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Old 05-31-2012, 08:24 PM   #466
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i would never call the drz a light bike. had one, then got a crf250x. night and day difference in my riding style and ability on the crf compared to the z. way better offroad.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:02 PM   #467
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i would never call the drz a light bike. had one, then got a crf250x. night and day difference in my riding style and ability on the crf compared to the z. way better offroad.
It's light compared to a DR650 though.
About 30kg lighter.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:30 AM   #468
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Yeah but the DRZ has a higher center of gravity too.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:48 AM   #469
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A tad disappointed with the MT21's. Otherwise a fun ride in tractor trails, pic was taken about five minutes before I lost the mirror and bent the handlebars in a fall.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:49 AM   #470
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More info about your rear shock please
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:01 AM   #471
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Posted in another thread about. It's Ohlins. Im more then pleased.



Besides that, a TM40 carb, Clarke tank and a GSX titanium exhaust it's pretty much stock as you can see.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:15 AM   #472
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i would never call the drz a light bike. had one, then got a crf250x. night and day difference in my riding style and ability on the crf compared to the z. way better offroad.
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It's light compared to a DR650 though.
About 30kg lighter.
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Yeah but the DRZ has a higher center of gravity too.
I've had both and for me (at 5' 9" w/30" inseam) the DR650 is easier to ride than the DRZ400 because of the higher COG and seat height on the DRZ.


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Depending on how far you have to ride to get to the off-road sections, check out the newer KLX250S bikes. My son-in-law has one and I rode it home from the dealers for him. Very fun light weight bike. He actually commutes on the freeway with it and in the woods it tosses around a lot easier than my DR650 does.

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Old 06-02-2012, 03:36 AM   #473
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Nice looking bike. Where did you get the screen?
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:34 AM   #474
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I've had both and for me (at 5' 9" w/30" inseam) the DR650 is easier to ride than the DRZ400 because of the higher COG and seat height on the DRZ.


Jon_l,

Depending on how far you have to ride to get to the off-road sections, check out the newer KLX250S bikes. My son-in-law has one and I rode it home from the dealers for him. Very fun light weight bike. He actually commutes on the freeway with it and in the woods it tosses around a lot easier than my DR650 does.

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Thanks Jon. I rented a KLX250SF (supermoto version) and rode it for 650 kms last summer, liked it fine on-road. The digital tach is hard to read, and it could use more power, but there are cures for these.

I think the KLX250S with Bill Blue 351 upgrade may be the ideal dual-sport bike for me (KTM EXC350 is out of my $ and skills league, and the Freeride 350 may never come to N America).

I'm keeping an eye on the new CRF250L, but a bit bummed out about the excess weight. Should be available new later this year, so it'll be next year before any are available used (I'm cheap). We'll see soon how it compares to the KLX and WRR.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:18 PM   #475
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A bit ungainly for this kind of work.


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Old 06-08-2012, 01:13 PM   #476
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Bought my DR bone stock with 5K miles and in scary clean condition a little over a week ago. It looked like this:

Now, after a little bit of aftermarket help:

I just have the center stand and the rear fender clean up to go. This bike has been an absolute blast already and I can’t wait to rack up a few thousand miles on her. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the ridiculously long DR thread and all the other DR threads on here in giving me some info on an otherwise very underappreciated bike.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #477
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Bought my DR bone stock with 5K miles and in scary clean condition a little over a week ago. It looked like this:

Now, after a little bit of aftermarket help:

I just have the center stand and the rear fender clean up to go. This bike has been an absolute blast already and I can’t wait to rack up a few thousand miles on her. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the ridiculously long DR thread and all the other DR threads on here in giving me some info on an otherwise very underappreciated bike.

Congrats dude. Looks a lot like the stock '98 I bought several months ago. I'm still not sure about the yellow fork gaiters but I dig the purple frame. Mine had 6K on it when I got it and has about 7.5K now. It's funny how many times I walk past the VStrom in the garage and get the DR..............
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:18 AM   #478
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It's light compared to a DR650 though.
About 30kg lighter.
I have weighed a DR650 @327# and a DRZ400@325#.
Both were wet with whatever fuel loads so not totally scientific but still not 30kg diff. More like less than one kilo diff.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:01 AM   #479
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"Congrats dude. Looks a lot like the stock '98 I bought several months ago. I'm still not sure about the yellow fork gaiters but I dig the purple frame. Mine had 6K on it when I got it and has about 7.5K now. It's funny how many times I walk past the VStrom in the garage and get the DR.............. "

Yea I sold my Strom and have yet to regret it. The DR is amazingly nimble and with the Sargent seat is just as comfortable. The black Daystar fork boots are a definite improvement to the looks!
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:09 PM   #480
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Got 200+ miles in today. Over 60% new roads and trails. Good times! Rained a fair bit, so not to many good pics.







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