Suzuki DR650 Short Way Round

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Short Way Round


More photos in the ‘DR650 gallery – HERE

Why a DR650?

my F650 was an opportunity to take a different approach and incorporate of what I’ve learnt the last 4 years. What I learnt? Well, if you want to off the beaten track then is the key.

My F650 took me to I would never have possible prior to leaving but at great expense to the chassis. A bike and kit mean its gentler on its so requires lighter springing in turn puts less on surrounding components – at least my theory. Lady P weighed + food water. I’m hoping the DR weigh in around 220kg.

I’m too that it won’t just it’s more reliable on the of terrain I’ve traversed so but that I’ll be able to routes that I would considered ‘off-limits’ on my F650.

– Weights: Inc ALL tools, consumables, GPS but with NO fuel =163.5kg.  loaded inc 35l fuel but NO food or = 217kg. These weights from the cement works in Utah.

The original weights given in lbs – 360 480. The figures are so that I later wondered increments and ’rounding’ figures used.

Fully Loaded

And in her incarnation

Another thing I to ensure is that all tools and are carried on the bike and not in my luggage. On occasions I’ve had the opportunity to without luggage but I’ve been concerned about not all I needed to repair a flat etc.

A smaller, lighter package also reduce the cost of and may make it a feasible option

My first choice was a Suzuki Contrary to popular belief you need a big engine to travel the Once out of

Western Europe and off the of Australia the majority of time is below 90km/h. Unfortunately it was my legs that finally my decision for me as at 935mm the 400 seat is higher than the 650. It sound much but believe me it is you’re 5’4”!

The DR650 had benefits too. Air-cooling, tappets and a three bolt sprocket all bode well for travel. Being Japanese it a very small range of (bolts etc) which in reduces the number of tools and will add to the weight saving.

the F650, it needs no special for the steering head bearings and a run proved I can break the bead of the tyre using just my and two tyre levers. That was I couldn’t do on the F650 so I had to carry a cramp to do the job. My toolkit for the BMW a staggering 5.75kg and whilst I yet been able to weight it I the DR toolkit will weigh in 1-1.5kg.

Why didn’t I leave home on a

That’s a good question. back it seems that of our bike research was based Chris Scott’s Adventure Handbook an excellent source of but upon looking through it when visiting Maarten I noticed it to be fairly dismissive of the DR and barely mentions the post-’97 (probably because it wasn’t imported into the UK).

Of all the Overland motorcyclists I’ve the DR650 has been the equal popular along with KLR650 (8 of each) followed by the BMW and Honda Africa Twin (6 This is contrary to the impression by the book. Every DR650 I’ve met has had the same thing to say them. “They’re …


There is really no to go to the lengths I have with my DR to an Overland bike but my bike is my away from home and are some comforts I appreciate.

of the ideas I’ve incorporated come straight from the BMW others are those I’ve up during my 4 years on the road. time will tell they work or not.

is an overview of my DR preparation along some of the reasons why I’ve things.


Being comfortable on the both sitting and standing is an consideration in an overland bike. the seat is the most obvious so is the height and bend of the handlebars, the of the footrests (if you ride off-road) and the between all of them. If you ride you’ll also need to a set-up that works sitting and standing.

Seat – in order to be comfortable a seat to be reasonably wide – just you don’t want when My biggest investment in the DR came in the of a Renazco rally seat. normal width at the front but out slightly further back to a wider seat when without compromising the standing

It’s covered in suede will not only keep it when the weathers hot and warm the weathers cold, but provides grip for your knees standing. I had mine built  1” than stock for my short-arse

26/08/10 – The seat has proven to be uncomfortable – its painful; and I’ve a R1 from England to Spain! been in contact with Renazco and will be visiting him at the end of month to try to resolve the problem. He it is because I’ve had it built 1″ and am lacking cushioning.

If that to be the case then I’m in a real as I can only touch the ground the ball of one foot now and I don’t to have to compromise my suspension. post again once visited James.

02/01/11 – I visited Renazco in September 2010 (See 23) and after discussing my problems owner James, he built me a new 1/2″ taller, repositioned and and extra layer of foam have led to a much more seat. Unfortunately, whilst a improvement was made, it remains the uncomfortable seat I’ve had and remains my only real with the bike.

Suzuki DR 200 S

In less 2hrs my thoughts turn what’s going on around me to how my arse hurts!

Footrests – My DR with oversize footrests and a lowering kit fitted. I’ve the oversize footrests but removed the kit. I’ve also the OE mounting bolt washers larger ones to lock-up the mounting and give a more feel to footrest input.

– My DR came with ProTaper CR bend bars which I but the additional 2” risers didn’t me and were replaced with 1” (courtesy of the ‘homework’ dept of my employer – no names mentioned)

System, Exhaust and Lubrication

My came fitted with a Flat Slide Kehin cut out airbox (link) and GSXR mod (link). Together they throttle response and correct the speed surging often with the standard set-up. The system is also several lighter than stock.

The Safari 30l tank should a fuel range of approximately and I’ve added a tap for filling my stove as I did on the BMW. The aluminium brace supplied with the is rather poor so I fabricated a one. The petcocks supplied the tank had plastic taps and caused problems for some so I them with alloy

Another potential problem is the last few litres of fuel out of the as the carburetor inlet sits than the petcocks. Most create pressure in the tank by into the vent pipe so to this pressure I’ve a one-way valve. Last but not I added inline filters to tank outlet.

26/08/10 – The mid-pipe and silencer fell off in the San Desert in Utah (see 22). The mid-pipe welded had failed and the silencer mount by the previos owner ripped out of the I found another silencer on and purchased a Two-Brothers mid-pipe kit Kientech.

02/01/11 – No problems fitting the above parts

The tank actually holds US Gal

The carburetor breather/vent tubes fitted with T fittings and tube run up to the headstock. If all the breathers submerged in a water crossing the would …. I replaced the head screws in the airbox and clamps with cap heads.

I fitted an additional tap with an for filling my camping stove, an that worked very on the BMW.

The paper oil filter has replaced with a washable steel one.


In a bid to weight I’ve opted to use panniers on the DR. They still supporting to stop them around and to keep them from the exhaust and so I’ve MotoSport  pannier frames and a couple of loops to enable me to run extra straps around the I also added some for fitting a ‘tool tube’ tools/spares).

Soft panniers finding a new place to carry my and so I’ve used a 1400 for which I’ve made a mounting.

The black plastic from a chopping board

Suzuki DR 200 S


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