Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver Island
The dl650 is not a dirt bike... High center of gravity, exposed oil filter, street oriented suspension, lots of expensive fragile plastics... Gravel and dirt roads sure, trails = bad idea. Have you tried a dr650? I preferred it to the klr. Maybe a ktm 690?
I wouldn't want it to be any taller. As a long distance touring bike, it does a great job. I got a few days over 1200km last summer. Even rode 2400km in 34 hrs. With lots of dirt/gravel sections on the Alaska Highway and the dirt on the Top of the World highway, I always felt that I was on the right bike.
Instead of trying to make the dl650 do what it wasn't meant for, try to find something more dirt oriented from the factory?
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2015 VSTROM 650 X ABS EXP
Previous rides: 2012 KLX250S, 2006 VT1100C2, 2002 KX125, 1999 SV650, 1987 GPZ305
Bikes I wish I had: Ducati 916, Harley Road King, KTM 500 EXC, BMW R1200RT, Honda CRF1000L, BMW R75
Last edited by marcham; 12-22-2017 at 01:04 AM.