'09 Suzuki DL650 project bike

#1
Got my Suzuki DL650 on Monday, already have 106mi on it when I pulled into the driveway today. :wings:

Not my favorite color, but I felt I could do better with the black on this and paint the orange, as opposed to getting the silver/grey and having to deal with all the chrome.

As she is right now-









First on the list- luggage solution. I've been strapping my pack to the board w/ the pack's straps. I need a bungy system I think.

Second- MO-Tech crashguards + skidplate

Saddle bags one day, taller windshield, etc, etc, etc...
 

HMR

Rendezvous Conspiracy
#3
Congrats on the new bike!

Just some food for thought: you can do a lot on the Wee with just a simple set of dry bags.

I did 10,000 miles in 10 week with this setup with zero issues:





 
#4
Nice bike - My son had to sell his last year when he got married - he still misses it! I was very impressed with the capabilities of the 650.

As for bags I just got a set of these for my KTM. The larger size would be perfect for the DL. I like that in seconds you can pull it off the bike to head into a hotel room or set up camp.

http://www.giantloopmoto.com/

I have Jesse Bags on my BMW but still carry a duffel for in and out on hotels without having to dig through the hard cases. This solves that issue... of course others will arise!
 

Trail Monkey

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0014
#8
aw wil -- had no idea you were a GL dealer. just received a set last month for my 990 and the wifes F650 --

I may never go back to hard bags.. that GL is just awesome and fits everything i really need..


Congrats on the new DL650 Coastal Defender - very nice looking - very good choice.
 

weezerbot

Glamping Society
#10
aw wil -- had no idea you were a GL dealer. just received a set last month for my 990 and the wifes F650 --

I may never go back to hard bags.. that GL is just awesome and fits everything i really need..


Congrats on the new DL650 Coastal Defender - very nice looking - very good choice.


No worries James, Sierra just expanded to Adventure Motorcycling...we will have LOTS more for you to purchase shortly. :coffeedrink:
 
#11

jkam

nomadic man
#12
I had an 04 DL650 and put 86,000 miles on it in 3 years.
It was a great bike and handled the rough stuff pretty good for it's size and weight.

Jesse Luggage held a ton of stuff. Aerostich tank panniers fit good and made a nice leg rest. Didn't really care for the SW Motech skid plate or engine guards, I went through a couple of skid plates because it couldn't handle jkam abuse but at the time there weren't many options available.



 
#13
I think I am going to get the GIVI rear rack, and add some 20mm Ammo boxes for now. It seems the cheapest temporary setup until I can save for either the Alu-Boxes or a Carribou Pelican setup.
 
#14
Try to look at the SWMotech side racks and the GIVI racks and compare. I think it is easier to mount ammo cans to the Motech racks because you don't have to cut/alter the rack to do it. The Givi has the Monokey component welded to it in a way that interferes with the can. Also, the givi is tubular where the Motech is flat material where the Ammo can bolts onto.


EDIT TO ADD: The text in RED is incorrect. I corrected myself in a later post.
 
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Try to look at the SWMotech side racks and the GIVI racks and compare. I think it is easier to mount ammo cans to the Motech racks because you don't have to cut/alter the rack to do it. The Givi has the Monokey component welded to it in a way that interferes with the can. Also, the givi is tubular where the Motech is flat material where the Ammo can bolts onto.
I was looking at that, and was weighing the $80 price difference.
 
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