I tried to find a post about a 21" wheel upgrade with or without a suspension change but i couldn't find one. So has anyone done this yet? Maybe a DR650?
I was just checking to see if there was an easy upgrade, like putting a DR650 front end on it or similar upgrade. Since the competitors "adventure bikes" have 21" front spoked wheels and better suspension, I figured this would be a good upgrade to make the bike more off-road friendly. I might be jumping the gun on the issue anyway since I haven't even had the bike off-road yet. Since most of my past experience with "dirt" bikes have been everything from a CR500 to XR650, I should be ok, it's just the weight of the bike combined with a 19" cast wheel and poor front forks, makes for a less than satisfactory off-road experience. But only time will tell how much I will be able to do with this bike in the harsh rocky terrain I have to contend with in SoCal..
What are you aiming to achieve with the 21-inch front wheel?
More ground clearance . . . or skinnier front wheel for stony off-road conditions?
There are some quite good options available in 19" tyres nowadays, if you are wanting better dirt performance . . . without the hassle of raising the front fender or the disk-brake problems.
What you save on the change-over cost, could be considerable [and pay for a lot of those short-lived rear tyres, such as TKC-80 or Kenda BigBlock 150/70's] . . . unless you have a cheap/used 21-incher wheel available.