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Old 03-11-2010, 07:09 AM   #31
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I like the six speed transmission, that it's air cooled, the screw type valves are easy to adjust, it's a little lighter, a little lower (I'm 5'10") a more comfortable seat, less expensive.

The DRZ was the first bike I bought and reflecting back, I could have been happy with it. I went from the DRZ to the KTM 450 because thought I was going to run some enduros, but ended up more into the dual sporting. That's when I bought the DR650 and I did prefer the DR650 to the DRZ. I could have been happy with the DR650, too, but I wanted to try the smaller DR350 and I love it.

Sounds like the DR350 with a big bore kit may be a good choice, all things considered. I also like the simplicity of the air cooled motors, and I didnt know the 350 has a 6 speed. Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:37 AM   #32
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Help! does anyone know where to buy rear disc guards for the DR650?? I've spent an hour on sites both here in Oz and US but no can find - any ideas??

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None available for the DR650. I looked into having a run of them custom made similar to the Scotts style (replacing the entire caliper carrier), but got only 2 or 3 people interested.

What I have seen is somebody using the DR350 rear caliper with a bolt on fin. I think the 350 rear disc is smaller though, probably 220mm? You would need one of those as well.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:06 AM   #33
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Thanks and you are correct. The ProMoto Billet shark fin is for the DR350. It just said DR and no 350 or 650 so I had (incorrectly) assumed it fit both. On closer inspection it is for the DR350 and NOT the DR650. I'll remove it from the main post.

I have the Scotts part on my DR350 and it is the best design going, but I don't think they make them any more and were not available for the DR650. If they could be convinced to make them for the DR650 it would be the way to go. Maybe a group buy of 50 of them would help convince them to make some? Maybe I'll give them a call and see what they say...


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no one seems to have ever made one.
first of all no bolt on tabs to mount one.
scott's makes beefy replacement parts ones but the make em for dirtbikes and don't see the dr as such.
http://www.scottsperformance.com/pro...php?PartType=2
maybe you could convince them otherwise.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:12 AM   #34
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Thanks and you are correct. The ProMoto Billet shark fin is for the DR350. It just said DR and no 350 or 650 so I had (incorrectly) assumed it fit both. On closer inspection it is for the DR350 and NOT the DR650. I'll remove it from the main post.

I have the Scotts part on my DR350 and it is the best design going, but I don't think they make them any more and were not available for the DR650. If they could be convinced to make them for the DR650 it would be the way to go. Maybe a group buy of 50 of them would help convince them to make some? Maybe I'll give them a call and see what they say...
Forget it, minimum order is 50 to start a new design and I could not even get 5 people interested between 3 forums.

If you want to try anyway, have a chat with Jake Hulsebus, he was the one at Scotts I was in touch with. Here is the email he sent me a while ago, it has his contact info as well:

"Dear Lukas,

We would have to make minimum of 50 to make it possible. We
have never had more than a few requests for this bike.

Thank You,
Jake
Scotts Performance
818-248-6747"
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:58 AM   #35
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I figured it would take 50 to get them to design it. I'm surprised there aren't more people interested. I wonder if the DR350 or DRZ400 version could be made to work on the 650? It's definately the best design I've seen and I'm glad I was able to get one for my DR350. I just noticed they still offer the DR350 version.


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Forget it, minimum order is 50 to start a new design and I could not even get 5 people interested between 3 forums.

If you want to try anyway, have a chat with Jake Hulsebus, he was the one at Scotts I was in touch with. Here is the email he sent me a while ago, it has his contact info as well:

"Dear Lukas,

We would have to make minimum of 50 to make it possible. We
have never had more than a few requests for this bike.

Thank You,
Jake
Scotts Performance
818-248-6747"
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:00 AM   #36
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I figured it would take 50 to get them to design it. I'm surprised there aren't more people interested. I wonder if the DR350 or DRZ400 version could be made to work on the 650? It's definately the best design I've seen and I'm glad I was able to get one for my DR350. I just noticed they still offer the DR350 version.
No, it won't fit. As I mentioned above the brake disc diameter is different.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:48 PM   #37
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I was thinking about fabricating adaptors for the caliper or using the DR350 disc, too.

I've seen some people use a DR350 rear wheel on the DR650 to get an 18" wheel. I think they swap the rotor, but I wonder if you could just use whole DR350 wheel, rotor, caliper, and use the Scotts disc guard. Pretty wild idea I guess and a lot of effort just to get a disc guard, but then you get 18" tire options too.

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No, it won't fit. As I mentioned above the brake disc diameter is different.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:01 PM   #38
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:27 PM   #39
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Procycle, are they any good in ordering from Australia.

I want to order some DR stuff but am unsure, so has anyone had dealings and can they recommend or not.

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Old 04-15-2011, 08:59 PM   #40
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Procycle, are they any good in ordering from Australia.

I want to order some DR stuff but am unsure, so has anyone had dealings and can they recommend or not.

Thanks.

Several Aussies in the DR650 thread have ordered items from them, I even remember someone saying Procycle ships to Australia from the US faster than orders from within Australia! Procycle is a highly recommended vendor.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:43 AM   #41
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Hey y'all!
Brand new DR650 owner here...
My son and I just couldn't resist the financing and sorely "needed" new bikes, so here we are.

I'm looking for feed back on SEAT OPTIONS.
The Suzuki Gel Seat seems like one of the most economical options and I like factory parts mostly.
I hear many folks saying the Corbin saddle is good, and it costs nearly twice what the Suzuki seat does.
Anyone have the gel seat?
Likes / Dislikes?
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #42
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Hey y'all!
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Anyone have the gel seat?
Likes / Dislikes?
Like -- it is slightly lower

Dislike -- plank-like, and absorbs heat in the sun that will cook your backside for a long time.

That said, with good riding shorts, ie bike shorts and some squirming I can do 300 mile days -- barely. In a nutshell, not recommended. YMMV.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:04 PM   #43
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Hey y'all!
Brand new DR650 owner here...
My son and I just couldn't resist the financing and sorely "needed" new bikes, so here we are.

I'm looking for feed back on SEAT OPTIONS.
The Suzuki Gel Seat seems like one of the most economical options and I like factory parts mostly.
I hear many folks saying the Corbin saddle is good, and it costs nearly twice what the Suzuki seat does.
Anyone have the gel seat?
Likes / Dislikes?
There is a nice Suzuki black & yellow Gel Seat on the MN C/List site right now for only $70 but it's pickup only!
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:38 PM   #44
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Thanks for the feedback...
"Plank like",,, that's about what I think of the current seat 'cept a plank sounds wider... Ha!
For heat I have used sheep skins,,, very comfy...

What source would be recommended for the Corbin seat then?
Looks like roughly 350 clams if I go directly through the Corbin site.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:57 PM   #45
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Hey y'all!
Brand new DR650 owner here...
My son and I just couldn't resist the financing and sorely "needed" new bikes, so here we are.

I'm looking for feed back on SEAT OPTIONS.
The Suzuki Gel Seat seems like one of the most economical options and I like factory parts mostly.
I hear many folks saying the Corbin saddle is good, and it costs nearly twice what the Suzuki seat does.
Anyone have the gel seat?
Likes / Dislikes?
Wow, I hadn't seen this post in a while! I started this one back when I had my '03 and quit maintaining it when I switched to the DR350. I now have an '09 DR650 but didn't think there was a need to maintain this thread since we have so many more options for DR650 accessories now. I really had to dig back when I started this thread, but now you just go to Procycle's DR650 page http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html or to Keintech's http://www.kientech.com/DR650ProdList.htm or to the DR650 Wiki http://dr650.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page or Zen Seeker's Site http://dr650.zenseeker.net/ and right here on AdvRider you have the 4300 page MEGA DR650 thread with 65,000 replies and over 10 MILLION views http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ht=dr650+index and the DR650 Index http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=32

I haven't had a gel seat myself, but it seems like they do get some complaints, but YMMV!

I have the Sargent on my DR650 currently and it's working out well for me, have a Corbin on my DR350 (and previously on my KLR) and like them both.

However if I had to do it over right now I might have to give the Procycle "Saddleman" or Seat Concepts seats a look. May be the best bang for the buck! They both supply the foam and new cover and you do it yourself or have a local upholstry shop install it. With Seat Concepts you can send your seat to them and they'll install it for $20. There's also a special deal for members of drriders.com (if you aren't a member, you'll probably want to be!) that might save you the shipping cost. ( http://drriders.com/ )You'll need to call Robert at Seat Concepts ( http://seatconcepts.com/ ) for the details. I'm pretty sure he'll also customize your foam if you want tall/short soft/hard, just call and see.

There's a nice little comparison of the three from Procycle on their web site.

http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#bodyframe

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