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post #1 of 19 Old 10-09-2017, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Picking brains for Baja bike

I ride a '13 DL650A in the NW and want a bike for my other home in dry, dusty Baja. Only one paved two lane through the area so lots of sandy dirt road to ride. Don't want a dirt bike. My butt can't handle the seats. Thought about the Strom there but will dump it mucho and don't want to pick it up. Thinking smaller displacement/lighter bike that can go the 2 hours north to La Paz on asphalt once in a while @ up to 70 but get me everywhere else over the cow dung in the meantime. Used KLR650s are out due to weight. What bikes should I consider?
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I went with a DR650. Had the suspension rebuilt for my weight and put on a GPR steering stabilizer. PO put on a Sargent seat (comfy) and windshield, hand guards, large fuel tank (6 gallons), and bash plate. It is truly a "Mighty DR"!


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A Sargent seat on a 2004 KLR 650 is an amazing addition ...will cruise all day at 60-70 mph and do well in dual track and light single track...plus they are CHEAP and plentiful and bulletproof.

I can do 4-500 km at push ...250-300 easily. Soooooo many farkles out there too.


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My other bike is a DRZ400 w/ a Seat Concepts cover and foam. I've done many 10 hour days. Including a day ride to Boise from Spokane. Much better than any of the 650 singles off road and almost as good on the pavement. Cruising 70 is not a problem and its lighter when it needs to be picked up. I run a 3.9 gal Clarke tank and larger are available.
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I would suggest the DR-Z400 too. Tons of aftermarket support for them, all kinds of mods and accessories for them (including seats and seat mods), and they only weigh about 320 pounds with a tank of fuel compared to 432 lbs for the KLR.
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DRZ400 a better off pavement bike for sure and lighter but OP is doing a lot of pavement and the big tank on the KLR is a treat.

DRZ certainly better in sand and easier to pick up.


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all bikes mentioned would work. no losers there. I've spent a lot of time on the DR 650. It would be my choice with larger tank, sargent seat.

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DRZ400 a better off pavement bike for sure and lighter but OP is doing a lot of pavement and the big tank on the KLR is a treat.

DRZ certainly better in sand and easier to pick up.
I got the impression from the OP's post that he was only going to be riding on the highway once in a while, and most of the time would be hucking around on the sand and dirt. The KLR is more road worthy for sure, but if most of his riding is in the sand and dirt, he'll probably appreciate the day to day 100 pound less weight of the DR-Z than the occasional better road manners of the KLR.
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The Honda XR 650L has a long history at Baja. Need to buy an aftermarket oversize gas tank, and perhaps a seat as the OEM is narrow and hard. But a good enough dirt bike that you may not be spending much time sitting down. Light, powerful enough, and reliable. Need to be tall, though.
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Thanks all for the input. I will be riding dirt/sand roads primarily. And if it ever rains they turn to gear oil. So picking the bike up at my age is really important. Any thoughts on lower displacement bikes? 250s?
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