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Old 04-22-2015, 05:30 AM   #1
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Twin-cylinder equivalent of DR650?

I wasn't sure which sub-forum to post this under, so I'm trying here.
What bike(s) with a twin-cylinder engine be similar in size (i.e. height and weight) to a Suzuki DR650? In other words, if you could slip a twin-cylinder engine into a DR650, what bike would it be? A Honda TransAlp comes to mind - but I'm thinking of something in production today.

Kawasaki Versys? No - it's too "sport-bikey". DL650 V-Strom? No - it's too heavy and unwieldy.
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:45 AM   #2
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I was going to say 650 Vstrom as it's a great bike but I see what you mean regarding weight issues..
That being the case IMHO the only real choice left is the Transalp - the last 700cc variant was/is an honest and straightforward mount.
F800GS perhaps? That's probably too heavy and GS like...
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:48 AM   #3
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:51 AM   #4
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:04 AM   #5
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"Something in production today". CBX500 is lighter than a KLR but, heavier than a DR. Not exactly what you're looking for but, it's the closest thing I can think of. With the Rally Raid package I'll bet it's better than a KLR off road.

I have the CB 500F & like it a lot but, still kicking myself for not getting the CBX.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:56 AM   #6
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suzuki gs500 air-cooled twin
1 or 2 have been done, look in some assy req'd
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:12 PM   #7
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There's nothing like that on the show room floor but...

I'd love a twin in my DR650 with 55-60 hp. Only way for me to get that power is with a 790 kit and cam for $1G but it will still be a thumper...they're still in production so that's half the battle won
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:41 AM   #8
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Good luck.

Personally, I'd start with a guzzi v7 and add suspension / 21 inch front rim. Similar weight, more power, bigger tank, and if you're going to be different you'd might as well be DIFFERENT. There is a picture getting around with a ktm lc4 front end / upper frame merged with a guzzi v 7 ....drool.....

I've ridden a dr 650 with a gs 500 motor shoe horned in, lots of hassle for not much benefit. Ditto for a versys that's gone VERY dirty ( transalp front end etc). Nice motor, but lots of hassle and he now runs a triumph 800. I loved my old transalp, but they progressively got more heavy / softer. The kle comes close, but it's a LOT heavier and doesn't have much ground clearance.

Over in mot belismo twins there is a dream bike small v twin thread...enjoy.

Or svx 550 thread.....
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Old 04-23-2015, 04:16 AM   #9
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There's nothing like that on the show room floor but...

I'd love a twin in my DR650 with 55-60 hp. Only way for me to get that power is with a 790 kit and cam for $1G but it will still be a thumper...they're still in production so that's half the battle won
That would be way too vibey, I think. I'm not looking for more power necessarily, just a smoother engine at revs..
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That would be way to vibey, I think. I'm not looking for more power necessarily, just a smoother engine at revs..
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Oh gosh, just rub it in, won't you! I knew I was gonna regret letting that thing go.
If that DR350 had just had a bit more umph at highway speeds it would have been perfect.
The DR650 just cruises along at 60 like it it's got it's feet propped up on an armchair, whereas the 350 was winding a bit too much for a 90%+ highway bike.
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Old 04-23-2015, 04:59 AM   #12
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90% highway bike? I would take a goldwing and do the rest 10% of offroad on it.
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Old 04-23-2015, 04:59 AM   #13
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actually, neither are highway machines imo.
a smooth twin is probably the answer
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:03 AM   #14
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Yep!
never heard of it, but this is the ticket!
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:03 AM   #15
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Laugh

Weirdly, my next bike or perhaps only bike will be a dirtified Versys. I enjoy both my DR650 and Bandit immensely but realistically need to cut back. Don't fully dismiss this"sporty bike"until you at least read how easy it is to shape it into the twin you seek.
Have a look at the 649 build by JDrocks in some assembly required- His frame up builds are very well documented. There are others who build along in that mega thread, but much banter can be skimmed through quickly enough.
I will bolt together one and perhaps weld a bracket here and there and make a front caliber mount. The only real fab work required.
Buying a local good used low mile unit, stay with the Versys motor,adding DRZ forks,R1 shock,whatever lighting/fairing I want,my choice of wheel sets of etc. Should cost me less than a new DR650. All the bike I'll ever need for my gravel and slab interests.

JDrocks has just begun a "faster red" version recently a 4th build and his adventure RRs are quite captivating tales...
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