Not quite an adventure bike, but less dirt-worthy than many dual-sport bikes, the 2017 Suzuki DR650S establishes its own nice in the on-/off-road world.The only change to the DR650S this year is going to Solid Black paint and different graphics. As it stands, the still-carbureted DR650S is a strong street performer—though it lacks the wind protection we expect on an adventure bike—though its dirt capabilities are hampered by a 366-pound curb weight, while encouraged by the torquey 644cc air-cooled motor.
The tires are a decent compromise, and does the 10-inch-travel suspension—not too much dirt, not overly street. Height adjustable forks and rebound damping adjustability in the shock allows for some personalization of the rideVisit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Suzuki DR650S Specs:
Engine: SOHC single
Bore x stroke: 100 x 82mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fueling system: 40mm Mikuni BST carburetor
Lubrication: Wet sump
Final drive: DID chain
Front suspension: Height-adjustable telescopic forks; 10.2 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload and rebound-adjustable, piggyback shock; 10.2 inches of travel
Front brake: Floating 290mm disc w/ 4-piston caliper
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.