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Final Motard Questions.

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So I’ve search and have found some very interesting stuff about motarding a DR, but I would like to have a few final questions answered/clarified.

So if I do the whole rear rim up front, and lace up a 4.25” in the rear what are my tire options for the front?

From what I understand the rear tire should be a 150/60/17 or 150/70/17.

What about the front? What is the width of the stock rear rim and will the rim fit a 120/70/17 (and work properly). If this rim does not work for a 120/70/17 is there a rim that would work and still fit on the DR? What tire size does fit the rear stock rim? The reason I wonder about the front is that this is a super common front tire for sport bikes and take offs are easy to get for next to nothing (heck I have two sitting in my garage with lots of life left right now)

The plan as of now is this:

Procure a DR650 (post 1996)

Lace up 17’s (based on the response from this post)

Fork Brace

Add .3” preload to front forks

Let it breath a little (but I don’t want it too loud)

Drop some weight

Have fun!

Has anyone have any experience with changing fork oil to adjust your damping?

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Are you asking about using the rear wheel as a motard front wheel? If so, it has been done, and you should be able to do it. There is some Aussie guy who has done that but I think it does require some fabricating on the front brake. I can't remember if he posts on this site or on supermotojunkie, do a search on either or and you should be able to find it.

With a 120 up front, you have tons of tire options, its the 150 in the back that limits you a little. But that is what I run on my DR650sm. There are still lots of tire options. A lot of the older sportbikes and todays "b" level sportbikes and smaller sport touring bikes have a 150 in the rear. (Suzuki Bandit 600, Katanas and the like). I have a fairly cheap IRC sport touring type, that so far is holding up well. Decent stick and little wear.

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I have a 150 on the stock rim. It looks too skinny and is not recommend but seems OK.

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That rear rim is too narrow for a 120/70-17. I believe it is a 2.5 or 2.75x17. You need a 3.5x17 rim in the front.

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