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This Suzuki DR650 review explores the Suzuki DR650. This bike is one of Suzuki’s award-winning motorcycle.
Suzuki DR650 Review
In this review, we will look at various things that make this bike to be the beast that it is.
Suzuki DR650 Design
The DR650 is a line of Suzuki’s dual-sport motorcycle. The first of which appeared in the early 1990s. The DR650 is built with minimalism in mind which translates in the weight. The DR650 is super light.
With its promise of minimalism, the bike feature no electronics. This is nice if you consider that electronics might get in the way of adventure. You should not consider this a curse all because modern motorcycles feature electronics gadgets.
The bike seat stands at 88cm. a consideration that the bike will be off the road most of the time.
Talking about off-road, the Suzuki only have one shortcoming – its small tank. The tank of the Suzuki DR is so small that you can’t last long on the road before refuelling. This obvious error in the part of the manufacturers is what makes the Suzuki DR650 sucks.
The seat is also not great. It’s hard that you might not seat long before feeling the rock hard seat. But you can replace it for cheap.
There are some DIY solutions you can use to change the tank to a larger one but get a professional to help you do that. You should also consider spare side mirrors as the stock ones might not survive the elements surrounding adventure travel.
At 166kg, the DR650 is a low weight dual-sport motorcycle. The double-cradle single downtube frame is the reason for the lightweight and makes it suitable for rough roads. This not only has an impact on how the bike function but how it feel on your body. Instead of your body having the toil of the riding as some bikes would do.
The design also protects the engine from the bottom part. There’s a skidplate, which you can get from the accessory store. But instead of investing in it as a necessity, the DR650 design makes it an option.
The distance from the ground to the lowest point of the bike barring the tires is 26cm. this is high enough that it can prevent dirt from getting into the engine. This makes the DR650 perfect for off the road travel.
The springs compress at 26cm, something you need for your safety especially in a dirt road. With adjustable compression damping of the monoshock, you will definitely find the bike easy to ride. In keeping true to lightweight, the hollow axles and the lightweight brake discs help the shocks function longer as the work on the shock gets reduced.
The front disc which is at 290mm is large enough to function in off-road and on a standard road. The disc, in turn, is held by a twin-piston calliper. This gives the bike good braking ability on the road on an unpaved road. This makes the bike perfect for not just the wild but also where civilisations thrive.
At the rear side of the bike, another dual-pot calliper holds the rear disc to give the bike a superb braking strength. In order to stay true to minimalism, the manufacturers ignored brake-lining and ABS.
The 53cm front wheel makes the bike perfect for riding through unpaved roads, where large front wheels excel. To complement it is a 43cm rim at the back. To prevent rusting and keep low weight, the bike uses aluminium rim and add strength with stainless steel spokes. The bike also has laced wheels, which is an asset in the wild.
Engine and Performance
The engine of the DR650 is a small single-cylinder 644cc engine. Since the bike has kept everything to a minimum, this should not be a surprise.
The engine instead of using fuel-injection still uses a carburettor. The engine is air and oil cool. While newer bikes feature radiators or other complex cooling systems, the DR650 would have none of that.
Newer technologies that you will even find in other Suzuki’s model like ride-by-wire, traction control, assisted modes are not added to the DR650. The manufacturers wanted to keep everything simple and simple they did.
The good thing about this engine especially the carburettor is that if you are old-school, you can work on the carburettor and would not get stranded looking for technology-inclined technicians in the middle of no-civilisation. You should note this that you can survive anywhere with your DR650 and that is what this Suzuki DR650 review wants you to know.
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The compression ratio is at 9.5 to 1 which is quite low due to the jug measuring 100mm by 82 mm.
The five-speed drive seems not adequate enough and might need a 6th gear, as you would not even know when you are riding on your 5th. But if you are constantly in the wild unpaved road, you might not need much of speed. Only when you are on a freeway would that thought cross your mind for many adventure bikes could take on more than 130km/hr without you sweating it out.
The DR650 could run for up to 100km/hr without you feeling any vibration. But when it gets pass that speed, you will start feeling the vibration although much lower than many newer bikes.
You will need to keep track of some details like the SACS and some other acronyms because when you need to work on your DR650, you will need them. SACS, by the way, is Suzuki Advance Cooling System, a technology that moves oil through the piston crown and cools it with a cooler in order to reduce the heat in the engine.
Another acronym you should know is the SCEM, Suzuki Composite Electromechanical Material. This tech is a treatment that transfers heat adequately while reducing friction and wear.
Conclusion on Suzuki DR650 Review
The DR650 is a great bike that you will love. This Suzuki DR650 review has shown you the capabilities of the DR650 and where it excels – minimalism.If you really care for a bike that complex technology does not get in the way, you should go for the DR650.