearing.
Grease rear suspension linkage. (They will pull the rear shock out for lowering the bike anyway, yes?)
Remove upper drive chain guard roller.
Replace OEM chain with DID 525VM X-Ring before the sprockets start to wear (lasts more than twice as long).
Remove cheap (the only cheap parts on the whole bike) galvanised philips screws from bodywork and switch units and replace with stainless steel allen head cap screws.
Toss bar end weights and hand guards and replace with Polisport Sharp for example.

I've got a 16l Clarke tank on my DR. Does not rust, chip or ding, looks great and gives 300km range.

Mr. Lecap,Help me out here?

Adjust steering head bearing.
Grease rear suspension linkage.


This is the only things I have never done since I got my bike ,It has over 11oookm's on now?
Can you tell me how to do this?please,maybe a photo or 2?
If that's not to much to ask4 my german friend? :) :thumleft:

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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2010, 07:35:12 am »
Adjust steering head bearing: Leave it alone unless it's either brand new and overtightened (they all are) or buggered. A properly adjusted and greased steering head bearing will often outlast the bike. If it was set too tight and not corrected at the PDI it will be buggered by now.

Grease rear suspension linkage: Wash bike as clean as you can. Put bike on tomato box, remove swingarm and all the little bits connecting frame, swingarm and shock.
Clean dust caps of bearings with lappie, push inner races out, wipe clean, grease liberally, fit, assemble, do NOT torque the lower shock mount to the prescribed 55Nm (it will strip) but to 30Nm and use stud lock threadlocker or buy a modified lower shock mouunting bolt from me ;D

If your bike is on the low suspension setting make sure the endstop rubber of the shock is in good nick and holds the large washer in place. This washer may otherwise damage the piston rod. You can also modify the lower spring support and bolt the washer against the spring support to prevent it from rattling. Another possible modification would be to turn out the washer's i.d. a bit to avoid contact with hte piston rod. This is a bit tricky as you don't want to go too far and have the endstop rubber getting squeezed through the hole :o

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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2010, 10:59:18 am »
Thanx Lecap :thumleft:
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2010, 11:02:48 am »
How much longer did you make the links? And by how much did the rear drop?
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2010, 11:20:31 am »
My wife is now the proud and happy owner of a 2008 DR650. can't ride it yets as the shop is shortening the sidestand and the seat has been sent off for cutting out etc

Photo's to follow 

Thanks to Gerald at Suzuki PE for being the best sales person we have come across in the biking world.

It's been nearly 2 years!!! Where are the photos?????
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Re: New DR650 on the road...wooohooo!!!!
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2010, 11:29:48 am »
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