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Old 02-07-2006, 03:35 PM   #91
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Old 02-07-2006, 03:43 PM   #92
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Yes, thanks for gving us that comaprison, PeteC. This is what DR owners have suspected all along.
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Old 02-07-2006, 04:14 PM   #93
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My long standing association with Suzuki's started when I was a young cacker riding around in the rain on an old TF100 (Ag Bike). From there I graduated to a DR250 when I got my licence at 16 and spent 65,000km's making the most of my new found freedom before trading it on a bigger version.


A 1994 model DR650 saw me through Uni. It was an incredibly comfortable and reliable bike that allowed me to venture further into the desert with the odd trip to the Victorian High country and North Queensland too.




I took a while to come around to the newer model 650's because my old one had served me so well. One ride on the new generation bikes with their improved suspension and lighter weight had me hooked though.




Still using the DR's as my sole form of transport, I went through two before being drawn to a DRZ400. By now I had a ute and a serious girlfirend and the lure of something light and fast to do middle distance dirt trips on was too powerful, I needed a DRZ.


A busted tailbone later, I decided that the dirt tourers were more my style and I experimented with a KTM Adventure and a Honda XR650R before buying a 1000 V-Strom for something totally different. It wasn't to last though, I really liked the V-Strom and would buy a DL650 tomorrow if I had the time to ride two bikes, but the call of the dirt was too strong and I am back on a DRZ (with a vow to take it a bit easier this time ).




What have I learnt from all of this?

1) The DR650 is a fantastic allrounder. When I bought the DRZ it was a toss up between the two but in the end I figured that I would only be doing shorter days in the dirt so the 400 won out. Now that I am back doing pretty solid days of 5-600km in the dirt I think the 650 would have been just as effective, maybe even moreso.

2) The 400 is an amazingly versatile bike too. Many write it off as a tourer but if your preference is for travelling light and exploring the more isolated pockets of the forest, then this bike is hard to beat. Even after owning all of the above, I am still stuck on my 400 and can't think of a reason to trade it (which is rare for an indecissive bugger like me).

3) The V-Strom would be a great compliment to either the DR or the DRZ if you also wanted to tour the far reaches of the country or just go fast on the bitumen. It is capable in the dirt but requires more thought.

So in the end, my pefect shed would probably consist of a DR650 set up for dirt touring, a stripped down 400 and a DL650 with knobbies. My only problem then would be deciding which one to ride (probably the one with the best headlights because it would be dark by the time I made up my mind ).
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Old 02-07-2006, 04:16 PM   #94
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Here are the fruits of my labour in the garage last night. I installed a voltage monitor, load equalizer for the signals and my S06 w/s. I angled it back a lot more, so I'm hoping for better results this time at speed...I'll pass on my results..

EDIT: Burrenrider's DR input was the final straw that pushed over the edge to get the DR. You will notice that I signed up here in Aug '03 and I got my DR in Sept...I cracked pretty quick...



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Old 02-07-2006, 04:20 PM   #95
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Old 02-07-2006, 04:34 PM   #96
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EDIT: Burrenrider's DR input was the final straw that pushed over the edge to get the DR. You will notice that I signed up here in Aug '03 and I got my DR in Sept...I cracked pretty quick...
G'Day Bill,

The DR is looking really good . What do you think if the Corbin seat?

Cheers,

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Old 02-07-2006, 07:09 PM   #97
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If I had to pick a winner now, this would be it. I have no idea how it works, but I really like the way the lights look... so I'll just assume they work great? If it's not the trickest, it's at least the coolest looking in my opinion.


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Old 02-07-2006, 07:57 PM   #98
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If I had to pick a winner now, this would be it. I have no idea how it works, but I really like the way the lights look... so I'll just assume they work great? If it's not the trickest, it's at least the coolest looking in my opinion.
Yep...burrenrider's posts and pics pushed me over the edge when I was deciding on a bike
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:15 PM   #99
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I'm a 9-fiddy guy at heart, but this has to be the frickin coolest thumper I've seen outside of rally racing.
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:43 PM   #100
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So in the end................
A beautiful post, as usual.

I appreciate the way you clearly see the project and plan.

Mission oriented....
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:46 PM   #101
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Does anyone now own a KLR that used to own a DR or vice versa? I have a DRZ and would like a 2nd more pavement friendly commuter/DS bike...any thoughts?
I have one of each Will; As we've discussed before I think you would enjoy and put anyone of these bikes to good use, including the DL650.

If a guy only had one bike that needed to do everthing and dirt was important, get the DR, if highway was more important but still wanted to be off-road capable get the KLR.
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:11 PM   #102
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G'Day Bill,

The DR is looking really good . What do you think if the Corbin seat?

Danny
Hi Danny, The seat is great while riding, but digs in your thighs when your feet are on the ground. I'm very happy with the broad seating surface and you already know I'm thrilled with the bike. I wish I had the cash to do the Staintune and Ohlins that your DR had. I love that pic of your DR climbing the sand dune!
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:13 PM   #103
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If I had to pick a winner now, this would be it. I have no idea how it works, but I really like the way the lights look... so I'll just assume they work great? If it's not the trickest, it's at least the coolest looking in my opinion.
I second that! I have that pic saved from about two years ago...That's the baddest DR650 out there!
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:28 PM   #104
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...in the end, my pefect shed...
wow, looks like the perfect shed already... great bikes burren.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:19 AM   #105
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