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    Suzuki DR600 1985

    I've just bought a DR600 that has been standing under a cover for six years. I bought it because the XT500 that I bought a couple of weeks ago is a long term project and I have nothing to use on the road until that is restored.......

    The DR600 turns over ok, has good compression and is generally looking fairly good. The carb is currently seized and I suspect is full of old petrol, so I will investigate in the next week or two.

    I must admit that when I placed the wanted advert for an 'XT, XL or similar', a big Suzuki didn't spring to mind, but now I have it, I'm really looking forward to having a tinker with it.

    Any comments, good or bad, about this bike?

    I'm going to take it to the Uttoxeter Classic Bike Show at the weekend. Not that I see it as a classic necessarily, but it is 25 or so years old, so I'll put it on our VJMC South Staffs section stand in an 'As Found' condition to see what the opinions of the bike are.

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    Re: Suzuki DR600 1985

    I`m the expert on these so if you want to give me a ring pm me for my number

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    Re: Suzuki DR600 1985

    DOCTOR can you help,?

    the last big single i owned, about 20 years ago was a panther 120, think it's about time i went single again, undecided about wether to buy a dr600 or dr800, my riding will be mainly on the road, with an occasional potter on a green-lane,
    the 600 sounds good, kick start, less complicated than an 800, lighter than the 800, just wondering wether the 600 would be up to motorway work,?,
    been trying to work out the pros and cons of each, hp verses weight, mpg, etc,,
    as you've mentioned you've had a few of each, your input would be appreciated, cheers

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    Re: Suzuki DR600 1985

    am sure DR Big will be along soon

    I have the DR600 its lighter than the 750/ 800 and ok at motor way speeds .. but it is a single, and even with balance shaft.. you will know ..

    DR did the Longest day 24 hr run on his 750.. they fair lick along.. but I would get an AT mate

    mind you anything is smoother than a sloper panther
    XLV 750Rf RD01 1985 Simple and Sweet
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    Re: Suzuki DR600 1985

    Quote Originally Posted by raymo View Post

    mind you anything is smoother than a sloper panther
    no vibes on the 120 i had, smooth as silk, 100mph, and about 60mpg, heres a pic, put a triumph g/box on it, better clutch than a burman, and a few other mod's,,



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    Re: Suzuki DR600 1985

    Quote Originally Posted by GARAGE HERMIT View Post
    no vibes on the 120 i had, smooth as silk, 100mph, and about 60mpg, heres a pic, put a triumph g/box on it, better clutch than a burman, and a few other mod's,,



    guess that springy seat helped.. mate had one years ago.. fired at every lamp post

    my A10 was good for 105 and did about 65 to the gallon... 5 gallon tank..

    boiling the chain in waxoil at the weekend.. bolting bits back on....

    ahh.... memories..
    XLV 750Rf RD01 1985 Simple and Sweet
    XL 600V R Transalp 1994 Stella Basher
    DR 600 Raider 1985 Knee Smasher
    XRV 750R RD03+ 1988 Frankathon spawn of the Transalp and RD01 , and a1992 750 Marathon kit
    XRV 650R RD03 1989
    The Longest Day Rider 6
    TLD 2008 John-O-Groats to Lands End 14h 50m 880 miles
    TLD 2009 5 capitals 23h 50m 700 miles
    TLD 2010 Run for the Sun 19h 30m.
    TLD 2011 Tower to Tower 17h 700m+ one channel Tunnel and arrived in time to watch the Eiffel Tower lights go on

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