About The Bike

Her name is auDRey and she's a 2004 Suzuki DR650SE. She has about 7000 miles on her and I picked her up in Tucson last November.

The reason I chose this bike for the Mexico trip and future international bike trips is:
- Dual-Sport capability > meaning it can handle dirt and gravel roads as well as cruising on the highway
- Tube Tires > easier to patch/repair a tube tire than to repair a tubeless tire like sport bikes
- Spoked Rims > can absorb the shock of poor roads better than alloy rims
- Expandable Gas Tank > this bike's design is such that the original gas tank (3.4 gallons) can be upgraded with a 4.9 gallon one (which I have) or a massive 7.9 gallon tank for crossing the Sahara desert.
- Air Cooled > the bike's engine is cooled by moving air with no water-cooling (radiator), meaning less parts to worry about failing
- Carburetion > this bike has carburetors instead of fuel injection because it's easier to work on incase something goes wrong while traveling

Modifications to the bike from stock:
- IMS 4.9 gallon gas tank
- FMF Q2 exhaust
- Jet Kit
- Happy Trails Skid Plate (to protect the engine)
- ProTaper SE Handle Bar
- Side Rack for soft luggage
- Rear Rack

Farkles (Functioning Sparkles: electronic add-ons)
GPS: Garmin 60Cx with Touratech Locking Mount
Radar Detector: Escort 9500i
Digital Camera: Canon SD400 5 MP
Video Camera: Canon Elura 100
Cigarette Lighter for running air compressor

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