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 Post subject: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:51 pm 
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Wondering how the suspension on these two bikes compare. KLX has the usd forks, while the DRZ does not unless you get the SM model. Of course i'm not looking for moto capable forks, just wondering how they stack up. Any one have any experience with these two?


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 Post subject: Re: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:12 pm 
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Both are soft and fall through the stroke if you try to ride aggressively. Don't over ride the suspension and either will be OK for playing around off road. I assume the KLX250 is substantially lighter than the DRZ400, and that alone will help with not getting in over your head due to suspension that's very soft.

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 Post subject: Re: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
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I had a 2000 DRZ400 with heavier springs and you could push it quite nicely (160 lb mid B level rider) on fast trails / small jumps. They were perfect. When I sold it I put the stock springs in and it was like an old worn out couch. Comfy but no performance.

I still have the springs. I don't know what rates they are (again, they worked well for a 160 lb mid B level rider) but you can have both ends (forks + shock) for $100. Try them out. If they don't put a smile on your face I'll take them back.

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 Post subject: Re: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
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Thanks Bob
I will keep that in mind, I'm still looking and thinking and have not made a decision yet.
Sold my RM250 recently because I have some shoulder issues and stiffly sprung moto bikes and my shoulders no longer agree and I'm thinking about picking up one of these two bikes.


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 Post subject: Re: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
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This does not address your suspension but your shoulder problems. I would suggest you try Flexx bars by Fasstco. They are suspension for your shoulders, arms, and hands. I use them and highly recommend them. I also have a friend with shoulder problems who can't ride without them.


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 Post subject: Re: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
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I owned a DRZ and used a buddies KLX for some time back in 09. Both bikes are heavy. The KLX250 is a dog power wise but just a tad lighter than the DRZ (20lbs). The DRZ is noticeably more powerful but its still under-powered and top heavy.

If you don't push it you'll be fine with either for light work off road. If you want to do more than light work you'll need to make suspension mods. Don't let USD forks fool you. Its the springs and valving set up the matter. I'm not sure if the KLX250 is fully adjustable but the DRZ is.


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 Post subject: Re: KLX250 vrs DRZ 400 suspension
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Don't assume the KLX is lighter. Most of the 250 DS bikes are just as heavy as the DRZ with less power. That said, I rode a DRZ for several years with its undersprung legs and it never bothered me.

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