2013 Suzuki DR650 SE
UK Registration: HD62 PJY
It isn’t often you come across an off road bike that’s as clean as this one is.
These Suzuki DR650’s were never brought into Europe however they are a massive seller over in America, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
I purchased this bike from the original 75 year old owner who was ending his riding career.
I got to his house and instead of taking me into his garage he brought me into his living room where the bike was undercover behind his sofa.
He very rarely used the bike, racking up just over 300 miles per year and assured me it had never seen the rain and that it was cleaned after every ride without fail. He said he serviced it every 500 miles religiously.
The good thing about getting these bikes from Florida is that they don’t really have dirt off road over there, it is more sandy than anything else.
In 1996 the DR650SE was introduced, replacing the previous models. The engine was radically redesigned, reducing its power but allowing for more smooth delivery. The 2010+ SE model has the factory option of lowering the seat height by 40 mm for shorter riders. This involves lowering the front and rear suspension. A shorter side stand is also needed. The SE seat is narrow and firm. The SE has no tachometer but with standard gearing will cruise comfortably at 70mph. It has digital electronic CDI ignition and a coated cylinder bore to reduce weight. The exhaust pipe is made of stainless steel to stop rusting. For a single cylinder bike, it is quite smooth due to the effective balancer shaft. The 40 mm Mikuni BST40 carb gives smooth power flow. It has electric-start only. The 21-inch front tire gives good directional control on gravel roads but is still fine for fast riding on sealed roads with the standard tires. The front fork is non-adjustable while the rear mono shock is adjustable for preload (through a tricky-to-access threaded collar) and for compression damping.
If you are looking for one of the nicest DR650’s you can find then this is probably the bike for you.