The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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No, I haven't. But the upper chain roller has just snapped off on one of our DRs, complete with its mount, leaving a jagged hole the size of a penny behind. I don't think that this poses a seriuos structural problem at this point, as the frame is quite large in this place, but I guess I'll have to have it welded.
If you put panniers on a mono shock trail bike and then jump I guess you can break any frame.
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,
hi donn, sorry i am a computer biff but i tried to answer your question but pressed new topic. if you click into the silky boy suzuki dr topic in the menu it may reassure you if you are thinking of getting a dr
my wife and i are 9 months into our 4 year rtw trip on 2 old (1993 & 1995)dr650s. we have given them some stick on the way and tackled everything between uk and india, including kasakstan and northern pakistan. our bikes are old and we have had no structural problems. touch wood! i have just had a crash in india and totally twisted the rear of the subframe, but no welds cracked!!. the bike was fully loaded at the time too. as beddist says i suppose if you really abuse any bike it will eventually fail, but we have no reason to doubt our faithful dr build quality at the moment. i imagine the new ones are even better designed too.
good luck, jo and matt
I owned 1993 DR650 and currently own a 2003. My understanding is that Suzuki made the newer frame out of thinwall tubing for weight savings, but had varying diameters for structural integrity. I hear that the new frame can "ding" a lot easier. I have never had a bike in the past where you could ding the frame. Maybe bend it in a crash, but not ding it....
The upper chain roller snapping off is a standard problem. Best cure is to cut the whole assembly off when the bike is still new as it's completely useless anyway. All my six SP46A 1997 / 2001/ 2002 had the problem and all ended up with the small hole in the frame. I did nothing about the hole. It does not cause further problems. Be careful with welding it up as the tubing is pretty thin walled and you might cause bigger problems with heat influence / tension than just ignoring the hole.
I had the bracket under the rear subframe which holds the indicator / handle assembly coming off on two bikes. The welding there is not perfect from the factory and if you bolt on a small luggage rack - ping!
Easy to fix with a mag-welder.
I think the frame in general is pretty strong. Two of my DR's were wiped out quite seriously but both survived without any frame damage (can't say the same about the riders)
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