Help me choose a bike, XR400R???

Hello, I am new to this site. I have had my 1993 XR250R for 5 years now. I mostly trail ride in the Sierra's. My XR has never let me down. I have advanced in riding skills and am looking for something with more power. I had a 277 kit put in my bike a couple of years ago and it gave me a lot more low end and added a couple more years of making me happy, but now I feel like I need more.

I am starting to climb more hills that are longer and steeper and am starting to jump some table tops at some of the tracks around me. Nothing crazy, just much more than I ever did before. I find my 250r running out of steam up hills. I am 6'2" and 210 lbs, 29 years old. I do not like 2 stroke bikes, just rode a 2001 CR250 that my friend bought and it scared me to death, too fast and twitchy.

I just rode a 2001 bone stock XR400 today that is for sale in my area. I was disappointed with the power. I think my 280 will take it in acceleration, maybe not climbing though.

I was dead set on a used newer model XR400, but now am not so sure. My requirements though, I want to dual sport, green sticker, street legal for connecting trails in the Sierra's. I can't have any of these red sticker bikes.

If I got a newer XR400 and added a pipe, jetting, and air filter, would it open it up more? I don't want to be disappointed. If it isn't going to be much better than I have now, I will just stick with what I've got and dual sport it. It has been an excellent bike with no troubles.

I ride about 70% fire roads / 30% jacking around, jumping, wheelies, climbing hills with friends.

Would a XR400 be right for me with the right combo of aftermarket pipe, jets, air filter? Also thinking about the 440 kit too. Thanks, just very surprised with the bone stock power of the 400 I rode today, not impressed at all. I will be bored with it quick, thanks.

Hi. I am new here also but have a 2001 XR400. It does not perform as a 2 stroke would but I am not having trouble with power. I ride in the dessert as well as the hills here in Central CA also. I made a couple of changes and am very happy with it. I changed the jetting and air flow. It still has the stock pipe and air filter but it seemed to make a big difference in bottom and mid range performance. If you're interested in the specific changes, let me know and I'll gladly give you the details. If you're close to Fresno, give me a call and we can go out and see if you like it. I still have a few things to do to it but so far it is working great.

2 years ago I sold my xr650 to get my 98 XR400. I almost cried when I rode the stock 400 home. It was a slug. I put on the pumper carb, 416 piston, cam and ignition with a couple other things and pipe and airbox mods. Hot damn tamale! Now it's responsive, powerfull, tractor-ish, and does everything I want. How much are you paying for the used 400, what year is it? Oh yeah, I had the suspension done also.

With adding a pipe, proper jetting for the pipe, aftermarket airfilter, and cleaning up the header welds, the bike really wakes up, almost to the point of feeling like the power has doubled that of stock. Also you might try dropping one tooth on the front sprocket from stock, and that makes a huge difference in power, but it does seem to take away a little of the top end power. but it adds it to the bottom end.

I'm still in the research, looking around phase. I rode a bone stock 2001 XR400 today. Still had original pipe, airbox snorkel, jetting. It was a slug. My 280 would walk all over it. I was so surprised, but then I remembered that this is a California model and it is jetted super lean and had airbox limitations. That's why I'm asking here because you guys are the experts. I wanted to know if the pipe, airbox mods, jetting, and low restriction air filter would make that much of a difference. I really don't want to have to buy a carb, overbore, cam. It is a stretch for me to just upgrade my bike. My range is $3000 to $4000 for a bike. I would like a 2000 or better because I like the red plastic better, but I want to put the baja designs kit on and I need a new helmet, so I will not have a bunch of cash to spend on performance items other than maybe a pipe and the airbox mods. If I do these mods though, I sure want it to be faster and have more climbing power than my 280 now. If it will not be, then I will just keep what I have, it has been an excellent bike.

This is the info I was looking for. Like I said above, I rode a stock 2001 XR400 yesterday. I really liked the suspension and the feel of the bike. My XR250 is 10 years old and the suspension is very limited, plus I'm 6'2" 210 lbs on original 1993 XR250 suspension, so it is pretty weak. The 400 held me up a lot better and felt totally different, I could really tell a difference there. I was just disappointed with the power, but I figured it would wake up with the usual mods. I am going to keep this in mind and keep looking for used bikes. The one today was really beat up cosmetically, but ridden little. It was the guy's first bike and he fell a lot. He was short and started it on the kickstand and messed up the frame where the kickstand mounted. It looked like it cracked and they tried to weld it back, it was really nasty. I'll keep looking around, thanks again.

Take a look at a a WR 400 or a DRZ 400

Being 6'0", at 185, and 38, and riding a 400 with a 440 kit installed plus a crap-load of mods, the bike is perfect for me, but that is me. I could see if I thought I'd grow out of it and got a 600/650R, that it would be too big, and would work me to death. Most of any riding has do to with you being able to place the bike where you want it, and that requires a lot of body movement side to side, and front to back. This movement is also what will make the bike land where you want it to. I think that riding too small of one for your size results in you working the bike, and one too big for you, leaves the bike is working you. You seem too big for the 250, and you have the engine punched out a bit, but before you jump into anymore mods, you can do one of two things. Get the suspension set up for your size, or move to a 400. The stock power of the 400 you rode WILL be different than that of your 250, and as you mentioned, the age of your 250 it limits the upgradeable mods(rear drum brake?). I'd jump all over that 400 you talked about with minor cosmetic flaws, and scoop it up if I were in your shoes. Sorry, just read the frame part, but then again, if everything else seems O.K., look into another frame to put on it. Price 'em out, and use that to your favor. Any year 400 will be good, but one with some mods on it will save you a bundle to start with. It's early, and I hope this has helped you. Gotta go ride a Poker Run now.

You will want to ride the XR400 different than a smaller bore bike, the big power is in the low end torque. I find that winding it out is not the way to go, short shift it and you will be pleasantly surprised at it's pulling power. Mine is stock except for a D&D muffler, Uni filter & cage, and jetting. It may not seem as fast without the big revs, but ground speed is the name of the game.

I have been riding my 98 yz-400 for about a year, before it i had a xr-250. i had tried xr-400's but there power did have as much of a punch. i love my yz and its got quick power if you need it and u can drive it slow without the stall of 2 strokes, and ive beaten every xr-400 that ive raced. The wr's have more enduro features but have slower excelration and no where near the same snap as a YZ

98 YZ-400, race tech suspension,emig triple clamps, excel rims, azonic dual wall bars, fmf 2 stage ignition, white brothers header and silencer, rethal front sproket and sproket specialists rear, seal savers, D.I.D chain, works connection frame guards and skidplate, kickstand, fastline steel-braided brakelines. handlebar mounted hot start.

Anyway, back to the durable-hard as nails-ride rings around blue bikes-years after they're tired and bent topic. :)

A good used 98 or later XR400 can be had for 3K or so. Some with more than a few mods in that price range. Check the and Cycletrader online. As well as the print publications of both. Have cash in hand and be ready to pounce. With a purchase price of 3K and 1K in mods, you'll have a pretty good set up bike. You can grow with the XR, it responds well to upgrades. The durability and overbuilt qualities of XR make them heavier, but you get dividends in the long run. I'm assuming you know this which is why you're looking at the 400. The XR400 is considered by more than a few experts to be one of the best all around playbikes ever. So, keep looking and keep us posted. :D

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