WR426 vs. DRZ400
Posted August 22, 2001 - 05:02 PM
Now it's your chance. For you WR426 owners who have experience with the DRZ, what advice or input do you have. I will be purchasing a new bike shortly, but I really appreciate hearing from those with experience.
Posted August 23, 2001 - 05:01 AM
1. The DRZ has squishy suspension, the WR has superb suspension.
2. The DRZ's motor will probably last longer, and has a starter motor. The WR has a monster motor, but no magic button, and requires more maintainence.
3. The DRZ was designed to be a fun trailbike (it replaced the DR350), the WR was designed to be a racebike.
4. The DRZ is heavier. The WR is less...
5. The DRZ is cheaper.
5. Out of the box, you will need to spend less on the WR, unless you like the DRZ's squishy forks/shock.
Bottom line is, what ever floats your boat, and what r u going to be doing with the bike.
I hope I cleared some confusion.
Uh, like twist the throttle...
Posted August 23, 2001 - 05:19 AM
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Posted August 23, 2001 - 02:27 PM
400 exc rfs......pretty simple huh ?
Posted April 21, 2002 - 03:19 PM
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Posted April 22, 2002 - 07:31 AM
Figure out how you are going to use it and buy the appropriate machine.
Other choices:KTM 400/520
Canondale 440c/e[big money]
I've not ridden either of these bikes but they sound good.
P.S. I love my DRZ no problems just to heavy.Plenty of power too.
Posted April 22, 2002 - 08:46 AM
This is the choice I was faced with. I am not a racer, however, I may do some enduros this year.
I bought the WR 426.
1. Lots more power than the DRZ. At 245 and 6'1" I wanted to make sure I had the power to get up the big hills.
2. Lots of rave reviews on the bike itself.
3. Common bike, lots of parts available. Most needed parts are usually on a dealers shelf, not 8 weeks away in sweden.
4. I wanted to try riding the toughest horse on the barn. You are usually never dis-satisfied if you buy the top of the line.
5. This bike is so popular that I knew if I didnt like it, I would be able to trade it back for just about anything else.
End result, I really like the WR426, but I only have 10 hours on the bike. It is making me relearn how to ride. The bikes abundance of power has made me change my riding style to suit the bike. All I really do is woods riding.
Bottom line, the jury is still out. If I can adapt my riding style and tame this beast, there is nothing this machine wont do in the woods. If not, I will be looking at the 03 DRZ.
Posted April 22, 2002 - 09:42 PM
I realized after having not ridden for about 25 years and then having my DRZ for 2 years, that I wanted something that was lighter and could handle more agressive terrain. I ended up with the 250F and couldn't be any happier.
The DRZ is great for trail riding and an outstanding dual sport bike.
Posted April 22, 2002 - 04:11 PM
I'll throw another bike out there for you to consider.
The 2002 Cannondale C440 or E440.
-Awesome Ohlins suspension revalved by Pro-Action. Huge range of adjustment.
-Smooth power for woods or can be re-mapped for MX.
-Comes stock with liquid clutch, O-ring chain, talon sprockets and hubs, Magura bars, skid plate, hand guards, Michellin S12's.
-Only 268lbs with 2 gallons of fuel and e-start.
-Quick release seat and no tool air filter.
-Unbeatable customer support.
-And the list goes on.
The Dale will do both trail or MX and has the smoothest powerband I have felt in a dirtbike. The "E" map pulls smoothly from idle to 11,500 rpms and makes the bike deceivingly quick. The throttle is very snappy, it doesn't have a choke, it doesn't flood when dumped, doesn't need any jetting changes with altitude changes, and mine starts in about one second everytime. 5 secs when cold.
All the bikes mentioned above are great and fun to ride. I prefer my buddies WR for fun over a friends DRZ except on the hills. But my Dale has been an been a blast and is raising my confidence level much quicker. The thing jumps like a gazelle in the woods. And turns ion a dime at the top of a berm.
Couple things the Dale is lacking so far is a wide ratio cassette, and some aftermarket things like larger fuel tank. But I hear they are in the works.
If anything the Cannondale is worth a test ride. Also, a lot of big guys like the bike with the stock suspension. Something to consider.
All this typing has got me wanting to go riding.
Good Luck and Later!
Posted April 23, 2002 - 05:56 AM