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Old 08-07-2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:30 AM   #2
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Very interesting..... Maybe Suzuki has been reading the forums. Hope there is some truth to this... But not sure how the 1000 cosemetics would look on the 650. I can see Suzuki revamping the 650 to look more like the 1000 but not even the 1000 offers wire wheels yet. Maybe that will become an option for the 1000 as well. Will be interesting to see what they do, if anything since they just updated the 650 in 2012
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:48 AM   #3
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It must be true, it's on the internet!!!
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:51 AM   #4
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The DR650 may finally sing it's "swan song."
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:53 AM   #5
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Thumb Nice.

It would be like getting a detuned 800 XC or GS.
Or a more miles for smiles KLR (WHILE ON THE TARMAC)
Or a poor mans S10



I like it.


More customer options.


Good for Suzuki.
They have some good options.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:45 AM   #6
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Needs engine redesign

It's going to need a dry sump engine to give it some ground clearance, too
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:13 PM   #7
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It's going to need a dry sump engine to give it some ground clearance, too
But with that current frame it's never gonna be a real dirtbike. Besides, the frame (where swingarm attaches), goes almost as low as engine oilpan.

Just never gonna be a "new DR650 twin", unless it's completely redone from scratch.

Btw, "21 inch front" on that pic is photoshopped from some other bike. I think a wire wheeled version would still have a 19.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:30 PM   #8
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Following Triumph's Lead?

Looks like Suzuki might be taking a page from the Tiger Road/XC playbook.
It worked for Triumph, and with Yamaha apparently bearing down on the segment with a 700 class ADV bike, Suzuki needs to exploit whatever profitable niches they can.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:48 PM   #9
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Its got all the ground clearance it needs for its intended purpose, and with longer travel suspension and a larger front wheel you may even gain a bit more, weight will be the only thing need to watch with a revamped design.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #10
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And seat height
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:09 PM   #11
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32.9 inches current seat height

Good point.

It could go up 2" with more travel.

One thing is for sure, the pegs are at a good spot for deep ruts.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:11 PM   #12
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Suspension

It would be neat to see the 1000 inverted forks on her.

Could save money, but I guess the 21" tyre could be an issue.

Maybe Suzuki will actually make a skid plate for her.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:51 AM   #13
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If true that would be sweet. People have been asking for that for a long time. Since yamaha and honda are jumping in the fray for 2015 kinda makes sense for suzuki to play too as their has always been a bit of group think with the Japanese. Seems the hey day for Japanese adv bikes is finally here. I wondering if they have a true adv spoked version of the 1000 planed too? Having multiple versions is very popular these days among all mfg
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Looks like Suzuki might be taking a page from the Tiger Road/XC playbook.
It worked for Triumph, and with Yamaha apparently bearing down on the segment with a 700 class ADV bike, Suzuki needs to exploit whatever profitable niches they can.
I'm sure they are very concerned Yamaha is going to aggressively pull away their existing base of 650 users with Yamaha's new 700 bike. Suzuki has long enjoyed the sole mid size engine adv bike market from Japan inc. They were the only game in town for a Japanese bike buyer and did not need to change upwards.
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Looks like Suzuki might be taking a page from the Tiger Road/XC playbook.
It worked for Triumph, and with Yamaha apparently bearing down on the segment with a 700 class ADV bike, Suzuki needs to exploit whatever profitable niches they can.
Indeed. KTM has this with the 1190 as does BMW with the 700/800/800adv bikes. Suzuki's existing adv packages were a good step but really a joke of add on parts.
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