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    Tales from the Emporium

    Hello, my name is NordieBoy and I've just bought a DR650.

    Be gentle with me.



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    Oh crap mate, you're just asking for trouble by asking them to be gentle with you!!
    But hey, welcome, have fun and is about as gentle as it gets.

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    P.s, I know that's a pisstake. New bike goodness, cool!!!!

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    WOO HOO! What year mate? The DR is the best big thumper for NZ adventuring I reckon, well apart from the KTM 640 Enduro of course

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Hello, my name is NordieBoy and I've just bought a DR650.

    Be gentle with me.


    Good choice. Fit it with proper knobblies and away you go!

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    Welcome to the esteemed ranks of DR riders, please feel no need to surpass my record for crashes in one day!
    The 650 is a great choice (just bought my second one) and its just in time for summer.

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    2001 with 7000Km on the clock.

    Givi screen.
    ScottOiler Touring kit.
    20L IMS tank (460km to reserve apparantly).
    Corbin Seat (that's going to get an extra couple of cm of padding soon).
    Ventura pack-rack and pack (dumping these and fitting my 45L Givi topbox).
    Heated grips (ripping them off as soon as possible - too plasticy and fat - anyone interested?)
    My spare mirrors off the other Nordie (no vibration and adjustable reach).

    Apart from that, everything is stock inc the tyres.

    Am thinking of one of THESE though.
    A 14t front sprocket as well as maybe the SuperTrapp off the Nordie.

    The Nordie is 13 years old and isn't designed for 5 hours a week of riding.
    It's starting to need looking at and the DR seems to be the ideal replacement.

    Power is down compared to the Nordie but with the extra 100cc the torque is spread far wider.
    The Nordie is a grin factory, the power is good and then at 6500rpm is GREAT but it's my work bike not just a fun bike so has to go
    Front brakes are adequete but I'm comparing them to a bike that weighs the same and has twin 4-pot 280mm discs on the front to the DR's single 2-pot 290mm.

    Anyone replaced the front brake lever with an adjustable one or one that's just a bit further away from the bars? I'm crushing my knuckles 2-finger braking.

    Handles nicely and the stock tyres are fine for my riding (lack of) style and speeds.

    The Nordie was a road bike that could be taken off road if you had to.
    The DR is a motorbike - do what you want, it'll cope.

    My brother is a mechanic at the local Suzuki dealers so that helps

    So far, I'm happy with it esp. at the price I paid.
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    That looks like great fun. Do keep us road dwellers informed of your adventures.

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    The DR looks great, I'm envious already! You might want to consider a bash plate for it, the cases seem a bit fragile and don't take a lot to damage or hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    2001 with 7000Km on the clock.

    20L IMS tank (460km to reserve apparantly).

    The Nordie was a road bike that could be taken off road if you had to.
    The DR is a motorbike - do what you want, it'll cope.

    So far, I'm happy with it esp. at the price I paid.
    It looks real good.

    RE the range, I get 16km/l and others seem to be getting between 16-20km/l, so I would expect your range to be 320-400km.

    I like your description of a DR, I've found mine will do whatever I chuck at it.

    So how much was it? Feel free to tell me to bugger off if you want

    I'm curious to know where it came from? I didn't think black ones were sold here, although they were in Europe and Canada. Apparently the '07 model here will be available in black.
    The views expressed above may not match yours - But that's the reason my Dad went to war - wasn't it?
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, .... but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out,... shouting "man, what a ride"!!!

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    Maaate! What a sweet rig, It's not often something that tidy & well set up comes along, let alone at a good price.

    Cheers
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    Hey... Welcome to KB... great bike you have there!
    I'm not a complete idiot... some pieces are missing

    Quote Originally Posted by DingDong
    "Hi... I rang about the cats you have for sale..."..... "oh... you have children.... how much for the children?"

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    Nice new toy! Great choice. Lucky to pick up a real tidy one with a nice IMS tank.

    Quote Originally Posted by far queue View Post
    I like your description of a DR, I've found mine will do whatever I chuck at it.
    You mean what you have Chucked it at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDU View Post
    You mean what you have Chucked it at.
    The views expressed above may not match yours - But that's the reason my Dad went to war - wasn't it?
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, .... but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out,... shouting "man, what a ride"!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Hello, my name is NordieBoy and I've just bought a DR650.
    Huh....newbie since 2004?
    But congrats on the new bike - good choice, wouldnt mind one myself
    Experience......something you get just after you needed it

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