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What is faster? XR600 or DRZ400

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I know it is a little vague, but I appreciate any input,

(this would be for bone stock bikes and dirt only,no supermoto, and I am not comparing XR650's only 600's)

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I ride with a buddy that has a DRZ 400 and it feels as though the power between my 650 and the 400 are equal. Not to sure about the 600 but i dont think he can get over on me in the top end. my old 600 topped out at 102. the drz and 650 top out higher than that. bone dry stock

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An XR 600 will smoke a DRZ 400 now a 650L who knows they are kind of weak in stock trim

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An XR 600 will smoke a DRZ 400 now a 650L who knows they are kind of weak in stock trim

An XR600 will smoke an XRL.

XRL has a mild cam and low compression.

Dave

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I'm a heavy dude & would suspect dragging in dirt they may be close up to 4th gear but when in soft sand my cubic inch kicks in the extra grunt to leave the 400's. Now I'm sure if I were on the 400, I would kill the power with my big butt. If I were a twig, I'd probably own a 400, but I'm NOT a twig.

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I don't know who's getting a DRZ400 over 105 mph, but when you're ready to sell the rocket boosters, let me know. Mine absolutely stopped accelerating (not hit the rev limiter) at exactly 99 mph, fully tucked on the freeway drafting a semi (really). When I regeared it, it hit the rev limiter at 90.

My XR650L with an XR600R carb and a Supertrapp exhaust with easily do 105.

But in the dirt, I'd have to give the weight and suspension nod to the DRZ. I bought the XR to build a nice commuter supermoto, as the DRZ was uncomfortable and a little buzzy at speed.

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All of these crazy speeds must be from the speedometer(typical 10% error), and or sea level makes a huge difference, my uncorked 650R struggles to hit the upper 90s on the gps here at 6200'. A DRZ400 feels quicker than it is, narrow ratio tranny and whatnot.

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I would be interesting to see a 85-87 600 race a drz 400. They have more power than the newer 600's. I'm pretty sure the 600 would easily beat it.

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I Dont Know What All You Guys Have Done To Your Bikes But My Xr650l Would Not Lose To A Drz 400 Or AN Xr600, My Bike Does Well Over 110mph, I Guarentee I Will Beat Any Drz 400 Off The Line And At Top Speed, My Bike Is Super Modified With A Stage 2 Jet Kit, Uni Air Filter, Opened Up Air Box, White Bros E2 After Market Exhaust And Street Tires My Baby Is Made To Race, Who Want Some...i Eat Suzuki 's For Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner, Xr's 4 Life.

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Thanks for the feedback, I would love to get a DRZ400 but to save a little I thought maybe I could get an older XR600, sometimes you can find garage queens in great condition, plus seeing the '86's and '87's definitely stirs some nostalgia from days gone by but anyways I was curious to see how they would compare to a DRZ strictly power wise, and it looks like they would be close, i hear people say to get a 91 or newer XR600, any problems with an 1987 XR600?

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I have 1983 XL600 with Supertrapp. It seems pretty fast. Has 15 tooth countershaft and 50 tooth rear sprocket. Does anyone know if/ aside from weight, the XR 600 had more power? How would it perform next to current XRL?

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For trail use, is more important than raw power. How does the suspension on the DRZ compare to the rather dated XR600?

One thing that I really like about my XR600 is the large amount of low end torque. If I'm in third or lower, I can lighten or loft the front wheel at any RPM no matter how low. Does the DRZ have this ability to the same degree?

Top end power is nice, but suspension and low end torque matter more to me.

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I Dont Know What All You Guys Have Done To Your Bikes But My Xr650l Would Not Lose To A Drz 400 Or AN Xr600, My Bike Does Well Over 110mph, I Guarentee I Will Beat Any Drz 400 Off The Line And At Top Speed, My Bike Is Super Modified With A Stage 2 Jet Kit, Uni Air Filter, Opened Up Air Box, White Bros E2 After Market Exhaust And Street Tires My Baby Is Made To Race, Who Want Some...i Eat Suzuki 's For Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner, Xr's 4 Life.

Krysis, have you lightened the flywheel?

Dave

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a bog standard drz cant lift front wheel in second let alone 3rd.will a xr600 with a straight through exhaust and modded airbox wheely from the clutch in 4th ??????

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i hear people say to get a 91 or newer XR600, any problems with an 1987 XR600?
Nothing wrong with a 79 XR500 for that matter. But where do you end it? The 91 + models are vastly improved...rear disk, cartridge fork, frame, etc. If you are doing any serious riding look there. Your chances of finding a clean example are probably much better with the later ones as well.:applause:

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Not only that, but there is substantially more aftermarket part available for the '91 and up. Except for a few minor changes, they were the same until 2000.

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I have ridden both in the woods and the DRZ is definitely faster, mostly due to weight and suspension. The 650 also has a much taller second gear, which makes it a little more difficult in the woods.

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