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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #80 on: March 14, 2013, 10:29:29 am »
I have two bash plates left :mwink:
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #81 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).

« Last Edit: April 10, 2013, 04:54:54 pm by Martin-DR650 »
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #82 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.
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #83 on: April 12, 2013, 02:48:57 pm »
Will do, thanks for the tip Sidetrack :thumleft:
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #84 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
 

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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #85 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.
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #86 on: May 14, 2013, 08:35:48 am »
Get a 16l Clarke. Sorted.

Saw Suzuki South offering DR650SE on special R54k. Friggin' bargain!
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #87 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?

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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #88 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.
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #89 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!

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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #90 on: May 14, 2013, 12:52:49 pm »
Martin, wanneer doen ek en jy atlantis??
 

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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #91 on: May 14, 2013, 12:53:46 pm »
Martin, wanneer doen ek en jy atlantis??

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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #92 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.


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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #93 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:
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #94 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:

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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #95 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.
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #96 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:


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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #97 on: May 23, 2013, 06:38:41 pm »
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #98 on: August 07, 2013, 10:46:38 pm »
Future plans... :pot:
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Re: Martin's Suzuki DR650
« Reply #99 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:
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