Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: SW Victoria Australia
sealed road only?
I did a few farkles as well. If you are only doing sealed roads the standard DL is pretty good as is.
My idea was to make the DL650 dirt road worthy.
1) Mitas E07 tyres: better than I thought they would be.
2) Cogent DDC and .85 springs to reduced the front end harshness to square edge hits. if I hadn't ridden bikes with better suspension I probably would not even have noticed this+ I have sore wrists from work and a previous injury.
3) Scott steering damper/ Rox 3 inch risers needed. You have to drill holes in the frame and grind off a lug to get the previous models post to fit the 2012+. You also have to get longer brake lines.
4) standard rear end suspension works fine IMO
5) Eastern Beaver ABS off switch was added but never used. I thought better off taking it down really steep slippery slopes. I have a DRZ400 for that! if you get stuck and need to escape from said hill descent you can stop and remove the ABS fuse. If you are already comitted the flicking of a switch is faster though.
6) Barrett pannier racks. Really well made Oz product.
7) B&B sump guard ( see above comment)
8) Adventure Tech dash board plate and USB/ power plug. I mounted the heated grips ( heat demons) and ABS switch there too.
9) Givi engine bars are effective in protecting the tank & radiator at low speed fall overs. Air flow screen is better than stock
10) Eastern Beaver headlight relay system worked as described. PC8 fuse box worked but make sure you do up the terminals tightly to avoid burning out. Oops!
11) ADVMonster voltmeter works and is easy to see in sunlight. I mounted it in the left side fairing (vertical position)
12) Instrument panel is great
13) Top box from Caribou. Neat instillation and easy off with 4 dzus bolts.
What didn't work
1) MotoBrizz chain oiler has been erratic and sometimes siphons all the oil onto the shed floor. Try the Tatouro oiler instead
2) The DL brakes seem wooden needing a handful to haul it down. Not a two finger task as with better brakes. You get used to it.
3) air box access sucks! too much plastic to remove and replace to get the tank off. Use an oiled pool filter sock over the inlet to reduce the need to check the airfilter often after dirt road use. Use proper air filter oil.
4) You need a battery tender if you don't ride frequently. My DRZ has the same issue: the electronic speedos draw current.
I will possibly miss my DL650 once she is gone. If only Suzuki would put that motor in chassis like the Tiger 800.
PC8 fuse box, EB headlight mod, Givi engine bars , Enduro Guardian radiator guard, B&B sump guard, MotoBrizz chain oiler, ATV high bars , (heated grips, EB ABS off switch, USB and cigarette plug mounted on Adventure Tech dashboard), Mitas E07 tyres, Bark Busters and Storm guards, Galfer braided SS brake line 2 inch extension, Cogent DDC fork emulators and .85 Kg straight wound springs.