1985 Suzuki DR600
The DR is the only bike I have ever bought new, and
I wish I still had it. It was superb. I made my own side-covers and
muffler and fitted grease nipples
on the suspension linkages for easier maintenance. I smoothed the ports and improved the jetting. It flew. On twisty sealed roads it
was more than a match for most sports bikes, and in the dirt it did
everything I ever asked of it, though sometimes under protest.
tough, slow going the engine would overheat and lose compression until
it cooled down again. This habit, its tall first gear (which made hill
climbing a hairy activity) and the small amount of oil it used from
new were its only faults. Otherwise, it got 60+ mpg, did over the ton
(170Km/hr), crucially weighed only 136kg with the absence of electric start, had torque everywhere, and sounded great.
took it on a pioneering adventure, riding from Melbourne to Sydney via
dirt tracks through the mountains, intending, but never quite managing
to write an article about the trip. I sold it to a friend with 30,000
Ks on the clock before heading overseas, but wish now that I'd buried
it somewhere for later retrieval. What a great bike.
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