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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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How many here also have a DRZ400?

As I've been reading threads and looking at signatures I've noticed that a fair number of us also have DRZ400's.

I'm curious how many and what mods you may have done to your Z? Also, how many are on Thumpertalk in the DRZ forum?

I have two E models, one 2000 DRZ E, and one 2003 KLX R (same bike only green). Both are quite modded and also have super motard setups. I've been on TT for a long time............

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I know a few are out there.....

**Sold**2008 Red Versys, Algard, LSL Frame Sliders, EvoTech Radiator guard, Givi screen, Givi V35 panniers, Moto Werks handlebar riser and footpeg lowering blocks, Aprilia Tuono mirrors, Carbon Fiber FendaExtenda, Spools/Sliders front & rear
2000 DRZ440E
2003 KLX440R
2003 TTR125LE
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It's like peanut butter and jelly. The two bikes complement each other really well. Here's my '00 plated E model.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 09:13 AM
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Had a 2005 E model that was plated, had some nice mods and was built/tuned by Eddie Sisneros. Pretty punchy bike for what it was, dyno'd at 55hp . but it was kind of a pain to drive to work as it was a bit cold natured and geared for the dirt.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 10:32 AM
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Former 05 400 S model owner here, does that count? It was a nice bike. I wished the S had a wider ratio transmission for street use getting to the woods. That would be counter productive with the E model. I would like another S model one day, just do some gearing changes (compromise) and be good to go.
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Actually the extra power of the E model makes taller gearing more livable, especially if you add a big bore kit and exhaust. I often use 15/47 gears which can crawl in the woods and ride comfortably at 65mph. That is a pretty wide ratio.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 11:41 AM
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How does it run at 65 stock ? Is it doable or just for short runs. I am looking for something better in the dirt then a KLR but still capable of running 65 with out screaming for mercy.
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I have a 2002 DRZ400S, the first year that the S dual sport model got the same suspension as the E off road model.

When I ran the stock S 15/42 sprockets the bike was hard to ride in the woods, but when I swapped the sprockets for the E model's 14/47 it was great in the woods. Sadly it's good high speed road manners were lost.

The DRZ sure could use a 6th gear leaving the existing gears 1 through 5 just where they are.

But modern dual sport bikes in the same class as the DRZ with a broader spread of transmission ratios aren't common. I think the KTM 450 and 520 EXC-R, higher maintenance and pricey, and the Sherco 4.5i and 5.1i, rare and pricey may be it. I'm not aware of any Japanese dual sports that have an ideal transmission transmission for dual sporting.
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 09:04 PM
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SM...



I'm on TT also, but generally for this one...


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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Cool, mine is a big bore E model built by Eddie. It's a 2000, and I think that perhaps the frame is the only thing that is still stock!! I just put USD forks from a 99 RM250 on it and took it for a shakedown ride today (down in Grand Junction). Here is a recent pic...


There is a fair amount different from this pic, but I don't really have a photo of it currently!

Here is my son's 2003 KLX,

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2003 KLX440R
2003 TTR125LE

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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 11:21 PM
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No clue what you are talking about?



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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 07:22 AM
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I've got a blue 2006 DR-Z400S. Stock engine, moose hand guards, Edge tail light, MCCT, just the standard stuff. I love the DRZ. Thought about selling it to justify the Versys with the wife, but went and bought the V anyway. Now there are two bikes in the garage and she's not complaining. What a woman!
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 07:51 PM
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Bill,
Love the pic of the matching Green Machines!

Here's one for the Blue team (which I hear is faster).


My wife puts up with a lot! Ahhh, toys.

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Blackberry, to answer your question, yes, a stock DRZ (E, S or SM) can run 70mph all day long. Probably turning about 7,500 rpm at that speed and still plenty to go. I take 20+ mile freeway trips on mine every so often. 85mph is achievable, but that's pretty much maxing out the revs in 5th gear (at least on the S model). The bigger problem with freeway riding is that it is a dirtbike and isn't the most comfortable mount for long trips at those speeds. But the engine won't break a sweat at 65mph.

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I've had the SM up to 90 (as indicated on the odometer). I haven't validated it's accuracy. It had a little more left in it, but I didn't feel comfortable going there. It does just fine at 70 mph.
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That is a great pic EMDavis! I think this is the first time I have enjoyed looking at the color blue.

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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-22-2011, 08:30 PM
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I love my little Z; I picked it up in the summer on 2009. I was doing the TAT solo, and had left VA on a KLR 650. Well to make a long story short, I ended up kaflooing the tranny about 40 miles west of Denio Junction (the middle of nowhere, Nevada desert). After a little hike out of the wilderness, some nice department of the interior folks, and a friendly local miner, I made it back to Winemucca, NV with the bike, got a U-haul and went out to CA to my brother's place. Sold the KLR as-is, and bought the DRZ to finish my trip and get back to VA. Knowing what I know now, I should have started with that bike to begin with. And that is why, I'll be running the TAT again this summer (after running to Alaska on the Versys), but this time with my dad (who'll also be riding a DRZ).

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I don't have a 400 but I have 2 of it's papas. A '94 DR350S and a '95 DR350S. Are those close enough. I've got both stripped down to where they are just barely street legal.

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I sold mine to get a Versys!
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-24-2011, 04:07 AM
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ive got a 06 sm with darn near 20k love the bike it will cruise 70 with out breathing hard but i just now seen the versys and dam its good looking bike but ill keep the drz too
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