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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:33 am 
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ProCycle wrote:
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The 2006 model also supposedly has the factory fix for 3rd gear failure which earlier models had with some frequency.
This is an unsubstantiated rumor that keeps getting repeated. Unfortunately there is no evidence to back the idea. There was a part number change which could mean anything - or nothing. There have been more 3rd gear failures since 2006.

That's interesting, a part number change that may not mean anything. Thanks for the clarification. Do you think it's possible to make some kind of determination about this? Just speculating, but I suppose a new part could look identical to an old part yet be hardened or improved in some way, hence a new number. Or the part could be unchanged and merely given a new number for indexing or any reason unrelated to being improved.
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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:04 am 
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WoodRat wrote:
ProCycle wrote:
WoodRat wrote:
The 2006 model also supposedly has the factory fix for 3rd gear failure which earlier models had with some frequency.
This is an unsubstantiated rumor that keeps getting repeated. Unfortunately there is no evidence to back the idea. There was a part number change which could mean anything - or nothing. There have been more 3rd gear failures since 2006.

That's interesting, a part number change that may not mean anything. Thanks for the clarification. Do you think it's possible to make some kind of determination about this? Just speculating, but I suppose a new part could look identical to an old part yet be hardened or improved in some way, hence a new number. Or the part could be unchanged and merely given a new number for indexing or any reason unrelated to being improved.
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Yes i was thinking about the replacement gears in excess of AUD $700, whats to say which year model needs upgrading & how to determine the difference in the composition of the product. Does one really pay for a superior piece of metal workmanship.

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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:20 am 
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ProCycle wrote:
WoodRat wrote:
The 2006 model also supposedly has the factory fix for 3rd gear failure which earlier models had with some frequency.
This is an unsubstantiated rumor that keeps getting repeated. Unfortunately there is no evidence to back the idea. There was a part number change which could mean anything - or nothing. There have been more 3rd gear failures since 2006.

Do you mean there's been an increase since 2006 or merely that the issue continues beyond 2006?


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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:39 am 
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Well i did some research before i bought my 06 model, i was led to believe it had the steel bore gasket & 3rd gear fix. Apparently it is all rumour, oh well i keep riding, no leaking bore gasket or whining gearbox yet. :biggrin:

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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
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Do you mean there's been an increase since 2006 or merely that the issue continues beyond 2006?
A very small percentage of DRs continue to have 3rd gear failures. As far as I can tell there has been no change in the frequency.

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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:48 pm 
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Is there any place to get more current info? What's changed since 2004?


Sure right here.

- Color
- Paper to metal base gasket somewhere around 2006
- Countershaft seal retainer late 2012

That's about it.
The 2006 model also supposedly has the factory fix for 3rd gear failure which earlier models had with some frequency. Then in the past year a discussion on rebuilding the rear shock brought to light that the shock bladder now has a football-type needle valve in place of the schrader valve. This change seems to have occurred within the past couple of years.
Anyone know of anything else? :scratch:



I found this in one of the sites listed here for what it is worth about the 3rd gear replacement?



2006 Suzuki year code: K6

The DR650 gets a new 3rd gear after several reports of 3rd gear failure between 1999 and 2005



2006 DR650SE
2006 DR650SE Engine: 644cc, four-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve, air/oil cooled
Bore Stroke: 100.0 x 82.0mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel System: Mikuni BST40
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Digital/CDI
Transmission: 5-speed
Final Drive: #525 chain
Overall Length: 2255mm (88.8 in.), low seat setting 2235mm (88.0 in.)
Overall Width: 865mm (34.1 in.)
Overall Height: 1195mm (47.0 in.), low seat setting 1155mm (45.5 in.)
Seat Height: 885mm (34.8 in.), low seat setting 845mm (33.0 in.)
Ground Clearance: 265mm (10.4 in.), low seat setting 225mm (8.9 in.)
Wheelbase: 1490mm (58.7 in.), low seat setting 1475mm (58.1 in.)
Dry Weight: 147kg (324 lbs.)
Suspension Front: Telescopic, leading axle, oil damped, 10.2 inches of travel, (low seat setting 8.7 in. of travel)
Suspension Rear: Link-type, fully adjustable spring preload, gas/oil damped, adjustable compression damping, 10.2 inches of travel, (low seat setting 8.7 in. of travel)
Brakes Front: Single hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front: 90/90-21 54S
Tires Rear: 120/90-17 64S
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13 liter (3.4 gal.) 12 liter (3.2 gal.) CA model
Color: Yellow, Blue/White


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 Post subject: Re: DR650 Model History
PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:56 pm 
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Thanks for that Cap, the mystery lingers ... :s_dunno

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