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Old 02-15-2007, 03:34 AM   #1
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Dr 650 suspension question.

I am just about to order new springs and valving front and rear. The suspension specialists ( Terry Hayes in Australia ) are going to ask me about my weight + anticipated loads, and intended use. And thats the problem. The use will be either loaded or unloaded. If I am doing a long distance tour I could easily carry 50 kg of gear and be aiming to do 4000 km. If I set up the rear to carry that 50 kg and then do lots of local short rides and carry nothing, its going to feel rather firm. I am just wondering how others resolve that. Do we split the difference and set up the rear for an additional 25 kg. Whats the go ........
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:40 AM   #2
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Talk to terry and tell him exactly that and he'll have some good ideas for you. he's very good, done all the work on my AT
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:11 AM   #3
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You are going to be very happy after you get the new springs.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:03 AM   #4
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So a dr 650 with these mod's (springs valving) handles pretty good in the dirt? compared to a klr? way better or vaguely better. I realize other mods are necessary as well, but im trying to decide what kind of big single to go with the big(too big) strom. I really like Lc4's but probably not on the road. thanks for youre patience. F.D.R.(nube)
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:05 AM   #5
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If you guys are concerned about the suspension on the dr650

why not get some gold valve emulators? Then respring, and BAM!
I think you'll be impressed, won't cost much either.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:53 AM   #6
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I was really impressed with the improvement just from the springs. Stiffer springs let the fork and shock ride more in the "sweet" spot. Prior to the upgrade a washboard section would pretty much have my bike dancing all over the road. Now it floats over those like they aren't even there. The only thing I notice is that at higher speeds, and big hits, the front end feels like it is rebounding a little too quick. Probably have to do the emulators to solve that. Overall, the improvement versus stock is excellent. If I could choose only two mods(of the 10-12) I've made to the bike it would be springs and jetting.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:43 AM   #7
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which springs?

I can't seem to decide which springs to get for my DR. Progressives or Straights??? I am about 200lbs and for tighter stuff usually strip off the bags and extra weight but still do a bit of touring on the bike fully loaded. I don't want too harsh of a ride on the street but still don't want to be bottoming out like I do now in the tougher stuff. Any input would be great!
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:08 PM   #8
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springs = racetech

use their calculator on the web
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:08 PM   #9
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So a dr 650 with these mod's (springs valving) handles pretty good in the dirt? compared to a klr? way better or vaguely better. I realize other mods are necessary as well, but im trying to decide what kind of big single to go with the big(too big) strom. I really like Lc4's but probably not on the road. thanks for youre patience. F.D.R.(nube)
A DR650 with a good suspension setup (sprigs depending on weight, emulators and valving) is amazingly capable in the bush. Having the luxury of a pretty well setup DRZ400 as a comparison, I honestly reckon the DR is as quick as it's smaller brother on all bar the rougher or tighter trails you are likely to encounter. The standard suspension makes this hard to believe, but once you get them setup, they are an incredibly capable bike on any track or trail that allows you to flow along at a reasonable pace.

My advice would be to try to get a ride on one that is already sorted and see for yourself. Given that you already have the DL, I reckon a DR (or even a DRZ) may give you a wider range of dirt options than the KLR.
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:16 PM   #10
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A DR650 with a good suspension setup (sprigs depending on weight, emulators and valving) is amazingly capable in the bush. Having the luxury of a pretty well setup DRZ400 as a comparison, I honestly reckon the DR is as quick as it's smaller brother on all bar the rougher or tighter trails you are likely to encounter. The standard suspension makes this hard to believe, but once you get them setup, they are an incredibly capable bike on any track or trail that allows you to flow along at a reasonable pace.
+1 on that. A properly setup DR (and I also mean properly setup damping, not only springs) makes a lot of difference. The geometry, weight distribution and engine makes for a good bike, it just needs to be dialled in.

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My advice would be to try to get a ride on one that is already sorted and see for yourself.
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:43 PM   #11
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If it was me, I'd set it up best for the riding I'd be doing the most and suffer the rest of the time. I ride the offroad stuff 90% of the time and roads the other 10%. I'll be getting springs soon and will do just that. If you have a 50-50 split, set it up for off road. I think offroad suspension is better on the road that a road setup would be in the woods.
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:15 PM   #12
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I have .50 straight rate fork springs from Jessie and they arn't th least bit harsh on road. Could use even firmer sometimes offroad. I weigh in at roughly 170lbs. -Dale
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:14 PM   #13
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Or you could put a set of KTM forks on.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:28 AM   #14
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That works out pretty good? steering lock wise and overall function? any frame mods? did you shorten the forks to match the rear end travel? thanks F.D.R. (noob)
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Old 02-21-2007, 06:52 PM   #15
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any special tools needed?

I am also looking at replacing the stock springs and adding amulator. Is anyone done it himself? Any special tools needed?
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