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New or used DRZ400sm? Here's my case....

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Hey, new member here. Love TT so far!

I'm taking my MSF class here in a couple of weeks. I've been doing a lot of searching for the bike I want to purchase. Me and my girlfriend just moved to Atlanta, and we share a vehicle. I'm away at work for a month at a time (every other month) and my girlfriend worked fairly close to where we lived last year so sharing wasn't a problem. But now she is working a lot farther away from home, so I will need a mode of transportation for myself. I've always wanted to get a bike, and somehow recently stumbled upon the DRZ 400sm. I've done quite a bit of research into the bike and have fallen in love with it.

My question is this: There doesn't seem to be all that many used ones available out there. The ones that are available all have extensive mods. I've read that the 400sm is a great beginners bike, but I wasn't sure if that stayed true for one that has 3x3, jetted, exhaust, etc... I can afford to buy a brand new 2013, so should I do that for 7 grand or buy a used one with mods for around 4-5?

I like the idea of doing the mods myself since I am mechanically inclined and enjoy tinkering. I also won't be able to wait around for an awesome deal on a used bike since I will need to get one in the next couple of months. So you can see I'm kind of leaning towards new. That being said, this will be my first bike and I plan on riding quite a bit, learning a lot, and having tons of fun. So I'll probably crash a few times 🙄 but I know that parts are cheap and I probably won't be re-selling any time soon.

New or used?

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This gets debated quite a bit and there are good points on both sides. That being said I am cheap and refuse to ever buy another new bike. There are just too many out there with minimal use on them that save you thousands of dollars. If you are riding mostly street I would consider a SM over an S although the S will also work for you and they are usually cheaper.

I just looked at Atlanta Cl, you right not a lot there. Widen your search pattern and make sure you search in different ways...: DRZ400, DRZ400S, DRZ400SM, DRZ 400, DRZ 400S, DRZ 400SM....etc. Changing the spacing between the words will show more bikes because CL's search engine SUCKS. If you want to drive a few hrs there are some decent deals:

http://tricities.craigslist.org/mcy/3826133406.html

I like this one...nice looking bike:

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/mcy/3917390238.html

This one is about 30 miles from me:

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/mcy/3909685351.html

$2700:

http://boone.craigslist.org/for/3896907153.html

Cheaper with an odd custom seat:

http://hickory.craigslist.org/mcy/3862600044.html

Here is a '12 with 350 miles on it:

http://hickory.craigslist.org/mcy/3832801766.html

They are out there, be patient and look hard. Remember, Some E models are not titled for the street(Off Road Only) and getting a street title in some states is impossible(not sure about GA).

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It seems reliability would be very important for your situation. I would look at the used that are available in your area and unless something catches your eye as low miles and well maintained get a new one. I bought mine new and modded it imiadiatly. Too many hacks out there that shouldn't be turning a wrench. When you only have two wheels to the ground it's important the bike maintained by a good mechanic. I'll bye used cars any time but bikes like an enduro are another storie

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the difference between "new" and used ? about $500 worth of cables, levers, tires, chain/cogs, and a good pressure spraying to make everything feel right.

the recent threads about engines exploding at 71,000 miles means your 6,000 mile craigslist find is prolly going to be ok for a while. ;-)

hotlanta has a shit load of drz's, along with a set of SM wheels popping up every month or so...

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You say you can afford it... go for new... i as well fell in love with the drz sm and patientely waited until the 2013 was finally in the states... couldnt be happier with my decision... another point is... im not sure how long you plan on keeping it but im like 99% sure im keeping mine forever so its going to be good knowing exactly what was done to the bike throughout its life span! Especially if you can afford it go for new and dont look back!

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