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Any problems with the DR650?
Posted January 13, 2005 - 10:49 PM
Any input appreciated.
Posted January 14, 2005 - 12:52 AM
Note that 1996 is the first "new" DR650 with the addition SE - which has electric starter, is lighter etc. So there may be some issues with the 96's
Otherwise it is a reliable model. The suspension is a bit on the soft side, and it will need the usual thumper mods (airbox, dynojet open silencer) which will make it perform much better than original but I havent heard of any major specific problems.
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Posted January 22, 2005 - 03:57 PM
I love my 99 Dr650, what a great bike. I ride in the city while i go to school in Calgary. Then in the summer i throw on the knobbies and ride the trails! I have had it for 15000 kms and just needed to replace the base gasket as one of the other posts did. Other than that i did the fork seals a year ago. Hope that helps!
Posted January 24, 2005 - 09:38 PM
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Posted February 07, 2005 - 09:24 PM
Ive got 8k miles(very hard miles) on my '98 and no serious problems. I did have to replace the gasket for my cam chain tensioner, and have rebuilt my rear shock twice. Its definetly not a MX bike, but its the PERFECT around town bike and NOTHING could be funner on dirt roads and exploring "where that two track lane/trail goes". Im due for my first valve clearance chack/adjust, but I have the service manual and it doesnt look to bad.
Mods so far that i would recommend.....
14t front sprocket -- 5 min and 11 bucks(top speed drops from 100mph to 96mph -- lots more fun in first and second though)
Dynojet jet kit -- 1 hour and 56 bucks - Lofts front wheel easier, pricy but worth it(get an impact screwdriver for float bowl screws) Mine is a Moose branded Dynojet kit(dynojet stickers included)
Drilling airbox -- 10 minutes and FREE(more time if you want it pretty with dremel) Works well with DJ jet kit
K&N air filter -- 10 minutes and 50 bucks Works well with DJ jet kit
Kenda K270 tires -- 55 bucks apiece(Nice knobby that does suprisingly good on street after broke in) good 70% dirt/30% street tire
Kenda K761(not the 671) -- Still in the box, havent tried em yet, but looks to be a good 70% street/30% dirt tire. I like the tread pattern
IMS 5 gal fuel tank -- Havent installed it yet, but this thing is huge. Imagine a 5 gallon bucket in the shape of a gas tank.
All I can say is that if you get this bike your gonna have a blast I tell people all the time how great this bike is and they just dont get it. Its the best "all around" bike for the money ive EVER RIDDEN. Ive ridden most everything and owned alot of them. One thing you should know though... A friend of mine has a XR650L and have to honestly say that its a better off road bike. It even seems to be built a little bit better. All that being said, I still like the DR650 better for the type of riding that i do on it.
Posted February 23, 2005 - 09:38 PM
Posted February 25, 2005 - 12:09 PM
Get the suspension revalved and resprung, get rid of that HUGE stock muffler and replace with a FMF Q, slap in a DYNOJEt kit and some mt21'/s and you're good to go.
If you ride a lot on the street consider an aftermarket seat like a Corbin or a Sargent. The Stock seat is a butt beater.
Posted February 28, 2005 - 09:49 AM
Indeed! That seat will trim your trip down to a minimum.
I am very happy with my Suzi DR650. Mine is still stock. If I make any changes the seat will be first!!!
Posted March 21, 2005 - 08:08 PM
I had a few base gasket problems in the first 3 months, but that was under warrenty.
at 27k, the stator developed a short, I think because I hadn't changed the oil in a while and it was low.
Other than that, I've haven't done anything to it other than Brakes, oil and Chains. (I'm thinking it might be about time to check the valve clearence and the base gasket is starting to leak again, but who doesn't leak after that many miles?)