Originally Posted by Sniper X
a bike I didn't know existed. It is the Suzuki DR800.
... aka "DR Big" (pronounced "Doctor Big"). Built from 1988 to about 1997. Was meant to be Suzuki's answer to the BMW airhead GS. Great dualsport bike, sweet motor, perfect riding position for tall riders (190 cm
), wonderful handling, but had unfortunately not the success that it merited.
I was hesitant at that time, too, but the Big's open chain drive and the "impossible" tank shape (the early models had a split gas tank where it was impossible to fix a tankbag) were clearly in favour of the GS.
(Edit/add-on: In the first years it was a 750, later an 800 ccm).