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  1. So true, I really appreciate the great feedback and thoughts. The DRZ remains a wonderful machine and I will always love it for all the things it does well. @bumtarder I think you're right. As much as I'd like to be a dual-sporter, 99% of my riding is on paved or dirt roads. Where I live plays a big part in this. I really just want a bike I can pack with camping gear and take trips with, exploring back roads whenever I can (sometimes solo, sometimes 2-up). I really enjoy multi-day trips and need to have the option to take the highway sometimes (although I'll always prefer secondary roads, preferably country dirt or paved roads). I also do a fair bit of city riding, where I think the DRZ is probably better suited, as it's much more nimble and fun to zip around on. I imagine an F800 would be less fun driving around the city.
  2. On a new F800GS Adventure for example (which I'm looking at) I wouldn't need almost all the upgrades I've done on my DRZ. The F800 either already has the upgrade or doesn't have any need for it. 3x3 airbox mod UNI Air Filter JD Jet Kit FMF Powerbomb Header FMF Q4 Exhaust Seat Concepts Seat Scots Steering Stabilizer Galfer USA Oversized Front Rotor Galfer USA Sintered brake pads Galfer USA Stainless steel braided brake line Bark Busters Pro Taper Bars Tusk Pannier Racks Top Rack KLX Headlight Shroud HID Headlight bulb Continental TKC80 Tires with Motion Pro Rim Locks TT Case Savers UFO Front Fender Countershaft Loctite Fix Stator and Starter Clutch Loctite Fixes
  3. Keep in mind it's $5000 CAD worth of upgrades. Here's the upgrades list with prices for all you skeptics! 😉 Upgrade Costs (Total $5195 CAD) 3x3 airbox mod - $0 UNI Air Filter - $35 JD Jet Kit - $100 FMF Powerbomb Header & FMF Q4 Exhaust - $950 Seat Concepts Seat - $550 Scots Steering Stabilizer - $850 Galfer USA Oversized Front Rotor, Sintered brake pads & Stainless steel brake line - $500 Aluminum skid plate - $135 Bark Busters - $195 Pro Taper Bars - $130 Tusk Pannier Racks - $225 Nelson Riggs Soft Bags - $260 Top Rack - $100 Aluminum Rad Guards - $150 Denali Sound Bomb Horn - $150 KLX Headlight Shroud - $40 HID Headlight bulb - $100 Edge 2 Fender Eliminator - $75 Continental TKC80 Tires with Motion Pro Rim Locks - $400 TT Case Savers - $75 USB charging port and RAM phone mount $100 UFO Front Fender - $75 Countershaft Loctite Fix - $0 Stator and Starter Clutch Loctite Fixes - $0 Side-stand kill switch removal - $0
  4. I've been trying to convince her of that! Surprisingly the DRZ hasn't sent her off to find her own bike!
  5. It's great to hear an honest review from someone with both an F800 and a DRZ400. I've ridden with a guy who rides an F800GS and it's an impressive machine. Even on double-track, it's quite capable. There's no hiding that it's a heavy bike but even so, it's one of the more versatile bikes I've seen and that's what draws me to it. Unless you're planning on riding single-track or are often riding offroad in sand etc, the F800GS appears to capable to some degree offroad. And if you plan on riding all single-track and off road, then maybe a KTM 250 would be better suited anyways? I also like how capable the F800 is right out of the box, without needing a lot of upgrades. You could almost buy one and set off across Canada the next day, riding all the backroads you feel like and even explore a fire road or two along the way. As I mentioned earlier, if I lived in Squamish British Columbia, with endless fire roads and trails through the woods, the DRZ would be a much better choice than the F800GS (or similar middle-weight ADV bike). However, I'll still probably keep my DRZ for a while longer (or end up with 2 bikes). The DRZ really is a blast to ride and makes me smile for sure. It's quite a challenge to find that one bike that fully suits our riding preference and environment. The Honda CRF450L is also quite impressive, although very dirt oriented like the DRZ and would probably have similar limitations for 2-up and highway riding.
  6. Thanks! Ya I'll let you all know my thoughts when I test ride the F850GS. I may also see if I can test the new Honda Africa Twin (I'll have to see if Honda does test rides like BMW does). Who knows, I may realize the DRZ is better... grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence right!
  7. I've considered the V-Strom but never seriously looked at it. When looking at that class of heavier adventure style bike, I like the more powerful, sportier, higher-quality of the F800GS or the Honda Africa Twin.
  8. I had a 2008 KLR650 for a couple of years actually and I sort of hated it. It's so much heavier than the DRZ and feels a lot slower. The power to weight on the KLR650 not as good as the DRZ. With that big 650cc single cylinder, I felt like I was driving a tractor all the time... slow and heavy! In my opinion, the DRZ400 is a WAY better bike than the KLR. The KLR is better 2-up, but only slightly better on the highway, but almost everything else is way worse.
  9. Awesome replies, I really appreciate all the thoughts and advice! @bucket list I think if I lived in BC (Squamish for example) the DRZ would be the perfect bike! In Southern Ontario, fire roads, trails and even good dirt roads are not always plentiful or easy to find and a highway ride is often needed just to get out to country roads. I don't think I'll sell this year, but you're right, there's no way I'll recoup the money I've put into my bike. I could try parting out some of it as I have a lot of the stock parts, but that's a decent amount of work to put things back to stock. @76xtdrvr - Good call on the test ride. I'm on the list to test ride the new BMW F850GS Adventure, which will be interesting because although it's an amazing bike, it's incredibly heavy! I wonder if I'll dislike it just because it's such a beast to maneuver around compared to what I'm used to with the DRZ. Or maybe I'll find it still fairly nimble, even though it's almost twice the weight of the DRZ... I have no idea what to expect really. I do realize a bigger bike like the GS will never have the offroad ability of the DRZ. But as much as I enjoy trail riding, the reality of where I live dictates that I do a lot more street riding with some dirt road riding whenever I can. @ctrials - Wise words. I agree the DRZ was not meant for all that I wish it could do. It's always interesting trying to find (or build/modify) the best all round bike. I know the DRZ is not really designed for 2-up or highway riding, but I just want to have it all 😛 @1hp - Agreed, modding can be very fun and rewarding when you reap the benefits of good upgrades and mods. @Bm1997 - I've considered, the big bore & CVK40 carb, must be fun to ride with those upgrades! The V-Strom seems like a nice bike. Definitely a lot more capable on the highway and 2-up.
  10. I have a 2014 DRZ400S and I've poured a lot of time and money into making it the best all around bike that I can. I bought the bike almost brand new for $6000 CAD and I've put over $5000 CAD worth of parts into it. If I put a price on the countless hours I've spent working on the bike, I'd imagine it would add up to another $5000. I can't help thinking I should have bought a BMW F800GS in the first place! What I've done: 3x3 airbox mod UNI Air Filter JD Jet Kit FMF Powerbomb Header FMF Q4 Exhaust Seat Concepts Seat Scots Steering Stabilizer Galfer USA Oversized Front Rotor Galfer USA Sintered brake pads Galfer USA Stainless steel braided brake line Aluminum skid plate Aluminum Radiator Guards Bark Busters Pro Taper Bars Tusk Pannier Racks Nelson Riggs Soft Bags Top Rack KLX Headlight Shroud HID Headlight bulb Edge 2 Fender Eliminator Continental TKC80 Tires with Motion Pro Rim Locks TT Case Savers USB charging port and RAM phone mount UFO Front Fender Denali Sound Bomb Horn Countershaft Loctite Fix Stator and Starter Clutch Loctite Fixes Side-stand kill switch removal Probably more that I'm forgetting... I love my DRZ, but it still has some major issues. It's terrible 2-up (even the Seat Concepts seat doesn't allow for a small 2nd rider). The upgraded front brakes feel insufficient with two normal size riders (I'm 170lbs and my wife is 110). It doesn't inspire any confidence when I need to do highway riding. Above 110km/hr (70miles/hr) it has a tendency to speed wobble and doesn't feel planted since it's so light. I also feel like I'm pushing the engine too hard at those speeds. The DRZ lacks great equipment such as ABS brakes, fuel injection, a reasonable size gas tank, a windscreen etc. I want to love the DRZ, but I'm looking back on a lot of time and money and feeling like I should have gone with a GS800 or similar bike from the start. Thoughts?
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    DDM Tuning 35w hi/lo HID headlight install

    I just bought the "DDM Moto HID Kit, 35W, H4 High / Low, 4300K". I'm wondering why I need to connect directly to the battery when connecting to the stock headlight socket, which is powered? Are two separate power connections required, 1 for the light and 1 to power the ballasts?
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    Joined the club

    I think it’s great! Mod your bike to make it fun for you and don’t worry about all the cranky ones. You’ll be the one having fun while they continue to be grouchy. That’s an impressive wheelie! I’m still working on my regular wheelie [emoji6]
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    Joined the club

    Interesting, I've never seen this before. What's the purpose?
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    helppppppppp please

    Make sure the tire is fully seated on the rim. It’s common when installing new tires that the bead doesn’t fully seat and you’ll get a bouncing tire.
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    Seating options

    I bought the standard seat concepts seat hoping it would be better for 2-up riding but it’s the same length as stock and tapers towards the end, so it’s no better than stock for a passenger. I’ve just come to the conclusion that the DRZ is not a 2-up bike. I’m always open to suggestions though! One thing I have done is taken a foam camping mat and cut it and put that down along the seat and partly onto the back rack. Then I put a sheep skin on top of that. This is the best setup I’ve found so far.
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