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Old 10-24-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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cool bike...but when i sat on one at the dealer the seat gave me a wedgie...
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:02 PM   #2
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DRZ400S joined the dirt models in 2002? I guess that makes my 2001 a collector item. Sweet! Anyone want to buy mine for say....$10k?
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:25 PM   #3
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Hmmmm. No cush on the rear hub. How long is that bike going to last on the street before you're replacing the transmission? Even my 1971 SL100 had a cushioned rear sprocket.



That's the problem with converted dirt bikes. They're REALLY hard on the drive train. MO should make this a long term test, beating the crap out of this thing. My guess is Suzuki figures that it will last past warranty, so it's no problem. However, i'd be careful spending my own $$$.
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:35 PM   #4
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I've had no problem riding my DRZ400S hard off or on road and I'm not gentle with the shifting. The knobs are your 'cush' when you drop gears quickly on the street. Plus it's fun to lock up the rear a bit going around corners. Probably shortens chain life a bit though.
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:35 PM   #5
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Go Sean!!!
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:04 AM   #6
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Dirt bikes are a hoot on the street. I modified a KTM 620 with 17" wheels and updated plastic. It's got much more power than the DRZ and cruises easily on the highway, yet is still extremely agile. Oh, and, yes, it does have a cush drive.



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Old 10-25-2005, 02:52 AM   #7
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That bike was built for the roads where I live: paved mountain roads, plenty of sharp up-hill and down-hill turns with a goodly mixed of pavement irregularities. I do think the lack of cush drive would tear the zook a new one pretty soon though. I used to have a spare set of wheels with road tires mounted on them for my klr650 and it worked just great, if a little slowly. It, however, had cush drive and took all the abuse I could throw at it.



Since it is getting harder and harder to get a converted dirt bike past DMV staffers, the street legal DRZ ain't a bad way to go. It may not be fast but, when you're riding roads where 60mph will get you killed, speed isn't that important. But acceleration sure is fun to have. Now if we could just drop KX or CR motor in there...Better yet, just go buy a KTM.
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:13 AM   #8
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Sounds like a movie in the making!Good plot ,cliffhangers.Pyscho biker ruminations about soccer moms.Yep! Can I be your agent?
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:36 AM   #9
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Nice review Sean. I'm not sure what was fact and what was fiction.



I considered one of these to complement my DR650 for my daily commute but was worried about the displacement at highway speeds. A 6-speed gear box would probably do the trick.
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:52 AM   #10
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Well, I bought one about a month ago, and it's one of the funest(sp?) bikes I've ever owned! Sean's article is spot-on. I've added an Akrapovic exhaust, jetted it, modded the airbox, installed Pro-Tapers, a GPR stabilizer, and a trick Baja Designs LED tail light. The wet weight is now at 294 - full of fuel. This machine simply flat-out RAILS!!!!!! BUY ONE NOW!!!!
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