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Old 02-12-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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Not sure what DS is best for me?

I am having a dilemma as to what to get for a DS. I would like to get a DS that can be used for some trail riding but it will be used mostly on gravel and dirt roads. My intent is to haul it to a location and ride around the area.

My weight with gear is about 275 (slowly dropping) and an inseam of 28”. I narrowed my choices to XT225/250, Super Sherpa, and DR650. I did have some general questions about these bikes.

I do not have a particular place in mind to ride so the bike needs to be flexible. I do not plan on riding there but I do need to be able to ride on roads to get to connecting trails and through small towns. I have also considered the WR250R and DR350 (both too tall) and the TW200 (may not be powerful enough).

1. The DR looks good on power but how bad is the extra 80Lbs on trails? I have sat on one and it didn't seem too bad but that was on the showroom floor and not in a ditch.

2. I hear everyone say how bullet proof the DR650 is but there are a bunch of mods (handle bars, seals, sensors, wheel bearings, etc) that need to be done to make it “reliable.” Seems counter intuitive.

3. The 250s are lite so that is a plus but power seems to vary. The XT comes in at 17HP and the Super Sherpa at a 26HP? Does that sound right? Is there a real noticeable difference in power between these two?


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Old 02-12-2015, 12:58 PM   #2
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The DR gets real heavy in low speed moves. If you are cruising easier dirt then it's great but if you want to venture on rougher trails you will feel that extra weight at times.
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:00 PM   #3
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I've ridden a Supper Sherpa and it's very easy and light compared to a a DR feel. It's also well build. A 2013 or older XT250 is fuel injected. It also rides like that Super Sherpa but fueled better because of the FI. Also look at the Honda CRF250L.
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:10 PM   #4
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I have an XT225 and think it would be good for your stated purpose. I would get a seat concepts seat for it. I use their seat with a Coleman padded cover on top of it. Power is adequate. The Kaw would probably be better but taller and more expensive.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:16 PM   #5
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I had a Sherpa, liked it too. It's not fast and the suspension is not for riding like it's a full on dirt bike. If you want to ride a little slower and still tackle some pretty tough stuff, it will do it. Darn thing was like a billy goat. The Sherpa does have a low first gear for crawling along. Going up something like Squally was not a problem on the little sherpa, i rode it many times on my Sherpa. Also, the KLR250 was ok there, i had one of those that i rode up Squally.

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Old 02-12-2015, 02:34 PM   #6
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The Sherpa is surprisingly light, nimble and has a bunch of torque. It's not refined in any way, but it is capable. I rode with a guy that had one, we swapped bikes for a bit, him on my 450EXC and me on the Sherpa. It's a lot more work than my 450 was to ride, but it was still fun and very capable.

Also, any bike can be lowered. Good luck!
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:52 PM   #7
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The tw is a goat too, I'd reach 5th gear midway thru intersections, strong in low gear, wound out in hi gear. I miss it. Light and nimble.


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Old 02-13-2015, 06:07 AM   #8
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roads speed tw

I thought of the TW but I am concerned about top speed and handling on roads.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:29 AM   #9
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The XT is probably better for top speed but the TW handles just fine on the road. We used them in motorcycle safety classes.
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Old 02-13-2015, 11:16 AM   #10
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what about a drz400?
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:24 AM   #11
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I have read mixed reviews of it being good off road and it has a 35 or 36" seat height. Isn't it a supermoto?

I am leaning toward the sherpa if it really does have 26 HP. I also just read that the XT250 13-new has a recall for the wiring.

I was looking at the XT350 but it did not get good reviews and the dr350 is tall as well.

I have seem most of these bike in person except the drz400. Maybe that will work.
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