Originally Posted by Bjorn
I looked at the DRZ400. Nice bike. Easy to work on??
Perfect bike for me would be:
- low weight, reasonable power, comfortable top speed of 110-120
- aircooled (easier to work on – though I might be wrong. And of course, pretty much EVERY bike is easier to work on than my current F650GS
- spare/service parts such as valve-shims/filters readily available in S-America/Africa (i.e.: NOT a BMW or KTM
- fuel injected (=less petrol; I'd carry a spare injector needle for emergencies – lightweight enough anyway)
The Suzuki DR650 just about fits all your requirements .... save F.I.
Its a 650 too but lighter than your F650, 60 lbs. lighter.
Very easy to work on, screw adjuster valves, Oil/Air cooled. Ten minutes to clean air filter. Big tank available cheap. Super strong rear sub frame so no worries about bending or cracking sub frame on rough off road.
Suspension stock is a bit soft but easily ... and cheaply upgraded. Needs a seat, but once that is done expect 600 kms. days without discomfort.
The DR is quite smooth for a single. Cruises very nicely at 70 to 75 mph, all day, everyday, in 45C heat. Motor is very solid. The rubber isolated foot pegs and rubber isolated handlebars help make long riding days easy.
50 MPG. I run an IMS 5 US gallon tank. 230 mile tank range.
I've ridden my DR a couple times in Baja and some in the Mojave. It is actually quite good in sand with knobby tires on. Great on rough two track
and desert tracks. Great on rough paved roads ... you will never, ever slow down for a ToPE ... and very fun on fast twisty roads.
Crashes very well, needs only a couple simple and cheap guards.
Tough Wheels, no Dents, loose spokes or failed wheeled bearings.
DR's have been tested severely off road ... and they passed.
Bearings in general last a long long time. (Koyo)
Minimal spares need to be carried. Its Japanese. Get used to it. In 33K mine has never let me down. Not one time. Just basic maintenance: (tires, oil change, plugs, valve adjust, air filter service)
Uses no oil, 4000 mile oil change interval.
Uses 525 chain, at 12k miles I went with DID VM2 X ring chain, this chain is now at 22K miles. I will renew at 25,000 miles.
Relatively light weight and handles very nicely off road once set up right ... even loaded up with gear.
Stator output is just 200 watts, but stator output can be upgraded.
Only 50 mpg (your BMW does better no doubt)
Suspension needs up grading (stiffer)
Change battery every 3 years ... no matter what.
Weak Headlight (go to 35 watt HID and LED tail light and signals)