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Old 12-09-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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DR650 vs. DL650

I am split between the two for adventure riding.

I am really looking for a comfy bike to commute on and do long trips. I am also looking for longevity. I know the DL650 fits the bill. I have seen them with 150k on them!!

The problem - i'd like to ride the TAT this coming spring.....DL650...not thinking it's the best tool. The DR650 is also a great commuting tool i hear...I haven't seen any with 150k on them though - i do think it's probably a better off road tool.

Any thoughts either way?

or - any reccommendations for an alternative to the 2 mentioned?

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Old 12-09-2009, 11:44 AM   #2
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Get the DL650 for the Eastern TAT, which I completed a few weeks ago. Then get the DR650 for the Western TAT.

Yeah, probably not practical if you want to do the whole thing in one go. But you are searching for the almightly holy grail of adventure bikes. Seriously though, I have heard of DR650's doing the whole thing, but never a DL650.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
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i think that might be the problem...i might just need both bikes
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:17 PM   #4
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Just reread your original post. I am pretty sure you won't get far into Colorado if you ride the TAT in the Spring.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:02 PM   #6
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Go into the dealer and strike up a deal to buy both.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:29 PM   #7
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Buy the dr until the tat ride is done .sell or trade for a wee
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:57 PM   #8
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The DR is adaptable to fill those needs.I commuted 124 miles everyday
this last summer on my '08 no problem and it's mostly stock.

If you can see your way to both bikes go for it...I would if I could.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:11 PM   #9
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The DR is the way to go if you can only afford one bike. I don't think it'll go to 150,000, though.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:29 PM   #10
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Buy a bargain used DR every autumn or two, then sell it and buy a newer used one with less miles. Start accumulating the farkles you want for your trip.

Save your money in the meantime and also buy a bargain used multi-cylinder adv bike that is more comfortable and can rack up the mileage (DL650). Sell it and renew every autumn or two.

Do your own wrenching, whenever possibe, to save even more money.
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:26 PM   #11
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How about a KLR? He asked for alternatives so hold the flames.

KLR's slot somewhere in between the DL and the DR. Probably closer to the DR, but roomier and more comfortable. Pick up a low mileage pre '07 with a Corbin and the dohickey done for 2 or 3 grand and you can ride all day in just about any terrain. They have a pretty strong track record for reliability, but I doubt that one would go 150,000 miles. You are going to want a new bike before that anyway. If you don't like it sell it after one season and get your money back easy if you bought smart.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:08 PM   #12
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LOL, KLR's are getting really cheap on the used market. TE-610 or a WR250R to. KTM950SE works for a KLR replacement too.

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Old 12-10-2009, 04:11 AM   #13
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LOL, KLR's are getting really cheap on the used market. TE-610 or a WR250R to. KTM950SE works for a KLR replacement too.
Good suggestions all, in response to a request for alternatives, IMHO!

A dealer informed me tonight; the 2010 model Husky successor to the TE-610 is a TE-630; no contradiction, just some late-breaking news!

http://www.dirtbikemagazine.com/ME2/...E5AD0DC476B238
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:55 AM   #14
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I'll tell you one thing. Husky is positioning themselves to be on top as the economy unthaws.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:56 AM   #15
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Thanks for the link!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good suggestions all, in response to a request for alternatives, IMHO!

A dealer informed me tonight; the 2010 model Husky successor to the TE-610 is a TE-630; no contradiction, just some late-breaking news!

http://www.dirtbikemagazine.com/ME2/...E5AD0DC476B238
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