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Thumbs up DR650 RTW/ADV prepped - Boston, USA

SOLD - FOR reluctant SALE is Rosie, my 2006 DR650 - SOLD

I say reluctant because she has been, and continues to be a fabulous bike; so much so that I planned on continuing my journey aboard her for many miles to come.

However the cost of shipping to the UK and importing (Import Duty/Sales Tax/Inspection & Registration Fees) just don't make financial sense and so I am reluctantly looking to find her a new home.







A little history…

I bought her in Utah in October 2009 from an aircraft technician who had maintained her meticulously. She's a 2006 model and had 2406 miles on the clock at the time of purchase. I rode her to Boston where I set about converting her into a suitable bike for my ongoing RTW journey. Below is a full list of modifications.
You can see my DR650 Build-UP on my website and view MORE DR650 BUILD-UP PHOTOS in my Smugmug Gallery.

Since leaving Boston I rode around the USA, Canada, Alaska (to Prudhoe Bay) then south through Mexico and Central America and on down to Chile. From there I rode NE through the Amazon, Guianas and Venezuela before shipping from Bogota to Miami and riding back up the east coast to Boston.
I originally left home in 2006 aboard a BMW F650. Sick of repairing it I shipped it home from Peru and bought the DR. It has been a revelation that totally transformed my journey. As you can tell I have become very attached to her during this time!
You can see the whole story at my website Shortwayround or get a brief view via one of my ADV threads - Trails of North America or Trails of South America


Reliability

I planned on riding this bike for a long time and so I prepared her properly and maintained her properly. I do all my own bike preparation and maintenance as I have since I was 16. My background is Road Racing where things are either 'right or wrong' rather than merely 'acceptable'. As a result the motor still sounds sweet and doesn't burn ANY oil despite her 75,000 miles. I checked the valve clearances at every third oil change but only had to adjust one valve on one occasion. The stainless steel oil filter has been washed at every oil change.
She has only failed to start on one occasion. I was camping in the Andes at 4400m (14,400') and rose before sunrise to visit the Geysers at El Tatio. The temperature was -12C (10F). She bump started easy enough though.

Every bike has its Achilles Heel and the DR650's is rear wheel bearings. Rosie is no different and I've replaced three sets along the way. As Achilles Heel's go, rear wheel bearings are about as simple as it gets!

Such was my intention to continue my journey aboard my DR that I've already had the rear Cogent Dynamics shock re-built by Rick himself (all internals replaced) and fitted a new air filter.
I would happily ride this bike another 75,000 miles.


Required Maintenance

The fork bushes are worn and need replacing. I will do this (and fit new oil & dust seals) this week. I haven't done it yet as I have a set of DRZ400 forks in the UK which I was planning to fit.
I will change the engine oil and wash the oil filter.
Whilst Rick at Cogent Dynamics re-built the shock I stripped, cleaned, inspected and re-greased the linkage with waterproof grease. There is no sign of wear.
Air filter is new. Brake pads are new OEM front and rear.
Tyres are Metzeler Enduro 3 Sahara. Front is in great shape, rear is 2/3 through its life. Chain is DID 525 VX (X-Ring) on OEM sprockets and has plenty of life in it.



MODIFICATIONS


Suspension
- Cogent Dynamics rear shock (just re-built) with AOL3 Ceramic Coating. 7.6kg/mm spring
- Forks fitted with RaceTech Gold Valve Emulators. 0.8kg/mm springs. 10w oil

Fuel & Exhaust
- Safari 30l (7.9gal) tank. Actually holds 35l (9.2gal). Enough for 600km. Custom made steel brace to replace the flimsy aluminum original
- Mikuni FCR Flatslide 'pumper'carb
- Airbox mod (top cut out)
- GSXR1000 Titanium silencer (Muffler)
- Two Brothers stainless steel mid (connector) pipe with Kientech adaptor plate (for GSXR can)
- Additional fuel tap for draining tank and filling camping stove

Ergonomics
- Renazco Racing rally seat (suede)
- Ovesize footrests
- Pro Taper Evo bars
- Renthal bar clamps mated to custom machined (aluminium) 25mm risers
- ASV Clutch lever. Adjustable span. Non-breakable
- Laminar lip screen
- 'Ken Sean' dual sport folding mirrors

Electrical
- Trailtech 'Vapor' computer
- Eastern Beaver H4 headlight relay kit
- Fused battery and ignition feeds to cockpit
- Cockpit: 2 x ON/OFF switches with LED's for GPS supply (battery feed) and auxiliary charging
- Cigarette lighter socket
- BMW Socket
- Ignition fed (fused) supply to rear for laptop charging
- Heated Grips
- Non-std l/h switchgear to incorporate 'OFF' position for headlight
- DRZ250 Tail light (OEM in Australia. Fits the mudguard (fender) molding
- LED license plate light
- Buell flexible indicators (turn signals)

Luggage carrying

- Moto-Sport pannier frames. R/H frame extended to add aluminium tool tube
- 4" diameter aluminium storage tube with locking watertight cap. Holds 2x tubes/tyre levers (irons) and a peanut butter jar!
- OEM Suzuki rack. Extended to support duffle bag but allow seat removal

Protection
- B&B Off-Road bash plate (from Australia - the best)
- Clutch, Ignition and oil filter guards from Motorcycle Products
- Cycra Pro-Bend hand/brush guards

Miscellaneous
- Scotts Performance stainless steel washable oil filter
- Oversize side stand foot
- Scottoiler
- Stainless steel front brake hose
- Touratech MvG GPS mount for 276c (needs new dampers)


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Asking price is U$3000 Bike is Registered in Utah, USA

Please PM me if you're interested and we'll arrange a phone call. The bike is in Milford, MA approx 1hr from Boston.
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Rosie was put out to pasture today on the trails of Maine.
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Kind of a bittersweet moment no doubt letting go of a trusty steed. I have followed along on your blog. Hopefully it went to a good home who appreciates the great deal of thought and effort you put into that bike.

Really enjoy your travel tales and postcards from the edge. Hope to see you down the road someday. Best luck!

Kindest regards,
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Kind of a bittersweet moment no doubt letting go of a trusty steed. I have followed along on your blog. Hopefully it went to a good home who appreciates the great deal of thought and effort you put into that bike.

Really enjoy your travel tales and postcards from the edge. Hope to see you down the road someday. Best luck!

Kindest regards,
John Downs
Cheers John...thanks for your post. Great to hear you've enjoyed my stories. ShortWayRound part II awaits...

Rosie is in 'semi-retirement' riding the trails of Maine.
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