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Suzuki DR650SE

Suzuki DR650SE

4.3 from 43 reviews · View Statistics

Pros

  • Impressive 644cc engine capacity

  • Good for long-distance rides

Cons

  • Expensive for a LAMS Bike

  • Seat is on the high side

Reviews

4.3

43 reviews
  • Build Quality
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Mileage 15,000 km
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (1)
  • Braking
    3.0 (1)
  • Acceleration / Power
    3.0 (1)
  • Gear Shifting
    3.0 (1)
  • Suspension
    2.0 (1)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    3.0 (1)
  • Comfort
    3.0 (1)
  • Handling
    3.0 (1)
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gtp

gtp

  • 6 reviews
  • 14 likes

Good at most things

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Purchased in June 2014 at Suzuki Dealers for $7,500.00.

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scott

scottalice springs

  • 8 reviews
  • 3 likes

Great highway bike that doubles as a dirt bike

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Date PurchasedFeb 2012
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Michael Czajka

Michael CzajkaGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 31 reviews
  • 21 likes

DR650SE (2012)

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Date PurchasedJan 2013
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Outdoors_Guy

Outdoors_GuySydney, NSW

  • 36 reviews
  • 39 likes

Great Budget All Rounder

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Trial run

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Just bought a new 2015 DR as well. Still running in (220k) but a bit if pinging and tapping at cruising speed (60-80ks). Is that normal? Great bike but sometimes noisy and not sure if that is normal i.e the sounds. I love the DR but not good enough to know the right or wrong noises.

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very impressed with the style and power

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Love this ride. Easy to control on road off road. Highly recommended to anyone who wants a cheap easy to maintain motorcycle.

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TODDY

TODDYYASS

  • 13 reviews
  • 33 likes

Great Bike

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Change of thinking

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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!
Fun Factor
Noise, My wife's Janome had a deeper growl.

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Vicki86

Vicki86Adelaide

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 likes

Just keeps going!!!

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Brett11
Brett11

Agree with vicki86 100 percent, I have owned 30 plus bikes including Harley's, I keep telling myself I should buy a bigger brand for image, but each time I ride the DR it does so much right,change seat and a few other items and it is even better

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awkitus

awkitus

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 likes

Good

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Good

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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

old FT

old FTasked

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

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Henry
Henry

No.

Steve C.
Steve C.

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

Hilux1369

Hilux1369asked

Hi what type of oil do I use in my DR650SE 2010 mod?

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Henry
Henry

I use Penrite HPR Diesel 15 15W/50 Semi Synth in all my bikes. The 10L drums are often on special at Supercheap too.

steve
steve

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.

Gulf western syn-x 3000, 10w40 semi synthetic works fine in a dr650 , or any wet clutch motorcycle , there are no friction modifiers in it , and you can pick it up on special for as low as $15.00 for 5 lts .

Dude

Dudeasked

Can I be a little over the high mark on oil inspection window?

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scott
scott

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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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 dateMay 2007

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