Posted 13 June 2006 - 12:21 PM
Hello everyone. This is my first post here, my questions are near to the original post so thought it would be best to just reply here.
I have been out of bikes for a long time, my last bike being a Honda 350 Scrambler, burgundy and white 2-tone tank and dual upswept pipes. If you remember those then you know where I'm coming from.
I have been reading posts here for weeks and doing other research trying to figure out what bike might be best suited for my use. I have visited a few bike shops and set on a few different bikes but haven't found the one on the floor that I am leaning toward, the DR-Z400s. I have seen and set on the DR650SE, KLH650 and XR650L.
This is the kind of riding I expect to do.
I have a 40 minute commute to work, 4 lane state hwy. I will ride the bike as weather permits.
I will ride dirt roads, jeep trails, power line right of ways - trail riding not trail racing. I like to get out and explore with the camera and guns, that kinda thing.
I also anticipate occasional rides within a 100 mile radius of where I live.
I am 5'9" and 200lbs. heading for 170ish where I belong:-)
I thought my mind was set on the DR-Z400S. Today the owner of a shop told me the 400cc bikes weren't designed for any sustained highway speeds above about 55mph, that a 650cc machine would serve me better. Those bikes seem somewhat heavy for any trail riding but maybe one gets used to it. This shop owner also seems to prefer the KLH over the DR's even though he sells both. To me the DR's seem to be a little more bike but I have no experience with either. I can buy the XR650L cheapest around here, $4983+tax, but I don't think that would be for me.
I am within a day or two of buying something and realize only I can decide for myself, but any help with your experience will be appreciated.
So how do you lean, 400-650, DR-KLH?
Thanks for reading and any response.