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  1. Great to hear! And congrats on your 2019. I know the DRZ is prehistoric technology, yet it is still fun as heck to ride around town, but for “longer” road travel and easy to difficult trails, it seems the 690 is a great choice.
  2. Good advice, very interesting about the fueling on the different years. And just yesterday my friend put up an offer with his 2012R, he’d get the 2016 and swap some of his R parts. I’d still end up with a well cared for low mile bike. I guess I could’ve elaborated on the cumbersome part, and maybe even chose another word. Where I store the DRZ400 (both work and home) it barely fits, the 690 is considerably taller and just a bit more difficult to move around where I have to park, and the distance is only a couple miles through a small town, so the 400 (or perhaps a 390) just seems like more fun to drive, in THAT circumstance. The 690 is just overkill in that role, not that I’d complain if I had to do it that way. So more directly to answer your question, I wanted the 390 (or keep 400) for a fun, street dedicated daily driver, and I can take that to the track a few times a year as well. The 690 would be trail/adventure dedicated with semi knobbies, 20/80, so I’d rather not use it on the street a lot or for DD. It’s just that my riding buddies are starting to check out trails and adventures that are just too far to do on the drz, and I’m beating the drz up.
  3. Hi guys/gals, I currently have a DRZ400SM that I bought at the beginning of the year and have really enjoyed it. It opened up my eyes to trail rides and wow, I’m just loving that, as well as a couple track days. I need to “split the bike up”, can’t continue doing the trails we’re doing on SM wheels/tires, and I’m looking at going farther from home. Also, even after 40 years of riding, never knew I’d have so much fun on a small bike and it’s taken the place of my car for a DD. All my friends ride KTM and I already know I want a 690 after trying one out. However, I quickly parked the borrowed 690 after only 2 days of commuting, as it’s just too cumbersome for me in that role. I thought the 390 with all of its benefits over the DRZ (6 gears, slipper, 10+hp, F.I., ABS, etc) would be a good companion and DD. I do have an old Ducati Multistrada that I love for sport touring and riding with the wife. So, with the budget I have, I can get an older 690 (2009 mint low miles) and a 390 (2015) for a new daily driver, or maybe just keep the DRZ and get a newer 690 (2016 mint low miles). Zero $ for a while to farkle it, but I won’t die I guess I’m curious how much the newer bike will make a difference on the trails with its fly by wire, ABS, a bit more hp etc, as well as the hour or more it can take to get to said trail on the street. I’ve watched so many videos and read so many articles that my head is spinning, so I thought I’d ask your opinion.
  4. Yeah I’ve read somewhere that it’s much easier to go from enduro to SM, not the other way around. So you think there are people that go back and forth between the wheels, kickstand, suspension, etc to use the bike in both ways?
  5. Not trying to hijack, I’m also currently shopping for a 690 SM. My question is if anyone thinks it’s a realistic option to be occasionally swapping out wheels and whatever else is necessary to be able to use the bike in both supermoto and adv/enduro guise, or would that be a pretty time consuming pain in the butt? Anyone do that or have it down to a certain time? Ive had the DRZ400SM for a short time and didn’t realize I’d enjoy it so much, but feeling the desire to upgrade, mostly for more power and highway ability. I’ve used it from trail to track, but thinking it might be easier/better to have a dedicated adventure bike, and a separate SM or hooligan bike. (690 and 390?) Though if it’s feasible to do it all with one, obviously I’d prefer that.
  6. I have so many vibrations on this bike that I have never had a trail ride where something wasn’t broken or lost. I’ve switched from medium to full strength Loctite, and every nut I can get in nyloc WITH red Loctite I replace, and stuff still vibrates off. This weekend I didn’t realize my seat screw had backed out which holds the rack, the rack started moving laterally and eventually broke the subframe welds. Then later on, being vulnerable, I had a slow fall and completely broke the subframe. My point, this bike has massive vibes. Definitely a fun bike to wheelie!
  7. Without a doubt, they’re awesome for trail rides. Went out and got lost in the palm plantations last week....
  8. Oh man that’s really bad! 😅 And no I definitely don’t need another drain on cash! Already have a couple cycles, sport car, glamping vehicle, and the biggest money draining, toilet flusher of funds of all time, an off road Samurai. With that said I was up late looking for tires, track suit, bike stand, stickers, just any number of foolish things! 😂
  9. Thanks for everyone’s help, had an awesome trackday yesterday. Learned a lot, honed some skills, and met lots of cool people. I did 3 practice sessions and one race, which was really no different for me. Those guys on their little 2 stroke 200 SM sped right past me easy peasy 😅. The strengths and weaknesses of the DRZ400SM come out very quickly on the track. I was definitely the only one with dual purpose tires on, but they did amazingly well to be honest. By the end when I was really getting smoother/better in the curves I was wishing I had better tires so I could push it that extra bit. They got greasy a couple of times. With that said, of 60 or more different bikes/classes there, all 4 wrecks were in my SM class, all with race tires on. Only problem, and I got “the look” yesterday from my wife after saying this, I think I’m hooked.
  10. Thanks for everyone’s help, had an awesome trackday yesterday. Learned a lot, honed some skills, and met lots of cool people. I did 3 practice sessions and one race, which was really no different for me. Those guys on their little 2 stroke 200 SM sped right past me easy peasy 😅. The strengths and weaknesses of the DRZ400SM come out very quickly on the track. I was definitely the only one with dual purpose tires on, but they did amazingly well to be honest. By the end when I was really getting smoother/better in the curves I was wishing I had better tires so I could push it that extra bit. They got greasy a couple of times. With that said, of 60 or more different bikes/classes there, all 4 wrecks were in my SM class, all with race tires on. Only problem, and I got “the look” yesterday from my wife after saying this, I think I’m hooked.
  11. Ok I’m *probably* going to leave the Shinko on until I figure out if I’ll be doing this more frequently. I’ve ridden them really hard on twisties and they’re holding up to my level of skill anyway. After watching some videos I measured my rider sag (race) at 20mm front, 55mm rear. I know, I’m a featherweight. I’m thinking I should get more out of the front don’t you think? Others above said just leave it until I ride. 🤔
  12. Geezer, looks like quantum physics. 😅 I wouldn’t mind getting the stock suspension set up to its fullest potential eventually. I’m pretty sure there are few people in this country that can do that. For the meantime I’m going to do a crash course in sag before Saturday. I think it’s a combo of needing more in front and less in the rear. One day left to decide on tires. I’m really dragging my feet. Like some have posted, first day, who cares? But then like others have said, they’re far from ideal and if they get greasy and I low side or have a get off, I’d surely pay the couple hundred bucks at that moment to have better tires! Silly little decisions, life could be worse.
  13. Absolutely the best words of wisdom on this thread! I’ll have her set up like she was on the beach.
  14. Doh! You beat me to it, I was just looking at your bike list again and re read that it was a 450. Awesome bike, too bad the DRZ hasn’t evolved into something like that, or the Duke motor. Both light years ahead. I imagine the new 390 adventure will topple the drz, but who knows, different topic. Thanks for quote tip, I couldn’t figure that out 🤪
  15. Definitely good points, I better have the lights and everything ready by Friday. Probably best to remove the lights vs tape, but more of a pain. I do have some really good gear, too much stuff really, but I think if I continue trackdays I might want a secondhand suit or something to beat up vs my nice leathers.
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