Advise Please

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  • kdtg

Posted September 17, 2005 - 06:30 AM


Hey Everyone

I need some help with the age old question on what bike to buy. I'm looking at XR 600's and XR 400's ( but I'm not ruling out WR's, KLX's or DR's). I'm what I would consider an intermediate to advanced rider. I have owned about two dozen different bikes including dirt, street and quads. They have included an XR500, YZ490, 500 Quadracer, and a couple of open class street bikes. I've also got quite a bit of time on a buddies CR500. I plan on riding mostly trails (both tight and fairly open) and the occational trip to the sand dunes. But I also want to put a dual sport kit on what ever bike I get and ride on the street about 30% of the time. I'll be buying a second set of tires for street use. I'll be riding both with the "guys" and the family( read: slow). This may be too much to ask of one bike I don't know. Buy the way I'm 5'9" and weigh about 180lbs with a 31" inseam. Let me know what you think.


  • goblin127

Posted September 17, 2005 - 06:59 AM


Sounds like a perfect match to a DRZ 400.

  • anvilair

Posted September 17, 2005 - 07:02 AM


This is really your call. But, I will tell you about myself and hopefully it helps in your decision.
I rode xr250's and 400's throughout the late 80's and early 90's. I then took a break from dirt bikes and rode and raced street bikes. (GSXR 600's, 750,s, a Bandit 1200 and an R1.) I got back into the dirt about 2 years ago and bought an XR 250. Great for the trails, and for relearning the skills but low on power. I wanted something I could do exactly what you are planning on doing. Some tight trails, ride with my 3 year old on his quad, maybe dual sport a little, ride fire roads with my brothers at high speed, jump it higher than 5 feet without bottoming... basically a little of everything.
After researching a bunch and asking for lot's of opinions I settled on the 2005 wr 450, Yamaha. I am thrilled with it. Awesome machine and it performs in all situations very well. Most important for me is that it is awesome in the tight woods. I thought it would be to much bike, but it is very forgiving and the power is easy to manage. Plus it has e-start!!!!!
Just my .02, good luck in your search!!!! :banghead:

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  • J_Daniels

Posted September 17, 2005 - 11:40 AM


That XR 400 will be a loser in the dunes but better in the woods. The 6oo is a tank with good power and reliability. KLRs are mainly for the road. All are old skool, meaning tough but heavy. Personally, I would look at the DRZ, CRF-X or WRs of the current generation. More finicky on maintainence, but they are lots more fun, not much more money.

  • BrettJ

Posted September 18, 2005 - 05:52 AM


"As many dirtbike magizines have said if you want the perfect fun trial bike drz400e is ideal. A modern xr400, with more power better handeling and same reliability"--> When choosiing between the drz400 wr450 & crf450x think of it like this: wr & crf= race endro bikes lightning fast nimble but require more maintence and TLC. Drz, xr, klx = trail bikes made for fun which can take punishment have softer seats and suspension for comfort and require much less maintence. From what I have said decide what 'kind' of bike you want then reseach each brand from owners to see what they say about them. good luck

  • marioct

Posted September 21, 2005 - 12:32 PM


Go with the xr. 400 0r 600, they are bulletproof!! My 600r is plated and never lets me down. I can be riding 2 up, alone, street or tight trails, it is excellent all across the board. I am 6 foot 155 lbs 32 inseam and have no problems throwing it around or jumping it. I get all excited when I pull it out of the shed, like when I was a teen with my first bike :banghead: Very fun

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