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DR650 - Worth it?
« on: September 07, 2011, 10:52:13 am »
Is this worth following up?
Been out of on/off roading for some time (we still called it 'scrambling' then) & need to ease back into it without breaking the bank or myself on a mega machine:

Suzuki DR650, 2001 model, On/off, 50 000 km's, Colour: Blue and white, Tornado pipe, very good condition. R 22,000

Comments? Input appreciated
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Re: DR650 - Worth it?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 11:49:09 am »
I paid R 22 000 for my '99 model with 24 000 kms on, in June 2010.

Stock standard, with pro taper bars. And in a genuine good condition.

Regarding the condition of the one on the photo; I can see that the seat upholstery is cracked, and an oil sweat in the vicinity of the head.

Use the "Search" function on the Forum to compare to other DR 650s that are/were for sale.

If it is really well looked after, I would buy it. Is it??? I doubt.

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Re: DR650 - Worth it?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 12:38:08 pm »
I would think thats its slightly overpriced?
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Re: DR650 - Worth it?
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 05:25:58 pm »
Just a note, the oil sweat is due to the previous type of gasket - all the DR's from 96 to IIRC 2002 had the same gasket. Replacement isn't expensive nor difficult to replace - just mind the timing chain when re-assembling. seat upholstery is about R160 to do (PE anyway). I'd say offer 18K (like edgy says) and see where you land, 22 does seem a bit steep - but then these bikes are scarce in general.

These bikes are rock-hard and I miss mine dearly - BUT I have a DR350 now and need the money for my move into the media industry.

Is the price worth it, difficult to say (for me at least) from pictures.

Personally I want the standard pipe due to me disliking loud pipes.

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Re: DR650 - Worth it?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011, 10:28:10 am »
A 50,000km DR has at least the same mileage left in it if it's been looked after.

The price might be ok or even a bargan if the bike has been serviced and looked after meticulously. Means all consumables new or fairly recent and otherwise spotless.

The seat as mentioned is really cheap to fix but IMHO a bike with a torn seat cover you should go over with the very fine tooth comb: It's a very clear indication of gross neglect on a bike of that age: It should still be intact unless the bike lived outdoors and the cover not having been repaired despite being very cheap to get done tells you something ::)
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Re: DR650 - Worth it?
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 09:23:32 pm »
Looks like rust/red mud on the front inner (floating part) of the front brake disk....and baked on mud on the exhaust header.

More signs of neglect? And maybe sleeping outside...confirmed by the torn/cracked seat cover!

For me...half the fun of owning DRs...is working on them...and pimping them!

If the price is right...this could be an excellent project!

 
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Re: DR650 - Worth it?
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2011, 12:24:57 pm »
Thanks for inputs.
Pretty much confirmed my own gut feel. Will go look, kick tyres & haggle.
Not too worried about cosmetics, mechanics & critical components my major concern.