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Old 07-24-2008, 10:59 AM   #1
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i am thinking about buying a drz250 for a ds/trail bike
i am looking for some opions from folks on this machine

my hope is that it will be a good trainging bike for my 19yo stepson and a
fun bike for myself
as well as do some light comuting duties

any and all input will be helpful

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Old 07-24-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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there must be someone out there with stories and pix to share

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Old 07-27-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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The DRZ250 was never sold as street legal in the states. You may find one that's been converted but it will lack some of the street goodies dual sports have (passenger pegs, useful mirrors, keyed ignition etc). As a dirt bike it never got all that popular as its quite heavy and an KDX200 is better in every respect. A provided you don't need the usual amenities of a factory dual sport one converted for dual sport use could be quite nice. They are fairly snappy and should be ultra reliable. I have a DR250SE which is a completely different bike (its essentially the same thing as a DR350SE) and have found it to be an excellent around-town/city bike. Not too bad on the trails either, but certainly not going to be confused with a dedicated dirt bike either. A DR250SE or 350SE may do the job as well or better than the DRZ250. They will weight a little more, but only a little and they are factory street legal and have more aftermarket and forum support. I don't recall whether the DRZ250 has a 6spd or 5spd - the extra gear is handy, especially on smaller displacement bikes (The DR250/350 are all 6spd).

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Old 07-27-2008, 06:59 PM   #4
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The DR-Z250 is a six-speeder. If you buy one, keep the air filter spotless, you lose 10-20% power when it is dirty. That makes a significant difference to the highway cruise and acceleration.

Don't worry about the -Z tag, it means nothing except to the marketeers trying to cash in on the "all new" DR-Z400's success. As far as I could tell, the bike was practically the same to at least as far back as 1995, probably longer, labelled simply DR250 or DR250S. Heck they didn't even update the plastics, just changed the stickers!!

Because the DR-Z250 was sold as road-legal outside the US of Eh? you could buy all the proper dual sport parts, bolt them on, and nobody would know it didn't come that way from the factory.

However I suspect they were road-legal in the US at some point. The one I had, was sent to Suzuki Australia, who complied it for use there, then it was shipped to Suzuki New Zealand who sold it new. So it had both AU & NZ compliance plates. Interestingly, the user hand book was for the American market, Suzuki Motor Corp USA or whatever, complete with all the road legal gear.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:13 AM   #5
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drz250

i have had a dr350 and a couple xr/xl in my time
i am looking for a nice trail bike the drz250 looks like the best compromise
from my beloved and long gone sp200 and my also beloved and long gone dr350.
and as a plus it is just a little differant with out being hard to get parts for

is there a big tank in the land down under, for the drz250

i am loing all the input keep it rolling in

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:27 PM   #6
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No big tanks made here. Try JustGasTanks. It's where most of the kiwi adv'ers tend to shop, even for Aussie-made tanks.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:24 AM   #7
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i am thinking about buying a drz250 for a ds/trail bike
i am looking for some opions from folks on this machine

my hope is that it will be a good trainging bike for my 19yo stepson and a
fun bike for myself
as well as do some light comuting duties

any and all input will be helpful

tdrrally

A friend on mine has one and loves it. He made his street legal in Michigan. He is of medium build.
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:22 AM   #8
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A friend on mine has one and loves it. He made his street legal in Michigan. He is of medium build.
thank you for the information
i have two right now
a 2003 with a yoshi pipe and some other bits and a 2007 that is pretty stock boath are tagged in wv

i love riding them in the woods on street

i have been thinking of heading up your way this somer for long weekend and a ride
where would you recomend?

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Old 03-05-2010, 05:18 AM   #9
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update

the 5.8 gallon tank fits k3 with its drz400 forks there is enough clearance for a set of usd forks

the bad news the djebej headlight i had planned to use is not clearing the tank at this time

i am starting on the mounts now and will work on the headlight issue later

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Old 03-06-2010, 05:47 PM   #10
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took the k7 out for its first road ride to day



also sent some time with k2 and the big tank
i now have it working with djebel headlight pix soon
but first the wife wants for kitchen counter tops and and this laptop needs a new board

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Old 03-07-2010, 07:27 AM   #11
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DR-Z250 + Farm Suzuki New Zealand

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And for a strictly limited time we have 20 only nationwide that come equipped with a FREE FARM KIT worth $695.

The kit includes Rear Carrier, Hand Guards, Lower Gearing, Front Mudguard Extension and Side Stand Foot.
http://www.suzuki.co.nz/Motorcycle/Farm/DR-Z250+Farmer/
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:05 PM   #12
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heavier rear spring

for the life of me i cant seem to find the info on getting a heavier rear spring. ive asked before and someone put up a link i just cant remember the name.
anyones memory better than mine?
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:11 PM   #13
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was wondering if anyone could help me, i recently put a cowley performance pipe on to my drz250, but i want to put bigger jets into the carb, what size jets do you suggest?
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:02 PM   #14
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Local laws dictate that I need a "braking light" for my bike to be legal on controlled trails. Do you guys know how I can make the rear positioning light to work as a braking light? It just needs to intensify when I hit the brakes.

I love my DR-Z250, no one has ever seen or heard of one where I live.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:27 PM   #15
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You can change out the light socket in the rear light for one that fits an 1157 dual element bulb and wire the second element to brake switches installed in your front and rear brake cylinders.
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