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Old 05-31-2015, 11:20 AM   #1
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DRZ125 mini or.....? HELP

Ok guys. I'm looking to get into mini road racing. I live in KC and we are getting involved in some kart track action. Rode my buddy's kx65 yesterday and had a BLAST. I know this is the bike to have, but I happen to already own a drz125 and, if not too costly I would attempt to build a budget drz (only if competitive). 99% of the guys in town are on Groms and that is what I am going after.

My question is, what all is needed to turn a stock drz125 into a competitive road racer? This is not a high speed track as it is fairly small with mostly tight sections. There is one straight away that you can really scream on (45-50 mph).

What do you guys think? Build the drz or buy a kx?
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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depends on what class you want to race and how many races.... if you want to race the most classes i would say build a F6 (ttr 125 or 125cc air cooled 4 stroke) or F7( klx 110 or anything that is upto a 110cc air cooled) those classes have alot of people in them and more races. as you can race up from F7 to F6 to F5 with a 7 bike but you can't race down. I myself have a KX65 that isn't stock so i can only race F5, motard, unlimited, backwards only. The f5 class is more competitive though i feel because everyone is on much faster machines and its way more fun. but they are more expensive of course.

Just throw ya a set of street tires on whatever you have and come race!!!! it's a blast just throwing down with everyone and it's super friendly ZERO hatred or talking has ever been witness by me in 3 seasons with TMGP. good cheap family friendly fun.

I hope now that my wedding is done i can actually make races this year so hopefully i see ya out there i'm #979 if you got any questions feel free to just message me.

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Old 05-31-2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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Kyle, he isnt local..there classes are likely setup different than ours.


Never ridden a drz125 so I cant speak on its performance but u can pick up a set of 12x2.15 hoops from rad manufacturing and hd spokes from buchanan, lace it up and go have fun. Also some kind of suspension upgrade would be in order
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:13 PM   #4
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From what I see, bike needs wheels and definitely front disc setup. (Based on my limited knowledge) I race MX and know it pretty forward and back, but the mini world/road racing is new to me. I took the old CRF100 out to the kart track a couple years ago on knobbies and was turning under my buddy on his full size supermoto. Totally a fun time. And, yes, not local and definitely not too concerned about class qualifications since we're all just out having fun for now. As we get more participation the rules might tighten up a bit, but the majority of the guys up here are running groms which I'm sure will be the case of "majority rules". As long as I can hang with them I'll be content. And as long as they're not gettin lapped I don't think they can complain. The stock motor kx65 bike I rode yesterday had plenty of power and I was waxing experienced racers on their groms, so I know that is plenty of bike. I just know that I have this dizzer in the garage that I have little to nothing in but I don't wanna dump time in money into it if it doesn't perform competitively with a kx65 on this track.

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Old 05-31-2015, 02:19 PM   #5
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I've got a line on a set of 12x2.15 Rad hoops I can pick up for $170. And then some spokes and tires and I'd be rollin. I just don't wanna attack it and waste my time building wheels for a bike that is way underpowered and under braked. I researched all morning and couldn't seem to find out much about drz setups. And I knew you guys would know what I need.
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A stock drz125 isnt going to be competitive against a kx65
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That's what I suspected. What about with some basic big bore and cams?
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That's what I suspected. What about with some basic big bore and cams?
sure but it wont be cheap
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Roger that. Thanks.
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