DRZ 400 E or WR 426
Posted January 31, 2002 - 06:27 PM
Posted February 01, 2002 - 01:10 AM
ratbiker, The DRZ does have more balls than the XR400 and is a much better bike, so it may not be the piggiest of all.
Posted February 01, 2002 - 04:10 AM
I experienced your same situation when I bought my new bike. My Suzuki dealer was willing to sell a kick start DRZ out the door for $ 5000 and the
Yamaha dealer, only after going back 3 times came down to $6000. I felt (due to magazine articles) that the WR was faster and better suspended.
The bike was slow as delivered but came to life with a few free simple mod's.
Both are excellent choices.
Posted February 01, 2002 - 05:13 AM
After being out of the dirt for about 15 years, I bought a friend's WR426F with 120 miles on it. I'm a 185 lb. recreational rider and my last bike was a YZ490. I found the WR to be a really great bike, with it's heft being noticeable only when airborne, or after threading trees for extended periods. The suspension and motor work so well together that the weight really isn't that noticeable anywhere else. I was really impressed with the bike's stability, suspension, and very stout but tractable power. The bike isn't inexpensive, but if you're not going to be banging handguards or clearing 80'gaps on a routine basis, I feel the bike really needs nothing. A YZF tank & seat would be nice though. Whichever bike you choose, new springs will probably be in order, but the WR can take a heavier rider w/o much problem until the pace picks up. Good luck!