If you are into going real adventurous on the backroads or off-road this Suzuki is ideal. A super fun ride. Seat height: 885 mm (34.8 in) * Weight (wet): 166 kg (366 lb.) * Power: 46/hp

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The Suzuki DR650 is a bike that has been around forever. And it has hardly been updated since it originally came out. Obviously the motto is: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And the DR650 is definitely not a broke bike. This bike can take a beating on the trails and actually handles very decently on the pavement as well. The seat height is quite tall, so not everyone can ride it. And the suspension is stiff. 

With so many years on the market there are tons of accessories and parts available and mechanics all around the world can work on the bike. This makes it a great choice for overland travelers looking for a cheap and reliable ride to traverse the planet on. And many have done so already. When Diana and I ran the Casa Blanca Hostel in Cali between 2008 and 2014, more than 2,600 overland motorcyclists passed by the hostel. Half of them where riding either Suzuki DR650 or Kawasaki KLR650. 

So when new explores are researching through the internet to see if there are any alternatives to an expensive BMW’s before embarking on a world tour the Suzuki DR650 is definitely worth considering. These bikes have been tried and tested and stood the test of time. Ok, OK it is not a sexy looking bike. It has old carburetor technology and generally as with older vehicles constantly need the rider to keep an eye on oil levels and other service issues. 

We still offer the DR650 as an option in Peru, but as production of the bike has now seized, it is only a question about time before it will be phased out.