Suzuki DR650 Adventure Suspension Package

A Teknik favorite. We work on more DR's than you can imagine, and we know exactly how to make them do what you want.

We have been running a Suzuki DR650 suspension special with the ADV Rider forum for a while, and it's hugely popular! We like the DR and it's workhorse like nature. Our aim is always maximum performance at minimum cost, so we offer special prices for our upgrade packages.

Every option is sprung front and back to suit you and your application and tested on our suspension dyno to ensure it meets our high standards. No matter what you use your DR650 for, we will supply a package that works.
Pricing is based on a new or as new bike, and consumables such as seals, bushes, bumpers and shafts will be extra. We don't charge extra labour for changing consumables as we already have the suspension apart.
Pricing does not include freight to and from our workshop. We use AusPost and TNT, almost anywhere in Australia is $25-35 one way, road freight.

We have put so much development into the stock KYB shock we give you a money back guarantee against any other shock. If you ride another DR with a better shock than our modified stock DR shock bring us your DR shock back and we will turn it back to stock and give you a refund.

Use our Workshop Booking Form to get your suspension transformed.

Suzuki DR650SE 1996 on Forks

Early model DR650's (1990-1995) used 41mm Forks, while 1996 on DR650's used 43mm Forks, both of them Kayaba Conventional units. There are differences, but both are very similar in terms of the way they work, so they end up getting the same kinds of tuning. And we stock a pretty darn big array of spring rates for both forks - 19-110 Series Fork Springs for the 1996 onward models.

We also modify the damper rods and fit our V4S valve (our version of a Race Tech Emulator, PD Valve, Travel Control Valve, whatever you want to call it), it gives a speed sensitive dampening character to the damper rod fork. Like many of our parts it's made here in Australia. We have a lot of very happy customers running around OZ on this set-up, it's robust and well priced.

DRZ400 Suspension Conversions

Some riders swap out the forks for DRZ400 units, but the triple clamps have to be swapped as well, because the fork size is 49mm. You need to run the 400 wheel too, as the axle is bigger, or make up a custom axle and spacers. After all that, the DRZ's fork springs are only 0.44 kg/mm, far too soft for most people, so you end up spending more money on harder fork springs. The stock 650 disc is bigger than the 400 too. You face similar challenges with USD conversions. Think hard before you dive in.

Suzuki DR650SE 1996 on Shock

The DR650 shock can't cope with any additional weight over a 75kg rider, the stock spring is really light and the dampening is minimal. The shock is a 40mm KYB unit, compression adjustable only. While it's not the "trickest" shock out there it's a very reliable unit and easy to service and modify.

We have used complete shaft assemblies with pistons, Gold Valves and the like but it adds to the cost and did nothing for the performance that we couldn't achieve with stock parts. After a lot of testing, both in the shop on the shock dyno and with selected customers, we have a shock setting that makes whoops out of Finke manageable, does not beat you up on an 800km day and makes the DR a whole lot more fun to ride. This revalve uses the original piston, and we think it beats the stuffing out of the American Race Tech piston and shaft conversion.

We don't make the rebound adjustable as we don't think it's required and just adds to the cost. As the great Laurie Alderton said, "You don't need 40 clicks of adjustment; you only need one, the one that works!" Ours works. No gadgets.

We couple our shock mods up with a spring specifically made for the DR650 - 20-054 Series Shock Springs - so no spacer is required, and you get plenty of preload adjustment.

Shock Exchange Program

We do so many DR KYB shocks here that we also offer a special exchange program. Send us your old worn out shock and we will trade you for a shiny new one that has been re-valved and serviced, ready to go.

DRZ400 and other shock swaps

The DRZ400's shock is better, being a 50mm Showa. It needs quite a lot of reworking to the linkage knuckle on the 650 as it's narrower, requiring machining in a mill and a bearing that's not easy to get. Added to this, the spring series is different on the DRZ400 shock, so the stiffest spring we regularly stock is a 6.8 kg/mm (20-115-68). Plus the shock needs a revalve to be as good as our modified stock DR650 shock. The advantages are that you have are a rebound adjuster and more oil capacity. Like the forks, we don't suggest this swap... it's a hell of a lot of work for stuff all gain.