Never ever again
One of the bike that I used without enjoying it. Uncomfortable highway riding, seat uncomfortable. Engine doesn't have the punch, power not enough for me. Being a 650 engine it should me more powerful. The bike is not stable on the road after 110kms starts wobbling. During small windy days found that the bike shakes. Not economical with the fuel consumption.
Good points: Good on country off road use. Suspensions good and the look of the bike.
this is the only motor cycle I've ever had that I'll buy again if it gets destroyed.
I've had 10 bikes since 2001 and liked most of them very much. Current road bike is a 2014 Vstrom 1000 ABS which shares a stable with my DR650. The DR is the bike I'll always keep. When you modify a bike to suit you it's as if it becomes a "friend".
A great commuter, fabulous dirt/gravel road bike and with proper mods a very capable sealed road handler.
My bike has a big bore header/free flow muffler but NO jet changes since I didn't want to compromise economy or range. With a 45 tooth rear sprocket it averages 23 kilometers per litre on my ...
Not the bike for me
The DR650 has a reputation for endurance and reliability, this may be the case, but I found it to be uncomfortable with poor handling....the front mudgaurd wobbles at medium to high speed which was annoying. the tanks abit small... the seat is thin and hard. Its got really good power and torque... actually a bit much for me. I really didnt like thik bike.
Best bang for buck on the market
I've owned my DR for a bit over 2 years now, having 'traded down' from a really nice VStrom 650. I changed bikes because all my mates had a variety of dirt bikes and although the VStrom looks like it can do dirt, it is not set up for off road use and is way too heavy to leave the bitumen (220kg).
I bought the DR without even test riding one and on pick up day I approached it for my first ride with a little apprehension. To make a short story of it, the first ride home was a dream ( the dealer wasn't though), and I have come to appreciate all o...
18 month review
The DR 650 has been a great commuter and wicked at hard pack dirt/gravel track exploring. I haven't had 1 speeding fine as theDR is a bike you can have a ball on just thumping around the side streets/twisties/dirt without having to hit 200 kph to get your thrills. It's easy to do most the maintenance yourself, everything is on YouTube or drriders.com and It is very satisfying tinkering and knowing the job has been done right. The Staintune pipe works a treat as it not only increases power it makes riding a lot safer as it's hard not to hear i...t!...squeezing the 55cm width of the bike (excluding bars as they usually fit over most car mirrors) in between traffic ensures you are generally through to the front in traffic. Swapping the front sprocket (15 to 14) was rewarding with an extra 7% torque and doesn't affect the top end as the bike pulls better in 4th and a lot better in 5th making good use of the extra torque. I also fitted a TM40 pumper carb from Procycle which makes the front wheel sometimes feel as if it is being pulled up by a crane...we'll almost!...big improved fuelling at take off, no surging and no lag whatsoever...very e.f.i like. I have a Mitas E-07 rear and will go for an E-09 Dakar front which will reduce the marble/loose feel the trail wings gave (downhill) on the gravel tracks-this probably due to suspension not dialled in so will get that done next along with bars/bash plate/bark busters before taking it seriously off-road. Now that I have found the dirt the DR is shining awesomely as weekday commuter and weekend trail blaster. Adaptability, balanced chassis, bulletproof, FUN, cheap parts, easy maintenance, fun to Farkle and keep improving a good thing! Seat, surging, stock pipe too quiet.
I have owned this DR 650se motorbike for two years so far, in these two years nothing has gone wrong except for a speedo cable at 2500klms, The bike has plenty of power stock standard, the exhaust noise is very quiet so it wont be a police magnet, great machine on or off road, very good lighting system, gets about 200klms a tank then reserve, uses no oil, standard tyres are good, A warranty of two years with unlimited klms.
Now the problems, the fuel tank could be a bit larger as 200klms is not good enough for a Duel sport bike, In Australi...a the miles seem to go by quickly, and the fuel bowsers are not where you want them, but I live with it as there are heaps of good with the bike. The seat, if you call it a seat, more like a bit of 4x2 timber, narrow, hard, very bad design, junk. If you want to ride a DR650se for any longer than 50klms you will be in pain, for a Duel sport bike the seat is shameful for Suzuki, you will need to get the seat re-done by a seat repairer, $350.00 will get a perfect one (I can recommend one if needed) Suzuki will not cover any cables in the warranty, like I found out with the speedo cable, read the fine print in the warranty section before you buy. All in all the DR650se is a very good bike and after my seat was re-done, I am very happy with the DR, I would and have recommended the DR650se, to date three people have bought a DR on my recommendation and are vey happy with them. A GREAT MOTORBIKE, would be a five star bike, but the rock hard thin seat ate one star, so only four stars from me. Price, Waranty, Quiet, Enough Power for highway use. Seat, Seat, That very hard seat, Should have a larger fuel tank.
Jetting with FMF powercore slip-on muffler
I recently purchased a 2012 DR650SE & was wondering if anyone out there can tell me how to set my carburettor for a FMF powercore 4 slip-on. I couldn't believe the weight difference & the power is phenomenal compared to stock. Its running slightly rich & if anyone could help it would be much appreciated.
PS if your looking for one of the funnest most reliable bikes don't look any further than the DR650SE...
Happy riding people.
Reliable, good price, easy to maintain & such a fun bike on & off road
Suspension & stock muffler
Change of thinking
My last ride was a Honda VFR750. I bought the DR due to being forced back onto my 'L's' long story...and being a bit of a torque fiend and all the reviews said it was good bang for buck. To be honest I thought the DR was a little underpowered. This all changed today when I had my 1000 K service and included a staintune exhaust. This has transformed this bike. I was honestly ashamed of the bike before, now it sounds like a harley and has great road presence. Suzuki should make these things stock, wasn't cheap at around $1000 but now the DR has grown up and is a real blast to thump around on. Farkle up!
Noise, My wife's Janome had a deeper growl.
After 30 years without a bike I and 2 mates bought 3 DR650's new in 2007. We are very happy with the bikes and have had many great trips, and some spills. We have been hard on these bikes and they love it. Initially the clutches needed adjusting as they were set too fine and started to slip.
On the road they will sit on 110kmh (GPS) all day and TS at about 140kmh (GPS) with 14T and loaded. In the bush they will run all day and be ready for the next tough day. If you fall off you can be pretty certain of getting back on and continuing where you...
Just keeps going!!!
Have just purchased my 2012 DR 650 and have to say it is better than I expected. Today I did 400 plus Kim's on it and I am just running her in.... It got better ever 10 Kim's. By the end of today's ride I had total confidence in the bike and my purchase. I have previously ridden Harley Davidsons so this is a leap of faith. Boy am I impressed. My partner still rides a Wide Glide, let me tell you though the twisty bits I had the edge!!! Have had the bike lowers but am still going to get a low seat. Power delivery is much better than I expected. V...ery happy!!! Will make some changes like seat, mirrors, bark busters etc... Will keep you updated, over 220kms before I hit reserve. Easy to ride, inexpensive, easy to modify, cheap to insure and run. Hard seat and high seat height.
DR 650 09 MODEL A WINNER
This would have to be one the of the all time best buys on the market
basic reliable bullet proof motor , it can cruise all day on 75mph without any issue, its simple to maintain and wont cost you a fortune for parts, in fact its very hard to fault the DR650 the only add on it requires are a quality seat or even suzuki gel seat is a 100% improvement on the original and a decent screen up front eagle screen in australia make a quality screen for the DR , Add them 2 items and you have a top bike that will go anywhere on or off road and with the ...
Getting it Right: A Superb, Purpose-Built Machine!
Positive: An excellent, "all-around", nearly infinitely customizable, machine. Overall, it is one of the best, most cost-effective and most elegantly designed, dual-purpose motorcycles ever made. And, even better, it works brilliantly right "out of the box". By adding/customizing, you make an excellent machine even better and more right for you. Choosing your own add-ons, you save a small fortune by only paying for the "extras" that you want and are right for you. I agree with all of the other, previously-stated, positive comments regarding th...e machine. Negative: The seat is dreadful. And, it is not like Suzuki is unaware of this issue. I think the designers of the seat should be made to sit on it while they are at work. I guarantee their subsequent designs would be much more tolerable. The lack of a tachometer and a fuel gauge is very annoying. I have heard all of the nitwitted excuses for why it is OK that these instruments are missing. The bottom line is that these gauges reduce mental workload and unnecessary distractions while underway. This leaves the rider more time to concentrate on riding the motorcycle and maintaining proper situational awareness. Overall: A great bike, at a good price that does what it was meant to do quite well. If you want/need a high-quality, super-reliable, superb performing, fun dual-sport motorcycle, then the DR650SE is your Huckleberry! Elegant, excellently-designed and proven, solidly-built, reliable, affordable Awful seat, no tachometer, no fuel gauge
Good Bike, nice suspension and plenty of power for a LAMS bike.
The range on a tank is about 200km before you need to switch to reserve, that is city use, so more on the highway.
simple to service and modify, changed the barkbusters and put a renthal bar on.
overall a really nice bike, just needs a 6th gear, after 70km/h you are in 5th.
Reliable, cheap to run, easy to service and good over potholes
No 6th gear.
A good bike, especially for the price. That means you can afford to spend on accessories and option up a bit. With a few options e.g. larger tank, rack, sump guard etc. you should be able to do everything that other more expensive dual purpose bikes, at up to twice the price, can do.
Mine has 10k and is 2006 model. It is a good all roads bike. Fast enough for longer bitumen rides. Light enough and with long enough suspension travel for good gravel road handling. Reasonable brakes. Has plenty of low and mid-range torque. Light for a 650. Uncompl...
Must say I'm adicted to My DR, my wife says "you love that bloody thing more that me".Why not the bike doesn't answer back and does any thing that I ask it!
But seriously I'm just starting to do a few mods; Starting with small number plate holder, Sump gard, 21 lt fuel tank, Upgrade the Suspension, some frame gards(stop rubbing the paint off)and some Renthal bars and barkbusters.
This should ony cost me about $1500 - $2000
Thats the best thing about this bike you can make it your own, if you're like me I like riding them as much as working o...
This bike does it all. I had a KTM950Adv before but found it unmanagable riding in soft or loose conditions with it loaded up. The DR650 on the other hand simply handle whatever comes its way. Just comepleted a 5,500km trip through the Queensland and South Australia outback including the Simpson Desert and the bike was superb. Never been happier.
Steady performer. Bullet-proof motor. Fantastic all rounder.
Seat - too hard and narrow as a dual-sport tourer. Lights. Tank capacity (sorted out with 30litre Safari Tank - gives 650+km range)
Endearing! People grow to love their DR650's. Only competition in this price range is the Kwaka KLR 650 but it's heavy and bulky in comparison.
Cheap as chips to buy, cheap to run. Relatively nimble off-road. Grunty on-road performance.
Hard seat is a real pain. Soggy suspension and lack of wind protection. These can all be remedied(at a price)
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Questions & Answers
Hi what type of oil do I use in my DR650SE 2010 mod?
I use Penrite HPR Diesel 15 15W/50 Semi Synth in all my bikes. The 10L drums are often on special at Supercheap too.
Depends on the climate/riding conditions and what sort of money you want to spend on oil. Check out manufacturer JASO or API oil spec for your bike and try googling the dr650.zenseeker webpage for a wealth of informative info. I have got nearly 50 thousand on mine and have had no problems using Motul 5100 and Penrite MC 4stroke 10W40 ester based oils. Have also used Penrite MC 10W40 full synthetic in it when it comes on special and roughly 5000km between oil changes.
DON'T use ordinary car engine oils with friction modifiers in them as they can cause havoc with the wet clutch in the DR and you should have no problems.
Can I be a little over the high mark on oil inspection window?
I personally wouldn't go over the high mark. But remember to have the bike perfectly straight to read it correctly. If it's only over by 1 or 2 mm, then it won't matter. But 5 or more mm over could cause issues with power and seals. Eventually causing leaks and oil burn. It will also create more fuel consumption as engine works harder in a higher than recommended level of oil. The same reason oil viscosity should be a manufacturer specifications.
So remember that it's actually ok to have a engine at halfway fill level. But check the oil 10 minutes after a ride. As need to know warm levels. Usually it's similar to cold but not always.
My DR650 was always at 3/4 or just below full line. I would lean it up against a wall to point it was about to fall off the wall.
Also I always added moreys or similar oil stabilizer. 25%. Supposed to help prevent wear on cold starts but I used it because hot weather here is over 40 Celsius.
Another great addition is to get oil temp gauge or temp gauge to the engine block. I was amazed at times how hot it seemed to get. Especially on 40 plus days with just air cooled engine! !
I loved the dr650. But sold it for more light weight bike because had too many river crossings by myself and picking it up was just getting too hard
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