Eastern Kayaker

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    One of the dual sports I am considering to purchase.
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    One of the dual sports I am considering to purchase.
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    One of the dual sports I am considering to purchase.
    One of the dual sports I am considering to purchase.
  3. I have owned an FZ-07(MT-07) for three years and ride it on the weekends. The bike is light for the street at 397 lbs wet. It is very flickable with plenty of power to keep me happy. It is a great commuter bike or a bike to take on backroad rides to explore on the weekends. It is a light naked bike (no wind protection) so I don’t use it on the highway that much. The bike is easy to work on and most parts for it are not expensive if you break something. The suspension is setup for a rider under 145 lbs like most Japanese bikes. I weigh 215 lbs with my gear and rode it stock for a year before upgrading the suspension front and rear. Since the suspension upgrade, it handles much better in the curves at higher speeds and on the bumpy roads I encounter. As far as a beginner bike, there have been beginner riders that started on this bike without a problem. However, if you don’t respect the power of this bike, you can get yourself in trouble real quick. Also, this bike has been very reliable, never had an issue with this bike.
  4. I’ll be 61 this February, no experience riding in the dirt, only street. Currently ride an FZ-07 on the street and looking to get a dual sport bike for the trails. The DRZ400S is at the top of my list. Plan on doing the TAT the summer of 2019, after I get some experience riding the trails near me.
  5. Rubbing alcohol is great at removing road tar and some other stubborn stains. It will not harm the plastics and/or paint like some cleaners can if you don’t rinse off the cleaner. Another plus is that it is inexpensive to use.
  6. Hey markl5557, let me know if the swing arm needed to be greased. I know a few members with brand new bikes checked the steering head on their bike’s and it was greased properly. Just curious, since I am looking to purchase a new 2017 DRZ400S. Thanks!
    This bike is at the top of my purchase list for dual sports. I only have experience on street bikes. Want to do the TAT during the summer of 2019. Plan is to purchase a DRZ400S during the winter of 2018, so I have time to improve my trail riding skills.
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    Always had a soft spot for naked bikes, which is why I purchased a new 2015 FZ-07 3 years ago. I like taking my FZ-07 on country backroads. Since the bike’s suspension is setup for a rider weighing around 140 lbs, I installed a Nitron R1 rear shock and Matris F15K cartridges in the front forks. This bike handles much better now in the twisties and on the shitty Pennsylvania roads.
    Always had a soft spot for naked bikes, which is why I purchased a new 2015 FZ-07 3 years ago. I like taking my FZ-07 on country backroads. Since the bike’s suspension is setup for a rider weighing around 140 lbs, I installed a Nitron R1 rear shock and Matris F15K cartridges in the front forks. This bike handles much better now in the twisties and on the shitty Pennsylvania roads.