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Riding on Moab - 400 DRZs OK?

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I'm planning a 3 week trip to Utah in the spring, trying to determine what is the best bike suited to this trip. I will be mostly riding off road but will need something street legal since I want want to ride some of the areas (like the Maze district) that only allow street legal vehicles. I also plan on riding double with my spouse on some jeep routes. I also want to ride some of the trails like Slick Rock, Fins and Things, Hells Revenge, Soverign, etc (solo). I weight about 200lbs, 5'9". My thoughts are currently about a DRZ 400 but would like to get some other opinions. Also considering KTM 450EXC but don't know about riding 2 up on one.

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Sure, why not. The KTM 450 EXC would be even better. You don't want to be riding two-up on either bike.

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KTM 450 EXC, then WR450, in that order...both have plenty of power, stone cold reliable, and fairly low maintenance. They can also be made street legal.

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I vote for the DRZ...."IF" you keep the riding mellow, gear it down a bit from it's highway gearing and are strong enough to muscle it through the technical sections, which are many in Moab. The DRZ is a compromise in performance and heavier but will handle 2 up better.

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I have ridden all of the trails you mentioned on a DRZ400. It has been massaged heavily for offroad use. Carb, Exhaust, Suspension and armor. Geared 12 - 47 with pirelli m43 rials tire and it was a mountain goat, just don't fall and you'll be fine.

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