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Hey,

I'm thinking about getting a DRZ400SM in the near future and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on a few things for me.

Do they crusie well at highway speeds? or are the vibrations unbearable?
How is the seat for semi-long distance riding aprox 1-1.5 hours?
Is not having a 6th gear a real pain in the arse?


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I haven't noticed not having a 6th gear yet.

Mine has no trouble going over 110km/hr, but I haven't had to sit at that speed for long. With wind at that speed is actually better than I thought it would be after riding a fully faired sports bike.

The seat gets a bit hard after an hour of riding, but I've head they bicycle shorts are the answer. Although there are plenty of aftermarket seats available for the DRZ - I think at least 6 people make them. That said my old bike had a seat like a concrete slab... so I'm kinda used to it. The upright position is also a nice change after riding sports bikes for years.

It vibrates, but to tell you the truth I don't think it's even worth mentioning - it doesn't feel unbearable and I barely notice the vibes.

I just bought my DRZ400SM new about 7 weeks ago and I absolutely love it. Although from the get go I would recommend rejetting the carb on it. I did mine last week and good god it's a different bike. Also the suspension is set up for a 12 year old, so you'll need to fiddle with it - but once you do OMFG!

I thought the carb rejet was good, but spending a day setting up the suspension was by far the better mod! In stock trim my mate on his 09R1 couldn't keep up with me in twisties... I think now the difference would be even greater. They're such a fun bike to ride on the commute!! Can't recommend enough - and FYI, I rode a Honda 954 which was dynoed @ 148bhp - compared to the 35bhp of the DRZ, and I have to say I don't miss the 954 at all.
 

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Shane road his for about 300Kms on Saturday and now he needs to go to hospital.


'tiK.
 

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I've never ridden one before, but in my profession opinion:
GET ONE NOW!
Let's all get tarded :)

Seriously though, go for a test ride and see what you think. That'll be the best (and only) way to be sure for yourself.
 

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ontik said:
Shane road his for about 300Kms on Saturday and now he needs to go to hospital.


'tiK.
lol, thats cos my back was already munted you twit :p

basically everything that sneddy said.

one thing tho, first up, you HAVE to ditch the stock zorst and chuck on a full system, 3x3 airbox mod and rejet, gets you an extra 10 horsies and makes the world of diff. ive got over 7000 kays on mine now and it still makes me giggle like a retard everytime i take it out. for bang for buck fun, you sure as hell casnt beat it. if you want more info, feel free to pm me
 

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I like riding other peoples. Dunno if I'd buy my own though- every prick just wants to do dumb shit on it! :lol:
 

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i noticed you're in Tassie Mad Dog.
from my experience on your completely awesome roads I'd say you should get a tard STAT!
those brilliant B and C roads you've got are made for tards.
the long travel suspension will soak up the bumps like they weren't there.
on top of the other mods mentioned, if you go for a DRZ i'd also recommend upgrading your brake lines and if the bank allows, your MC too (i believe the GSX-R 1000 ones bolt straight on)
or you could just get a Husky...... :p
 

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shaddup carson! nah, got a braided front line on the way, will post up how i go with it when its fitted.

rich: i cant believe how close mark was to scraping that tail on my bike :/[hr]
its purdy

 

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Lemme know how the braided line goes - what brand did you get - I can only see HEL ones on eghey. The MC upgrade sounds interesting - gunna have to look that one up.

As for the 3x3 inch hole in the air box, I made mine a different dimension with the same area as it fit a bit better.

And with the amount of people moving to Motards on this forum Rory will have to start a new section up!:p
 

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^what they all said
ive ridden about 400kms in a day and my arse felt like it was going to fall off... draggins didnt help though, but dont ever notice vibrations
they also crash really well. i slid down the road at 80km/h ad all i got was a bent brake leaver and a few scratches on the plastics.
its possible to pillion on them, but not the greatest at all.
im up to about 33,000kms, and it hasnt missed a beat so far :D
 

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sneds: yeah got the HEL one, will be very interested to see what difference it does make. def looking into a MC upgrade to but also on the list is:

Racetech front and rear suspension springs
39mm carb
MC
possibly a 440 kit
barkbusters
fender elim
indicators
mirrors

the list never ends :p
 

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juxt said:
koiom said:
or you could just get a Husky...... :p
Or a KTM (don't they own Husky anyway?)
Mine has front and rear braided lines as standard
:)
nah, BMW own Husqvarna

and to the OP, here's a pic to help make your tard buying decision easier
i've titled it Glamour Vs Nugget :p

but in all seriousness, as much as i like to pay out on DRZ's, with a few cheap performance mods and some cosmetic enhancements they're an awesome bike.
unlike the exotics, they will keep going on minimal maintenance and will give you many hours of hassle free riding pleasure.

 

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Your list is about the same as mine at the moment. But the calculations page on racetech have me very confused...

Although if I can afford it when I go the 440 then I might go the +4mm stroker kit and new cams.

But I think that might be some overkill, I'll probably just do the 440 with stage 1 hotcams.

BTW - if think I could've save money going for something different, that's not the point. I love pulling bikes apart so I sorta bought this with the intention of building it up custom.
 

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I read that the KLX400 was almost exactly the same engine...

From wiki
The Suzuki DR-Z400 is a dual purpose motorcycle manufactured by Suzuki. It is powered by a single-cylinder, 398 cc, liquid cooled four-stroke engine. Its reliability, low price and decent performance have made it a popular dual-sport choice around the world. Kawasaki marketed a private labeled version of the DR-Z known as the KLX400 - it is nearly identical to the DR-Z400 except for bodywork and some accessories.[hr]
While Im asking, which motard did I see that had dual exhausts on either side and looked tough as? Yoshi possibly?
 

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koiom said:
juxt said:
koiom said:
or you could just get a Husky...... :p
Or a KTM (don't they own Husky anyway?)
Mine has front and rear braided lines as standard
:)
nah, BMW own Husqvarna

and to the OP, here's a pic to help make your tard buying decision easier
i've titled it Glamour Vs Nugget :p

but in all seriousness, as much as i like to pay out on DRZ's, with a few cheap performance mods and some cosmetic enhancements they're an awesome bike.
unlike the exotics, they will keep going on minimal maintenance and will give you many hours of hassle free riding pleasure.

Or you could buy one like the red one ;)

Bout 90hp, very good on fuel and awesome fun :D

Just saying :blush:
 
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