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Old 05-04-2018, 11:07 AM   #2716
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But it's still fat. Probably 300lbs. I can't even imagine what it would be like riding something modern that was 70lbs lighter.
My DRz400 was 337lbs with 1/2 tank of fuel...
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:03 PM   #2717
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Well the little Ninja is up for sale soon..

Wondering if I should take the proceeds and buy something like a KDX.

Thoughts? Good step up from the DR? I'd like to take the off road stuff a little more seriously.
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Old 05-04-2018, 03:40 PM   #2718
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Well the little Ninja is up for sale soon..

Wondering if I should take the proceeds and buy something like a KDX.

Thoughts? Good step up from the DR? I'd like to take the off road stuff a little more seriously.
What about a DRZ 400 S or E. E would be better if it doesnt need to be street legal. A WR 250 R would be in about the same category if you need a street legal small dual sport.

I have had two DRZ400SM's which is basically an S with USD forks and 17's and they are dead simple to work on, the aftermarket for them is massive and parts are dirt cheap. The can make decent power With just a 3x3 full exhaust and a Rejet as well.
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Old 05-04-2018, 06:19 PM   #2719
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What about a DRZ 400 S or E. E would be better if it doesnt need to be street legal. A WR 250 R would be in about the same category if you need a street legal small dual sport.

I have had two DRZ400SM's which is basically an S with USD forks and 17's and they are dead simple to work on, the aftermarket for them is massive and parts are dirt cheap. The can make decent power With just a 3x3 full exhaust and a Rejet as well.
I've already got the late model DR350 (plated dirt model) with the fully adjustable front/rear suspension. For general dual sporting, it's (IMO) comparable to the DRZ and WRR. I also already fabbed up a 17" front from a GS500, allowing use of modern radials... Threw on an 18" BT45 out back, and it was good enough to drag a whole lot of knee at the kart track, which is good enough for me considering the modest investment.

IMO, both of those (WRR and DRZ) are still somewhat heavy for dirt, and worse than the DR350 I have. Because my DR350 is a dirt model, it weighs in at roughly 285lbs wet... Both the DRZ and WRR are still heavier than that. For the extra money I'd have to pay for either of those, I'm not convinced that extra cash would yield a totally different experience from what I already have... you know?

For under 2k, I'm not sure I could do better than a KDX. (I'd keep the DR350 for SuMo & dual sporting.) If I *could* do better, I'm certainly open to suggestions.
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Old 05-04-2018, 06:33 PM   #2720
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Old 05-05-2018, 12:19 AM   #2721
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Yeah I meant more the jetting, Periodic maintenance is just a given. Considering this will be street ridden what the usual time between adjustments?
Depends on how you ride on the street...

I change the oil every 1500 miles on the one with plates, and checked the valves when I did the first oil change (they were fine). Then I checked them at the second oil change, and the clearance hadn't changed so I waited until the 4th oil change, still good. I had to adjust them at the 5th oil change, but they were barely on the tight side. At #7 they were fine, and I just did #8 and they were still good to go.

They will stay static for a while, then they will gradually start to get tighter at some point. As they wear, the time it takes them to get tighter gets shorter, and when you're adjusting them every oil change, you know it's time to stock up on parts for the top end.

The manual calls for oil changes and valve inspections every 600 miles for non-competiton use, and as-needed for competition use.
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Old 05-05-2018, 07:11 PM   #2722
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Well the little Ninja is up for sale soon..

Wondering if I should take the proceeds and buy something like a KDX.

Thoughts? Good step up from the DR? I'd like to take the off road stuff a little more seriously.
Really really tough to beat a KDX200/220 for offroad and woods riding on a budget. Unless you happen upon a decent KTM 200 XCW for a good price. 99+ YZ250's can make great offroad bikes too, but will require some significant mods and tuning to get where the KDX or KTW XCW is out of the box. Which brings us back to the KDX. For the money, one of the best offroad bikes you can buy.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:32 PM   #2723
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:28 PM   #2724
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Put a few hours and a few miles on my 450 on a ride with other plated 4 strokes. Nice weather, flowers, butterflies.


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Old 05-21-2018, 12:47 PM   #2725
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My son and I spent Sat at Holister doing the MSF dirt bike class. Putting 8 miles in on the range has indeed helped him with clutch control. Always good to do drills and learn proper technique. Was a good day. Enjoyed our instructors and their teachings.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:12 PM   #2726
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My son and I spent Sat at Holister doing the MSF dirt bike class. Putting 8 miles in on the range has indeed helped him with clutch control. Always good to do drills and learn proper technique. Was a good day. Enjoyed our instructors and their teachings.
That is like free with HHORA membership, correct? And they can provide motos I think. I wish more folks would take minute ride brfore Eric ran out of battery. 32 miles. I still had a quarter charge left.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:35 PM   #2727
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Put a few hours and a few miles on my 450 on a ride with other plated 4 strokes. Nice weather, flowers, butterflies.

Who were those guys, dust devils?
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Old 05-21-2018, 03:53 PM   #2728
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That is like free with HHORA membership, correct? And they can provide motos I think. I wish more folks would take minute ride brfore Eric ran out of battery. 32 miles. I still had a quarter charge left.

Yes, free with HHORA membership. Yes, they have loaner bikes and some equipment if needed. All of this is worked out upon registration. We used our own bikes and gear, but the others in the class were on loaner bikes and some were using loaner gear to some extent. The bikes I saw on Saturday were all Hondas, CRF 150Fs and CRF 230Fs.

Membership was $25 for a one year family membership. Family membership covered both of us. Quite the deal with normal price being listed at $300 per student.
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Who were those guys, dust devils?
Yeah Dust Devils and hangers-on. Husaberg rider is a guy from work. KTM guy was painfully bad on downhills.

That was good exercise for clutch control. I also showed off my trials skills with slow full-lock turns and crashed twice doing it. Didn't launch the bike into anybody's truck, though. WR450F steering lock and low power sucks ass compared to Gas Gas trials bike.
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Old 05-23-2018, 03:07 PM   #2730
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