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I get asked the what bike should I get question a lot, so I whipped this out based on readily available bikes in the us.

lol does that say "like tractors"?

That guide is actually really helpful! I'm thinking about the wr450. I was against the idea of doing a conversion at first but it seems soo simple on that bike and judging by half the vehicals on the road here you can plate just about every thing in arkansas.

It is a shame my uncle wont let go of his cr500
 

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That damn guide lead me straight to my drz 400sm Awesome!! !!!
 

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lol does that say "like tractors"?

That guide is actually really helpful! I'm thinking about the wr450. I was against the idea of doing a conversion at first but it seems soo simple on that bike and judging by half the vehicals on the road here you can plate just about every thing in arkansas.

It is a shame my uncle wont let go of his cr500
Wise choice. We need more roads in Texas like you guys have...
 

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sup i think iv got i narrowed down to a 05 wr450f with all supermoto/street stuff as my next bike
check out the link and see what you think(i live in texas and all id need to add is a horn and id use my gps mounted on the bars for a speedo and stuff) also the sm is geared -10 in the rear for good highway use so lemme know if you guys think i should go ahead and buy it
i plan on riding with my buddies and all there sport bikes (1000s) and doing some twisties and back road stuff as well as stunting it out and occasionally riding it to school which is 20 miles one way
i also plan on spending around a grand to make it sure its tip top and to make it look sick and add stunt stuff to it as well as the horn and all to make it street legal and plated

here is the add lemme know what you think
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mcy/3564672027.html

dont know how many miles is on it but i was talking to a guy on here that said just look at the frame and crank case and stuff and youll see whats up so i looked at it and it looks clean and not all scratched up and shit so im thinking this bike is perfect but waiting on a 07 and up drz400sm is still in the back of my head
lemme know what you think
 

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What part of Texas are you from? We have a healthy group in the dfw area with a ride map that is always growing with places to hit. Let me know and we might could get a small group together and you can compare the different bikes. The WR will do all of the criteria you listed. I might step it up to a 15/42 if you're gonna do that much highway, but it'll still have power to spare.

This may or may not help you:

http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?t=134832

http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?t=132614
 

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actually live in san antonio thanks for the offer though man really appreciate it
i actually think i found my dream bike though (think I'm gonna go pick it up tomorrow)

09 drz400sm
1722 miles, clear title
-434 big bore kit
-stage 1 intake and exhaust hotcams
-39mm FCR carb
-full MRD exhaust
-about 200 miles on tires - Bridgestone Battleax
-frame sliders
-ASV short clutch lever
-Trail Tech headlight
-Shorai battery
-tail rack

getting it for 4000 or 4200 at the most (whatcha think or should i take a chance on the older unknown non street legal yet 05 wr450f for 3 to 35?)
 

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actually live in san antonio thanks for the offer though man really appreciate it
i actually think i found my dream bike though (think I'm gonna go pick it up tomorrow)

09 drz400sm
1722 miles, clear title
-434 big bore kit
-stage 1 intake and exhaust hotcams
-39mm FCR carb
-full MRD exhaust
-about 200 miles on tires - Bridgestone Battleax
-frame sliders
-ASV short clutch lever
-Trail Tech headlight
-Shorai battery
-tail rack

getting it for 4000 or 4200 at the most (whatcha think or should i take a chance on the older unknown non street legal yet 05 wr450f for 3 to 35?)
I can get you in touch with several guys in my area that have had or currently have similar DRZ's. They are all seeking other, "better", bikes. You get a WR450 for $3k and get a $14 inspection sticker and a green sheet. After that you go to the Registration office and pay your fees/tax (which you will have to do with the DRZ as well) and you're street legal. Then you'll have a bike that would run circles around that DRZ and is much much lighter and more agile. It'll also do all of the stuff that you had listed in your "to do" list. All of my WR's have been solid. The engines are every bit as much reliable as the DRZ. In fact, we have had 4 out of 5 of the DRZ's suffer major engine failures (had to split cases). Change the oil every 1,500 to 2k and keep the chain adjusted. Those are my maintenance intervals.
 

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I can get you in touch with several guys in my area that have had or currently have similar DRZ's. They are all seeking other, "better", bikes. You get a WR450 for $3k and get a $14 inspection sticker and a green sheet. After that you go to the Registration office and pay your fees/tax (which you will have to do with the DRZ as well) and you're street legal. Then you'll have a bike that would run circles around that DRZ and is much much lighter and more agile. It'll also do all of the stuff that you had listed in your "to do" list. All of my WR's have been solid. The engines are every bit as much reliable as the DRZ. In fact, we have had 4 out of 5 of the DRZ's suffer major engine failures (had to split cases). Change the oil every 1,500 to 2k and keep the chain adjusted. Those are my maintenance intervals.


the only thing im worried about with the wr450f is that idk how many miles on it at all, and its got some wear on the engine case and beat up around the exhaust, also the drz is basically a brand new bike and thats kinda what i was looking for only 2k miles on the thing and its got the big bore and mods, i do alot of my stunting on a trx400 so i kinda know the powerband but iv never road a trx honda quad on the road haha, but iv seen tons of vids on youtube of people riding those drz and love them and stunt the crap outa them, havnt seen to many wr450f out there (one guy has one thats sink) and it doesn't have turn sigs or anything like that eather which i dont really think would be hard to do but im not sure, but the drz is brand new ish ready to go right now is kinda why im looking at it
and from what i hear the big bore and hot cams dont really effect the reliability? true or?

thanks for the advice though man def has me thinking, anybody to defend the drz or should i seriously keep looking at the wr? i mean its a nice bike to just not near as new or ready to go and im real worried about not knowing how many miles
 

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damn 4 outa 5? really i heard the drz are bullet proof from countless people
i keep up on the maintenance but damn man you got me scared im already spending all my cash on it but seein as its a new bike i figured it would last me for years like i want it to, i see tons of drz out there with high miles and still havent even broke em in yet they say
 

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the only thing im worried about with the wr450f is that idk how many miles on it at all, and its got some wear on the engine case and beat up around the exhaust, also the drz is basically a brand new bike and thats kinda what i was looking for only 2k miles on the thing and its got the big bore and mods, i do alot of my stunting on a trx400 so i kinda know the powerband but iv never road a trx honda quad on the road haha, but iv seen tons of vids on youtube of people riding those drz and love them and stunt the crap outa them, havnt seen to many wr450f out there (one guy has one thats sink) and it doesn't have turn sigs or anything like that eather which i dont really think would be hard to do but im not sure, but the drz is brand new ish ready to go right now is kinda why im looking at it
and from what i hear the big bore and hot cams dont really effect the reliability? true or?

thanks for the advice though man def has me thinking, anybody to defend the drz or should i seriously keep looking at the wr? i mean its a nice bike to just not near as new or ready to go and im real worried about not knowing how many miles
I have bought a couple of WRs with unknown mileage. Didn't ever have any trouble out of them and years later they're still going. As long as it starts easily and there aren't any weird noises coming from the engine you'll be fine. The WR feels like a feather compared to the DRZ with more power. Get what makes you happy though.
 

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I've got 17k on my drz and the cases have never been split. Only issue I've had was a counter shaft seal leak. Other than that gas and oil changes is the only thing it needs
 

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I've got 17k on my drz and the cases have never been split. Only issue I've had was a counter shaft seal leak. Other than that gas and oil changes is the only thing it needs
I have a 690 that I'm currently working on. With only 3k on the clock the countershaft split in half. You never know lol.
 
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