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Old 02-17-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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XRs / Dual-Sport

I'm trying to gain some general info about the XR400s, XR600s, and XR650R/L. Maybe DR350, etc

How'd you like yours or what have you heard about them?

I'm trying to find a cheap way into trail riding/dual sporting. Chheeeaaap. Open to suggestions for a cheaper way.

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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Maybe I spoke too soon. Found some info right away at TT.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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Bah. Seems no one had/has a Honda xr.
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Air cooled XR.
Haven't owned one, but from what I've read they are somewhat heavy and slow.
The tradeoff is that they are bullet proof.
Seat looks to be pretty nice and comfy too.
Most folks that own them seem to be very happy.

Theres a sweet street plated 650R in the FS section.
That thing is an animal though.
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I had an XR250R for a bit, was a tuff bike but showed its age when ridden really hard, the conv. suspention flexed alot in sand whoops and the bike didn't like to start when flooded. It was so hard to start after a crash that I remember my then 14 yr old sliding across the dirt after a lowside grasping the clutch in an effort to keep it lit so he wouldn't have to do the elaborate starting procedure at the expense of his body.
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I have a 96 xr 600r with a bigbore and the thing is a tank but so much fun to ride. It will haul and i have raced raptors and 450s and beat the snot outta them.. Its all about the rider and how you like to play. If you want a great quality bike that will be good for dual sport id get a 400.. A friend of mine had one and it was way smoother than my bike but the 600r is way more fun in my opinion
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you're welcome to ride my xr650L any time, to get an idea of the weight, height, and power. electric start is the way to go, unless you're looking at a xr250 or smaller. the 400's and 600, 650's are a Bear to start; and that gets even worse when you're tired or just crashed, etc..

I'll bring it up to the shop if you wanna come by and give it a whirl
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The KDX 200 2 stroker is a better trails bike in my opinion.
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by the way, we (chad and I) had a xr200 also to ride if you wanna compare the power/weight, etc..
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you're welcome to ride my xr650L any time, to get an idea of the weight, height, and power. electric start is the way to go, unless you're looking at a xr250 or smaller. the 400's and 600, 650's are a Bear to start; and that gets even worse when you're tired or just crashed, etc..

I'll bring it up to the shop if you wanna come by and give it a whirl

Awesome! I've heard riders had problem with a drop or stall, restart is a bish.
I will be riding my WR250X to Motorcycles Unlimited before next Saturday for Patrick/crew to set up my suspension. I can do either Thursday or Friday, want to set a day?
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dr 350 or drz400 for the win.

Apparently the xr400 is as reliable as the drz400 but just older technology. And its air cooled so the performance isn't as nice.
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dr 350 or drz400 for the win.

Apparently the xr400 is as reliable as the drz400 but just older technology. And its air cooled so the performance isn't as nice.
If yours was still for sale, me and my roommate (Indy) were def interested. I didn't have cash at the time, but hoping to fix up the F2 on-the-cheap so I can spend more $ on dual-sport/motards--but still cheaply.
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If yours was still for sale, me and my roommate (Indy) were def interested. I didn't have cash at the time, but hoping to fix up the F2 on-the-cheap so I can spend more $ on dual-sport/motards--but still cheaply.
Ya i had to pull her off the market cause i knew whatever i replaced her with was either gonna be a tard or dirtbike. I really like having 2 in 1 though.
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Don't laugh, but I traded for my DRZ250 (converted to street legal) because I felt it was "just right" for trail riding, dual sport, etc,. The bike was mine years ago and I sold it to a friend. I just made a trade with him and got it back.

I am planning on having some suspension work done for my weight and very minor mods to intake and exhaust. It's electric and kick. I spent a weekend at Red River Ranch (where they used to hold last man standing). Most of the DRZ400's/YZ400's would leave me in the sandy straights (not by too much though) and in the trails, I had no problem leaving them behind. When I would stall, I just hit the button. It was really good even with the stock plush suspension.

You are welcome to try it out it you want and are ever in the Katy area.

FWIW I have owned, DRZ400's, XR400's, and a ton of others, this is the one I wanted for now for this purpose.

You may want to check with Vaughn (Bagwell on MH), he has a nice CRF250X that is street legal. He is a stand up individual by all accounts and would probably be go to talk to about the bike and other options.

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I have a 99 dr350se and love it. The electric start and midrange suspension is great for trail and street, its super dependable and does great on the trails and street. Bulletproof aircooled 4 stroke. I also have a TW200 and that is a fun little trail bike with a huge rear tire, it'll do about 60-70 max on the road but is still a fun little trail/dual sport. Hondas are bulletproof and really all the dual sports have alot in common with subtle differences in suspension and power. I love ridin dual sports because you can go pretty much anywhere on them. The 600s are kinda big and when you drop them you feel the wieght , They are alot harder to drag outta the mud and i think arent really the best trail bikes, but i'd still rock a klx650 or xr600.
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