ljjanson

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  1. I am in the market for my first bike ever, and probably looking at the drz400s. As I browse thru all the adds, there are many bikes with lots of good modifications such as exhaust and bigger tank, skid plates and all that. My question is, is that a good thing for a first bike to get all this extra stuff, that you don't really know what it is and how it got there and the specs about them or should I just think great I don't have to think about that myself. Hopefully, my question is not too unclear. I found a 2000 drz400s converted to an "E" with the following (sorry for the long list) for $3200 -Dunlop D606's with MSR super heavy duty tubes -Aftershocks suspension work -Scotts triple top clamp -Renthal Protaper -Off road body work including IMS 3.9 Gal tank -New front fender, handguards and tail light fom Acerbis -Acerbis folding off raod mirror -Trick off road collapsable turn signals front and rear (they wont break off when you crash) -Pro-moto billet aluminum luggage rack -Super bright halogen H4 headlight, with custom shut off switch to save power or for stealth mode -Factory FX sticker kit, swing arm and seat cover -Devol Baja Skid plate -Acerbis Front disc gaurd -Aluminum rear disc gaurd from Suzuki catalog -Works connection radiator gaurds and frame gaurds -Brand new scotts hand grips -CFC engine covers (a must have for DRZ's) -IMS foot pegs -Brand spanking new Battery and Chain (like 25 miles new) -Kinetech fuel mixture screw, essential for adjsuting idle mixture w/o tools in the middle of nowhere -Dynojet stage 3 with uni filter/filter skinz (super clean I might add) and airbox mod -Yoshimure off road pipe -All smog equiptment removed and breather mod performed -Factory Suzuki Kick start kit (makes it look like a DRZ400e) -Brand new ported head wih new oversize valves, new guides, seats and seals all adjusted, machine work all professionally done. -Fresh oil of course Thanks for all your input, helps a lot!
  2. I am in the market for my first bike ever, and probably looking at the drz400s. As I browse thru all the adds, there are many bikes with lots of good modifications such as exhaust and bigger tank, skid plates and all that. My question is, is that a good thing for a first bike to get all this extra stuff, that you don't really know what it is and how it got there and the specs about them or should I just think great I don't have to think about that myself. Hopefully, my question is not too unclear. Thanks
  3. Hello I was wondering what the accidents statistcis say about dual sport bikes? I heard sometime long ago that sport bikes are involved in something like 90% of all the serious accidents and that most accidents happen during night time. I am trying to convince my gf that dual sport is the safest bike to get... Does anyone know any facts or know of ny sites about this? Thanks a lot
  4. Hey everybody, I have a question regarding insurance companies. To get the best deal, is it better to call them up or get a quote on line. Also lot of them ask what the purpose is with the bike: leisure or off road riding or commuting etc. How do I get the best deal, like me I want to use my future dual purpose for all that. Also recommendation for a good insurance company? Thanks a million
  5. Thanks for all the info Rodger, I really appreciate it. I have been looking little bit into the dr 350 but they are pretty uncommon around here in decent shape. The reason behind the drz400 is because it is so popular and easy to get some help with it. Thanks also for the places to ride. I let you know if I'll be around Reno
  6. Hello everyone, I have pretty much narrowed down my options to a Suzuki drz400s. I want to get one used but not with too many miles since this would be my first bike and I am not a wizard with the tools. The problems is that I have no friends who are into motorcycles, so for me to ask them or try their bikes is not an option. I want to get a the bike to commute to school around 20 miles and then ride some easy off road on the weekends if I find any places to ride. Does anyone have any idea, for what gear to get, I would like to get something that I can commute in and also do some adventure stuff on the weekends with. Also does anyone know anyone in the SF bay area who ride dual sport? Thanks a lot guys
  7. Hello, I found a used 2004 drz400s with 900 miles. Upgrades are: Pirelli MT21 Dual Sport Tires, LED Taillight and Moose Racing Handguards. He wants $4200 for it. Is that a bit too much? I really appreciate all input since I am brand new to this.
  8. That I finally came around to buy my first bike...and it was of course a Suzuki drz400. I dreamt that I got it off Craigslist and the first day I took it to school I actually brought it with me on the train, together with all the bicycles. One kid asked me how many ccs and when I said 400 he couldn't believe it, he said it looked like a moped. I got pissed and got off the train. I was riding it, but in my dream it was slow, it was just like riding my 50cc moped back home in Sweden, you go full throthle all the time even in turns... I had my mind set on Thumpertalk forum and I was about to go here to get all the advise I would need for opening up the engine and ordering a different tail light when I woke up and I was sad that it was only a dream but I was happy that the bike is probably not as slow as it was in the dream... ...I really should start riding...
  9. Hello, I can't seem to find which KTM's are street legal in California. I am not really interested in the super dukes since they are to big, this would be my first bike. Any suggestions and ideas. Also looking at Suzuki drz400s /sm. What do you guys think??? Cheers!
  10. Aaarrgh still don't know what to get. Is a drz better to learn on, and if I drop the bike it won't cost as much to fix it. Maybe I shouldn't give rides anyway in the beginning? My gf will get pissed though since I am raving about all the trips we can do... IF I get a bike! I dream of a drz 400sm with a sleek tail light...no more no less...but then on the other hand, the sv is just nice and cool and it seems to work forever.
  11. Hm you all have some very good points, especially not giving ride to someone in the beginning...that is true, look wise I prefer the drz, probably the SV is more versatile for what I intend to do...So hard, the drz feels less dangerous and as some of you say better insurance and cheaper to fix if I drop it.
  12. Hi, perhaps the wrong forum to be asking if I want an unbiased answers but the two bikes I really like are the Suzuki SV650 and of course the drz400sm. This would be my FIRST bike, but I cannot make up my mind. The are approximately the same price but I can take my gf on the SV better. What do you guys think. I will go back and forth to school (20 miles) and just around for fun. Perhaps little longer trips on weekends. Pro's and con's I really appreciate it!
  13. I am in Palo Alto! So maybe I can get the same price in Oakland...
  14. Wow that looks super cool!!! Nice!
  15. That is one AWESOME looking bike... I hate you...