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Old 11-28-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Dear Adv friends of Colorado,

Thoughts on XR400's and similiar bikes.
Do you use heated riding gear? Recommendations


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Old 11-28-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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XR400s are a great colorado trail bike if you plan on a leisurely pace.

Heated gear for what? Trail riding? No, but if I was doing winter road riding then yeah, probably.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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Yep

I ride an XR400 and love it! And yes, I have heated grips on it.

Symtec Heated Grips. Cheap easy to install
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I plan on looking at one on Friday.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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I ride an XR400 and love it! And yes, I have heated grips on it.

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Thanks ColoradoV. Are the XR400's hard to start?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:23 PM   #6
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Mine was hard to start until I replaced the stock carb with a Mikuni

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:09 PM   #7
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Thanks ColoradoV. Are the XR400's hard to start?
It seems like the key to an easy starting XR4 is properly adjusted valves. It made a world of difference with my old roommate's xr.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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Eh?

should I save up for a DRZ?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:54 AM   #9
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It seems like the key to an easy starting XR4 is properly adjusted valves. It made a world of difference with my old roommate's xr.
Valves and jetting, and maybe the "drill". My old XR4 was hard starting till I got the jetting situated. Lots of info on setting them up in the thumpers section or on thumpertalk.com.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:55 AM   #10
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should I save up for a DRZ?
Oh hell no, for trail riding an XR is way ahead of a DRZ despite being older technology.

There might be a little more tinkering up front, and perhaps some idiosyncrasies to figure out, but the base platform is superior IMHO.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:56 AM   #11
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Thanks ColoradoV. Are the XR400's hard to start?
First welcome to the asylum!

I have a XR400 that sat for over 3 months, and by adhearing to the "drill" it started on the first kick.
It is properly maintained, valves in spec, carb in good condition, and the proper driil done. I use mine as a buddy bike, ans so it doesnt get used much. But it always starts fairly easily.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #12
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i had one. aesome bike for riding colo trails.
kicking start is a bitch after awhile.
make sure your carb is jetted properly, valves are spot on and you know the starting routine. sold mine because it did not have the starter button. when you've stalled it, stuck and up high on the mtns and winded kick starting sucks ass.

if i could find one with USD fork swap and electric start added, i'd buy another one all over again.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #13
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Oh hell no, for trail riding an XR is way ahead of a DRZ despite being older technology.

There might be a little more tinkering up front, and perhaps some idiosyncrasies to figure out, but the base platform is superior IMHO.
agreed. that xr4 motor would chug up any trail like it was cake.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:54 PM   #14
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should I save up for a DRZ?
Isn't that an oxymoron? You "save up" for a KTM.

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Oh hell no, for trail riding an XR is way ahead of a DRZ despite being older technology.

There might be a little more tinkering up front, and perhaps some idiosyncrasies to figure out, but the base platform is superior IMHO.
Agreed. The DRZ was a disappointing trail machine. The XR has a lot of torque and tractability.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:10 PM   #15
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Oh hell no, for trail riding an XR is way ahead of a DRZ despite being older technology.

There might be a little more tinkering up front, and perhaps some idiosyncrasies to figure out, but the base platform is superior IMHO.

Thanks Vx. I save around $1000 by buying the XR.....I am getting closer to my decision. Gut feeling also says the XR.

What tires do you recommend for the XR? Seems like people like the Pirelli PT121 and D606 seem popular.

Thanks again,
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