Originally Posted by leafman60
My bringing up a DR was to mention it as a 650 possibility that I consider to be a bit more dirt oriented than the XCo. If the seat height is a concern on the DR, it can easily be lowered by shifting a bolt in the shock linkage (much easier to adjust than the XCo.) The DR wont run with an XCo on the highway, though.
By the way, Im 6-2, 205 and my XCo is jacked up with just the correct seat height for me. I cannot quite flatfoot it (part of that is the Corbin seat).
To reiterate, the XCo has a wide range of capability - on-road and off-road.
There are limitations with the XCo for sure. The terribly small fuel tank, the horrible seat, the lack of a tach,
the challenge to adopt good wind protection, the challenge to attach luggage are just a few. Ive spent a lot of energy and money on fixing those things.
I would not like the XCo in stock form.
Going back, I'd probably opt for a BMW 650 single GS model instead of the XCo for my purposes. Most of the limitations I just mentioned are a non-issue on the GS series.
Anyway, I gots what I gots and I like it.
I own both and I agree the DR is a bit more dirt oriented with 21” and 18” wheels, soft and much cheaper plastics, protection of brake and shift pedals and other details.
The DR seat can be easily lowered, but it has only two positions, high and low,and you will have to mount a shorter side stand too.
(Lack of ) wind protection is about the same, as is the ride position, and if you think the XCo seat is horrible, (which I don’t) you should try a DR, feels like sitting on a 4x2 after an hour or so.
The engine of the XCo is stronger and the gas response is much better.Of course you can improve those things on the DR, but it will cost you a lot of time and money.
Why do I keep the DR? Because I love it for its well thought out, simple and practical old school design, I just can’t part with it, yes, I’m a sentimental old fool