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Old 05-24-2006, 12:00 PM   #166
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Is that an IMS tank on Bing's pretty yella bike??

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Old 05-24-2006, 03:37 PM   #167
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It's all your fault! All this DR talk got me so excited I went out and bought one. I pick it up tomorrow. Now I have to sell the Ninja 636. I feel love coming on. Can't wait to ride, tell stories, and buy lots of gear!
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Old 05-24-2006, 03:40 PM   #168
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congrats Dude. It's a great bike.
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Old 05-24-2006, 04:01 PM   #169
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Hey,
The bar is a Pro-Taper from the Suzuki dealer. I just chucked the bar ends into the garage and have not noticed any vibrations or headshake. I even slid all the way back down the seat and let go of the bars at 80kph....nothing not even under braking going down hill!

The B&B bash plate is highly recommended as it covers everything but doesn't look like a huge bucket (if that makes sense). Oil changes with the bash plate on is a breeze - just get one you won't be disappointed. Here is a close up picture of the fitment below.
The LED number plate lights are DOT approved, water proof, shock proof and rated for 100,000 hrs which is pretty low maintenance(Ebay Item number: 4625052244) (Ebay seller: pardonjon). They cost $22 +$7 delivery. I haven't been able to find a numberplate bracket for the DR650 so I just cut a piece of alloy with the hacksaw and bent it at a right angle in my vice. I have some alloy left over if you are local. Cut the inner guard off at the end of the subframe and replace it to protect the under side of your sub frame from roost and rocks.
Thanks for all the little tips mate, sounds easy-peasy. But are you sure you actually ride that bike......... can't believe such a clean machine... obviously no mud or rain in North Sydney this year I also agree on the bashplate aesthetics.
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Old 05-24-2006, 04:23 PM   #170
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Is that an IMS tank on Bing's pretty yella bike??

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Doesn't look like an IMS tank.
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:32 PM   #171
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The B&B bash plate is highly recommended as it covers everything but doesn't look like a huge bucket (if that makes sense). Oil changes with the bash plate on is a breeze - just get one you won't be disappointed. Here is a close up picture of the fitment below.
The B & B ain't perfect people have had some trouble with the mounts breaking (not me), and I had to cut a chunk out of it to make the staintune fit - it pushes a bit of noise upwards too (like most of em) PS like yah bike. Theres so many of them in oz I'm thinking we shoukd have a meeting somewhere one day.


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Old 05-25-2006, 03:11 AM   #172
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What is the Staintune like?

I believe that you have to buy the Staintune full system and that you can't just buy the muffler? Did you notice much power difference? Is the sound much better? How much did you need to cut out of the B&B bash plate?

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The B & B ain't perfect people have had some trouble with the mounts breaking (not me), and I had to cut a chunk out of it to make the staintune fit - it pushes a bit of noise upwards too (like most of em) PS like yah bike. Theres so many of them in oz I'm thinking we shoukd have a meeting somewhere one day.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:09 AM   #173
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Theres so many of them in oz I'm thinking we shoukd have a meeting somewhere one day.

I'll be up for that I'm from Newcastle

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Old 05-25-2006, 06:24 AM   #174
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Just read this in Cycle World this morning:

"Best Bike for the Buck
Suzuki DR650SE
Here's what you get for your $5K:A full-sized motorcycle capable of exploring the Baja peninsula, of sport-touring in the Rockies, of tearing up a zigzagging Sunday-morning backroad, of grinding out the daily commute, of running probably forever as long as you toss a quart of oil in it now and then. Everytime I ride a DR, I wonder why I don't have one."

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Kinda says what we already know....
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:31 AM   #175
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Come on Gus.... give us some pics!!! we love MCPORN here
+1 we want pix, esp with your new luggage setup...
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:31 AM   #176
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i put a full staintune system on my bike
it gives better response and more power
its also lighter
very load without the ADR baffel in place and a small increase in response
i like it
tests show that it can get 50HP with the staintune and a better filter
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Old 05-25-2006, 07:03 AM   #177
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Dirt Ability: In my mind this is the big strength of the DR when compared to the multi-cylinder adventure tourers. There may not be a lot of difference on formed tracks but when things turn nasty and you have to drag it thru a boghole or muscle it across a creek the DR shines.

A bit of work is required to access the DR's true ability in the bush but a set of springs (depending on weight), some cartridge emulators and a weight loss program can pay big dividends here. A lower seat height can be a plus too, especially for riders who aren't yet capable of the effortless, feet up feats of balance displayed by Rally riders. Even loaded with two weeks worth of camping gear the DR is still manageable, the same can't always be said for 250kg twins.


Creature Comforts: Electrical supply is better than most dirt bikes (180W from memory) which is plenty to power a set of heated grips and some aftermarket lights (the standard one is actually pretty good though).


Luggage carrying capacity is pretty good too with options ranging from throwover bags to alloy panniers. The DR has a pretty good steel subframe which in my experience handles rough terrain without complaint. For off-road touring where security isn't as big an issue, a set of the new Ranger Dirt Bagz and a small rack will be more than enough to stow my camping kit.

Fuel Range: With an Aqualine tank (32Ltrs) and an average fuel consumption of 17-18km/ltr the 650 has a range of 540 - 575km's which is enough for all bar the most isolated outback trip. Even with the IMS tank (20Ltrs) in place the range is plenty for most trips.

Burren's advice is what pushed me over the edge on the DR purchase. I joined this site in Aug '03 and bought the DR in Sept '03. I'm more thrilled with it now than the day I bought it, almost 3 years ago...

I hope the aftermarket vendors see this thread so this bike gets a little more attention and choices of upgrades. The current model has paid it's dues as it has been in production for 11 years, largely unchanged. It seems like it is gaining momentum on the sales floor and I wouldn't be surprized if a few sales were attributed to this site...
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Old 05-25-2006, 07:24 AM   #178
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Theres so many of them in oz I'm thinking we shoukd have a meeting somewhere one day.
that sounds like a plan.... im in perth ... it would give me an excuse to ride to the east coast
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:25 AM   #179
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lol i might follow ....if i had time
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:00 PM   #180
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DR650 Ride/meeting

I'd be up for a DR650 cruise too - just give me some warning. I could take a photo of all the bikes together and send them to manufacturers that don't make trick parts for DR650s because they don't think there is a market for it (they would be proven wrong).

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The B & B ain't perfect people have had some trouble with the mounts breaking (not me), and I had to cut a chunk out of it to make the staintune fit - it pushes a bit of noise upwards too (like most of em) PS like yah bike. Theres so many of them in oz I'm thinking we shoukd have a meeting somewhere one day.
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