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Old 05-09-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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DRZ 400 SM

thinking about getting one. any have any input on these bikes? any info id appreciated!!
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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what do u plan on doin with it ?
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thinking about getting one. any have any input on these bikes? any info id appreciated!!
good bikes that take a beating and require less maint. than the rest of the sumo's, little down on power for me though. . .
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what do u plan on doin with it ?
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:52 AM   #5
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I had a first year "E" model that I converted to be street legal with a Baja Designs kit. The E model had a higher compression motor, and a better front end than the then current models at the time and had electric start. Other than a pipe and jet kit, and adding one tooth on the front sprocket, it was stock. I added Avon Distanzia street tires on the stock rims and ran the out of it in the Hill Country and a few track days. I would wind it out until it hit the rev limiter and then back off just a bit to run about 97 mph. I never had any problems with that bike at ALL. A buddy of mine bought and abused it as a dirt only bike and it's still running strong.

It was absolutley bullet proof, faster in a straight line than the XR400R I have now, but sure wouldn't keep up with a CRF450 today.

What you will use it for is the key I think. A DRZ400 (converted or as an SM from Suzuki) or an XR (400 or 650) would be great for street use with occassional track days. If you want to go the fastest, I would say skip the DRZ and get a CRF450, KTM, or other similiar bike and deal with the higher maintenance issues.

I have heard great reviews on the new Yamaha WR250X that just came out. It sounds like that little 250 is comparable to the DRZ400. There is a good write up on supermotorjunkie.com.

If I were just wanting a track day/play bike, I would watch ebay and get a track only, already converted bike. They are actually pretty cheap when you consider the costs to convert one properly. I picked up my XR400R at a cost that was less than the parts needed to convert a dirt XR400R.

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Old 05-10-2008, 11:43 AM   #6
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What he said lol. I love my 650 though. I beat it stupid on a daily basis and it still runs. Love the air-cooled engine.
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Forgot about the DR650 as a good choice also along the same lines of the XR's and DRZ400.

Yeah, those work well also. Air cooled with nice 650 size.
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A friend in-the-know said the new Yamaha 250 sumo is FASTER than the Suzuki 400... FWIW.

And the Yami is fuel injected, too.
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Seems cheap. I don't know the buyer, etc. But goes along with what I said about buying one for the price of parts.


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I have one (still has the paper tags on it...) i've had it about 2 weeks and have about a thousand miles on it...
you are more than welcome to come check it out...

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thanks for all the input.ionly live 3 stoplights from work and i have always ridden dirtbikes so ithink it would be some what functional in gas. i have ridden a friends with exhaust and jets only and had alot of fun wheelie monster. i think i need to do a little more research before i make my decision. thanks guys!
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:53 AM   #12
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I bought one a couple of months back and don't ride it that much because I always ride the CBR. It's a blast to ride around town, I just don't ride around town that much.

I've actually been thinking about selling it, so if you decide you want to get one let me know. It's an 07 with about 1600-1700 miles on it, nothing wrong with it.

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just purchased a used FCR 39mm carb...anyone else on here have one on their DRZ?

i will be doing the 3x3 mod, free power mod, and installing my FMF and yoshi silencer all at the same time as the carb. thinking about shaving the seat a few inches too.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:18 PM   #14
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A friend in-the-know said the new Yamaha 250 sumo is FASTER than the Suzuki 400... FWIW.

And the Yami is fuel injected, too.
bull . but if your stunting one. get the fuel injection
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I don't think so mister!
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good bikes that take a beating and require less maint. than the rest of the sumo's, little down on power for me though. . .
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I'd bet it's really close, they're pretty week in stock form but can be modded to make good power; they still ride like a harly compared to the competition but a great bike nonetheless.

Get a Husqvarna sm530/450 or a ktm 530/450 smr... way more power & night/day differance in handling.
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good bikes that take a beating and require less maint. than the rest of the sumo's, little down on power for me though. . .
yes great handling but does not make the power of the yamha 250. The motor will most likely last forever I have over 40K on mine.
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Get a Husqvarna sm530/450 or a ktm 530/450 smr... way more power & night/day differance in handling.
How do crf450's compare here? price and handling/comfort?


I really want a tard but don't know what exactly I want. drz400 or crf450 were at the top of the list, but was mostly assuming the huskys and ktms were crazy expensive like the dirt bikes I had looked at back in the day.
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the 450 is a beast compared to the 400.

my 426 tard would kill my 400sm in just about any given challenge except starting up...

so anyone have a fcr39 mounted on their 400? i'm getting the carb from my 426...i am hoping this will make my 400 feel more like a 400...

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I'd bet it's really close, they're pretty week in stock form but can be modded to make good power; they still ride like a harly compared to the competition but a great bike nonetheless.

Get a Husqvarna sm530/450 or a ktm 530/450 smr... way more power & night/day differance in handling.
obviously this is not a real 400. but to say its slower than the 250 ive ridden both. the wr is like the drz. its a dual purpose bike. built for reliability. not high performance. like the rmz line or the yzf. i have a rmz450 and have ridden a yz450. they both are worlds apart from the drz and wr models. thats because one is a race bike. repeat. RACE bike. the other isnt. if you like adjusting valves and changing oil. get a race bike on the street. if you like riding and dont mind being a little down on power. get the drz or wr. just my 2 cents
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