Looking at a DRZs tomorrow..............


Ive been trying to find me a nice DRZ for a few weeks now, and Ive had several sold out just before I could get to take a look at it, but I think I finally cornered one..........

Its an 2003 with 420 miles on it, asking 4300 (which seems pretty good seeing as how the other bikes with more miles and wear went with their respective prices). Its in CA, and its got plates on it, and a few extras. (DOT knobbies pirellis, different rear blinkers/light, plastic plates all the same color)

I have yet to ride a bike (Ill worry about this part later.....) What should I look for? The guy seems genuine, and says that there is not a single scratch on it, never been dropped.

Anything in specifc that I should look at?

Also, I am not sure how I am going to get it into the truck. It is coming on a rack - hitch carrier.


Have you looked here at the TT for sale forums? MorningRider has a S model for sale, in the forum. It has all the mods done and is ready to go. He is in California. Check it out.

I'm sure morning rider has taken great care of his bikes but he has also ridden almost every weekend since owning the bike. so the bike you are looking at might be a good choice.

I would try and talk the seller down a bit. I bought a brand new 03 KLX400R (DRZ400E) $4364 OTD up here in Norcal.

I think you should expect $3500 or so. Unless it has some nice mods on it. Then maybe a bit more.

I would like to, but after watching 5 similar DRZs sell within the first day, I dont think my chances are too good.

It does come with a few extras though. Not to mention real low miles.

I agree with jumping on it.

Offer 4 even when looking at the bike, or even less. You can always go up.

Just do not offer him less money without even being there, as it is an insult.

I found a bike for 4100, and offered 3500, settled on 3700, and was happy. Perfect 02 and worth every penny. Of course, now I have 6200 into it, but most of that was for the SM stuff. I also found the S hard to locate, and they kept selling as soon as they were listed. Finally found one in a newspaper, which rarely happens these days.


Bought it.

Looked like the new one I saw at the store. The guy took immacualte are of it. I plan to do the same.

I couldnt get him to budge on price, but I thought it was pretty fair to begin with. We did do something else though to save some green.

Came with Pirelli 606's, small blinkers/brakelight front and rear, different handelbar, rejetted for his weight (which also happens to be damn close to me weight) and solid color side panels.

Taught myself to ride it (more or less) after I brought it home. Its not hard at all. Suprised with how much pep its got. :)

So now I need to do a search on all of the free/cheap mods that should have come factory................... :)

Welcome to the club, You can learn all you need to know, right here. Do you have any gear yet?


I was planning on riding in jeans and boots, but other than that..............

I was hoping to get away with not much more than a helmet and a tendancy to err on the side if caution.

Why? :)

Don´t be stupid, always wear protection. Applies for many situations... :)


I was planning on riding in jeans and boots, but other than that..............

I was hoping to get away with not much more than a helmet and a tendancy to err on the side if caution.

Why? :)

You're winding us up, right?

Congratulations on the new bike. You're going to love riding it. Make sure it and you are well protected though. Bash plate, CFC case guards, Unabiker rad guards and some solid hand guards are needed.




all the gear all the time! :)

But isnt the gear heavy and expensive?

What gear do you reccomend at a minimum?

But isnt the gear heavy and expensive?

What gear do you reccomend at a minimum?

You are joking right:confused:

Good gear isn't cheap, but it costs less than ER visits, orthopedic surgeon bills and skin grafts :)


For dirt a DOT and Snell approved helmet, MX boots, gloves, goggles. Jeans and long sleeve shirt are ok off road. Elbow and knee pads and some sort of chest protector or shoulder pads and a kidney belt would be much better.

On asphalt, all of the above plus leather or cordura nylon riding gear (jacket/pants or suit). Skin vs. the road, road wins every time. :)

Don't need mx boots on the road but some type of leather boot that covers the ankles.

I was thinking about offering the dealer here in town $4200 for a brand new 03 kicker they have had forever. I would need to sell my 04 first though.

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