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Old 10-23-2008, 05:34 PM   #1591
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Yeah, I might see if I can go take a look at his bike this weekend. It would be a good time.

I also want to know where RWC is getting $17 bars.

Also, kdub, what are your height and weight? Has some impact on bike choice. That said, I love my DR but am considering switching to a DRZ.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:46 PM   #1592
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Seems like a lot of people are going for the drz400 lately. It's a pretty good compromise bike with pretty light weight (for a dual sport), easy maintenance interval, and a decently strong subframe. They sure as heck don't have any torque but they make up for it in revvs and suspension once you get used to riding them...
I agree with Heath. I was impressed with Phil's bike (DRZ400) when I rode it for 600 miles in a weekend. They're not the bike for me, but I can absolutely see why so many guys like them. They're reliable, easy to work on, fast in the power band, light, and well suspended from the factory.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:32 PM   #1593
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These are all I use anymore... $17.


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Old 10-24-2008, 01:43 AM   #1594
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Yeah, I might see if I can go take a look at his bike this weekend. It would be a good time.

I also want to know where RWC is getting $17 bars.

Also, kdub, what are your height and weight? Has some impact on bike choice. Th

at said, I love my DR but am considering switching to a DRZ.
I'm 6' 2" ~ 230. I've been looking around here (tri cities / Yakima) for a used 650xrl or a drz 400. The bike has to be street legal. I found a lightly used '07 klx 250 for what seemed a reasonable price and am wondering if it would be enough bike. The lighter weight appeals to me and I'm not into winning any races. I'm just looking to do some exploring - dirt/gravel forest roads, single and two track etc. Anywho, I've enjoyed your pictures and rr's and appreciate your input. kdub.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:15 AM   #1595
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I'm 6' 2" ~ 230. I've been looking around here (tri cities / Yakima) for a used 650xrl or a drz 400. The bike has to be street legal. I found a lightly used '07 klx 250 for what seemed a reasonable price and am wondering if it would be enough bike. The lighter weight appeals to me and I'm not into winning any races. I'm just looking to do some exploring - dirt/gravel forest roads, single and two track etc. Anywho, I've enjoyed your pictures and rr's and appreciate your input. kdub.
I liked Heath's L, but he swears the DRZ is better in nearly every category except torque... and of course the L's countershaft issue.

I've seen a lot of guys who like the KLX250. I've been on the XT225, and it was a great little 6 speed bike that was very trail worthy (if you're not riding hard). Problem would be getting any luggage on it for a weekend trip ~ you'd have to get creative.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:18 AM   #1596
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I'm 6' 2" ~ 230. I've been looking around here (tri cities / Yakima) for a used 650xrl or a drz 400. The bike has to be street legal. I found a lightly used '07 klx 250 for what seemed a reasonable price and am wondering if it would be enough bike. The lighter weight appeals to me and I'm not into winning any races. I'm just looking to do some exploring - dirt/gravel forest roads, single and two track etc. Anywho, I've enjoyed your pictures and rr's and appreciate your input. kdub.
Right, I'm 6'5" and 250. Both bikes are cramped, but I think the DRZ less so. I had a lot of issues with the L in the 10,000 miles I rode it ~ broken subframe, burning oil (top end going bye-bye), heat issues (until I spent the $300 on an oil cooler), harsh suspension, twitchy steering (put me on my head twice ~ $450 for a Scotts damper)... and finally the counter shaft stripped.

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I've ridden the DRZ harder than I ever did the L, and after nearly 8,000 miles on the thing this summer, all I've had to do is change the oil and clean the air filter. I've checked the valves twice and they've never moved... the chain and sprockets are about done, but other than that the bike's been flawless.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:02 AM   #1597
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Thanks for the info on the XRL. My son had an XT225 several years ago. It was a pretty good little bike iirc. Hmmmm. No test rides around here and the used pickens have been pretty thin. I guess I'm making a trip to the dealer tomorrow. Thanks for the input. kdub.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:26 AM   #1598
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Right, I'm 6'5" and 250. Both bikes are cramped, but I think the DRZ less so. I had a lot of issues with the L in the 10,000 miles I rode it ~ broken subframe, burning oil (top end going bye-bye), heat issues (until I spent the $300 on an oil cooler), harsh suspension, twitchy steering (put me on my head twice ~ $450 for a Scotts damper)... and finally the counter shaft stripped.

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I've ridden the DRZ harder than I ever did the L, and after nearly 8,000 miles on the thing this summer, all I've had to do is change the oil and clean the air filter. I've checked the valves twice and they've never moved... the chain and sprockets are about done, but other than that the bike's been flawless.
All good points, but that pig was used when you got to too... who knows what the PO put it through (like my XRR).

But, you're certainly much faster on the DRZ than you ever were on the XRL.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:33 AM   #1599
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All good points, but that pig was used when you got to too... who knows what the PO put it through (like my XRR).
Yep, like your XRR. Who knows what you've put it through? Or your KLR or...
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:08 AM   #1600
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I know this isn't the flea market thread , but with all the drz talk, I would be remiss in not letting you all know my 05drz400s is available. Has all the goodies and is ready to go adventuring............
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:11 PM   #1601
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I thought I'd take some time to post some some stragglers from this summer, so I don't get labeled as a "Heath" (takes pics, but never posts them).

This summer, as part of the Sawtooth Loop ride that Tom hosted, Heath and I took off early and hit Pinyon Peak on the way there.





Andy dumped is LC4, and trashed his shin




We went around Arrowrock, up Thorn Butte, and onto Sunset LO and Pilot LO.

























Idaho City
























My 'softer side of RWC' pic









Going up the Pilot Peak Rd was hard on Heath's rims.














In case you're one of the few riders who don't know how much I HATE the Kings tires... I do. They slide out in the most random of times, and in the most painful of ways. In this particular instance, I was riding through some minor ruts, when my back tire kicks out, and sent my up a hill at 30mph.









So insted of helping me get my trapped leg out from under the bike... Heath took a few pics.





The next day, Tom sent us up Joe's Gulch... which was a great call. Fantastic views from up there, and a good trail besides.











On the way home, we hit a couple more LO's. Can't remember if this one is Whitebird, or what...?









The only casualty of the ride was my saddlebag. I sent it in, and it was replaced under warranty.


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Old 10-26-2008, 07:16 PM   #1602
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More pics from this summer that never made it up:

I had a few guys over for a valve job on the KLR. Proved to be a PITA when the cam cap bolt broke the threads off.








So, I tried to clean the threads out a bit, and put a new bolt in.















The new bolt with blue wasn't 'biting' well... so that means next time, I'll have the pleasure of boring it out and a 7mm. Oh well... just more to work on this winter.

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Old 10-26-2008, 07:41 PM   #1603
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Hey RWC, do you have any pics from the ride this weekend, I was interested to see if any of those turned out.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:08 PM   #1604
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Come on guys, quit holding out on us! Somebody must have some pics and/or a ride report from Saturday.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:59 PM   #1605
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Ya, I'm sure I've got quite a few pics ~ none of which I've downloaded yet. I'll get them up tomorrow night.
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