Post Listing Update: This DR800 was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown.
A shop in Texas is turning into one of my favorites as they seem to have a steady flow of interesting JDM imports. Today they’ve got a DR BIG (introduced in 1988 as the DR750), a production version of the DR-Z (a Paris-Dakar racer piloted by Gaston Rahier). The DR750 featured the world’s largest single cylinder engine in a production bike – only to get topped by the DR800 in 1990.
The water-cooled 800 (779cc) motor produced 54 horsepower at 6,600 rpm, and dry weight was 427 pounds. In 1991, the fuel tank was redesigned to make it more comfortable for the long-legged among us – in the process it shrank down to “just” 6.34 gallons. That year also brought a wider seat, upgraded suspension, and dual exhausts. The last change was fun from a styling standpoint but it made it harder to pack gear on the back and added weight higher up on the bike. Still, that may not matter in this case because this DR has just 270 miles.
This example (VIN: SR43A103007) was imported by the seller from Japan “where it was in long term storage.” It was recently given a carb clean and an oil change, and it’s has been titled in Texas. Find this DR BIG for sale in Luling, Texas with a BIN of $5,995 or best offer here on eBay.