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View Results: Which Bike should I get?
DRZ400 28 49.12%
KLR650 23 40.35%
KLX250s 8 14.04%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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Looking for a new bike...can't decide

I sold my KLX250s (regretting it now as the weather is gonna get better soon) and so now I am doing research on getting a new bike. I just cannot decide what.

I sold my KLX250s because it was just a little too small for me. I'm 6ft 210 but it was just a little under powered. Or so I thought. I actually really liked the bike and should not have sold it. But...

So, what I'm considering so far in no particular order is a Suzuki DRZ400, a KLR650, or another KLX250s.

All you guys out there that have those bikes, give me your pros and cons.

I am going to ride it probably 60% street and 40% gravel roads/light trails. I make no bones about the fact that I have no business getting a bike on some serious single track. I like to leave the house, grind out some asphalt to get to the gravel roads, and just have fun linking gravel together with sections of asphalt.

One of the reasons I sold the KLX was it was too small for me and my 11 year old son to ride 2 up comfortably. He was always complaining about being uncomfortable. So, a bigger bike, like the KLR, might make that more enjoyable for him...plus, he is in LOVE with the KLR. Thinks its cool looking.

So, what say you...opinions please. Fire away with questions about ride style etc and I'll answer as best as I can.

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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Also...I will probably buy used so I have a low budget. Lets say under 4 grand. Mid to lower 3's would be even better!
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:20 AM   #3
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Thought about a Husqvarna te-610? 55hp, 309lb, great suspension, 6speeds. I love mine.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:58 AM   #4
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Thought about a Husqvarna te-610? 55hp, 309lb, great suspension, 6speeds. I love mine.
Yeah, I've looked at the TE's a lot. My main concern there is finding someone to work on them. It would be a very foreign bike to the shops around here. And I'm not capable of doing much more than an oil change and airing up the tire. I know I need to get more mechanically inclined though.

My other concern is finding one to test ride prior to buying without traveling a LONG distance. But that's not critical.

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Old 02-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #5
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:40 PM   #6
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Dr650.
I'll second that. They're as reliable as a claw hammer with a minimum amount of maintenance.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:49 PM   #7
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same here, had the klr...didnt like it. I've had a few different DR's and love them...DR350's, DRZ250's, and DR650's.

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Old 02-02-2015, 01:39 PM   #8
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I'm trying to locate a DRZ400 and a DR650 that I can go test ride. All stores are closed today and our local Suzuki dealer says "we don't do test rides!"

I'm doing a lot of research on the DRZ400. I know its carbureted, as was my KLX250. My KLX250 was very cold natured. You really had to get it warmed up before riding off. Is the DR line the same? How does the carb perform on the DRs?

Also, How's the suspension on the DRs?
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:09 PM   #9
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I'm trying to locate a DRZ400 and a DR650 that I can go test ride. All stores are closed today and our local Suzuki dealer says "we don't do test rides!"

I'm doing a lot of research on the DRZ400. I know its carbureted, as was my KLX250. My KLX250 was very cold natured. You really had to get it warmed up before riding off. Is the DR line the same? How does the carb perform on the DRs?

Also, How's the suspension on the DRs?
Anything that passes EPA emissions testing is gonna' be cold-blooded, but that's easy to fix. I can't speak to the DRZ400 but the DR650SE will benefit from some suspension tuning for a guy your size. But here's the good news. Mechanical skills are easy to acquire, and wrenching on your bike is therapeutic. In addition there are lots of folks willing to offer advice and/or help here on this site. You've come to the right place.
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:35 PM   #10
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I have a DRZ, voted for the KLR only because there's no option for the DR. Either one of those 650s would be a better choice than the DRZ, given the type of riding you want to do.

DR suspension is like any other bike; it'll need work to make it perfect for you, but it's good enough stock. Another benie of buying used is that the PO may have already done that work for you (albeit to their weight, not necessarily yours).
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:40 PM   #11
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At this moment I have 4 dualsports in my basement: a klx250s, a dr350, xr650l, and dr650. I bought the dr650 last and it's a keeper. I just like riding it the most. I did have to do a little carb adjustment, but it's easy to work on and fun (for me) to do. I really like the simplicity factor of the big DR. Plus if you read up on them, they have very few issues. Just look at size of the DR thread to see what following these bikes have. I will be selling the xr and the klx in the spring. May keep the dr350 as a spare. BTW, I know what you mean about the cold-naturedness of the klx. The DR cranks immediately even after all the times I've had the carb apart changing needle settings, etc.
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I had a DR-Z400s and loved it. A friend had a KLX250s and we both agreed that the DRZ was better in most ways. I have never ridden a DR650 but have heard great things about them. I expect it would be excellent for your type of riding. With that said I voted for the KLR because, 1) no DR option, and 2) if you plan on riding 2up often it would likely be a better choice. I'm sure you will have a blast regardless of which you choose. Good luck.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:57 AM   #13
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I'm trying to locate a DRZ400 and a DR650 that I can go test ride. All stores are closed today and our local Suzuki dealer says "we don't do test rides!"

I'm doing a lot of research on the DRZ400. I know its carbureted, as was my KLX250. My KLX250 was very cold natured. You really had to get it warmed up before riding off. Is the DR line the same? How does the carb perform on the DRs?

Also, How's the suspension on the DRs?

You pull out a couple hundred bucks for a down payment on the condition you like what you ride, you should get a test ride. If anyone set it up to buy the bike if they liked what they rode, we'd send them out. I'd tell them if you know you don't like it fairly quickly come back, don't put unnecessary miles on the bike, but if they do like it do a bit more. We had a decent route that would allow some good turns, some open road, and in town all in about 8 miles.
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At this moment I have 4 dualsports in my basement: a klx250s, a dr350, xr650l, and dr650. I bought the dr650 last and it's a keeper. I just like riding it the most. I did have to do a little carb adjustment, but it's easy to work on and fun (for me) to do. I really like the simplicity factor of the big DR. Plus if you read up on them, they have very few issues. Just look at size of the DR thread to see what following these bikes have. I will be selling the xr and the klx in the spring. May keep the dr350 as a spare. BTW, I know what you mean about the cold-naturedness of the klx. The DR cranks immediately even after all the times I've had the carb apart changing needle settings, etc.

I did the two extremes. I have the KLX650C (still strongest 650 dual sport from Japan in spite of being about 18 years gone from the US market) and the KLX250S. The 650 is more for my open road and some dirt/gravel road riding, the 250 is for off road and some dirt/gravel road riding. Minor overlap, but drastic differences in the extremes.
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Klr-650, It's the only one you can 2-up on for any more than a trip to starbucks. Has a luggage rack for your fishing gear and roomy enough for some slab time. As long as you are not doing single track it's perfect.

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