4Suzuki DR650SE

Suzuki DR650SE

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4.3

43 reviews · Statistics

PositivevsNegative
86% · 376 · 14%

Mileage 113,000 km
Build Quality
4.0 (5)
Value for Money
4.2 (5)
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.4 (5)
Noise Level
3.4 (5)
Braking
3.4 (5)
Acceleration / Power
3.4 (5)
Gear Shifting
3.2 (5)
Suspension
3.2 (5)
Fuel Efficiency
3.2 (5)
Comfort
3.2 (5)
Handling
3.4 (5)
Impressive 644cc engine capacity
Good for long-distance rides
Expensive for a LAMS Bike
Seat is on the high side
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Reviews

43 reviews
Elstauncho
ElstaunchoNSWSydney, NSW9 posts
 
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Steveo56
Steveo56NSWSydney, NSW31 posts
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gtp8 posts
 
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Steve S.
Steve S.
 

blown up gearbox

this a 3year bike with 38,000 km no sign is was going to destroy it self left me stuck in the bush miles from nowhere not good for a adv bike steer clear from them 2 off my mates have had the same problem at 10,000km and 19,000km. not happy Show details
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Kiwi
Kiwi
 

If you could only own one bike

The DR650 is a great bike but it needs a few mods to make it an exceptional all rounder.
1 - chuck the standard seat away (the further away the better)
2 - chuck the standard muffler away (as above)
3 - 20 litre acerbis fuel tank
4 - carb rejet with procycle jetting kit plus mods to the carb & airbox as per Full Force Racing Video. (BETTER MPG than stock set up + more power !!!!)

Sure the DR650 is a bit on the porky side and the suspension may need a bit of tweaking but it is the best adventure bike you can buy for the money - Basic & reliable with little to break when you fall off (which you will if you use it to get off the beaten track)

There is a good reason why the DR650 has legions of diehard fans..... Show details

Henry
HenrySAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA13 posts
 
Shaneo
Shaneo
 

Love the bike

I bought the bike with 5000ks on the clock. I have now done 13000k.

The bike does every thing I want it too for how I use it,which is more road than dirt. The bike sits on 100kmr without a problem.Also as I am getting older I wanted a more lighter bike with less maintenance and the DR is perfect. I service the bike myself. I still have the standard tank on it and I get about 250km between fills depending how I ride it .Only vice is the seat it’s a bit hard on the backside but a lambs wool fixes that.Recomend the bike to any one.

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steve
steveToowoomba10 posts
 
JK1190
JK1190Brisbane10 posts
 

Love it

This bike is fantastic to ride. Purchased one earlier this year. Love that it's simple to tinker around with too. Unlike other bikes, this one is easy to make any adjustments or repairs to. This bike has been ridden both on road and off. When riding on road once it reaches about 80 kilometres per hour it starts to get a bit reckless. This I have attributed to it's dirt tyres. When off road this bike makes everything a breeze. Even beginner riders are able to test out and build skills off road without coming off. This bikes balance is fantastic considering it's height and weight.

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scott
scottNTDarwin, NT17 posts
 
Ratt
Ratt
 

Not just a motorbike. , forget dogs being mans bestfreind, your dog will come second to one of these

Very great motorcycle. 1. Cheap. You can pick a used one up very cheap.

2. Build any bike. They are a platform for a great adventure tourer, daily commute, heavy dirtbike, supermotard, tractor to tow a plough.

3. Lots and lots of ome and aftermarket parts and accessories.

4. Loves to wheelie.

5. Bulletproof

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Michael Czajka
Michael CzajkaVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC134 posts
 
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Katana1100s
Katana1100s
 

Awesome bike. So good I bought two

I bought an 04 model and thrashed it unmercifully for 5 years. I still have it and it goes great. I crashed and drowned it but it always came back for more. I bought another 2012 model and put 40'000 km on it in 3 years. Solid, dependable and tough. I will buy another when I wear this one out. There is a great range of aftermarket accessories available for them. If they fix the neutral sender unit issue and make the seat more comfortable it would be nearly perfect.

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jamie
jamie
 

dr650se

used a courier bike 95,oookm no problem at all, great on fuel, long power range through gears, comfortable seat, front shockers alittle small , great all round bike , oil cooled and no water or radiator was a bonus less trouble, use the clutch and dont break gears dude and ride properly. couldnt say more about it. love to own another one .

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Pasty
PastyHobart17 posts
 

Questions & Answers

Jay J.
Jay J.

Can I buy a 2006 DR 650 with 8.5k on it? What should I look for to check if it’s ok? Owner claims to have seldom used the bike

Rob Q.
Rob Q.

What does the SE signify

old FT
old FT

Can you fit a v storm 650 xt seat to a DR 650 se

Henry
Henry  

No.

Steve C.
Steve C.  

not one similarity between those bikes. May as well try a seat from a Harley

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Details

Engine

The Suzuki DR650SE features a fairly powerful 644cc engine capacity, which is close to the maximum number allowed by LAMS - 650cc. If you’re looking for a powerful LAMS bike with fast acceleration, this Suzuki motorcycle is likely to be an appealing option.

Price

On the flipside, the $9, 490 starting price tag for the DR650SE is considerably higher than many other LAMS bikes that are designed exclusively for on-road use. If you do choose to buy this bike, it’s probably going to be more worth it to keep it as your regular bike, even after you've progressed from your learner permit and P’s to your full license.

Points of Praise

  • The simple yet effectively built engine allows the DR650SE durability, and it endures well over long-distance trips, including in the Aussie outback
  • While the price seems expensive compared to on-road motorcycles, reviewers often cited it as cheap - compared to dirt bikes that are made solely to travel off-road.
  • This was described by reviewers as the best compromise between an on-road and off-road bike. If your riding is divided pretty evenly between urban areas and unsealed roads, this DR motorcycle is a winner.

Points to consider

  • While the seat height can be lowered by 40mm from its original position, reviewers pointed out that this still may be a little high for shorter riders.
  • Many reviewers mentioned making modifications, however you likely won’t be able to do this as a LAMS rider.
CategoryTrail Bikes and Learner Approved Bikes
Engine Capacity644cc
Release date

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