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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    There's a really nice XR400 over at Lake Murray that I've been watching for a little while. I think its a good price. It's just about midway between you and me. If I knew I wasn't about to have to write the IRS a check I'd be riding it right now. I've never owned a 400 but a buddy of mine that used to have a few says I'd love it.
  2. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Nerds Rule

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    My riding buddy @BaronVonThumper loves his. Why Suzuki didn't put that transmission into the DRZ400 remains one of life's great mysteries.

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    Then too you might consider a DRZ400 with either the ACT or NOVA wide-ratio gear set. Suspension lowering might be in order for you w/ the DRZ however.
  3. Jud

    Jud Long timer

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    I just had my fairly modded XR stolen so I would be going in the other direction. If memory serves, a DR350 with a 440 kit, cam and mild porting makes roughly the same power a stock XR makes. I think gear spread will be close with the 250 gearing. I would be doing RMX USD fork conversion and will try to find a 97-99 dirt model rear shock to rebuild and respring. Should be able to keep the weight under 300lbs even with the extra weight added. Maybe 280-290 even with the extra goodies. If memory serves my XR650L was around 330-340lbs after adding weight from the CRF swap, and skid after a goodly amount of weight reduction

    I got one for my wife years ago and it was fairly stock excepting lowering it for her and a few comfort things and it had stiffer springs front and rear along with different weight oil from the previous owner. Even so, riding it was nice due to the lower weight. Also the DR vibrated a lot less.
  4. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags

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    How much is all that going to cost? How much time is it going to take to collect all the parts and then install them?

    I went down that road with my XR650L and it was pretty awesome. I could hang with the KTM 500s on the roads and in the straights, power wheelies in 4th, do close to 90 mph with 14/47 sprockets and caught some decent air but at the end of the day I would have been money ahead if I had just bought a bone stock 690 or 500. I got the XRL close to what they can do, a lot closer than most would think but still not as good and I spent a good chunk of money and a bigger chunk of time doing it, and I still had to do more work on the Honda than I have had to do on my KTMs, which for the most part are easier to work on.
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  5. buzzword

    buzzword Been here awhile

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    The right DR250 trans parts are like hen's teeth in the secondary market anymore since it's only a few years that will achieve the desired result, and I've not looked into what it takes to buy them from an OEM supplier in quite some time. IIRC it isn't cheap for OEM parts new, so either way it's spendy.

    RM/RMX forks are easy - I sold my 99 forks and triples for what I paid for a set of RM forks, an Applied top triple, and a front wheel. Bolt on swap with an All Balls bearing on top. The longer RM/RMX forks give the bike some wacky trail, and it ends up kinda chopper-y, but that's easily fixed by lowering the forks internally or raising them in the triples.

    440 kit is fairly easy too, but not cheap. Case has to be machined IIRC but if you're splitting it anyway to do the trans mods, why not?!? Same with cam and porting.

    At the end of the day you'll be at the upper end of performance for the DR platform, while still at the base level of performance for an XRL both in terms of power and suspension, but you know what they say about opinions...

    You do you, @Jud :)


    edit: pics or it didn't happen ;)

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    ...and the day I drove away...

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  6. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags

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    If I was on a budget and wanted a bike I could trail and adv ride I'd get a used XR650L throw a high comp piston in it, 14/47 sprockets, bolt on a Clark 4.7 tank, and have some basic suspension work done. If I had just a little bit more money I'd get a 500 and just ride it.

    Since I have no kids and a decent job I have a 17 300 for off road, a 18 250SX-F for MX, an 07 950SE for travel and ADV class racing, and a 79 DT125 to remind myself how bad suspension and lack of power feel like. Life is to short to ride slow bikes.
  7. buzzword

    buzzword Been here awhile

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    ...and this is why I got a physically bigger bike...

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  8. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags

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    Bwahahahahaha :rofl:rofl:rofl

    That's awesome!
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  9. buzzword

    buzzword Been here awhile

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    something something about a monkey violating some sports equipment...
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  10. aTuWitty

    aTuWitty Been here awhile

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    Alvin, side question- there's a guy in the Sacramento area who has been trying to unload a KLR650 with a Ducati motor swap (I think it's the 900 engine?) for years (I see it pop up every few months). Would you be more likely to ride it or throw it off a cliff?
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  11. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags

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    I'd pull the motor and cut the remaining parts up into 3" segments, separate them by metal and then melt them down before shitting on each pile. I would then track down the guy who hurt that poor Duc motor and drop it on him...
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  12. aTuWitty

    aTuWitty Been here awhile

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    You, sir, have just answered my question- I had been considering a DR350 just for funsies to go into my menagerie, but at 6'5, that seems a wee bit too cramped for my taste!
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  13. aTuWitty

    aTuWitty Been here awhile

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    Geez, I thought I was a vindictive and angry guy... :D That would be a well-deserved punishment, though.
  14. buzzword

    buzzword Been here awhile

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    Yep - you'd be even worse off. I'm 6'2" + 200 lbs, so anyone bigger than me would really be in a world of hurt. If it were a lightweight bike that size that you could throw around, that'd be one thing, but it's kind of a pig to begin with.
  15. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    He said " keeping up ain't high on my list".
  16. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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  17. gammel

    gammel Been here awhile

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    Carnegie?
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  18. Minidragon

    Minidragon Long timer

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    That!..combo tough/race bikes isn't what i'd imagine the (2T) bikes would be ++,goood.Also what had me wondered why your L started braking (frame cracks) apart from your "L owners-abusement-ship":D. f.ex the 300 frame use steel frame also (alloy subframe?) weight difference might be a good reason why the 300 dont crack frames ++ or ?
    What else broke on the XRL / has not broken on the 300 ?
    Honda shouldve beefed up that subframe a bit..
  19. buzzword

    buzzword Been here awhile

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    aww yiss!
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  20. Freshdonuts

    Freshdonuts All tortise no hare.

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    Ypu guys are Goliaths. Whats lunch look like... Whole loaf of bread and a whole jar of PB & J?
    Dozen eggs for breakfast ?

    :hide
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