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Kings Court

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    Off-Road Instability

    I've had my DR-Z400S for about a month and a half, live in Florida, and I've ridden it probably 95% street. The first time I went really off-roading, it had not rained for weeks. With the Florida sand, I wrestled the bike to stay up. The sand was so dry and soft, and the instability was unreal. Last time I remember off-roading was back in the early 80s, with a Yamaha YZ80, when I was an early teen. My memories of the dirt was not as sketchy as the experience that I've had on the DR-Z. Is the instability a result of the TrailWings, or the extra weight, or both? And how much difference should I expect with some better off-road rubber like the Dunlops or Pirellis?
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    Realistic price for a NEW DR-Z400S ??

    $6,800+..................they were trying to rape me with my clothes on. Thank God for the internet, forums, and plain ole' advanced communication.
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    Realistic price for a NEW DR-Z400S ??

    Well, I just bought my new 2006 DR-Z400S. After doing some research, and with help from you guys, I got it for $5,200, out the door. When they started crunching the numbers, they came up with a price of $6,800+ (out the door). I offered $5,200, stuck to it, and got it for that. It's relatively painless when you know you have an attainable number, and stick to it. Thanks again for everybody who gave me input and advice. It was all very helpful.
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    Realistic price for a NEW DR-Z400S ??

    Still interested in good/realistic prices for a new DR-Z400S. Also, if anybody has comments regarding how the DR compares to the XR, I would be very appreciative, too.
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    XR650L or DR-Z400s ??

    I could definitely appreciate your comments and perspective, but I'm not a total newbie. I got my first motorcycle when I was 11, which was actually a dual sport ('79 Yamaha GT-80). It only topped out at 45mph, but it had headlight, tail light, and blinkers. My next bike was a '82 Yamaha YZ80, when I turned 14, and I'll NEVER forget the rush of going through 2-stroke hyperspace. My next bike was a Honda CM-400 when I turned 16. Shortly after that I got into cars, and haven't owned another to this day, but ridden plenty (2 different CBR600s, SuperHawk, RC-51, and most recently the CRF450X). I think I feel comfortable getting either the DR-Z400S or the XR650L, but just wanted some input from owners out there to help with my decision --- especially from those that have ridden both. By the way, I'm 6'1" and weight about 185. Keep the comments coming.....I appreciate all of them.
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    Realistic price for a NEW DR-Z400S ??

    The offer by chronos is very tempting, but if I go with the DR, I really have my heart set on a blue one. Anybody with a good used one in blue?
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    XR650L or DR-Z400s ??

    First I want to say hello to everyone. This is my second post on the forums, and I have a specific question. Before that I want provide a little background. I live in Florida, I am 37 years old, am very happily married, and have a 2 year old son. In a year or two I expect to get my son started with either a 4-wheeler, or a little 50. To join him I was going to get a dirt bike for myself as well. My brother in law has a CRF450X, and his kids have a 4-wheeler, CRF50, and a CRF70. As you all know, off-roading is great family fun. My original plan was to get a CRF250X. Then a while back I got the idea of getting a DUAL SPORT. It just seemed like a more practical option. I'm historically a Honda man all the way, so I initially went to see what Honda offered.....which is basically the XR650L. After looking around, I realized that the Suzuki DR-Z400S, actually appeals to me more. It's hard breaking the brand loyalty thing, though. Right now, I'm seriously considering going with the DR. It just seems more modern and lighter than the Honda. My question: Does anyone have experience with both bikes, that can shed some light on my decision?
  8. First I want to say hello to everyone. This is my first post on the forums, and I have a specific question. Before that I want provide a little background. I live in Florida, I am 37 years old, am very happily married, and have a 2 year old son. In a year or two I expect to get my son started with either a 4-wheeler, or a little 50. To join him I was going to get a dirt bike for myself as well. My brother in law has a CRF450X, and his kids have a 4-wheeler, CRF50, and a CRF70. As you all know, off-roading is great family fun. My original plan was to get a CRF250X. Then a while back I got the idea of getting a DUAL SPORT. It just seemed like a more practical option. I'm historically a Honda man all the way, so I initially went to see what Honda offered.....which is basically the XR650L. After looking around, I realized that the Suzuki DR-Z400S, actually appeals to me more. It's hard breaking the brand loyalty thing, though. Right now, I'm seriously considering going with the DR. It just seems more modern and lighter than the Honda. My question: I know the price is listed for $5,599, but what is a good and realistic price to set as a goal when I go shopping for a new one at the dealer? I know there are a lot of factors involved, but I was just interested in some input from you guys.
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