The Suzuki DR 650 was introduced in 1990 as a result of the DR600 modification and Suzuki's desire to compete with Honda with its NX650 Dominator.
The motorcycle was based on a simple 1-cylinder air-oil-cooled engine, producing 46 hp. and 57 Nm of torque. The motor had 4 valves and 1 camshaft. Depending on the version, the launch was carried out by means of a kick or electric starter.
Main modifications of Suzuki DR 650:
- Suzuki DR 650 R (Djebel, Dakar) - classic enduro with one exhaust pipe and protective glass on the reflector.
- Suzuki DR 650 RS - Touring enduro version with pronounced wind protection and twin tailpipes.
- Suzuki DR 650 RSE - the version is similar to the previous one, but with an electric starter, a larger battery and a more powerful generator. 15 kg heavier.
- Suzuki DR 650 SE - an upgraded version of the Suzuki DR650R, which replaced it. Features a retuned engine (for better low-end traction), stainless exhaust, suspensions and the classic off-road enduro look. Corrosion problem for swingarm, frame and gas tank has been resolved. Suzuki DR650R is 25 kg lighter.
In 1997, based on the Suzuki DR 650 engine, a touring enduro model was released - Suzuki XF 650 Freewind, which was the answer to the European flagships - BMW F650 and Aprilia Pegaso 650.
To date, only the Suzuki DR 650 SE '' model is on the market, which is still officially produced and sold. In 2015, the company celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Suzuki DR 650 SE release. Since the motorcycle has hardly changed in terms of engine and still has a carburetor, it is hardly sold in Europe (due to Euro-3 emission standards). Meanwhile, the Suzuki DR 650 SE is very popular in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, where it ranks among the top 5 best-selling motorcycles over 500cc. cm.
The main competitors of Suzuki DR 650:
Comparative table of technical characteristics of different versions of Suzuki DR 650:
|Model||Suzuki DR650 (R, S, RS, SE)|
|Engine type||1-cylinder, 4-stroke|
|Working volume||644 cc see - DR650SE|
640 cc see - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Bore / Stroke||100 x 82mm - DR650SE|
95 x 90.4mm - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Compression ratio||9.5: 1 - DR650SE|
9.7: 1 - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Number of valves per cylinder||SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Fuel supply system||carburetor, 1x Mikuni BST40SS|
|Ignition type||electronic CDI|
|Maximum power||43 hp at 6400 rpm - DR650SE|
46 h.p. at 6800 rpm - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Maximum torque||54 Nm @ 4600 rpm - DR650SE|
56.6Nm @ 5000rpm - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Front tire size||90 / 90-21 M / C 54S|
|Rear tire size||120 / 90-17 M / C 64S|
|Front brakes||1 disc 290mm, 2-piston caliper - DR650SE|
1 disc 280 mm, 2-piston caliper - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Rear brakes||1 disc 240mm, 1-piston caliper - DR650SE|
1 disc 230 mm, 2-piston caliper - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Front suspension||Telescopic Fork (Unadjusted), 260mm Travel - DR650SE|
telescopic fork (no adjustments), stroke - 240 mm - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Rear suspension||monoshock with progression (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 260 mm - DR650SE|
monoshock with progression (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 220 mm - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Motorcycle dimensions (LxWxH)||2255 x 865 x 1205 mm - DR650SE|
2250 x 870 x 1315 mm - DR650S, DR650R
2235 x 870 x 1345 mm - DR650RS
|Saddle height||885mm (845mm - Low Seat) - DR650SE|
890mm - DR650S, DR650R, DR650RS
|Maximum speed||150 km / h|
|Fuel consumption||5 l / 100 km|
|Fuel tank capacity||17 L - DR650SE (1996-2000); DR650R, DR650S, DR650RS (1992-1996)|
13 L - DR650SE (2001+)
21 L - DR650R, DR650S, DR650RS (1990-1991)
|Motorcycle weight (dry)||147 kg - DR650SE|
152 kg - DR650S, DR650R
155 kg - DR650RS
|Motorcycle weight (curb)||166 kg - DR650SE|