Thanks to everyone that contributes to the forums at advrider.com. I've learned a lot here and hope my contribution is not boring.
The goals of this project:
1. Buy 96+ DR650 for $2000 or less.
2. Strip it, then rebuild/reassemble with easily attainable items.
3. A resulting DR650 that is arguably better than a new one and cost less.
Let's begin. There were a lot of people selling newer DR650's for too much at the end of summer. Finally in November on craigslist a one owner 96 with 6800 miles for $2000 in Portland. The wife and I drove down and got it the next Saturday. We stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Portland and came back on Sunday. I felt out of place riding the DR into the underground parking at the Monaco, but was pleasantly surpised at the croud it drew. It seemed all the attendants had DR stories of thier own. The ride back was sunny and the bike ran great. Here she is in all here purple (cringe), yellow and white splendor.
|The parts list:|
|Dakar Tall Windshield Black||0.00|
|DR350 18" rear wheel||0.00|
|1996 Suzuki DR650||2000.00|
|ebay or ebay stores|
|Acerbis Rally Pro Enduro Handguards Black||80.96|
|ProTaper Contour Cr High bend handlebars Silver||62.96|
|Protaper Oversize Rubber Bar Mounts||34.94|
|Stainless Bolt Kit DR650SE||24.99|
|Black plastice with UFO front fender||319.00|
|IMS Sainless Steel Footpegs||75.95|
|IMS Tank 4.9gal Black||249.95|
|Moose skid plate||75.95|
|Top End Gasket Set w/metal base gasket||49.95|
|TM40 Mikuni Pumper Carburetor kit||449.95|
|Two Brothers M7 Exhaust||34.94|
|Two Brothers P4 Powertip||34.94|
|DRC EDG2 LED taillight with license backing||65.00|
|FMF Hi-Flo stainless steel header||179.00|
|Cogent Dynamics Motorsport DR650 Shock Rebuild|
|RT Fork springs||94.00|
|DR Shock spring 7.1kg @||90.00|
|RT dust seals||25.95|
|RT oil seals||16.95|
|RT Inner bushings||17.95|
|RT outer bushings||25.95|
|Chain roller lower||10.00|
|Seat with build up front like this one.||379.00|
|Surdyke Harley-Davidson / Buell|
|HEADLIGHT GRILLE (M0023.1AJAYT)||33.10|
|HDLIGHT ASSY RH (TRAFFIC Y0421.1AD)||46.80|
|MOUNT HEADLAMP (M0645.1ADA)||18.84|