Looking to buy a Xr 400

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by dckiteboards, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. dckiteboards

    dckiteboards Adventurer

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    got several leads but i am looking for a 2000 to 2004 xr 400 or drz 400 stret legal

    i got 2200 to burn

    going to look at two in GJ early next week

    im in Vail

    Thanx!
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  2. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    Many pooh pooh them but you can't buy a better mountain/trail bike than the XR4.
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  3. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    paging Ride Freak to the white courtesy phone......:deal :ear
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  5. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Got someone interested but that's it's not definate.


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    200W stator, full DC electrical system, bright lighting. Fresh topend, new chain & sprockets, skidplate, plastics. Revalved forks, resprung for 180#, new seals and scrapers in the forks etc etc etc.... Needs nothing :nod
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  6. dckiteboards

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    yeah that looks nice how much weight was added with the Electrical system im not needing all that but its a clean bike! where in NM dont really want to do that drive
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  7. E.O.T.D.

    E.O.T.D. Been here awhile

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    I would say the XR 400 for sure. I had one for I think 9 or 10 years and it was a great bike. Easy to ride, really reliable and very easy and simple to work on. Only issues I had the whole time was the choke lever return spring breaking on a ride (zip tie held it up for 2 years after that) and it the short plastic intake manifold on the carb developed a hairline crack and leak. Easy fix, hard to find.

    The only thing I would say is that they tend to be very cold natured, at least mine did. I had a buddy with one that was not as bad as mine. It was often a pain in the ass to kickstart when it was very cold but ok once it was warm (before and after the crack in the intake) but that describes almost every Honda dirt bike. That aside, I loved that bike.
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  8. dckiteboards

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    yeah I would really dig a KTM however I put on around 6000 miles from last march to last October on a 98xr650 and it didn't need any maintenance at all changed the oil a few times thing ran amazing. I ride 80%road and 20 percent dirt so thats why a xr400..

    i have a few options in GJ for monday tuesday however one isn't plated and im not sure how hard it will be to plate it..and or how much money it will cost.

    and the other im looking at the dood is being sorta sketch getting back to me now, . might be worth the wait for one to pop up FS on CL

    id spend more but im about to pick up a new camera body as well!
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  9. Blakebird

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    Weight? The extra windings on the stator and switchgear on the bars? That's nothing. You want it plated, there's going to be a couple of things extra on the bike....mirror, brake light switch...horn.

    It might be more than you want or need, but that XR is set up ideally for riding around these parts. I had a street legal '96 XR400, great bikes. If I was looking for another plated XR (and I've had and built a few), I'd be all over this one.
    If all you want is a daytime trail bike, and never plan on needing grip heaters or extra light for the Jekyll & Hyde ride.....then yeah, maybe overkill for you.

    The XR400 is listed at 254lbs and the DRZ400E is 262, but you do get an e-start on the DRZ-E.

    He's in ABQ, I'd do that drive in a heartbeat for a good bike. Heck....I might be as it is :lol3
    Once he gets that thing listed and a few people see it - it's going to get snapped up in a hurry. It's probably worth more than you want to spend anyway.
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  10. dckiteboards

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    yeah i dont need a horn ill take that off asap , dont ride at night that much., honestly this bike is overkill for me

    but The bikes seems to have been Meticulously gone over and rebuilt i appreciate that. im going to buy some motox wheels throw some power pilots on it and get to work on it all summer..

    ill know tomorow if im going to NM or GJ
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  11. RideFreak

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    This was built to be a lightweight DS bike. I actually built it for a specific ride in mind. The big tank and updated electrical system is a little bit of overkill for local trail riding, you'd be just as well off with a 400 someone threw a tag on if that's the plan. This is more suited for something like the kokopelli trail where you need good range, carry some gear and don't want to throw around a heavy ride.

    I'm planning on actively listing it in the spring when the fever hits.
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    :thumb awesome XR, Freak----
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  13. DirtDad

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    Hmmm, I would not mind owning that bike. I have seen it. It is in fantastic shape. I currently don't have a mid-size
    d/s bike. :D
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  14. dckiteboards

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    Yeah that's a amazing bike!

    I would love to pull one apart and have everything painted and gone through. I just don't have time to do it!

    Some ones gonna be stoked!
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  15. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I have always found that getting a bike that is already set up very nicely is a big plus over getting something stripped down and then having to buy parts, figure out circuits, and assemble the entire thing. You might not NEED the lights and horn etc. but there will be that day that you are running late and dark sneaks up on you. I would much rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. BTW: the XR400 sounds perfect for what you want.

    Marc
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  17. dckiteboards

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    Alright I got a bike in GJ a buddy knew about ,

    Was owned now by two different moto mechanics so very well taken care of .

    However current owner hasn't ridden it for a year and its been in his garage , it has ethanol in the tank and as far as he remembers he turned the fuel off and ran it dead. But not a guarantee. He is going to clean the carb out today and get it running! I'm no mechanic however surprise myself sometimes is there a lot to worry about within the engine that it sat so long?

    Tires are dot knobbys, suspension is all custom, several accessories And plated.

    Thanks ahead of time for any advice!
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    First thing is get a Honda oem Service manual. Second is change the oil and filter. Ride and evaluate further needs.
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  20. jfmiller

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    Anyone know what kind of tool box and rear fender rack Ride Freak has on his xr 400 he posted pics of and where you can get them?
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