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DR650SE First Ride

The Budget Adventure Tourer

by K. for


I purchased slightly used 2009 DR650SE in the winter of 2011 for the Adventure Touring series and as the project bike.

isn’t the best time to buy a new of course, and the weather just cooperate.

But when the snow melted, it was time to take it for a

It had been quite some since I last rode a motorcycle, and I didn’t quite what to expect.

In fact, I over this purchase for longer than it usually to decide on the next new bike. I had read all the DR650 and KLR650 forums and reviews while my research, but let’s face it a 650 cc, single-cylinder motorcycle is generally kid stuff nowadays by many

Of course, DR650 owners better, having completely the naysayers whilst going on their way, enjoying a bike and much fatter

But still. I couldn’t shake nagging feeling that this was a mistake. Like modern motorcyclists, I’ve brainwashed into believing any engine with less 90 or so horsepower is worthy only of

An Almost New DR650

My new DR650 had 400 miles on it when I handed the check. The previous owner it brand-new from the same installed a jet kit, an FMF slip-on and a KN air Apparently, that didn’t do it for him and after only 400 miles he brought it back and traded it in on a

I was concerned about the slip-on, when we started it up (in the showroom, no it sounded loud. Very But the dealer still had the original so I figured what the heck, I always swap out the FMF if it proved to be too for the neighbors.

Then the bike sat in the for a few weeks while winter did its and the battery went …. was just about the time we were looking for a victim for a (LFP) battery replacement, so the with its … OE battery, was The results are detailed in our Shorai vs. LFP Battery Comparison .

It’s an interesting story, but the line is that the Shorai LFP saves 5 lbs. and gives a boost to the DR650’s starter when it brings that big 650 cc to life. The bike literally out of its slumber with much alacrity than the barely-capable lead-acid battery originally by Suzuki.

First Ride

The was installed and the day finally arrived the weather cooperated. It was cool but dry and and time to go.

After reading the manual and familiarizing myself the bike (which doesn’t long, another benefit of such a simple machine), I up, turned the key and was ready to go.

First of I noticed that even my full riding outfit and my 30.5 street pants I had no trouble climbing aboard and the ground. OK, so I can’t flat-foot it, but I do that on my Ducati Multistrada 620 In fact, the Multistrada may be just a more difficult because of its seat.

The DR650 is also much and narrower and the clutch is way better the on/off switch of the Ducati, the DR650 cable-operated clutch has a friction zone that can be This makes it much to handle the bike and would be a benefit for beginners.

Also, the has a wide range of steering which means the handlebars can be side-to-side without hitting the This makes slow-speed a no-sweat proposition. The Multistrada all that bad either, but the GT1000 and my Sport were terrible in regard, something for beginners to

The new Shorai battery quickly the engine to life and the sound of the FMF dissipates once I’m out of the although it definitely barks I give it throttle. In normal it isn’t bad at all and overall, it’s a sound, so it’s definitely on.

First Impressions

Three struck me on that first The DR650 feels more of a than I expected. It does not like a toy, but a real with a solid countenance.

Although the narrow profile different from most (and bloated) motorcycles, not that different, at least compared to the Multistrada. Maybe jumping on the DR650 from a would be shocked, but not me.

But the real surprise was how much power single-cylinder produces. I couldn’t you the rated horsepower, but it’s for me — yet one more confirmation you don’t need 100 HP to have Crack open the throttle and the jumps.

Part of it is surely due to the torque from the big single but at speeds up to anything that is legal in the U.S. I think the is more than adequate.

I no problem pulling up a hill or as fast as necessary, with in reserve. Maybe I’m not a rider (I’m not), but the DR650 doesn’t feel all much different from the Multistrada 620, another that has all the power anyone need.

I haven’t tried it a passenger, and don’t intend to, I always ride solo. And see what happens when I it up with a set of full panniers, but not anticipating any problems in the power

The third surprise, and perhaps the is the way the bike handles. I thought skinny, semi-knobby tires give a squirrely ride and I some … stories the Bridgestone Trail Wings. I’m scratching my head, what they’re talking because this DR650 handles.

Score one for modern technology.

I can whip it through the like a Supermoto and I bet with a set of street tires (conversion are available), this thing be fantastic. It actually feels solid than the Multistrada, has always been a bit twitchy in the

The 90 mm wide, 21 front tire on the is the limitation, but not anywhere near as bad as I it might be. I can feel it push a but it gives plenty of warning. also amazed at the Trail I don’t have much with dual-sport tires, but have so far exceeded my expectations.

I the bike off road once so far and the shock to me was how well it handled, to the Multistrada which, of course, is not an bike at all (not that I tried). But even a semi-improved and dirt) road on the Multistrada tip-toeing it through, while on the I barely notice a difference asphalt.

The brakes on the DR650 are adequate, more by the narrow front than anything else. The front disc is easily enough to overwhelm the traction the front tire has to offer, so why would spend money to upgrade the brakes is beyond me.

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