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2015, 6000kms.

Shinko 241 with a few thousand KMs on it.
Yamaha rack and storage box (Not a Pelican, but sure tastes like pelican.....)
Aluminum handguards
Moose carbon steel 'ATV-hi' bars.
The larger eBay footpegs.
45-tooth JT rear sprocket and o-ring chain.
Oil changed about every 1000kms, Lucas semi-synthetic.
The owner's manual, both keys, the original front tire, foot pegs and 50-tooth sprocket would go along with it.
The passenger pegs and brackets are not in the picture, but are back on the bike now. I removed them....to save weight. How ludicrous that sounds when you actually type it out....

Bought it as a learner bike with a plan in the back of my head to go a bit bigger and more highway capable in a couple years.
It's been a year....kind of have my eye on something, so putting a feeler out and see what happens.


$3400 <-- Not written in stone, but not going to give it away either)
Located in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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"If I drove all the way to North Bay next year, would I get sent home because I showed up with a DR650? haha"

Not a problem. In fact I owned one a couple years ago too. I traded tinybear (another forum member) my 2010 TW for it and now we are both back on TW200s.... just saying. The DR is a nice bike but just to big and heavy for me on most of the trails I ride however it might suit you and the places you ride. If you can, keep the TW till you are sure that is what you want. No body should own just one bike anyways.
 

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Agreed the DR is a great bike and I PERSONALLY WILL own one again (along side my two TWs) some day BUT off road it was just too much for me it was too big too heavy and had enuff power to get into trouble in a hurry. And I'm a Pretty big dude at 6ish feet and 280lbs. I could lift that DR without issue but it was not fun trying to drag it out of a ditch when I lost it in a rutted out sand corner. Too be fair though I am a decently experienced rider (14 years) I have only been playing off road regularly now for the last 4 years.

In comparison the TW is a JOY off road easy to toss about and can go places I never thought I'd try off road. BUT on road well it works but I sure miss the DR there. Thankfully I have multiple bikes and have a Vstrom for my road riding and use the TW for off roading and a some commuting (only 10kms to my work). Essentially the TW allowed me to have fun off the beaten path all day without truly feeling beaten to a pulp. The DR felt like too much work on the trail and stoped being fun too soon in the day for my liking.

If your main riding is on the street the DR will serve you very well and it's great on easier groomed trails. But when the going gets tuff off road you will be sapped for energy and the risk of injury when/if you go down off road is slightly higher simply due to the added weight.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I do appreciate it. I'm still on the fence.
Having racked up 12,000km on my ATV in the past bunch of years, I've kind of seen all the crappy trails around here, and am...over it? lol I'm honestly finding that I'm enjoying exploring country roads I've never been on, and dirt roads, and good ATV trail... If I come to something that looks 'ehhh....', I turn around and find a different way to get where I'm going...or go somewhere completely different. I'm also wanting to get some storage and do some touring around, weekend camping, etc.
Not that the TW won't do all that....
The DR's in nice shape, is an '09 with only 6000kms. Spoke to the Suzuki dealer, they were nice enough to check what they could in their records and Suzuki's and see if there's records of it having 15,000kms on it 5 years ago or something dicey...nothing like that came up. Even swap for the TW, plus $750 in cash. And they put a 30-day powertrain warranty on it.. I'll pull the cover off and check/address the NSU bolts, and all the other DR650 stuff.....if there's a current issue with something, it'll rear its head in 30 days of riding....

It has 2 new Kenda's (50/50 sort of rubber), an actual rack, a good skidplate, a brand new rear shock due to a leak, and aside from that it's all there...it has a few bumps and scrapes, but nothing that I likely won't inflict myself over the span of a few years.

I just don't know....given that I don't want to do any tough trails and stuff, I'd likely be better off with the DR to build into what I want. BUT..I know what I've got with the TW, and it plugs around dirt roads and trails just fine.
 

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I can tell by reading what you're writing you want to move on, which is fine. The seed has already been planted. A few regret leaving their TW days behind them but most do not. If you can't or don't want to keep both, then the handwriting is on the wall.
 

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Neither the room in the tiny shed, or the $$ to keep two bikes on the road. I think the TW was (still is) perfect as a do-it-all bike, and if I didn't have that urge to go so some weekend camping and stuff, it still would be perfect... Plus now I have 4000kms worth of riding in and have been able to figure out what sort of riding I want to do. I still feel like I should go out to the shed and apologize to the little TW for what I'm considering. hehe
 

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I still feel like I should go out to the shed and apologize to the little TW for what I'm considering. hehe

I know. It's sort of like taking your dog to the vet to be put down. You feel guilty but it's got to be done.:rolleyes:
 

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This is what I was thinking - but you have to do what you have to do at the time

Either way - hope you stick around ........
 

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"Glad to see everyone's at the same level of weird as I am. haha
And never know, if I do pull the trigger, I might end up with a TW again later on."

Ya ya see your starting to make sense again... keep talking. I'm just teasing you. Last weekend I swapped bikes with my buddy for about an hour (Kawasaki Super Sherpa) and it really made me question why I ride a TW. That bike honestly is way nicer to ride than a TW, has discs front and rear, nice suspension, stainless exhaust, smooth quiet engine with more power, 6 speed etc. On or off road it will do anything a TW will do. I want to try a KLX250, WR250 and a KTM before I buy my next bike. Ok what am I talking about my next bike is the 2015 TW200 in my garage that I haven't even plated yet. I'm pretty sure it has better suspension, 30 horsepower and a 6 speed. Yea TW200 forever!
 

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Sorry to turn this into a "Waaaaa...tell me what to dooooo." thread. hehe
Well seems to me your got this sorted and know what your getting into. The DR is a great do all machine it's makes a great light adventure tourer that's a lot of fun to ride. If you can only have one bike I think a DR650 or DRz400 are some of the best options.

If I could only have one as much as I love the TWs I would not opt for one they simply can't do all the riding I enjoy. At this time I'd probly opt for a DRz400 lighter and better suspended than the 650 and does not give up if any power to the 650 but not as relaxed as the 650 or as easy to maintain. Then again I LOVED that big 650singles character was sooo much fun. Felt like such a hooligan machine.

Grrrrr thanks a lot now I want another DR650.
 

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Grrrrr thanks a lot now I want another DR650.
Ask me in a year, I might trade you one for a TW. haha

Still haven't decided...but the reliability, ability to get out further and load it up with camping gear and stuff sure is tempting. The rage of farkles, though......mmmmmm, farkles.....
Another thing for me to consider, as a green rider, even after lowering, it'll still be pretty high for a short-ass like me.
 

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Ask me in a year, I might trade you one for a TW. haha

Still haven't decided...but the reliability, ability to get out further and load it up with camping gear and stuff sure is tempting. The rage of farkles, though......mmmmmm, farkles.....
Another thing for me to consider, as a green rider, even after lowering, it'll still be pretty high for a short-ass like me.
That I can't help you with when I had mine it worked for me at stock height I have about a 30-31"inseam (depending which leg as ones been shortened thanks to a impact with a car lol). When I traded it to Peter I know he did lower it but I'm not sure how much it realistically does.

I will say you will likely be very happy with the DR in mostly stock trim. A few things I disliked were a the stock tank is a tad small for that big engine In my opinion. Fueling was a bit on the lean side and very finicky to sort out, it will likely need tinkering a bit. And lastly gearing on road was great but I swapped mine to a 14 tooth front I believe which help immensely on the trails but made it a bit high strung for highway duty (this one depends I guess on your usage).

In all honesty I strongly considered getting another Dr650 last year instead of purchasing my Vstrom and just building it as the ultimate light adventure touring bike (I like them that much). But being as I had the TW for trail work I opted for the even more road oriented Strom as it's closer to my ideal travel bike in stock trim. But part of me still thinks the DR would have been more fun.
 

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Good good bikes them V-Stroms...:)
That I can't help you with when I had mine it worked for me at stock height I have about a 30-31"inseam (depending which leg as ones been shortened thanks to a impact with a car lol). When I traded it to Peter I know he did lower it but I'm not sure how much it realistically does.

I will say you will likely be very happy with the DR in mostly stock trim. A few things I disliked were a the stock tank is a tad small for that big engine In my opinion. Fueling was a bit on the lean side and very finicky to sort out, it will likely need tinkering a bit. And lastly gearing on road was great but I swapped mine to a 14 tooth front I believe which help immensely on the trails but made it a bit high strung for highway duty (this one depends I guess on your usage).

In all honesty I strongly considered getting another Dr650 last year instead of purchasing my Vstrom and just building it as the ultimate light adventure touring bike (I like them that much). But being as I had the TW for trail work I opted for the even more road oriented Strom as it's closer to my ideal travel bike in stock trim. But part of me still thinks the DR would have been more fun.
 

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Well...the trigger has been pulled. '09 DR650 6000kms Comes with a Suzuki rack, skidplate, new tires (K270's unless I'm mistaken), bar risers, folding shift lever. Overall clean, no signs of neglect or abuse, the bottom of the skidplate isn't bashed up, no doinks on the bottom of the forks, the oil cooler doesn't even show a bent fin.
I can just get the balls of my feet down on level ground, but the shock bolt and sliding the forks up about 3/4" is supposed to drop it another inch. 99% sure I'll do that at least for the first while.
Laid awake many nights weighing the pros and cons. A big pro is that it comes from a well-liked used powersports dealer in town, they have a good name and put a 30-day powertrain warranty on everything that goes out their door.

Oh, and we had a laugh at the young guy that cleans their machines and fixes up little things.....who can spot the obvious in the picture? It was resolved quickly after I pointed it out. Nobody's perfect....
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