XT350 vs DRZ400s vs WR426
Posted December 28, 2005 - 04:37 AM
2000 XT350 $3500CDN 15 minutes from my place, dealer
2001 DRZ400s $4750CDN 5 hrs from my place, private (likely trustworthy)
2001 WR426 $4k 2 hrs from my place, dealer, street legal, comes with extra set of rims/rubber for street.
What do you guys honestly think. I'm looking at durability, dirtworthyness without being a HUGE p.i.t.a literally on my butt.
Posted December 28, 2005 - 05:09 AM
With the given information, i would go for the WR if it is in good condition and you trust the dealer. is that 4k canadian as well?
The WR seat is thin and hard, but you can get tall soft seat foam for it.
Posted December 28, 2005 - 05:39 AM
Posted December 28, 2005 - 05:58 AM
Posted December 28, 2005 - 06:07 AM
Posted December 28, 2005 - 06:16 AM
Posted December 28, 2005 - 07:16 AM
First off, the WR is $750 less, includes extra wheels and tires, and is 6 hours (round trip) closer.
But why go for the WR?
The WR is the most dirt worthy of the bikes you listed; best motor, best suspension, lightest. The WR is very reliable (said to be "bullet proof") with proper maintenance. I'm not sure about the XT (I assume it is solely based on the fact that it is air cooled), but I think the DRZ is also very reliable. I don't think the DRZ400s is E start, so it holds no advantage over the WR, except maybe comfort. However, I think the DRZ is over priced, especially for a private sale. If the seller would consider negotiating the sale price down (which he very well may) that might also be an option, especially if you would have to add tax to the dealer prices (you didn't mention if the dealer prices were OTD or if tax would be added).
I'm looking at durability, dirtworthyness without being a HUGE p.i.t.a literally on my butt.
BTW, 14k miles is a lot for these bikes. I hope that was just a round number to even the playing field, but if that's actual mileage, I'd consider something else.
Posted December 28, 2005 - 09:58 AM
Posted December 28, 2005 - 04:46 PM
Just a random number to put them even :]. As for price, I'm having a hell of a time finding a decently priced DS out there.
I used to own an 2003 XT225. Very dependable, but VERY heavy. It was the same weight (from Yamaha's page) as my 05 WR450. I got that bike, because it was small, and I wanted the woman to learn how to ride, but she's short, so it was still tiptoes for her, and a very bad bike for her to learn on because it was so heavy. She couldn't pick it up when it fell.
I thought the XT was underpowered. It was comfy to ride (nice squishy seat, compared to the WR). But the stupid thing was so heavy, it wasn't fun when you got stuck. The tires are extra narrow on it too, so it wasn't a very good dirt bike. It was a nice farm bike - take it to the farm, ride around in the fields, but keep it away from mud, otherwise those narrow tires just sink.
BTW: She has a TTR125 now, and is much happier.
Posted December 28, 2005 - 10:11 PM
Posted December 28, 2005 - 11:14 PM
Posted December 29, 2005 - 04:58 AM
Posted December 29, 2005 - 07:57 AM
Is this the WR 426 your looking at? It's a pretty good deal
If your willing to drive to Cornwall (near the Quebec border) I can go check this one out for you. 5000 for an 03. I bet they will take 4750.
Posted December 29, 2005 - 08:18 AM
Posted December 29, 2005 - 01:20 PM
I e-mailed the guy about the DRZ400s and he sent me a pic.
It only has 500 KM's and I don't think it's seen the dirt as it still has the death wings on it. It is a steal compared to the 01 your looking at.