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  1. Bryan/Bettina

    Bryan/Bettina Limited User

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    Just trying to figure out what bike to buy, pure dirt bike or dual sport.

    1st question

    If I was gonna go on a ontario dual sport club ride would I be able to trailer a dirt bike there and use that or do u have to go on the road to connect the trails.

    2nd question

    Is a drz400 a big enough bike to commute on the 401, or if I plan on doing that I better buy a 650. Also is a dr 650 to big to ride on the trails and is best suited for gravel roads.

    Any other info that would help out a street rider who wants to start riding offroad would help alot.THANKS
  2. griff

    griff Limited User

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    For most ODSC rides you will require street plates & insurance, but you can street plate off road bikes with a little effort.
    A DRZ400 is big enough for the 401, but a 650 would be better.
    A dual sport 650 will go anywhere if it has the right tires + bash plate, but the lighter the bike, the less effort required.
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  3. Monster

    Monster Limited User

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    I was originally looking for a DRZ400s after getting advice from the members on this forum, but they are so hard to find and once you do they are expensive...I explained to them that my corpse is 6' 265lbs and comforted me that the 400 would pull me around all day even on the highway and would be easy in the trails.



    But i think im gonna go with the KLR, insurance is more but its more comfortable and i think ill be able to move around the KLR pretty good given my size. And its more then $1,000 cheaper then any DRZ ive seen...

    Im not sure what the drz400 puts out in HP and torque but i found that the KLR650 puts out 44hp and 39lbs/t. Sounds good to me, are these numbers correct? I found them on a google search one day.




    Have fun
  4. KAOS

    KAOS Limited User

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    Another big boy here 6’ tall 260 lbs and I have no issues with my 2016 DRZ 400 SM off or on road. Blue plate is the best way to go so you can connect to different riding areas and or gas and food. It will go as fast as you need on highway. I manage well with the 17” front but the taller front wheel and tire will help jump the logs etc. The bigger bikes are tougher to manage in the single track due to the extra weight and size, but if you know how to ride you can do most trails on a Gs 650 and even a African twin 1000, but you have to be “a little crazy”. AKA Al and Achilleas
    Hope this helps.
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  5. Twoinsane

    Twoinsane ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I'm 6' 210lbs so I'm smaller but I've riden the trails on a Dr650. It gets tiring alot faster and in my experience less fun than the more dirt oriented bikes. I ran into the same problem when looking for a dr400z.
    The older Klr before they added all the plastics is a good all around bike and I've riden with a few of them. It really comes down to where you want it to perform the best.
    If you need it to be really good on the highway and usable on the trail then the dr or klr 650 are great. The drz is worth the extra money from what I hear but have no personal experience.

    Hope this novel helps.
  6. Achilleas

    Achilleas ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Blue plated is a must, but the majority of people trailer their bikes to the starting point of a ride. I’m one of the few that I ride everywhere (I don’t own a car :p). Therefore even a blue plated 250 like CRF250L or Wr250R would be great. Then, if you trailer it and don’t mind shorter service intervals you can go full on dirt bike with the blue plated huskies, KTMs, Betas etc. or the new CRF450L

    And yes, 650 is exhausting in the single trails, but there’s something about riding bigger bikes in gnarly places.. :confused:

    If you want to ride everywhere and still prefer light, the CRF250 Rally is also an interesting alternative.
  7. KAOS

    KAOS Limited User

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    Hey Bryan,
    I am selling my 2006 Drz400 SM which might suit you as a starter. It has two sets of tires, street and off road.
    Lmk and I will send you info
    Cheers

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  8. Rob Woods

    Rob Woods Limited User

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    I wonder if he is still looking for a bike considering it was 14 years ago when he posted this lol
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019
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  9. KAOS

    KAOS Limited User

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    He is coming by today. LOLOUDER
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  11. KAOS

    KAOS Limited User

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    Too funny about the date of the original post, I need to wear my glasses.
    Not showing bike until Saturday
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  12. Twoinsane

    Twoinsane ODSC-OFTR Member

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    o_O aaahhh ha Haha. Didn't even look.
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