Originally Posted by Krusty ...
How many miles/km on your DR, Pat? What kind of riding do you mostly do?
46,000 miles or 73,600 Km's
Mostly hard road miles: I work as a courier. I'm not going to lie and say the bike has an easy life because she hasn't but considering the use she's put through either as work or leisure, she's been good. I have taken her off-road and plan on doing so in the near future. The stop and start here in London is what's chewed 1st gear, you'd be fine if you were to ride the bike normally and in all the gears on an open road. Incendentally the gear ratios between 1st and 2nd is quite significant so the "jump" will have a certain part in it, all things considered it has to be a compromise between on and off-road.
The clutch is still well within spec, excellent if you ask me.
Would I recommend a DR650? Absolutely, in fact there is not one current bike out there that can really do anything better than the DR either on road or dirt, the DR is just right for both disciplines. I do hope that one day Suzuki comes out with the equivalent modern counterpart but even if they did I wouldn't sell the DR.