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Old 06-26-2010, 10:51 AM   #2731
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What speed can a stock DR200 comfortably cruise at? 50 mph??
Thanks, Jon.
(doing research for my next dual sport bike already)
165 pound rider......170mph
200 pound rider.......160mph

Those figures can be elevated with jet kit+airbox work+exhaust.

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Old 06-26-2010, 11:02 AM   #2732
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What speed can a stock DR200 comfortably cruise at? 50 mph??
I'm quite okay with around 60mph (150lbs rider, 6" tall, wide jacket, lots of drag). It gets a bit squirrelly over 50mph, but I don't care all too much. Vibrations are tolerable up to around 50 to 55mph. It doesn't like longitudinal grooves, gets a bit more squirrelly but again, I don't care too much.

I had it at around 75mph one time, but it was a slight downhill and no headwind.
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Old 06-26-2010, 12:07 PM   #2733
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What speed can a stock DR200 comfortably cruise at? 50 mph??
Thanks, Jon.
(doing research for my next dual sport bike already)
Yes 50 is doable. Really depends on what you're asking it to haul around. Jodie can cruise 50 all day long on her DR but I'd probably be WFO to maintain 50. I've got at least 60lbs on her (at 200). She rode it 1300kms and loved it, only slowed down on some of the longer hill climbs through the Cascades...

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Old 06-26-2010, 12:53 PM   #2734
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What speed can a stock DR200 comfortably cruise at? 50 mph??
Thanks, Jon.
(doing research for my next dual sport bike already)
i weigh about 145# butt nekkid, and can cruise to work at an indicated 60mph with no problems (barring a wicked headwind).

hell, i've actually passed people at highway speed, although that's typically the scariest three minutes of my half-hour commute.
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Old 06-26-2010, 05:51 PM   #2735
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Wink A DR200 Ride Report

Truthfully I don’t know how you guys are getting the mph you are saying you are unless you’ve done some mods. My stock bike runs fine at 55 mph for long stretches but a hill or headwind will slow it down quite a bit. I have had it to 71 mph but that was a slight downhill with a tailwind. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference if it is loaded or not and I load heavy when traveling. I enjoy the heck out of the 200 but there are trade offs but at the same time when I ride my F650GS it has trade offs too.

How to make a DR200 into a dual sport tour bike……..

Take one happy, sporty, naked, little Superbug


Add tank panniers (Cheap ATV panniers – I keep my Slime compressor, tubes and a few tools in the panniers)


Tank bag – Typical stuff goes in here, wallet, chap stick, phone and a few other odds and ends.


Need some side bags – I’m a female and can fill them in no time flat.


Throw an expandable tail bag on – It’s expanded and is filled with misc. stuff that I want handy and my SPOT tracker.


Last but not least a small duffle for more stuff, a tent and a roll up stool.


The Superbug is set for a 6 day adventure to Hells Canyon.

Rosalia, WA


Overlooking Lewiston, ID


Must ride the Spiral Hwy down to Lewiston.




I had left after work and the bike wasn’t handling very well. I had new different tires on and thought that was the problem but also suspected my packing job might be the issue. I stayed in Clarkston, WA for the night and repacked in the morning, moving the side bags forward about three inches. What a difference that little bit makes.

After meeting a couple other riders we rode the Snake River road as we were off to ride some dirt. The river is high this year.


The weather was getting crappy




My riding partners for the day.


Got to see a nice herd of elk


We were headed for Buckhorn lookout and it kept getting wetter and foggier.




Buckhorn lookout – I’m working on the IAMC_2010_Challenge and this is one of the challenge sites. I needed my photo proof I was there. Got it. (those white specks are snow and it was snowing harder as we left the lookout).


In Enterprise, OR the bags are taken off and camp set up.


Wallowa Mountains


It wasn’t as wet but it was a bit cold.


There is some good riding to be done in the Enterprise area.








Tons of wildflowers all over


Rugged canyons




Grand Ronde River










Imnaha, OR (another challenge point)


Nice sunrises


And a cloudy ride over Rattlesnake Grade on the way home.


I wasn’t in Enterprise alone I was there with about 50 of my best ADVrider friends. I do venture off on my own though and with the DR200 I’m a lot more comfortable riding off pavement alone than I am when riding my F650GS. It also the reason I always carry my SPOT with me. I want someone to be able to rescue the Superbug if I ever do something that gets me into trouble.

Total miles: About 800
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:53 PM   #2736
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very nice ladybug! Hells canyon is a cool place I went there a few years back


I have a friend that wants to sell me her 06 blue dr200 with a 150 mile for $2300 is this a good deal? thanks B
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:14 PM   #2737
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Thanks for the ride report, Ladybug. Good times.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:58 PM   #2738
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Great RR Ladybug!
Love the pics.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:51 PM   #2739
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What speed can a stock DR200 comfortably cruise at? 50 mph??
Thanks, Jon.
(doing research for my next dual sport bike already)
I weigh 220, and mine could cruise 50 mph (GPS) with no trouble, and topped out at 73.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:24 AM   #2740
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Laugh Yea LADYBUG!

I always enjoy your reports/ pictures. It's nice to know you're on the road again (off the road again?)
Thanks,
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PS: I see you have an F650GS. I'll be leaving for Alaska on my G650GS next week.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:14 PM   #2741
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Hey Guys, I need to get a new rear tire for my '98 DR200. I am looking at the Trak Master II tire, but the closest size listed in the Dennis Kirk catalog is 100/100m-18. Do they make a 100/90-18? Anyone know if the 100/100 will work without issues? Any other suggestions? I ride about 50/50 pavement/dirt and it's fairly sandy here. Any good reason to go tubeless? Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:52 PM   #2742
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Hey Guys, I need to get a new rear tire for my '98 DR200. I am looking at the Trak Master II tire, but the closest size listed in the Dennis Kirk catalog is 100/100m-18. Do they make a 100/90-18? Anyone know if the 100/100 will work without issues? Any other suggestions? I ride about 50/50 pavement/dirt and it's fairly sandy here. Any good reason to go tubeless? Thanks.
Take a look at the Pirelli MT-21
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

I bought these tubes as well. Thicker feeling than stock:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Duty-Tube.aspx No punctures for me on my trail ride but we had an ATV blow a tire on the same trails.


I have pictures of them mounted in a previous post:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...3#post13058833

I picked 120/80-18 and they were larger than stock. there is a 110/80-18 which on paper is smaller than oem but since they seem to run tall, I bet it will be similar to oem. Pretty much this was the only aggressive DOT tire I found that seemed close to OEM sizes.

These are pretty aggressive tire but road them on the street between trail rides and did not feel it was squirmy on pavement and when traveling 60MPH+, did seem very balanced. Traction off road is great in dirt and rocky terrain. I have not hit major sand to comment yet though.

After 100 miles mostly off road, I would buy these again. I have a set of OEM tires with 500miles forsale if your interested....... ;)
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:50 AM   #2743
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Just fitted Continental TKC80's on mine

Not sure if it is available in the USA in these sizes
Front 2.75-21 Rear 4.10-18

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Old 06-30-2010, 04:04 AM   #2744
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Wonder if that UK tail rack would bolt on to my US 2005 DR 200...........?
Anyone tried?
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:15 AM   #2745
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Wonder if that UK tail rack would bolt on to my US 2005 DR 200...........?
Anyone tried?
I'll bet a dollar it would.
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