Oops...this is the Lesser Makes thread
Anyway, the DR650SE is a very old mechanically simple enduro style bike that'll maybe allow me to ride longer into older age, me thinks. Many of you know that my recent extra bike the DR200 was exactly what I needed but it can be a bit stressful on highways. Either it is whirring away trying to keep up or there is someone on your tail again. So a 650 cc engine will allow me to hit all types of highways. And the best part is that it's technology won't be that different from the R65LS LRB's. Screw adjust valve clearances, carbs to keep clean. Just have a chain which is a pain but doable esp. when I add my DIY chain oiler as I have on the Triumph Bonneville. LRB will get a rest sometimes except for longer highway journeys. The Triumph will probably get sold to my newly licensed nephew (51 yrs. old/ CBR250R first bike)
The seller has really improved the DR immensely. When I read the advrider.com 650 thumper site I can see that he has done many of the upgrades they tout as good improvements. Only thing I gotta do is lower the seat and while I am at that, I'll be having the upholstery improved as the seat is like a board and I'll be crossing the country on that 2"x 4" board if I don't do something while I'm out there.
So I have a niece and a friend on Vancouver Island to help me with the logistics and at least I don't have to worry about the many details of importing this bike.
Also, Derek and I heading to NC and will be visiting Aida and Graham late of this forum!