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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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I realize this site is dedicated to sportbikes, hence the name "Sportbike World", but I'm in the market for a new dirtbike and I figured this would be the best place to post my question.

I currently own two bikes - my 7R and an older 125cc motocrosser (a Kawi of course). Anyways, I spend most of my time on the 7R.........and I'm starting to miss riding in the dirt (I use to have an 80cc trail bike when I was younger).


I haven't really narrowed down my choices yet, but I have some specifications:

- must be a 4-stroke
- must be at least 400cc (debatable)
- preferably a bike with a suspension system designed for tougher off-road trails
- not worried about being street-legal (I have a trailer)
- must have a powerful, torquey engine
- not worried about seat height
- larger gas tank would be nice, but not needed

I'm considering models from the big four (excluding Kawasaki ) and KTM.

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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A list of models in consideration:

Honda
-XR650R
-XR400R

Suzuki
-DR-Z400E

Yammie
-WR426F

KTM
-400 E/XC
-520 E/XC
-380 M/XC


Also, does anybody know what bikes like the Yamaha YZ426F and other 4-stroke motocrossers are like? Would they make good trail bikes?

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post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 05:50 PM
 
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Spitfire,
Out of that bunch I would take the 380, but I'm a 2-stroke guy at hart. It's the lightest and probably the fastest of the ones listed. If your just trail riding you might also want to look at the WR 400. Not as much power as the 426 but it does have the wide racio (sp) gear box and lights. The XR 650 is a nice bike but it's a tank in the tight trails. XR 400's are guttless. The new KTM's rock. It depends what you want and what your used to.

Mike

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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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I forgot the type of riding I'll be doing - mostly tough, bumpy, hilly trails.......all different kinds of terrain (except pavement).......maybe some fun with the local motocross track as well.

I'm leaning towards the 400's because they are lighter and more responsive than the 600's.

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post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 07:01 PM
 
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The DR-Z400 has gotten rave reviews by everyone who has ridden it, and I've talked to a couple of guys who have ridden them as well, and they agree.

I'm probably going to get one myself, to replace my current '92 DR350...

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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 02:01 AM
 
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Personally, I would go with the newest bike on the market, the Cannondale!!!It's also made in Pennsylvania...It's supposed to have the best suspension of all...Jimmy G

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post #7 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jimmyjr:
Personally, I would go with the newest bike on the market, the Cannondale!!!It's also made in Pennsylvania...It's supposed to have the best suspension of all...Jimmy G
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Ah good old Pennsylvania-built motorcycles..........I heard they suck.

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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 05:05 AM
 
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Go with Yamaha's WR, it is the best of both worlds when it comes to trail riding. The YZ is cool too, but it's more like a 2-stroke and can be a bitch to hot start if/when you wreck. The WR is a helluva lot of fun, light, fast, good low-end grunt, and a good transmission for just about everything. That's gonna be the third bike in my stable, hopefully by the end of 2001. I was hoping Honda would come out with a bike competitive with the YZ426, but it doesn't sound like it just yet. I used to ride an XR600R, but it was way too heavy. I did use it to pull trees out of my yard when I re-landscaped though. Happy trails bro...

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VTRPilot:
if/when you wreck.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Definately 'when'

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post #10 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cool

I got a chance to sit on some Honda's and Kawi's during by lunch break. I didn't like the Honda's too much (no surprise there) and the Kawi's weren't all that great either.

I've formulated a new list:

Suzuki
-DR-Z400E

Yammie
-WR426F

KTM
-400 E/XC
-520 E/XC
-380 M/XC

The KTM's are still a 'maybe' because I don't know much about them. I'm gonna be stoppin' at some dealers (KTM, Suzuki, & Yamaha) on my way home from work.

Does anybody know the advantages of the DR-Z400E over the DR-Z400.......it only costs $100 more but it also adds some weight. So is it worth getting the electric start?

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