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  1. johninkincardine

    johninkincardine ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Anyone out there done any suspension upgrades to a DR650? I know there's some convincing reviews on the DR650 forums but it would be nice to find someone local who has done some of the upgrades to get their impressions and possibly meet up with before sinking $ into upgrades.
  2. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    No useful suggestions yet, so I'll make a fake one ....

    An easy upgrade would be to lose 300cc :)

    The '99 DR350SE has Pre-load, Compression and Rebound adjustments on front and rear suspension. As you know, I've had several RD350's and a 2012 DR650. I really think the 350 is the better overall bike.

    There's a good one on Kijiji for $2300 - probably close to what you'd spend replacing the suspension on your 650.

    Bob
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
  3. toddszr600

    toddszr600 ODSC-ADV Member

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    I have some "compromise" upgrades, I have a Cogent "rebuilt and revalved" rear shock with a stock spring, proper sag set, I have Cogent DDC drop in cartridges in the front with the stock progressive springs, longer preload spacers and 5W oil, nowhere will you find anyone that will recommend this setup, :)

    I call it a compromise as Im realistic how I use this bike and am experimenting one step at a time, I run +/- 12-15000km/year, I commute 100km a day, run lots of gravel, bush trails etc, long loaded for camping ADV rides, and stripped down hardcore off road, i.e. Hatfield McCoys on a DR is hardcore for a bike this size, Muskoka rocks, log jumping and mud etc..

    But lets be honest, most of it is the commuting/back road blasting, long distance stuff, so I dont want a bike that only performs in the nasty and rides like a hay wagon going to work. I ran stock on the last bike for 65,000km and never found much I couldnt take on, albeit not very pretty. The last 10,ooo or so with the Cogent rear shock convinced me to add front DDC as well on the new bike and here is defiantly an improvement, less pogo sticking and more control since tire are in contact with ground more, due to not changing the front springs, some of the brake dive is still there but its better and again seems more stable in the rough.

    So, I may yet change the front springs and possibly the rear, but right now Im pretty happy with my compromise and am not inclined to jump there yet, remember this is totally a personal thing based on "butt dyno" only, so you need to decide what type of terrain want to focus your efforts on fixing the performance or find you own "compromise"

    As Im sure you know, lots of options, from full on swaps, like RM forks, DRZ shocks, to $1000+ aftermarket shocks and other fork solutions, depends on what you want.


    Cheers, Todd
    YMMV;)
  4. johninkincardine

    johninkincardine ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Todd...Thanks for the review. I have pm'd you.

    Bob...Already have a "modernized" DR350. Its called a WR250R and it already has an upgraded Racetech suspension :D.
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    dano60 Limited User

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    I was reading that post...RD 350...lol that would make quite a dual sport! I think your problem John is too many bikes! ;)
  6. Tim

    Tim Limited User

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    John I have the cogent reworked shock . I tried it with a stock spring , and it was pretty good . Works much better with 7.3 spring .
    Forks have . 55 springs with damper rods that have been modified by vintage suspension tuner Bruces suspension . They are very good . He charges $70 if you send him the rods.The modified rods require 5w20 motor oil .They are every bit as good as my friends emulator equipped forks .
    If you're in Niagara area , you are welcome to ride the bike
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    nokturnal Limited User

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    I have had a couple DR650s.

    The forks need attention on road or off, the dive is almost dangerous. I have used the gold valves/re-spring, and it worked great. I might be inclined to to the DDC thing if there is a next DR650 in the garage.

    The rear, to me, really only needs attention if you're over 190lbs, AND/OR plan to do some reasonable off-roading. I went with the balls out Elka shock (group buy) on my first DR and it was fantastic, handled better on the street, and took anything I was willing to throw at it offroad... keeping in mind it's 350+lbs. I would not want to do much more than a fire road on the stock shock.