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Old 06-22-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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DR650 sidecar

Hi there. I just finished putting together a hack, with a 2011 Suzuki DR650, a kenna single frame from DMC, and mounts from DMC, and a body from wherever. I bought the body and frame used for 1200 dollars, the mounts and a skidpan from DMC for 600 dollars. The bike has less than 600 miles on it. I changed the sprockets, 1 tooth down on front, 1 tooth up on back, so I could leave the chain alone. Just finished it today. So, only 60 miles on it. It's really light handling. I also have an older GL1000 with a sidecar. What a difference. I had it up to 75 mph on the highway, it can do it, but not comfortable. Up to 65 mph, it is nice.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:38 PM   #2
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DR650 kenna single frame

Hi there. Here is a picture of the Kenna single frame and mounts attached to my DR650.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:41 PM   #3
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Looks very nice, I like the white .Any more photos? So how light is light?
Any thoughts of a smaller diameter front wheel? Maybe match the rear?
LL front end?

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Old 06-22-2011, 04:44 PM   #4
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Fender on Kenna frame

Hi there. The kenna single frame did not come with a fender. I welded on the supports and installed the fender. I have no electrical connections to the sidecar. I'm keeping it real simple. Remove 4 bolts, and the body comes off. So, I could install a platform real easy. I bought the DR650 specifically for mounting a light sidecar. It ways less than a KLR 650, has more stock horsepower and torque. I used to own a KLR 650, and always found it buzzy. The DR650 is smoother. If I ever plan a long trip, I can easily install an after market fuel tank for more range. Blaine
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #5
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:47 PM   #6
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How light.

I'll go weigh it. I think it will be about 450. I'll be back.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:47 PM   #7
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Hey Blaine, the DRs are stout and have always seemed to have more perk than the KLRs. Friend at work just bought a DRZ400. Nice bike. So what does the entire outfit weigh?

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Old 06-22-2011, 04:49 PM   #8
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Beat me to it. What sort of track width did you end up with? Offset?

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Old 06-22-2011, 04:54 PM   #9
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How heavy

Hi there. I used my bathroom scale on each of the wheels. How accurate is that, I don't know. The sidecar wheel was 95 lbs. The front wheel was 192 lbs. The rear wheel was 230 lbs. A grand total of 517, and that's a full tank of gas, and tail pack on the bike, and some small stuff in the sidecar. So, about 500 lbs. Blaine
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:59 PM   #10
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Looks good. Suzook reliability and Hack Usability
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:00 PM   #11
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Size.

Hi there. From center to center on the tires is 45 inches. From outside edge of fender to other side end of handle bar is about 62 inches. I tried to keep it narrow to ride on ATV trails. The wheel lead is a little more than I wanted. But seems to work fine. It's about 10 inches of lead. The toe in is close to 1/2 inch. Blaine
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:23 PM   #12
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NICE! Hope you have more fun than a barrel of monkeys riding, no wait, DRIVING, it all over the place!
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:28 PM   #13
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Not sure about the bathscale, thought you might have a truckscale out in the shop.
I think I'm weighing in at about 360 lbs with a 44" track and 8" of lead.










Real agile and easy to roll around. Will enter flight over the right whoop de doos. The two tracks are fun, not a quite a catamaran but more like a canoe with an outrigger.
If you pilot it just right it's similar to running lengthwise in ocean or lake swells. Keep it upright and don't get awash.


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Old 06-24-2011, 01:33 AM   #14
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Top Front Mount

This seams to be just right and it is along the lines of what I am planning for my DR650 (at 64 its no longer a laugh to come off on the fire trails). Could you please show a photo of the top front mount or describe its fixing? Is it clamped to the thin section of the front down tube? I will be mounting mine on the LHS here in Australia so the oil cooler will not be such a problem
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:26 AM   #15
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Upper front mount

Hi there. The upper front mount is a thick piece of plate steel, that bolted onto the front motor mount bracket running up to were the bolt held on the crash guard for the oil cooler. So the crash guard for the oil cooler came off, and the piece of plate went on. The piece of plate has tabs on it, drilled and threaded, to reattach the oil cooler. The problem for you, is that the oil cooler is on the wrong side. Sorry.
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