Used 650, what year models are best?

I'm finally selling my '83 Honda XL600R. Still runs fine after all these years but I am upgrading to a DR 650. Can anyone tell me what different years a redesign occured and if there are certain year models to avoid. Thanks

For general model info, check:

http://www.suzukicycles.org/DR-series/DR650.shtml

Basically, 96-current is the same, just changes in colors. The suzuki site has info on the '08 and it's still the same bike (same colors as '07 just different tank decals).

I believe '90 was the 1st year, '91 minor mods, '92-95 are the same.

I don't think you can go wrong with anything '96-on. Not that the older ones were bad, but there's so many parts for the "current design" that it is an easy choice.

if you really want to be anal about it 2003+ models have an updated base gasket as the older design was prone to leakage. Updated gaskets are identified with metal rivets on the corners of the base gasket.

And the 97-98 models have a starter gear grenade like problem, totally correctable for $160 worth of parts (before the grenade goes off). And that PURPLE frame.

Hi. Thanks for the link. It is perfect for what I want to find out...Joel

And the 97-98 models have a starter gear grenade like problem, totally correctable for $160 worth of parts (before the grenade goes off). And that PURPLE frame.

maybe the engineers designed a time release grenade to rid the world of marketing's purple frame fiasco.

WHAT THE HECKS WRONG WITH A PURPLE FRAME?!?!?!?!?! :thumbsup:

I painted mine black.......

WHAT THE HECKS WRONG WITH A PURPLE FRAME?!?!?!?!?! :thumbsup:

I painted mine black.......

So your bikes' name is now "Formerly known as Prince"?

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