COMFORT & STYLE: For the owner of
this bike, the most important improvement
is in the comfort department. The guys at
Seat Concepts originally purchased the DR
to make a seat kit. Once that was accomplished, they became a little obsessed
with the bike and wanted to restore it.
They quickly found that OE plastic was a
little expensive and a lot ugly. That’s how
DSA Concepts was born. Seat Concepts
branched off into Dual-Sport Adventure
Concepts to make replacement plastic
parts, and the DR was the first project. DSA
Concepts makes injection-molded side
number plates and a rear fender kit for the
DR that are less expensive and more mod-ern-looking than the stock stuff. The whole
project was finished off with some luxuries
like a GPR damper, Fastway Adventure
pegs and an EarthX lithium battery.
DSA side number plates: $104.99
Front fender: $89.99
Rear fender kit: $164.99
SC seat kit: $159.99
Suede seat cover upgrade: $100
Fastway Adventure pegs: $249.99
GPR damper: $495.99
EarthX lithium battery: $219
THE DR IS IN: By the time the Seat
Concepts guys were done, they admitted that they had gotten a little carried
away. It’s a little hard to justify this kind of
expense and work for a 17-year-old bike,
but we’re glad they did it. The DR turned
out to be a stunningly good off-road bike—
not “good for what it is” or “good considering.” We took the Suzuki to our favorite trail
zone expecting very little and came back
with deep respect. It went everywhere our
modern bikes went—it just did it a little
It still has limitations that no amount of
money or work can fix. It weighs over 300
pounds and is a little wide and low. That
means it can get stuck in tight situations,
but it made up for it on dirt roads and wide
trails, where it could idle fast and keep up
with anything. The bike had such torque
and pleasant manners, it was just plain fun.
And to think, it could be ridden to work on
This isn’t the definitive guide of what you
have to do to make a DR rideable. It’s a
wish list that every Craigslist bike like this
has in the back of its motorcycle brain.
Consider this particular Suzuki one of the
lucky few that gets all its wishes granted. ❏
Now that’s comfort. Yes, that’s a suede seat.
Mark Tilley became a big fan of the DR790.
Seat Concepts started a new company called Dual Sport Adventure Concepts to
make modern bodywork for older bikes.