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  1. Roger Beck

    Lowering DR650

    You might also review the postings at http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=435255 , there were some interesting discussion & photos on this topic. Also http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=469964
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    1997 DR650 Flaws?

    Check out http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=5068858#post5068858 I too would lean toward the 2006. Here's some info on the 1994-1997 era bikes: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6579626#post6579626
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    Oil Filter: cheapest place? DR650

    " I have an 2007 dr650, will these filters work?" I have a 2006 DR650. The oil filter my Suzuki dealer sold me was Suzuki # 16510-37450, which is listed in the options for the Emgo filter on the bikebandit page. The Emgo's seem to work OK on my '06. They didn't come with O-rings, and neither did the Suzuki OEM's. So the Emgo filters would probably work on the 2007 model too, even though the web pages says "1990-2003". I haven't heard anything about Suzuki changing filters specs. http://www.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/product~pf_id~3145330~section_dept_id~1155115~terrain_dept_id~1158920~cat_dept_id~1159710~product_dept_id~1159744~mfr_name~Emgo~selection_Path~4.asp
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    Oil Filter: cheapest place? DR650

    I followed a tip from jrs200 and ordered ten filters for about $28 shipped. http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=497581&page=2
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    "stock" DR650SE biggest pros / cons ?

    Hi hawgman94, Regarding the mechanical issues you asked about, some have had the upper chain roller break loose and take a piece of the frame with it, which is what mx_rob was referring to. There has been an issue reported regarding the neutral safety switch coming loose and making for loose parts in the crankcase. For some history on the DR: there were cylinder base gaskets that leaked, but that was fixed around 2004. There were some grenading crankcases for about one model year, around a decade ago. These aren't "must fixes", just things I've read about on Thumpertalk that I think you want to know about. I have about 7,000 miles on my 2006 with no problems. I don't even mind the seat (but I usually don't ride more than about half an hour without stopping.) I mostly ride blacktop and gravel roads. I really like my DR650. They don't make many simple general-purpose motorcycles anymore. I lowered mine, which is a factory option.
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    Handling after lowering dr650

    After I lowered my DR650 it reduced some of that "I'm falling over & it's too far to put my foot down" feeling at low speeds, particularly when I am turning around on the side of a slope. It just feels more stable to me at low speeds. I have no intention of raising it again. I use the bike as a general-purpose runabout, so the ground clearance is not an issue for me. For trail riding I think I'd leave it lowered, get a bash plate, & avoid rocks & stumps. It would depend on what kind of trail riding I was doing. I'm too out of shape to wrestle a DR650 through a ravine - I think I'd look for an old 175 Yamaha for that! Lowering the bike would lower the center of gravity. Just my opinions - not encumbered by the facts....
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    Lowering DR 650

    There was discussion on what reversing the lower collar on the rear shock does at http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=435255
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    Fork Boots, do I need them on the street? '93 350

    I replaced fork seals on a Honda CB360 a couple years ago. Didn't enjoy it much (including trying to smooth little scratches in the tubes), so I added boots to it. I thought it looked better with the (black) boots. A matter of personal taste. I don't care much for the carnival colored boots either.
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    Any year DR650 to avoid?

    wfsdno, you might take a look at http://multisurfacemotorcycling.com/dr650_page.htm ('though brianwheelies has already mentioned what they have to say). My 2006 DR650SE feels more stable to me since I lowered it. I have a Pro Moto Billet rack. I've read that Suzuki sells a rack, & a large one is available on ebay (I think). I strap a plastic cooler on the rack. Ugly, yes. Seems I need more gear than I did 40 years ago. I agree with mx rob. I don't think as much oil is necessary as specified. I live in Lincoln County, about 50 miles northwest of St. Louis. I might drive 70% blacktop, 10% gravel, 20% divided highway. Rear knobby lasted 5,000 miles. I might replace with something more street oriented. r.b.
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    Trouble with the new DR650s??

    3233 miles on a 2006. Stock except Spitfire windshield, Pro Moto Billet luggage rack, and I lowered it at 2565 miles. I've been hearing what sounds like a rod knocking that I had not noticed at first, but I've been following these posts and figured it was probably chain slap. I suppose lowering the bike changed the chain geometry a little, perhaps adding to any potential problem. At 2895 miles I noticed that a screw securing the chain guard was gone, so I replaced it. I'm not sure if it's knocked since then, guess I've been having too much fun to notice. Only problems I've had are the one lost screw, and twice I've had it suddenly die, then start right back up again. Both times I had revved the engine while I was declutching to downshift; don't know if that had anything to do with it. I haven't received any technical bulletins. I ride pretty easy (except one time I surprised myself and did a big wheelie when a dog came after me). I mostly ride blacktop roads, and the rear tire already looks more than half gone at 3233 miles. I don't think there is any other bike available at any price that I would like more than this one. I wanted a lightweight simple reliable "standard" that wouldn't beat its guts out when I couldn't avoid the divided highway, and had enough power to get out of the way. With a 32-inch inseam, the DR650 has worked well for me. I would love reliving my younger days on old two-stroke twin, but decided I liked riding bikes more than I like working on them. I never worry whether my DR's carbs are synchronized.... I'll let you know if I throw a rod.
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    Is my DR Lowered?

    lmcdonald, you might also review the postings at http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=435255 , there were some interesting discussion & photos on this topic. Roger
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    Blipping the throttle

    I've always blipped, for smoother downshifts and because it feels good! However, I've driven my DR650SE 2,757 miles and twice I've had it mysteriously die while in motion, after which it started right up again, and I think boths time was after I'd blipped. Both times in August, for what it's worth. I'm not sure if it was the blipping that caused it to die, but I wanted to document it here in case anyone else has this experience. I'm a Blipper, he's a Blipper, wouldn't you like to be Blipper too?
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    speedo condensation

    Could a packet of Silica Gel or Polly Desiccant be placed inside the speedometer? Cameras and electronic gadgets come packed with those.
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    lowering a DR

    If the spring seat (aka donut, collar) has been inverted and you wish to reverse that process too, then things get more complicated....
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    DR650 repair question - plz help!

    Sometimes a bad ground (e.g. watch for corrosion) or use of the wrong bulb can make some wierd things happen. ~Roger