Suzuki drz 400

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by Nico-D » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:11 pm

beany wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:29 pm
IMG_20180829_171918.jpg mine almost ready for the pyrenees leaving the 690 at home
Almost exact same setup that I've got on my DRZ.
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..but curious as to why you're not taking the 690...

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by beany » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:52 pm

plain and simple drz,the bike came with big tank and luggage ready to go

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by Jacksnipe » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:10 pm

In the past year I started with a KTM 450 EXC, followed by a Husky 310 TE, then a Beta XT and finally a 2002 DRZ S. IMHO all great bikes but for all round green laner and getting there and back on the tarmac the DRZ is King. I am on the look out for another, got to be in top nick and lowish miles and I am in green lane super land !

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by Thedktor » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:07 am

Its funny how often the DRZ subject comes up, the "problem" is that it filled a void in the market that is now a gaping void with nothing
close.

Yes the gearing is poor, and yes its heavier than a proper enduro bike. However....I run a DRZ-E on road gearing and for the road and main trails I use in Hampshire and Wiltshire it is brilliant - very quick, comfortable and a lot cheaper to buy and run than a KTM/Husky/a.n.nother.

A 250 i.e. the CRF just hasn't got the power and any 650 is a lot less manageable off-road.
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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by andrew882 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:29 am

I'm another DRZ evangalist - had an F800GS which was ace on the road and good on gentle lanes until my intentions outweighed my skill (which happens quite a lot). It's a heavy old barge to pick up when you're a mile from the road and on your own...

I bought the DRZ initially with the idea of keeping both but the only places the little Suzuki really suffers against the Beemer (in my humble opinion) is the outright power and toys... I don't really rag it on the road anymore. On lanes the DRZ really shows its (relative) lack of weight and I know if (when) I drop it it'll cost me £ to fix rather than £££. As a consequence I have a lot more fun. Even the comfort feels not that much different on longer trips.

So the bus went and the DRZ stayed.

If I was planning multiple tours of Europe I'd have kept the BMW, but then again I'd maybe get a litre plus ADV bike.

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by minkyhead » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:44 am

Thedktor wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:07 am
Its funny how often the DRZ subject comes up, the "problem" is that it filled a void in the market that is now a gaping void with nothing
close.

Yes the gearing is poor, and yes its heavier than a proper enduro bike. However....I run a DRZ-E on road gearing and for the road and main trails I use in Hampshire and Wiltshire it is brilliant - very quick, comfortable and a lot cheaper to buy and run than a KTM/Husky/a.n.nother.

A 250 i.e. the CRF just hasn't got the power and any 650 is a lot less manageable off-road.
thats why i persist with the crfs with engine swaps ..theres nothing nowt nada between the low power250s and the 690 and already having run a drz for a long while id have no qualms about running another id love to buy a eighteen month old drz witrh sod all milage and have a pop at that gearbox on me 2nd take ..but they are imho just too old now to commit

i wish also they had the honda sprocket system where you can swap out in a few minuts with a 10ml spanner instead of the feck off big 32ml? sprocket nut and tab so that you could run down to where your going and then swap for a a few days when its gets more knarly or steep
i use the 300 cbr motors cos they have a surprising amount of punch especially when you drop a one tooth less on the front ..31hp isnt that bad and not that far off a standard drz s in power ... and if you gear it like for like they are surprisingly good but the extreamly low primary drive on the drz will always punch harder and so it should its design brief is different and the drz is way more dynamic because of it ..but on long trips dynamic isnt always whats needed most of the time ..the fi systems are amazing ..even on long road gearing the crfs or the klx will pull 5th with no complaint from 25mph ..they are just far less fussy as to what gear your in ..as lazy as feck

..but the main thing above that is it has the gearbox the drz should have for travel ..a tiny 1st gear and a long 6th and enough power to ,pull it ..as a plus it also averages around 80mpg so me 12 litre tank is more than enough for 200 plus miles
ive got me klx 250 as well and have plans to make that a 351 ..when the fi kit is sorted in the usa ...that should come in at around 600 quid to do ...and its not a bad chassis at all as a base i like it.. pretty capable little bike ...

isnt it strange and frustrating that the bikes with the least power get the gearboxes that the bikes with most power need ...... :?:

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by Paul-S » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:18 pm

I have the DRZ400s too. Have done a couple of trips on it fully loaded and does me fine. 200 mile range and sits at 64mph all day without too much buzzing (real satnav 64 = 72 on the clocks). I have a Trailtech Vapor to go on so hopefully that should read more accurately. Nice to have 100kgs lighter that the ATs I have. Had a great time at last years ABR on the enduro circuit too

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by frenchy3 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:36 pm

andrew882 wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:29 am
I'm another DRZ evangalist - had an F800GS which was ace on the road and good on gentle lanes until my intentions outweighed my skill (which happens quite a lot). It's a heavy old barge to pick up when you're a mile from the road and on your own...

I bought the DRZ initially with the idea of keeping both but the only places the little Suzuki really suffers against the Beemer (in my humble opinion) is the outright power and toys... I don't really rag it on the road anymore. On lanes the DRZ really shows its (relative) lack of weight and I know if (when) I drop it it'll cost me £ to fix rather than £££. As a consequence I have a lot more fun. Even the comfort feels not that much different on longer trips.

So the bus went and the DRZ stayed.

If I was planning multiple tours of Europe I'd have kept the BMW, but then again I'd maybe get a litre plus ADV bike.
I had the F800gs and bought a DRZ400s for off roading but ended up selling the BMW and sticking luggage on my DRZ.

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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by herman » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:37 pm

Just for a bit of balance and I am feeling a bit cantankerous after an 'interesting afternoon' … I don't like em at all. I have had two and both were sold quickly. Bastard child of a trials bike and a sofa.
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Re: Suzuki drz 400

Post by daveuprite » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:51 pm

herman wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:37 pm
Just for a bit of balance and I am feeling a bit cantankerous after an 'interesting afternoon' … I don't like em at all. I have had two and both were sold quickly. Bastard child of a trials bike and a sofa.
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