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post #1 of 25 Old 04-07-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Moving from DRZ400 to DL650

I have a 2006 DRZ400S with only 3000 miles (but a lot of upgrades), but think I want a more "street friendly" dual sport and think the DL650 is the way to go.

Anyone else make a shift like this?

Anyone looking for a better dirt dual sport want to swap?

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post #2 of 25 Old 04-07-2012, 01:11 AM
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I didn't switch, I added a DL650 to my DR350. That way I have the best of both worlds. Keep the DRZ. You'll be glad you did.
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Wish that was an option, but only room for one bike in my life. Need more highway comfort. Love the DRZ though, its great around town and in the dirt, but want to put more distance on my trips.

Maybe someone is in the oposite boat than me and wants more dirt in their life, haha.


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I didn't switch, I added a DL650 to my DR350. That way I have the best of both worlds. Keep the DRZ. You'll be glad you did.
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On dirt roads the DL is pretty capable.
It's the nasty stuff you'll need to learn to avoid. You can get a DL through some unbelievably bad terrain but it's a lot edgier.

One area the DL does win is steep uphills, so much power you don't have to take a run at them. The downhill on the way back will scare the crap out of you though

Just commenting, simply because you may be tempted to take on stuff a DRZ will do easily - not a good idea.

Didn't go from DRZ to DL, but I used to ride small dirt bikes, it's distances in Oz that made the DL a better choice.

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I switched from a modded '01 DRZ to a DL650 two years ago, I had never ridden a DL until I bought mine and I wasn't sure it was going to be the right bike for me, I was able to buy the DL without selling the DRZ first but after a few months of riding the DL I decided to sell the DRZ (I have a 250 two stroke for my real fix in the woods) I liked the DRZ but I was spending more time commuting on it than riding any kind of dual sport terrain and wanted something more steet oriented. The DL will take me anywhere I dare to go on it which has mostly been the street and fire roads. If I had the time and money to keep another bike I would consider getting another DRZ but for now I wouldn't switch back.

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I have a 2006 DRZ400S with only 3000 miles (but a lot of upgrades), but think I want a more "street friendly" dual sport and think the DL650 is the way to go.

Anyone else make a shift like this?

Anyone looking for a better dirt dual sport want to swap?
IMO the Strom really isn't any sort of D/S. It's a great street bike, and like any standard style street bike you can take on dirt and gravel roads, and stuff a little rougher than that if you can live with dropping it. There are other street bikes that no one ever thinks of as D/S bikes, like the SV650N, that are better off-road than the Strom is.

Sooo, the question is, how important is "real" D/S capability to you?? If you can live with the Strom limitations, then it's a great bike. If you still want to get off into the rough stuff once in a while though, something like the DR650 might be a better choice.

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Ditto on the DR650 option. I'm fortunate to have the DL and the DR so the Strom is 99% street duty. The DR is basically the same bike since '96 (I'd go 2004 or newer to capture the small upgrades) and can be had for a reasonable price. Very road and DS capable.

As mentioned, the DL will go a lot of places folks wouldn't think of, but I also chase pumpkins and DRZ's on my DR. I just can't bring myself to risk the DL in the dirt much, so I don't.

Good luck on the search.
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Yeah, I have no plans of doing anything beyond the dirt roads in the forest and the dirt road around the camp I work at. Thats why I think the Vstrom is a great fit...great on the road, but can handle a dirt road.
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I'm reminded of something Tony Stewart said some years ago when he was competing in both the NASCAR and Indycar circuits, and drove in the Indy 500 AND a NASCAR race the same day. "It's like going from a Porsche to a school bus," he famously said. And no doubt today fervently wishes he could UNSAY it.:mrgreen:

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Yeah, I have no plans of doing anything beyond the dirt roads in the forest and the dirt road around the camp I work at. Thats why I think the Vstrom is a great fit...great on the road, but can handle a dirt road.
As long as those roads don't have a lot of mud or deep sand the Strom will be perfect.

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