Welcome Steve!I've had the DX since Oct 2022. I ran it in on Salisbury Plain, Peak District and the North Yorks Moors on the STR tyres and was pleasantly surprised by how well they coped with ice, light mud and some wet sand.
Swapped to TKC80s for a trip to ACT Portugal. A great trip and the bike is made for the combination of twisty tarmac, fast gravel and slightly more nadgery off road. However, the rear tyre is pretty much toast after 2.5k miles. I plan to put an E07 (50/50) on if I can find one.
As I'm 6'4" and over 110kg kitted up, I had to wind on almost all the rear preload to stop the rear bottoming out on almost every 'flight'. The front only bottomed out a couple of times when I was clumsy on drainage gullies.
My biggest issue with the bike is the short gear lever and while I haven't helped this by adding Pivot Pegz, I do need to find something longer.
I strongly recommend tank paint protection to avoid sand marks from gripping with knees and boot scuffs from unintended dismounts.
I may use the bike for the Kielder Dark Skies event in October.
I’m right there with you at 6’5”! I feel like the DX is a great bike for someone my size. Haven‘t had to add bar risers, and the wind issues aren’t really a problem for me Like they have been for several others on here.
As for tires, I HIGHLY recommend the Motoz RallZ tires as they are phenomenal off and on road and they last much longer than a TKC 80.
I haven’t had the problems that you’re having with the shift lever, however, I wonder if switching your foot pegs to something like the new Black Dog pegs would help? They drop the peg height by .05 inches. Might not fix your problem, but I figured it was worth suggesting.