Opinion - Which DS to buy?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by wsdbikes, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    ok, I am seriously considering a new DS.:eek1 I am not real interested in street riding anymore other than little short work commute in nice weather. So, I am thinking about a smaller DS that i could through on the back rack or trailer longer distances to ride.

    Criteria is.
    light weight
    adequate power
    reliable
    field servicable
    good range
    some height adjustment
    comfortable seat for more than 15 min.
    I have about 40+ year riding/racing and I have decent skill and not enough restraint sometimes. I have a 30" inseam so tall bikes are a bit iffy. My old BMW GS was a real handful in the dirt.

    appreciate your thoughts:freaky
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  2. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    Well, 2 years ago I bought an XT250 new. I was at the time 300lbs and 6'3". It was a little short for me, but the power and capability of that bike was truly amazing. I kept up with the DR650's and XR's without a hitch. It was small enough to hoist on the back of my RV by myself and was great on single track. The bigger bikes would spend a couple minutes backing and trying to turn around on trails, I'd grab the rear handles and lift mine around. The seat sucked, but the amount of accessories out there for it were amazing. My .02 Good Luck
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  3. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    wr250F
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  4. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    KLX 250S. Dependable, light weight, :eek1
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  5. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    The red one, right? :evil
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  6. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    NO way!
    Green ones are more gooder.
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  7. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    I would say that a DRZ400 fitted with some farkles would be a good fit for what you want to do.

    [​IMG]
    This is our good friend Hurricane Harry on his DRZ400 (who's in Baja on his DRZ400 right now) this past summer.

    You might ask if any of the guys have a DRZ400 that you can check out sometime after snowpocalypse is over.
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  8. markwoodlief

    markwoodlief Long timer

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    x-challenge.. :D
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  9. richard.bessey

    richard.bessey Hard Rider

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    What currenty have for my small bike is a Yamaha XT350. Small and light
    What I really want is a WR250R, but they are expensive and hard to find.
    So I keep contemplating getting a DRZ400. Easy to find, lots of parts availible. The only thing I don't like is the gearing, only a 5 speed. I really like the 6 speed of the Yammie
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  10. turnsleft

    turnsleft Long timer

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    Or this option.:lol3
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  11. rm_hm

    rm_hm Logging Road Cruiser

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  12. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    It looks like he takes it in the house at night and lets it sleep next to the bed...
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  13. shrubitup

    shrubitup Uncouth Sloth

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    +2 XT350. Freakin' tank capability wise and great way to expose yourself to dual sport. :D

    The new XT250 also suggested. Good bike too. Bigger than the mini bike XT225. As was said easy to maneuver on narrow trails.
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  14. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    SimpleSimon has a blue Yamaha he might be willing to part with (unless he already sold it).
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  15. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    Thanks for the comments. the DRZ400 has been a consideration for some time but, I never pulled the trigger. a 250 is appealing for the weight but, the little KLR250 I had was not much hauling my fat ass on the road. about 65 wound up. i would guess the WR and the KLX both are better power than that though.

    I guess i need to go sit on some to get a fitting..
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  16. Dragon Rider

    Dragon Rider Thought is free--WS

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    I'm short of inseam, and have a bad back so my criteria were; 1) does not require a step ladder, 2) I can pick it up.
    I had a drz 400 sm, and got used to stepping up on the peg, then swinging my leg over, also hard for me to pick up.
    and I've saved my self a few times on the sherpa by quickly getting a foot down while she is sliding out, I've also gotten up a few muddy hills by being able to stand up over the bike and run while the bike is just able to get traction for itself.

    Some where on this site is a list of dual sports by weight, I found that very helpful.

    I ended up with a supersherpa (air cooled, indestructible, low powered 250)

    tanks size is an issue (2.4g) some have fitted after market tanks from other bikes.

    I went a different rout (now 4.4g, at 60+mpg = 264 range) and if I only need one extra gallon, I only bring one.

    [​IMG]
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  17. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    Which one?..................all of'em are good bikes :nod


    Do this and take a few for spin...................look at yourself in the mirror after each ride.................then buy the one that put the biggest smile on your face :D

    I have a new to me DRZ400 with a pumper carb that puts a big grin on my face...................if your in the area your welcome to take it for a spin.
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  18. sourdough

    sourdough vintage rider

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    You made a great choice. The little Sherpa's are fun bikes and I enjoyed mine. Yahoo has a good group of rider support. Only replaced mine it because the suspension and power wasn't up to handling my 220 lbs. I now have a DRZ400s. It's motor and suspension work for me, but its heavier and taller than I'd like. Wish KTM imported the Freeride. But then it costs $$$$$$ :cry I guess I'm hard to please :D
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  19. Dragon Rider

    Dragon Rider Thought is free--WS

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    yea, I don't do jumps on it with my fat ass, but I'm really more into getting out and enjoying the scenery. :kumbaya

    When it is time to change the fork oil, I plan to put some spacers in there, and/or maybe progressive springs to tighten up the front.

    The yahoo group is great, I got one of the last Dr J's jet kits, which really helps with the cold starts, but did hurt the mpg.

    Also great files I used when I put a new clutch in the bike. I did get it from the first owner, but a lot of people learned to ride on it. And someone may have put synthetic oil it it.

    but for $100 its got a new heavy duty clutch. :D
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  20. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    all of em!
    I like the power for the DRZ400 but, a sub 300lb bike is also appealing. I had one of the early Yamaha 425 (kick) years ago and did like it a bunch. the WR is kind of pricy though and pretty tall.





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