Originally Posted by Birdmove
I'm thinking of getting a DR200.With gas prises at $3.40 + here in the Pacific Northwest, I'd like a smaller bike I could commute with and use for trail riding too. I'm about 5'10" or 11" tall and about 172 pounds-anyone my size riding one of these? I like the simplicity (air cooling,easily adjusted valves with screw type adjusters,large tank for a 200cc,long track record of reliability etc.). Are you owners really getting close to 100mpg?? If you are, I'm going in this weekend....
No problem with the weight because I have often ridden 2 up with daughter, 250 lbs combined less riding gear. The comfort issue is a little trickier. I have a 30" inseam and consider the seat to peg height at my minimum. I hope you have also checked out the Minimalist Tourer thread because the 200 has been thoroughly discussed there.
I'm running a 15:42 final and with speed/rpm discipline (about 4500-4800 rpm/42-45mph) I generally pull 290 miles before hitting reserve. Fills at this point are 2.7 gal. I may try a 15:40 final sometime this summer. The 200 is not a bike for 55mph+ roadways but once away from the urban insanity you can run at your own pace and enjoy the ride.
Another excellent performer is the Kawasaki 250 Ninja that will get about 85 mpg with a 15:42 final(not OEM). I can usually pull 85-90 mpg if I hold the rpm to 6000 or less. With this final, 6000 rpm equates to 60 mph. The ergos could be an issue so be honest with yourself.
Another great ride...