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post #11 of 18 Old 09-02-2009, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by clovett View Post
I had a DR650 and rode it about 2 years before I went to the DL650. As everyone is saying there is no comparison. If you want a bike that can do off trail and ride it on the highway it's a good compromise. I've done some really fast riding on dual sport events through the woods with one. I wouldn't do it again. I got cought back at LBL in powder and it rained for about 15 minutes. I barely got out with my life. It turned into 4 to 8 inches of mud and twice I almost slid into ravines. I got the DL because it still rides straight up and has all the power I need. If I go on any more dual sport rides I'm buying a WR250R so I can enjoy it and not work at it. But for riding down a road and taking fire trails and things. the DR is a great bike
Clovett, Were you able to use an electric vest with the DR650? What ever I wind up getting, I want to be able to use my vest which draws about 55 watts.
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post #12 of 18 Old 09-03-2009, 09:10 AM
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My 'trail' bike is an XR650L. Not for the short of leg, but way, way better on any non-paved surface, and capable of fairly serious dirt riding, even if I'm not. Weight is your enemy any time the surface isn't paved so just about any dual-purpose bike is going to be better than a DL for that specific application. On the other hand wind protection is fairly non-existent, vibration is more of an issue, carrying capability is more limited, and the DP's will be down on power by comparison. The KLR is a little better on road than the DR or XR, a little worse off-road. Almost all will be a challenge for the inseam-impaired, and any lowering (excepting a thinner seat) will cut into off-road capability. If you intend to ride in a fashion that will have both wheels off the ground at once in the dirt, get the lighter, smaller bike. But realize it will make you pay on pavement. Don't plan on selling the DL.
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-04-2009, 06:21 AM
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Have to agree with the previous post, if it's dirt roads the DL will be 10kph slower than the DR.

After 300k's or so the riders on the DR's will be begging for mercy, on the DL you'll be good for 200k's more.

For TOURING on bad roads the DL is hard to beat - it ain't no dirt bike, but long distances on dirt roads it's not at all bad. And put DIRT tires on the DL if you want an honest comparison - it's a LOT better shod with knobs.

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[QUOTE=Big B;458310]Less weight is obvious....more power I'm not sure about. That low tech 650 engine will probably outlast that DRZ400 engine, but yes the 400 is the better choice for offroad. With a front sprocket change, the 650 becomes much more offroad worthy....and will still be the better choice for riding on the roads. The 400 has the much better suspension out of the box, but for around $200 you can put all new springs on the big thumper.[/QUOTE the website "suzuki model history " claims 43 hp for the new dr 650 and 48 for the new drz 400 .

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post #15 of 18 Old 09-05-2009, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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It looks like it will be the DR 650 for me. Most of my friends have big bikes, so the 650 should keep up on the paved sections better than the smaller bikes. I can also lower the DR 650 two inches right out of the box, everything is there to do it. Than I can go with the gel saddle and cut anothe inch. This will make it lower than my DL 650 and with the much lower weight of the DR it may even work for me. If it doesn't workout, I will cut my losses and sell it.
I am keeping my DL 650 with all the farkles.

Now I want to run my 55 watt vest on the DR 650. Does anyone know if the DR charging system will handle it?
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post #16 of 18 Old 09-11-2009, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I bought a new DR650 today. I am keeping my DL650AK7.
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-12-2009, 11:42 AM
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I have the same combo both DR and DL 650, I was going to go with a smaller dual sport, but after a few days riding with a group of varied size bikes, the 250's just don't cut it. as far as power DR400 vs DR650, the 400 has more HP but less torque, and in the dirt Torque is much more better.

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post #18 of 18 Old 09-12-2009, 12:20 PM
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I have three DS bikes to get the job done, but if I had to have just two it would be the V-Strom and the DRZ 400. Both bikes are great for my riding style, the DR650 and the KLR 650 are also great bikes, but their weight can be a problem off-road. My inseam is 31" and I to have a problem off-road with the bikes tallness, but I'm not going to lower them, I just fall over alot.

See Billy Aller and his V-Strom 650 http://billyaller.tumblr.com/

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