|10-05-2011, 08:53 PM||#12|
Road Less Traveled
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Thumpin' in North GA - headin' for the Smokys
To me, the DRZ (and the DR350) were not great on pavement above 65. It's pretty common to hear that the DRZ is buzzy at highway speeds. I just don't care for lot's of pavement on the DRZ or DR350, but the DR650 does great on the slab.
To clarify, for me, light enough to toss around off road is around 250 pounds, not 300+. My KTM450 was near perfect off road to me, but I wouldn't want to ride it far on pavement. Rider weight may have a lot to do with the preference, too. A lighter rider may be fine on the DRZ or KTM on the road. But for me, after riding quite a few different bikes I find the sub 300 pound bikes lacking on the street and the 300+ bikes lacking in the woods. This is just my opinion, I know people who take a 400+ pound KLR650 through stuff I don't want to try on my 300 pound 350 and I know some who have taken XT225, Sherpa 250, DR350 etc. across the country.
I think of the DRZ and the DR350 as 60/40 or more for dirt and the DR650 as a 50/50 bike for me.
As far as the DRZ versus the DRZ, I prefer the simpler, older design (of course I'm simpler and older too!) with no radiator to be worried about, and simple screw adjust valves. The six speed transmission is a bonus and the lower seat height (for me, 5'9" with 30" inseam) and less weight/lower center of gravity made the DR350 a better fit for me. The suspension can be fixed (I wouldn't be doing triples on the DR350 or the DRZ) and power can be adjusted with higher compression and valve work or more displacement. I haven't upgraded mine yet, but I believe the 441cc kit on the DR350 combined with properly set up suspencion would hang close enough to a DRZ for me.
To summarize , again IMO, there is no one dual sport than can excell in an enduro on Saturday and carve up the twistys on Sunday and I'm convinced it can't be done. Every dual sport, to me, is a set of compromises that each rider must choose between. Power, weight, and suspension, choose what's important to you and your best 50/50 dual sport could be a 250, 350, 450, 650, or even a liter or more and weight from 250 to 500 pounds.
Ain't it great we have choices!
Definitely IMHO and just my .02
Dirtly: 2009 Suzuki DR650SE Road Sofa: 2001 Yamaha (ad)Venture 1300
Dirtlier: 1999 Suzuki DR350SE Old Sport: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E
1996 Suzuki Intruder 1400 (for sale) 1987 Yamaha TT600 (for sale)
GaThumper screwed with this post 10-05-2011 at 09:05 PM
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