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That DRZ is more the type of powerhouse you'd need.
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you will be way better off with the dr400, my buddy has the 400sm, road it last year thing is awesome!!! not the fastest thing on the planet but plenty of low end nut to play in the woods with that dr400.
all they need is a pipe, airbox vents and carb tune and they are nassssssty!!! wheelie machines too! so easy to ride sit downs on!
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Those zuki400s are a good machine. Almost the same engine that my ltz400 had, really opens up with a few mods.
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What do you guys think a 2000 DRZ-400S is worth with 3200 miles in nice shape... say an 8 1/2 - 9 out of 10?
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Looks like its worth around $2,000.
http://www.bikefinds.com/suzuki-drz4...sport-for-sale

I would buy a KLX250 a hundred times before I bought a Suzuki 400/Kawasaki 400(same bike). The 250 is 30 pounds lighter, has six gears instead of five, and it's smaller in size. The size makes it very comfortable off road, and easy to manage. The 400 is a big bike that is hard to manage off road, on road it's better than the 250 because of the weight(the 30 pounds I swear is mounted on the handle bars, extremely tipsy off road).
http://www.bikefinds.com/kawasaki-klx250s-for-sale

Try to find a bike that has mods done IE muffler, head pipe, air box, jetting, gearing, and more off road type tires. Which ever bike you buy, it will benefit from these.

If you want the ultimate dual purpose bike buy a KTM450/530, or a 450 from the major four. They have a shitload of power, and only weigh in at 250 pounds(compared to 260 for the 250, and 290 for the 400).
http://www.bikefinds.com/ktm-dual-sports-for-sale

A KTM you can get street legal. The major four you would have to convert, and license.
http://doctorenduro.com/index.php?ma...5ck9bvf8kbtlo4
I know some Honda, Kawasaki 450's came with electric start, head light, and tail light. So converting over would not be that hard.
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Looks like its worth around $2,000.
http://www.bikefinds.com/suzuki-drz4...sport-for-sale

I would buy a KLX250 a hundred times before I bought a Suzuki 400/Kawasaki 400(same bike). The 250 is 30 pounds lighter, has six gears instead of five, and it's smaller in size. The size makes it very comfortable off road, and easy to manage. The 400 is a big bike that is hard to manage off road, on road it's better than the 250 because of the weight(the 30 pounds I swear is mounted on the handle bars, extremely tipsy off road).
http://www.bikefinds.com/kawasaki-klx250s-for-sale

Try to find a bike that has mods done IE muffler, head pipe, air box, jetting, gearing, and more off road type tires. Which ever bike you buy, it will benefit from these.

If you want the ultimate dual purpose bike buy a KTM450/530, or a 450 from the major four. They have a shitload of power, and only weigh in at 250 pounds(compared to 260 for the 250, and 290 for the 400).
http://www.bikefinds.com/ktm-dual-sports-for-sale

A KTM you can get street legal. The major four you would have to convert, and license.
http://doctorenduro.com/index.php?ma...5ck9bvf8kbtlo4
I know some Honda, Kawasaki 450's came with electric start, head light, and tail light. So converting over would not be that hard.
What other 250cc bikes should I look at besides the KLX250?
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Can't comment to much on other than what I have already. Being I have ridden a KLX400, most 450's, and own a KLX250s. Did quick research on 250's. Looks like Yamaha has a Wr250r that is comparable to a KLX250s. It has six gears, is liquid cooled, and weighs in at 276 pounds. Most other comparable 250, 230, 200's are air cooled.
If you can wait until spring(or when possible), you can come out west here, and have a test drive on a KLX250, KLX400, and a KTM450.
If you can't, you are welcome to come ride with us on whatever you have.
We ride at least once a week around here(not quit legal, kind of like the power lines up north), and we also take a trip once a year. Last year we went to the Black Hills. This year we are thinking more west, or the UP. Either way I will make a trip to the
UP to find a GPS I lost this winter.
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Can't comment to much on other than what I have already. Being I have ridden a KLX400, most 450's, and own a KLX250s. Did quick research on 250's. Looks like Yamaha has a Wr250r that is comparable to a KLX250s. It has six gears, is liquid cooled, and weighs in at 276 pounds. Most other comparable 250, 230, 200's are air cooled.
If you can wait until spring(or when possible), you can come out west here, and have a test drive on a KLX250, KLX400, and a KTM450.
If you can't, you are welcome to come ride with us on whatever you have.
We ride at least once a week around here(not quit legal, kind of like the power lines up north), and we also take a trip once a year. Last year we went to the Black Hills. This year we are thinking more west, or the UP. Either way I will make a trip to the
UP to find a GPS I lost this winter.
We'll definitely have to hook up this summer.

I looked all over for similar bikes (including the KLX250) and can't find anything "newer" in my price range in driving distance. I think at max I want to spend $2500 and easily be able to sell it for that if it isn't for me.

I understand and hear everything you're saying but keep going back to that DRX400 in my head. The price is right, it is supposedly in good condition, not too far away, and plenty of power for the roads around here and up north. I am 6' tall and weigh around 225lbs so think it wouldn't be too bad. I don't plan to get too crazy on the bike because falling on ground isn't like falling on snow LOL. I guess what I'm saying is that if I get the DRZ400 and it isn't for me I could easily sell it and make my money back.... sort of like the TW200.

Ugggh, maybe I should just keep the TW and call it a day haha.
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You would be very happy with the power of the drz400 Slanteye.
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You would be very happy with the power of the drz400 Slanteye.
I'm sure of that. I just don't want it to be like Harry on Stormy in that field two years ago LOL.
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Did Harry ever tell about what happened in the field this year? He was revisiting his old glory days in the field by falling off his sled and then getting run over by his sled.... during a dragrace. The guy has got skills !?
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He sure did lol, he thought doing a 'stoppy' meant dive in front of the machine to make it stop lol.
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I'm sure of that. I just don't want it to be like Harry on Stormy in that field two years ago LOL.
I've never ridden one, only the atv version with that engine. I've ridden a couple of them and they are very nice engines. I haven't a clue about weight or anything of the chassis though. I'm not a 2 wheel kinda guy lol.
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Did Harry ever tell about what happened in the field this year? He was revisiting his old glory days in the field by falling off his sled and then getting run over by his sled.... during a dragrace. The guy has got skills !?
Please tell me that someone has that on video.
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lol Bryan took pictures but no video lol. The funny thing was he did that in the middle of a drag race lmao.
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You would be very happy with the power of the drz400 Slanteye.
Power is not the problem. Not saying the 400 is a bad bike. On road it's better than the 250(because of the weight the wind doesn't effect it as much), but off road it just sucks! Power on the 250 is low, but it has six gears, so you can gear it in such a way that it feels like the same power as the 400. No doubt
the 250 needs mods to wake it up, it's pretty doggy in stock form. Add another $500 to the price of the 250.
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Mitch - What year is considered too old? I found a few early 2000 bikes.
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I took some of Mitch's wisdom to the local bike shop to see if he was right. Sure enough, I sat on the KLX250 and it felt perfect. I then hopped on a DRZ400 and it felt "big". I'm sure riding both bikes would help but just sitting on them I definitely liked the KLX250. Yamaha had a 250 as well but that thing seemed taller than the Kawasaki DRZ400. Uggggh!
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Then go with it homie! Kawie too!
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Then go with it homie!
Over double what I want to spend and new. If it isn't for me there I'll loose too much money. Waiting for the right used bike to show but and still thinking about the DRZ because I'll at least break even.
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Like someone mentioned earlier, look for one thats already piped or lightly modded. Being that you were looking at a used unit from a private seller you could get a test ride if your serious about the transaction. Then you'd know for sure if it were for you or not.
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As much as I don't want to do it I think the DRZ400 is in my future. It isn't that much bigger than the KLX250, over $1k cheaper than the the cheapest one I can find in the whole US and will have plenty of power for me to go to/from work. Who knows what might come along between now and when this guy can meet up so we'll see.
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Check the HP specs if you can find them. Forget what year they woke them up
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Pretty soon you will be ready to step up to a big boy bike, lol. Hopefully before Sturgis.
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