DR650SE Index Topic #15- LINKS, WRITE-UPS & PICTORIALS
Got a link to your favorite DR650 parts seller? Did someone write up a repair thread (complete with pics) that really helped you out? Living vicariously following the blog of some DR rider out on an epic adventure? Share those links here. Videos of DR650's in action? Yes, please.
And while I've spent the past few days deconstructing the DR into its various catagories, we all know it's how well integrated those aspects are that make the whole motorcycle greater than the sum of its parts. So if there's a "build-up" saga of a DR you admire, show us where so we can see it, too...
PICTORIALS & VIDEOS
-DR's IN ACTION
ON THE FENCE?
Maybe you're doing research, determining if the DR650 is the right bike for you. Here's a great place to start finding the answer. A thorough, yet breif write-up that highlights the bike's strengths and weaknesses. Good stuff...
WHAT ABOUT THE 1990-1995 MODELS?
This index is specific to the 1996-current SE version of the DR650. If you own the earlier style DR650S, you might feel like you missed the party. While these are perfectly fine bikes, their short production run, and frequent revisions kept the aftermarket from producing much that is specific to these models.
On the other hand, since these bikes came with bigger tanks, comfier seats, wind protection, skid plates and luggage racks, you could argue that there wasn't much the early DR650 owner needed from the aftermarket in the first place...
Acerbis still lists a 6.6 gallon plastic tank for the '92-'95 DR650 [P/N 11158806]
The biggest plus is the earlier engine made more horsepower, but it came at a cost of more weight. The swingarm is a steel unit instead of aluminum, so the bike weighs 50lbs more than the newer version. Also, the suspension is an older design and much cruder, not that the new ones are anything to write home about either.
Just beware that few part interchange and that the 1992 to 1995 are a different sub-variant within the older design.
Here's a couple DR650S links:
"Pre '96 DR650S Thread"by DRS Canada
ProCycle DR650 page - http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#a1510-0147
Tire changing write up - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50717
DisTech's build - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...hlight=distech
LukasM's build - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239519
Great resource for diagrams and part number lookups
More great builds
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In addition to his products page, Jeff has a FAQ page dedicated to the DR650:
Lots of good info. ProCycle isn't just a retailer of parts, they research and develop many of the items they offer :thumb.
Can't overlook mentioning another vendor who offers items specifically for the DR650- www.kientech.com. Jesse has a great reputation for being more than helpful to everyone who has DR questions...
I tried the link and it didn't work. I did a search and found Jesse at this location?
Good catch :bow... I never did get that whole 'i' before 'e' thing... :shog
I don't think I am going too far out on than branch, when I say, I would bet money, that just about everyone who comes here has gained from what both Jeff and Jesse do for the DR 650.
Still no-where up to date but getting there. I have started to add some of the repairs and maintenance with photos that will be built on as time goes on. Lots of ride photos and videos that we have done.
DR650SE's in action...
http://shortwayround.co.uk/ by Jedi Master. (A RTW journey, still in progress. The trip started on a F650, but reliability issues led him to swap to a DR650 mid-trip :clap. Of particular interest is the DR650 Preparation Page (http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/). A very well thought out guide for what needs and issues to address and what to bring along for long distance travel on the DR.
A Solo Trip from Gibraltar to Australia (DR650s are for old ladies) by Linda Bootherstone-Bick
Just another Alaska ride by snowrider
Snowrider to Mexico by snowrider
Dirtbikes & Death Roads, 2200 Miles in Bolivia by RockyRoads
2 blokes, 2 bikes on the Silk Road
Lower Latitudes- Better Attitudes by Lone Rider
Chameleon DR650 by David Early
Europe to Timor Leste (2006-2009)
My DR thread on KiwiBiker...
Had wonderful experience with Rick from Cogent also. He spent alot of time on the phone helping me set my forks just right and did a fantastic job reworking my shock.
Greg@RME Ignition Switch Removal
Boy, I'd really love to get my hands on Peter Egan's August 2007 article praising the DR650! :clap
Can anyone scan the article? It was only one page.
I can't find anything on-line.
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