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Old 06-11-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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super moto? what to get?

I'm looking into buying a motard, and was wondering what to look for or what to stay away from. I've found several older Yamaha 426's and a few drz 400's.
Any thing i should know? Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:03 PM   #2
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You can buy my brand new WR450F that only has 23.3 miles on it for $5000 obo, and turn it into a great motard. Already has the YZ fuel map and throttle bolt shortened.
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or buy mine for 1500 cheaper sell the really trick wheels on it and be even closer and it's actually a yz
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:08 PM   #4
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that would be nice, but I'll be buying used, the best I've found is an 05 drz for 2500
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i got a xr400 honda motard fro 2500
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i got a xr400 honda motard fro 2500
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I bet it's my old one...

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Old 06-11-2010, 06:46 PM   #8
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I've had quite a few.

The DRZ400 is a great platform and bullet proof. A little heavier, faster than an air cooled 400, but not as fast as a YZ, KTM, or CRF. Top out near 97 mph. Easy maintenance. Kick and electric avaialble.

The XR400R above was a great bike and street legal (if it is my old one). Bullet proof as well. Easy maintenance, lightweight, fast enought to have fun on. Top out near 90. Kick start only, but easy to start once you get it down.

The YZ426/450 bikes are outstanding. Easy maintenance. Can run over 100 with proper gearing. Kick, but easy to start.

My KTM450 is a lot of fun, but a little more maintenance intensive as far as more oil changes etc. Kick mostly, but some e start out there.

CRF450's are high strung, but fast as , more maintenance than others. Usually kick. Watch for issues with valves.

If it is for track use only, get one that isn't street legal and pay a lot less.

I would stay away from a street legal CRF unless it is an X (e-start) model or you aren't going to be on the street a bunch on it. The X is wide ratio I believe.

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The only other thing I would recommend is to stay away from the off brand 17 inch wheels. I know some guys run them, and it isn't meant as a smack to them, just better to run Excel, Behr, takasago hubs (sp?), etc. IMO. Some of the others aren't the best build quality (again IMO).

Try to stay away from bikes with lot of wear on the frame and rust. Occasionally you will find old beat to dirt bikes that someone just slaps a set of wheels on and call them a sumo.

Most sumo people take good care of their stuff and ride them mostly on the tarmac. If they do swap out wheels on occasion to do dirt, they generally are enough to take such good care of their stuff, you won't have a beat up example that has rust and bad frame wear areas. They also will more than likely have an upgraded front brake system.

If you can buy a motard that has the dirt wheels included with it, grab it.

Everyone wants the dirt wheels when they buy them (and you sell later) but it is rare to find the dirt wheels with them. It's a bonus if you can get them in the deal even if you don't plan on using them. Most buyers justify the motard with dirt wheels as "I'm getting two bikes in one". They are right and it makes the bike more versatile and easier to sell later.

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It is your old XR. I want it so bad, but that's still a bit much.
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thanks tojo, great info, i'm definately looking for street legal, as much fun as the track is i dont get threre much.
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There is a nice one in the MH classifieds. It is a YZ426 with very nice extras.

The XR is nice as well (assuming it is in the same shape as when I sold it)

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I would sell my dr650 for that bike...
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