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DR-Z and XR650R

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So I sold my road legal DRZ k5 E (full yosh, 39mm fcr) and lo and behold I'm almost full circle looking at buying one again! ***?

I do a lot of adventure riding - normally 200 to 500 km per ride, a lot of it on the highway, but also a lot of proper off road stuff.

Been looking, but the closest I can find to the all rounder I had is an XR 650R - a bigger, torquier (?) machine that might suit me better on the road. I jsut found the dr-z experience a little tiring on the pavement...

Now I guess I'm expecting a biased answer here, but the XR 650 R kicks ass does it not? Seems like a worthy "upgrade"?

your views are welcome!!!

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The XR650R is an awesome machine. It will be much, much better on the open road but in tight stuff you'll really mis the DR-Z. For most adventure riding doing longer distances I'm thinking the XR is better suited.

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ride with a couple xr-r's (mostly dirt) and will not call it an upgrade, rather a change. They are capable of being set up better for the road due to torque and gearing. They can also be made into a very capable dirt ride, though no more so than a drz. The ergos are a problem and require modification. I wouldn't trade for one, but if I had a good deal on one and needed a bike, I would take it.

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I'd miss the magic button the most.

agreed! and the e-start kit you can get for them is bulky, heavy and unreliable.

There is a starting drill that works most of the time, but if it stalls when crossing a puddle/log/obstacle, you can't just pull in the clutch and hit the button-often without having to put you foot down. You have to stop, crank with compression release 4 times round, bring to tdc, balance, get ready, then crank it and hope it starts. If not, do over and hope it doesn't flood.

Also only holds a bit of oil (same or less than drz) so have to change it at least as often, and it takes longer/more screwing around.

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