XR400r vs XR600r

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Posted November 30, 2008 - 07:14 PM


I ride a '98 XR400 and my friend rides a '99 XR600 and the biggest benefit to the 600 is just more power.

  • Kev_XR

Posted November 30, 2008 - 11:16 PM


I've been in a drag race on my XR400 against an XR600. I topped out at 75 mph, my friend just cracked the throttle a little more and zoomed by me. XR600's could be geared to top around 100 mph. A year later we were riding up some switchbacks in the woods. My friend said his XR600 felt like a school bus trying to make the u-turns. I had no problems on my XR400.

One of the most awesome sights I've seen was of an XR600 was one doing a steep hill climb and upshifting from 2nd to 3rd as the bike was gaining speed where most bikes would be topping out and slowing.

From my FAQ
Which XR should I buy?

The longer the straights, the taller the hills, the deeper the sand; the bigger XR you want. The tighter the trail, the smaller hills, firmer terrain; the smaller XR you want.

The XR400 has a great motor that will pull you almost anywhere. You can be sloppy on a hill climb on an XR400, where you have to keep the 250 singing. The XR400 weight is most noticeable when you drop it or try to stop it going down a long downhill. (Moooomentum!)

The XR250 feels like a mtn bike compared to the XR400. My friend rode his XR250 for years before decided he needed more power. Even then you can add a 300 kit and get good power.

If you were heading to ride fireroads in Baja, I'd tell you to get the 600/650.
To the tight woods, get the 250.
A lot of both, the 400.
Dual-sporting? Go bigger for more freeway, but don't show up at the trailhead with too big of a bike.

All of the XR's are great. Pick the one that fits your needs.


Posted December 01, 2008 - 11:04 PM


Kev XR has some good points. The weight of a bike is probably the biggest issue, especially for woods riding. My XR400 has a 4.7gal tank and when I'm in tight woods and real tech. stuff I tend to tip over a lot. It's great for a good cardio workout.

  • AHRMA17L

Posted December 02, 2008 - 09:32 AM


I have owned a number of XR400s and XR600s and it all depends on what you are going to use it for.

If it is dual sport and desert, the 600 can't be beat. When it is the woods, the smaller bike, the better.

I don't ride in the woods anymore, so my two remaining XR400s are for sale and I'm keeping the 600 for dualsport and Baja, even though it is an older design. There's no substitute for power when you need it.

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  • Ivan X

Posted December 04, 2008 - 08:41 AM


After I bought Xr400,my old Xr600 was all the time in the garage,so...I think(for me)that Xr400 is better all round bike...
But Xr400 is(altought quite easier than 600),still a little heavy for woods riding...Request enough of wrestling and hauling in tight places...
So...I decide to sell Xr600 and keep xr400 for all round purpose.For woods...I will buy Cr250 or Crf250/450x...Crf250x would be my first choice,but when I compare maintenance costs between Crf and Cr...
It will be Cr250 more likely...

  • Kev_XR

Posted December 04, 2008 - 09:03 AM


If I had the funds and garage space, I'd like to have the XR650R as a big bore dual-sport.

My friend raced on in Hare Scrambles. I have no idea how as he was only about 170 lbs or less. He just muscled that big horse through the bushes to make passes.

  • Ivan X

Posted December 06, 2008 - 11:30 AM


...or Xr250r!
I`m totally forget Xr250r!
How much is the difference between Xr250r/Crf250x/Cr250r in weight?
Xr250r,with some mod`s-That might be a excellent choice...
Xr400r for all round bike;
Xr250r for woods.

  • wwwonda

Posted December 06, 2008 - 12:35 PM


i'm only 160 lbs and i can wip my uncorked 250r around trees like nobody's business. its still pretty heavy but you can beat the bike to hell and it'll get right back up.

  • SpED66

Posted December 07, 2008 - 06:49 AM


I thought about buying a 400 but chose a 250 since I'm always in the woods. I'm glad I did.
My friend rides a CRF250X & the only thing I like about it is the extra power & e-start. It feels heavier than my bike. For tight single track I'd rather be on my XR any day. I watch him struggle through some stuff that I seem to just cruise right through.

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