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Old 07-29-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Dr650 supermoto conversions

Hi all, I am new to the forums so let me appologise if this is a repeat. I have searched through the forums and I wasn't able to get a whole lot of informatoin as to converting a DR650 to supermoto. I have seen some pictures of some, but no information on how it was done, parts used, hub and wheel assemblies, and so forth. Would any of you DR650 guys give me a hand in this area? I'm already ording parts for my new baby and I'm stuck on wheel conversion.
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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all these guys are old, fat and gray... .. you won't see any such adventuresome souls here.

But on TT you will see more than a few, and some excellent writeups

ok moderator... i guess I violated some edict
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:18 PM   #3
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Got a place for ya

Try Moto-connection out of Escondido, Ca. I believe. They will have brake and wheel combiniations and probably some suspension mods for you. Also, I haven't checked recently, but STTARS is a Motard race organization that has Classifieds. Good luck, and post pics if you make the mods.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:50 PM   #4
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Heres a few sites that may be of assistance.
http://www.azmotard.com/
http://www.supermotojunkie.com/index.php
http://www.factoryproracing.com/
http://www.zbilletproducts.com/supermotard.htm
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:11 PM   #5
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I've been running my DR as a street motard for the past couple years. I love mine. Its heavy and slow compared to the hardcore race motards, but for a reliable street bike its fine.
Check out Thumpertalk in the Suzuki DR section.

I don't think anyone makes aftermarket hubs for the DR650, so most people just get their stock hubs relaced to 17 inch rims. A 3.5 on the front w/ a 120 width tire. A 4.25 on the rear w/ a 150 tire. A 160 would be pretty tight, but would probably fit, but I've never felt it was needed.

The stock front brake disc is a 290, so is okay. Just put in a steel brake line on the front if you feel you need a little more.

A few minor mods for more power...
Maybe suspension, if you have the money...

I take a several day, "Adventure Motarding" trip every year.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:43 PM   #6
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I don't think anyone makes aftermarket hubs for the DR650, so most people just get their stock hubs relaced to 17 inch rims. A 3.5 on the front w/ a 120 width tire. A 4.25 on the rear w/ a 150 tire. A 160 would be pretty tight, but would probably fit, but I've never felt it was needed.

The stock front brake disc is a 290, so is okay. Just put in a steel brake line on the front if you feel you need a little more.

A few minor mods for more power...
Maybe suspension, if you have the money...
Bingo! You hit it right on the head.

I bought my rims & spokes from http://www.wheelwrightusa.com/



This is an '05 I built for my wife over the winter. As stated above, just upgrade to a steel brake line on the front and you've got plenty of brakes. You'll need to shorten your kickstand. Suzuki makes an OEM one that works well, or just cut & weld the old one.

150 is the largest rear tire you'll be able to use. I had a local guy lace & true my new rims & spokes to my OEM hubs.

Now rejet, open airbox, and install FMF exhaust and you're ready to go.
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:54 PM   #7
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AWSOME!!

Thanks guys, this really helps a lot.

By the way, nice bike MrV. that is pretty much what i'm going for
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:40 PM   #8
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That is a nice bike Vroom.
You don't NEED to shorten the kickstand. I occasionally I occasionally swap out my 17's for 21 dirt knobby to go dirtriding, so I just left the kickstand as is.
It works, you just have to be careful how you park it.
Really, I'm just lazy.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:03 AM   #9
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Had another question on conversions...

What do you have to do to keep the speedo accuate? Otherwise it will rack up miles like crazy.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:35 PM   #10
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If you call Southland Suzuki in Garden Grove, CA they might tell you what parts to use or sell you them. They sell sell new Supermotoard DR-650's and do the conversion all with factory parts. When I bought mine they told me the the ins & outs of how they do it. The owner of the dealership does a lot of the wrenching. His parents owned it before him and he has worked on Suzuki's for so many years that when he was swaping on the 17's he recognized the speedo drive was similar to another model's and ratio difference works for the motard'd DR-650. According to my GPS it reads about 10% faster than actual which from reading this forum is about par for the course. They say they modify the sidestand as well to correct for the difference in height but mine sure looks like unmodified factory hardware. I haven't measured it to compare with stock but if it isn't the original I'd bet they know another of Suzuki that uses a interchangable sidestand that works perfect.

Since I'm this far....the only other thing they do is lace up Excel rims onto the factory hubs. They said they drill the spoke holes larger in the hubs for the new spokes. The spokes are the only unknown because when the salesman was describing it to me he sort of waffled between them using DRZ400SM spokes and using Buchanan spokes.

They aren't into just making a killing on stuff and I wouldn't be surprised if they would tell what they used in detail with part numbers. Or even make a kit that includes everything with a little proding??
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:39 PM   #11
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Hey MRVvrroomm

Is you upper triple clamp not stock? Is that one of Jessie's at Kien Teech?

Any other close up shots of it?

Thanks,
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dont know about early models, but late models have cush stock
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If you want to buy a set for your DR650 ready to go.
I'm in the middle of collecting my parts,and will be post'n a build here real soon!
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