Bike #3

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Bike #3

Postby CrackedCanyon » November 15th, 2015, 5:29 pm

First time ever on a bike was September 2013 - started with a KLR650. Rode it for a year and was struggling riding it off-pavement, so a friend suggested I buy a 250 to play on - lighter and thus less intimidating. Another friend (and R44 member) had a KLR250 for sale cheap, so I got that. My friend was right - that bike was (is) a blast to ride. But under-suspended and under-powered. So in September I bought Bike #3:

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Depending on whose numbers you believe, it's about the same weight as the 250, but has about the same weight-carrying ability as the 650. So my hope is to be able to do multi-day trips with it.
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Re: Bike #3

Postby JonXX » November 15th, 2015, 9:27 pm

And for those of us that don't know what it is by sight, it is a...

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Re: Bike #3

Postby CrackedCanyon » November 15th, 2015, 9:29 pm

JonXX wrote:And for those of us that don't know what it is by sight, it is a...

Oh - right - sorry. 2015 DR-Z400S.
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Re: Bike #3

Postby Mossy-Back » November 21st, 2015, 5:24 pm

Good all-around DS bike. It should be a great compromise between the two KLRs.

Not sure on the weight. What I saw is 260 pounds dry for the KLR250 and about 320 wet for the DRZ. I doubt that the 250 has 60 pounds of fluids.
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Re: Bike #3

Postby CrackedCanyon » November 21st, 2015, 7:23 pm

Mossy-Back wrote:What I saw is 260 pounds dry for the KLR250 and about 320 wet for the DRZ.

Yeah, I've seen lots of different weights for the 250. Weighing it just now, it came out to 332. That's with an empty Pelican case, small steel tail rack, an aluminum skid plate, and a 3 gallon aftermarket gas tank (full). The DRZ, loaded for a ride (keeping in mind that I carry a lot of crap) is 369. What I know for sure is that the DRZ is 110 lbs lighter than the KLR650, and that makes all the difference!
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Re: Bike #3

Postby Mossy-Back » November 21st, 2015, 8:40 pm

Yes. My XR650L was a bit over 350. My 265 pound CRF450 is much nicer off pavement.
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