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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2009, 02:47:18 pm »
The moment you go EFI everything changes.

I think the XR650R is closer to what you need as a base.
Stock it weighs 138kg and produces 45KW
Even if you do the unthinkable and convert to electric start it'll still weigh well under 150kg
Add a 22l tank; some wind protection and voila.
Cheap to run; cheap to farkle.


Dry weight (absolute maximum): 150kg CHECK
- Fuel capacity: +- 16 litres (350km?) CHECK
- Power: 45hp? CHECK
- Top speed: 150 km/h? CHECK
- Suspension: normal front telesopic fork (USD not required?) and rear mono-shock (no tennis ball!) CHECK
  -- Something like the DRZ400, with progressive fork springs
- Brakes: Discs all-round, no ABS CHECK
- Frame: Strong, but lightweight Grin CHECK
  -- NB: proper subframe capable of carrying luggage, plus the occasional pillion. Not required to carry pillion (especially not luggage + pillion) for extended periods. CHECK
- Luggage: strong tail-rack, with mounting points for top-box; optional pannier racks & panniers CHECK
- Wheels: spoked; 21 inch front, 17 rear CHECK
- Final drive: chain CHECK
- Protection (standard):
  -- proper alu bash-plate CHECK
  -- proper crash bars must add but not necessary for the XR
  -- proper hand guards easy  remedy
  -- indicators out of the way CHECK
- Wind protection: well-designed medium-height screen
- Seat: streamlined, but comfortable (say halfway between Dakar and X-Challenge Grin) nothing that cannot be fixed
  -- Pillion-capable, but not a prime focus
- Clocks: 2x analog: speed, rpm; fuel guage; odometer CHECK ex fuel gauge
- Other (standard):
  -- Wide offroad footpegs CHECK
  -- Under-seat toolset capable of (at least) a tyre-change CHECK
  -- Exhaust that doesn't sound like my Dakar's CHECKCHECK


Is that rear wheel HP - I thought it put out more than that?
That's kilowatts, dont know the exact hp, probably around 56 hp
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2009, 02:48:55 pm »

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What's the diff between the XR650R and the L?

The L was only made between 93 and 97 so quite old
It's 10kg heavier than the current R which is mainly due to the electric starter and battery.
The suspension is more like the XR600 (43mm vs 46mm shock, less travel; on the rear it's almost 30mm difference)


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Also, does the R have a proper subframe for carrying stuff?

Yes - there's plenty options available for rear racks and the like


The R has proably twice the power of the L.... >:D
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2009, 02:49:28 pm »
Service intervals?
 

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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2009, 02:50:07 pm »
Without getting into a XR/DRZ debate, my ideal DS bike would be a 450DRZ with a 6-spd gearbox. It shouldn't be too difficult to make the current RM-Z450 more "reliable" - (longer service intervals) - it currently puts out around 56hp.
The DRZ400 checks all your requirement boxes except the following:

tank size
bash plate
hand guards (what bike has proper ones fitted anyway?)
screen (ditto)
seat (re-upholster)
fuel guage
under-seat toolset (put a tool roll in your tank bag)

Cost of the above: R5k or less
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2009, 02:51:47 pm »
The moment you go EFI everything changes.

I think the XR650R is closer to what you need as a base.
Stock it weighs 138kg and produces 45KW
Even if you do the unthinkable and convert to electric start it'll still weigh well under 150kg
Add a 22l tank; some wind protection and voila.
Cheap to run; cheap to farkle.


Dry weight (absolute maximum): 150kg CHECK
- Fuel capacity: +- 16 litres (350km?) CHECK
- Power: 45hp? CHECK
- Top speed: 150 km/h? CHECK
- Suspension: normal front telesopic fork (USD not required?) and rear mono-shock (no tennis ball!) CHECK
  -- Something like the DRZ400, with progressive fork springs
- Brakes: Discs all-round, no ABS CHECK
- Frame: Strong, but lightweight Grin CHECK
  -- NB: proper subframe capable of carrying luggage, plus the occasional pillion. Not required to carry pillion (especially not luggage + pillion) for extended periods. CHECK
- Luggage: strong tail-rack, with mounting points for top-box; optional pannier racks & panniers CHECK
- Wheels: spoked; 21 inch front, 17 rear CHECK
- Final drive: chain CHECK
- Protection (standard):
  -- proper alu bash-plate CHECK
  -- proper crash bars must add but not necessary for the XR
  -- proper hand guards easy  remedy
  -- indicators out of the way CHECK
- Wind protection: well-designed medium-height screen
- Seat: streamlined, but comfortable (say halfway between Dakar and X-Challenge Grin) nothing that cannot be fixed
  -- Pillion-capable, but not a prime focus
- Clocks: 2x analog: speed, rpm; fuel guage; odometer CHECK ex fuel gauge
- Other (standard):
  -- Wide offroad footpegs CHECK
  -- Under-seat toolset capable of (at least) a tyre-change CHECK
  -- Exhaust that doesn't sound like my Dakar's CHECKCHECK


Is that rear wheel HP - I thought it put out more than that?
That's kilowatts, dont know the exact hp, probably around 56 hp

Sorry, can't find my glasses! ;D
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2009, 02:54:59 pm »
The R is a desert racing machine and is water cooled, has won the Baja 1000 several times... The L is the dual purpose version and is air cooled. The service interval on the R is depending on how hard you ride it. I change oil and oil filter every 1500km, +- R250. But I know of guys who change every 6000km, so it depends. I feel more comfortable with changing more often, doesn't cost a lot of money,... so why not? Only other thing to service is the air filter, I clean and lube after every ride (maybe every second ride, depending on the conditions)
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2009, 03:07:51 pm »
The moment you go EFI everything changes.

I think the XR650R is closer to what you need as a base.
Stock it weighs 138kg and produces 45KW
Even if you do the unthinkable and convert to electric start it'll still weigh well under 150kg
Add a 22l tank; some wind protection and voila.
Cheap to run; cheap to farkle.


Dry weight (absolute maximum): 150kg CHECK
- Fuel capacity: +- 16 litres (350km?) CHECK
- Power: 45hp? CHECK
- Top speed: 150 km/h? CHECK
- Suspension: normal front telesopic fork (USD not required?) and rear mono-shock (no tennis ball!) CHECK
  -- Something like the DRZ400, with progressive fork springs
- Brakes: Discs all-round, no ABS CHECK
- Frame: Strong, but lightweight Grin CHECK
  -- NB: proper subframe capable of carrying luggage, plus the occasional pillion. Not required to carry pillion (especially not luggage + pillion) for extended periods. CHECK
- Luggage: strong tail-rack, with mounting points for top-box; optional pannier racks & panniers CHECK
- Wheels: spoked; 21 inch front, 17 rear CHECK
- Final drive: chain CHECK
- Protection (standard):
  -- proper alu bash-plate CHECK
  -- proper crash bars must add but not necessary for the XR
  -- proper hand guards easy  remedy
  -- indicators out of the way CHECK
- Wind protection: well-designed medium-height screen
- Seat: streamlined, but comfortable (say halfway between Dakar and X-Challenge Grin) nothing that cannot be fixed
  -- Pillion-capable, but not a prime focus
- Clocks: 2x analog: speed, rpm; fuel guage; odometer CHECK ex fuel gauge
- Other (standard):
  -- Wide offroad footpegs CHECK
  -- Under-seat toolset capable of (at least) a tyre-change CHECK
  -- Exhaust that doesn't sound like my Dakar's CHECKCHECK


Is that rear wheel HP - I thought it put out more than that?
That's kilowatts, dont know the exact hp, probably around 56 hp

Sorry, can't find my glasses! ;D

It's 60.35 HP and as far as I know the R is the same.

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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2009, 03:09:17 pm »
So you are looking for a modern day XT 500.

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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2009, 03:17:09 pm »
It's 60.35 HP and as far as I know the R is the same.

That's HP at the crank though... And def not the L...

Rear wheel HP is more in the 52-55HP region for uncorked R...

The clincher on the XR is the torque though...

I will take torque over HP any day...  :thumleft:
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2009, 03:26:15 pm »
The R is a desert racing machine and is water cooled, has won the Baja 1000 several times... The L is the dual purpose version and is air cooled. The service interval on the R is depending on how hard you ride it. I change oil and oil filter every 1500km, +- R250. But I know of guys who change every 6000km, so it depends. I feel more comfortable with changing more often, doesn't cost a lot of money,... so why not? Only other thing to service is the air filter, I clean and lube after every ride (maybe every second ride, depending on the conditions)

Thats the other advantage of the DRZ - Suzuki oil filter costs R70  :thumleft:
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #30 on: July 22, 2009, 06:10:54 pm »
oil filter on the xr is R80 and oil the rest...
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #31 on: July 22, 2009, 06:54:34 pm »
What is the service interval on the DRZ?
 

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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #32 on: July 23, 2009, 08:23:29 am »
DRZ Books says every 6000km, I change oil and filters every 3000km
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #33 on: July 23, 2009, 10:21:16 am »
oil filter on the xr is R80 and oil the rest...

From the service intervals and filter prices it seems the DR-Z and XR has very similar running costs.  :thumleft: I expected the XR to be much more expensive.
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2009, 11:50:59 am »

With decent screen and seat, how comfortable is an XR650R on the highway? Does it not shake the botox out of your forehead?


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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #35 on: July 24, 2009, 11:54:48 am »
Yep, mtb, I think maybe you're right: 18in rear :thumleft:


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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2009, 11:57:32 am »

It's 60.35 HP and as far as I know the R is the same.



Whoa...Dynoed, uncorked etc..it makes 52 hp...on the rear wheel, which should translate to the above @ crank
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #37 on: July 24, 2009, 12:00:07 pm »
It's 60.35 HP and as far as I know the R is the same.
I will take torque over HP any day...  :thumleft:

Me and StrokeHer had ours dynoed on the same day...the XR makes as much torque at idle as the DR at top...StrokeHer has subsequently upgraded to Red.
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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #38 on: July 24, 2009, 12:44:41 pm »


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Re: My ideal middleweight DS bike ("DRZ500"?)
« Reply #39 on: July 24, 2009, 01:01:32 pm »
Or....
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