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Old 02-11-2016, 12:00 PM   #1
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Morning all,

Im going to look at a DR650 sat and if it runs good I will buy it. Just to reassure myself, what are some red flags I should look out for?

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Old 02-11-2016, 12:09 PM   #2
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Well.. those bikes are bulletproof. Leaks, irregular (as in asymmetric or really unique motor) noises, although they tend to sound like tractors at idle anyways, even in top shape.

Look at the standard stuff, frame damage/swingarm scrapes/forks bends.

Theyre not fast.. or high tech... but thye get the job done everytime, forever. I just sold my '91.. and all it ever needed was wear/tear maintenance stuff.

In hindsight maybe none of that is helpful.. but unless something is really glaring- I doubt there's anything wrong with a good running dr650 that isnt a 15 minute fix down the road.
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I've been looking at getting a DR650 for a while now and will probably end up with a Bush Pig in my garage as soon as I thin my herd down. These things are a barrel of fun and way cheaper to insure than most road bikes.

I assume you've looked at this already:

http://dr650.wikia.com/wiki/Potentia...to_be_aware_of

Also, watch this guy's vids. Very funny and entertaining to watch, even if you are not into DR650s and adv riding.

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Thanks for the solid replies. Yeah I have been researching them for a while now and i guess they are as straight forward as it can get.
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which year model are you looking at?
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:55 PM   #6
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2002 with 16k miles
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LOL... you'd be fine if you stick to one made in the last 15yrs. This is one bike the Japanese did not bother to practice Kaizen.
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be sure to ask the seller what, if any, mods the carb has done to it. there are basically three levels of upgrade to it. the first is to shim the needle and remove the airbox's snorkel. then there is a jet kit that requires drilling/cutting the airbox and the most beneficial is to replace the stock carb with an aftermarket pumper carb.
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Kaizen.
I never thought id see that word here. That's basically what I do for a living.
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be sure to ask the seller what, if any, mods the carb has done to it. there are basically three levels of upgrade to it. the first is to shim the needle and remove the airbox's snorkel. then there is a jet kit that requires drilling/cutting the airbox and the most beneficial is to replace the stock carb with an aftermarket pumper carb.
carb mods on Suz 650 & DRZ 400 ....a cautionary tale ..straight stock with you modding is best when buying used
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I never thought id see that word here. That's basically what I do for a living.
According to some, it's supposed to be everybody's job.

Wasn't expecting too many to know the term. Cool.
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Picked it up today...its a blast to ride. All stock.
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Congrats! Suspension need work according to a lot of folks, but a solid DS.

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End of world reliable . Rode mine 985 miles in one day , 3800 miles in a week , 14000 miles in a year . All non commuting miles . I put a FMF pipe , and HSR 41 mm flatslide carb . 38 hp to 42.5 hp does not sound like much gain , but it was night/day difference.

One of my all time favorite bikes ever . FYI with street tires you can wipe the floor with sport bikes in the mountains

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Congrats! Suspension need work according to a lot of folks, but a solid DS.

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End of world reliable . Rode mine 985 miles in one day , 3800 miles in a week , 14000 miles in a year . All non commuting miles . I put a FMF pipe , and HSR 41 mm flatslide carb . 38 hp to 42.5 hp does not sound like much gain , but it was night/day difference.

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