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Offline Spectaitor

Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3980 on: November 26, 2019, 02:48:23 pm »
I thoroughly enjoy your enthusiasm and hope I get the chance to enjoy similar experiences. I agree with the aesthetics of the bike, I'm instantly drawn to it, hence why I enjoy the CRF 250L and the Husky 701 too (two people asked me if the husky was a 250 when I rode it), but both bikes have their drawbacks, one being power and the other price.

I'm fairly set on wanting the DR but I won't wait forever so keeping other avenues open.

I just might get the chance to test ride one this weekend so fingers crossed it makes me feel warm and fuzzy as I expect.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2019, 02:49:30 pm by Spectaitor »
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3981 on: November 26, 2019, 03:07:45 pm »
I thoroughly enjoy your enthusiasm and hope I get the chance to enjoy similar experiences. I agree with the aesthetics of the bike, I'm instantly drawn to it, hence why I enjoy the CRF 250L and the Husky 701 too (two people asked me if the husky was a 250 when I rode it), but both bikes have their drawbacks, one being power and the other price.

I'm fairly set on wanting the DR but I won't wait forever so keeping other avenues open.

I just might get the chance to test ride one this weekend so fingers crossed it makes me feel warm and fuzzy as I expect.
If you are familiar with the CRF250L and the Husky701, you are familiar with bikes. When looking at a DR, look for the same things you would on any of those two bikes.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3982 on: November 26, 2019, 05:19:01 pm »
Hm don't know. 250 is nice and light but underpowered for the long haul. 701 is excellent all rounder though, and as light weight as the DR650 but more of a fun hooligan factor.

DR650 more sedate. Although nimble and capable, might feel bit pap compared to the 701. All things considered though it is in my opinion a great bike for a good price. You can ride as is, or you can spend a bit of money on surprisingly few mods to make it a great little bike. If you look at Morokai's bike - that is a thing of beauty, with everything he did and how neat and clean he keeps it. Bit of a monster too >:D

Ganjora's old DR has the Mikuni carburettor, and it almost wheelies away from a traffic light.

Hope you enjoy the test ride. I'm taking a friend to test ride one of mine this weekend, she is very keen to buy it and join me on rides, and my bro-in-law insisted on joining us as well on another one of mine. Going to be a cool DR650 outing, looking forward!
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3983 on: November 28, 2019, 01:21:23 pm »

Hope you enjoy the test ride. I'm taking a friend to test ride one of mine this weekend, she is very keen to buy it and join me on rides, and my bro-in-law insisted on joining us as well on another one of mine. Going to be a cool DR650 outing, looking forward!

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3984 on: November 28, 2019, 01:25:23 pm »

Hope you enjoy the test ride. I'm taking a friend to test ride one of mine this weekend, she is very keen to buy it and join me on rides, and my bro-in-law insisted on joining us as well on another one of mine. Going to be a cool DR650 outing, looking forward!

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3985 on: November 29, 2019, 08:01:20 am »

Hope you enjoy the test ride. I'm taking a friend to test ride one of mine this weekend, she is very keen to buy it and join me on rides, and my bro-in-law insisted on joining us as well on another one of mine. Going to be a cool DR650 outing, looking forward!

WWhhhaaaatttt........Ri selling one off her DR's!!!!!!! Watch out Cape Town, storms is coming your way!  :3some:
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3986 on: December 20, 2019, 09:19:22 am »
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3988 on: December 20, 2019, 09:49:55 am »
Very.

Actually feel bad considering I want to do a lot of adventure riding with it and would hate to ruin her pretty face.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3989 on: December 20, 2019, 11:01:17 am »
VERY NICE...

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3990 on: December 20, 2019, 11:44:20 am »
Already smitten!
It is bias that out of the other bikes I test rode, this one felt the best for my style of riding??

I think it's destiny.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3991 on: December 20, 2019, 03:22:50 pm »
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3992 on: December 20, 2019, 05:22:25 pm »
Beautiful DR! Congratulations! How many kms on the clock?

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3993 on: December 20, 2019, 08:22:31 pm »
2013 model reg in 2014
18000 kms on the clock.

Hoping to go on a break in trip tomorrow :D
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3994 on: December 20, 2019, 09:37:04 pm »
2013 model reg in 2014
18000 kms on the clock.

Hoping to go on a break in trip tomorrow :D
Fantastic!

Many more smiling miles awaiting!

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3995 on: December 21, 2019, 12:02:12 am »
Thank you, it's funny how it all ended up.
I started my search with the DR in mind, they were scarce so I went with the crf250 rally, wanted
one that wasn't stock and couldn't find then got offered a husky 701, would've bought it if I had the cash to be honest.
But realized it wasn't the right bike for me at this time.

Found this perfect specimen and went straight for it, it all worked out in the end. Patience definitely helped.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3996 on: December 23, 2019, 07:58:32 am »
Already smitten!
It is bias that out of the other bikes I test rode, this one felt the best for my style of riding??

I think it's destiny.

Whoohoooo congratulations - she is stunning, a real looker! And how did the ride go?

Because if you were smitten before, wait till she tastes gravel :ricky:

If you want to keep her pretty for longer, stick something on the swing arm (side stand tends to gash it) and over the engine covers (gets scraped by gear and brake levers). Buy good quality hand guards ASAP to save the handlebars some grief, and pannier racks will keep the exhaust looking good. Someone suggested clear vinyl over plastic covers... but I like my DR650 to look as beat up as me after a fall ::)

Enjoy her!! :ricky:
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3997 on: December 24, 2019, 01:38:24 pm »
The ride was fantastic, went in a group with 3 other blokes.
Quite fun 100% stock, I'm quite impressed with the bike.
Didn't fall, had a few brown pants moments but made it out unscathed :biggrin:
Ride was just some dirt roads and a wee bit of ice skating on sand

I do still need to get everything to protect her, but unfortunately spent all my Christmas
 money getting her so will keep the rides tame so I don't beat her up too bad.

Hoping to made a bash plate to save some coin and maybe a cover or two. Need to find hand guards too.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3998 on: December 24, 2019, 02:19:07 pm »
That sounds awesome! Best get the bike kitted out so you can really have some fun :ricky:

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #3999 on: March 18, 2020, 10:45:48 am »
Hi guys,
I'm new to the DR650
Can you please give some advice for breakpads that you were happy with ( front /rear). Part (model?) numbers?

Local shop has SBS, but other suggestions also welcome. (Buy online somewhere?)

Online searching brings up mostly EBC and OEM

Thanks

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