New dude to Colorado again...

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by ibeme1, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. ibeme1

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    Dear Adv friends of Colorado,

    Thoughts on XR400's and similiar bikes.
    Do you use heated riding gear? Recommendations


    Jeff!
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  2. VxZeroKnots

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    XR400s are a great colorado trail bike if you plan on a leisurely pace.

    Heated gear for what? Trail riding? No, but if I was doing winter road riding then yeah, probably.
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  3. ColoradoV-Strom

    ColoradoV-Strom HEY Y'ALL WATCHIS!!

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    I ride an XR400 and love it! And yes, I have heated grips on it. :evil

    Symtec Heated Grips. Cheap easy to install
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  4. ibeme1

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I plan on looking at one on Friday.
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  5. ibeme1

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    Thanks ColoradoV. Are the XR400's hard to start?
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  6. ColoradoV-Strom

    ColoradoV-Strom HEY Y'ALL WATCHIS!!

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    Mine was hard to start until I replaced the stock carb with a Mikuni

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  7. VxZeroKnots

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    It seems like the key to an easy starting XR4 is properly adjusted valves. It made a world of difference with my old roommate's xr.
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  8. ibeme1

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    should I save up for a DRZ?
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    Valves and jetting, and maybe the "drill". My old XR4 was hard starting till I got the jetting situated. Lots of info on setting them up in the thumpers section or on thumpertalk.com.
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  10. VxZeroKnots

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    Oh hell no, for trail riding an XR is way ahead of a DRZ despite being older technology.

    There might be a little more tinkering up front, and perhaps some idiosyncrasies to figure out, but the base platform is superior IMHO.
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  11. Assfault

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    First welcome to the asylum!

    I have a XR400 that sat for over 3 months, and by adhearing to the "drill" it started on the first kick.
    It is properly maintained, valves in spec, carb in good condition, and the proper driil done. I use mine as a buddy bike, ans so it doesnt get used much. But it always starts fairly easily.
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  12. eakins

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    i had one. aesome bike for riding colo trails.
    kicking start is a bitch after awhile.
    make sure your carb is jetted properly, valves are spot on and you know the starting routine. sold mine because it did not have the starter button. when you've stalled it, stuck and up high on the mtns and winded kick starting sucks ass.

    if i could find one with USD fork swap and electric start added, i'd buy another one all over again.
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  13. eakins

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    agreed. that xr4 motor would chug up any trail like it was cake.
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  14. HellSickle

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    Isn't that an oxymoron? You "save up" for a KTM.

    Agreed. The DRZ was a disappointing trail machine. The XR has a lot of torque and tractability.
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  15. ibeme1

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    Thanks Vx. I save around $1000 by buying the XR.....I am getting closer to my decision. :clap Gut feeling also says the XR.

    What tires do you recommend for the XR? Seems like people like the Pirelli PT121 and D606 seem popular.

    Thanks again,
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  16. ibeme1

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    Thank you for the welcome Assfault :freakyand thank you for the XR info.
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  17. ibeme1

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    I just cant take the stress of buying a bike.....:huh
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  18. VxZeroKnots

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    To me it felt like a more balanced bike weight wise also, and even if all that shit was whack at least the engine side cases are noticeably stronger than a pickle jar; the DRZ, not so much.

    As to riding a Husky or KTM on fire roads, they would love it, especially the ever luggable 5xx EXC mills and 09+ te 310/450/510 will be very similar but have a much closer tranny. The thing about a KTM or a Husky is after a couple of seasons of being looped out, cartwheeled across the desert floor, dropped off cliffs, dragged down the sides of scree fields, bounced off the rev limiter for long periods, and generally treated like a cheap trick they might be ugly but will still ride just fine. Just change the oil, check the valves, and keep the air filter clean and they'll run fine; you'll spend more time straightening bent hand guards and skid plates and changing tires than on preventative maint. A DRZ given the same treatment will have to be sold for parts, an XR will probably look damn near the same as the day you bought and run like it too; whether you changed the oil or not.
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  19. ibeme1

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    Hmmmm...thanks for your input Vx.
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  20. ibeme1

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    If I get the XR what kind of modifications should be made to the carburetor? Jets? Change carb? Nitrous with lengthened swingarm from R1, etc. :D
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