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Is the DRZ400SM better???

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Specs says it has USD forks and I've understood the rear fork is from the MX design.

how better is that from stock 400 S model ?

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Rear is tha same, and i'm happy with my front. (SM > street & circuit)

I would like to have the USD, but ONLY for the looks.

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Anyone know why USD forks are better? All I could find on the net was they are more rigid?

Thanks, Mike -

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Specs says it has USD forks and I've understood the rear fork is from the MX design.

how better is that from stock 400 S model ?

Mine has stiffer Showa RM250-type forks, the fat, sticky moto tires, different front moto-style fender, bigger brakes front and rear, plus lower overall.

Plus, the swing-arm looks slightly different (tapered a little, slightly slimmer) from the S model -- somebody said they are from the MX bikes too.

Has 15/41 gearing.

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Anyone know why USD forks are better? All I could find on the net was they are more rigid?

Thanks, Mike -

The best answer I have ever heard to that question is a reduction in unsprung weight.

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handlebar rubber mounted?? I don't think that I would like that.

The CRF's have it to.

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I don't think so I've been actively searching for one here in town. Pueblo is so far behind in everything I don't even know if they know what one is. I don't go to the shop so I don't know if the guy ordered one or not. Truthfully I doubt it he seems reluctant to try anything new. I kind of doubt he even know what SM is. Unless it means his oldlady spanking his butt. prairiedawg :naughty:

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I also found out last week that the handlebar is rubber mounted on the SM model.

Yes -- the bars are mounted on bolted-on (replaceable) risers the same as on the DR650SE, with a through-bolt into upper clamp, and a rubber-washer underneath as well as the normal solid washer -- this helps with vibration control in the handlebars of course. My DR650SE had absolutely NO handlebar vibes at any speed.

No, the bars don't "wiggle" if that's what you're wondering.

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Man it must be really coo if its got a rear fork!!!!!! :naughty:

When I was in high school in the late 70's Harley-Davidson's MX Bike had rear telescopic suspension...

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