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post #1 of 15 Old 03-22-2009, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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DR650 Front-End on a Wee

Has anyone ever looked into putting a DR650 front-end on a Wee? Was wondering what it would take.

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the dr also has a low budget front end .

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the dr also has a low budget front end .
I was thinking it had more travel, also the 21" front wheel mod.

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Has anyone ever looked into putting a DR650 front-end on a Wee? Was wondering what it would take.
yeah there's a dude around here that did it. heavily modified the DR forks though. something like combined the DR and DL forks or something like that. i don't remember if he was here or on VSRI or ADV. but it's out there. looks good, more like a true dual sport.
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Has anyone ever looked into putting a DR650 front-end on a Wee? Was wondering what it would take.
this isn't the bike i was thinking about but i think the technique is the same
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ht=dl650+forks
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I'm more interested in the engine guard / skid plate than the front-end. Does anyone know if it is home-made or something commmercially available. I'd like to see more pics to see if it is mounted well. It almost looks like it is mounted to the oil radiator in the front.

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A couple of people have tried it that I know of, we made some custom springs for them. Both went back to the stock front end.
Couple of major problems with doing it. First, because there's no easy way to get equivalent travel at the back you end up with the nose of the bike up in the air and a lot more rake and trail. The bike isn't going to handle well at all on pavement, and even off-road it won't be any joy. Second, there's a reason the average street bike doesn't come with 9+ inches of travel. If you spec the springs so that the travel is usable the bike will pitch severely under acceleration and (especially) braking. Under hard cornering the bike will move around on the suspension a lot, feeling very unsettled and insecure.

Bottom line, IMO, is that the Strom isn't any kind of dirt bike, and attempts to make it one are going significantly compromise on-road capability in return for very marginal improvements off-road.

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