Dakar impression in single cylinder
Crankshaft ball bearings worn at 90000km.
Final chain bearing shot on a long European trip, due to excess chain tension at 120000km.
Minor wiring corrosion problems.
Always had to look at the oil level.
Not easy access for maintenance, given the 2 fuel tanks.
(DR800S 1st model)
Great handling, looks and off road capabilities.
Weight and braking may be a problem if going fast.
Not too thirsty, and the 29 litre tank can last longer than your rear.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st May, 2012