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    Which ADV bike?

    Thinking about an budget ADV. Gravel and some suitable trails.

    What say you all? KLR, DR650 etc etc.
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    XTZ 660 Teneŕe, XTR 660 A good strong reliable injected motor.
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    dr650 or drz400E both bargains -- xt660 is a PoS

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    Stroms not offroady enough?
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    will do gravel fine, just don't tip it over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    will do gravel fine, just don't tip it over
    But not basic trails?

    DR650 is moving up the list. What about a KLR?
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    KLR has "slightly" better road cruise comfort (nice seat/wet weather fairing on torso/legs), but I'd still go for a DR650, you can abuse the dr650 and it'll want more, where if you drop the KLR its game over unless you feel like tacking on KGs of tip over bars or let your fairing take a pounding (its already much heavier than the DR) ---- KLR nice to have the big tank by default though suzuki usually sell the dr650 with a big acerbis tank for free/discount when you buy anyway

    the DR650's engine is a peach and easy to service, it's a farmbike strength build, just looks like a farmbike/is utilitarian but not a bad thing in my books

    ergos are a bit different between the 2, but both have many aftermarket options to suit --- if you want to get dirty and not be afraid of the bike tipping over (more fun) then i'd get the DR

    if you wanna do single track and not long days on the open roads, a DRZ400E is a great option / has probably the lowest service requirement per power/abillity in the DS segment and you can get new ones for 8K at the moment ! just not that fun on the highway only (but why'd you buy one to do just that? :P) a lot more fun in gravel and single track but long KMs on road gets tiresome pretty quick even with a good seat (bit o vibes in pegs and bars at 100KPH)

    [yargh if my wife wasnt 36 weeks prego i'd be buying another drz right now @_@ such a bargain / the possibillites for adventure]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulletman View Post
    only buy that if you want to spend more time servicing it or paying someone to service it than riding it.... they are a bit of a lemon for the purpose it was built for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    KLR has "slightly" better road cruise comfort (nice seat/wet weather fairing on torso/legs), but I'd still go for a DR650, you can abuse the dr650 and it'll want more, where if you drop the KLR its game over unless you feel like tacking on KGs of tip over bars or let your fairing take a pounding (its already much heavier than the DR) ---- KLR nice to have the big tank by default though suzuki usually sell the dr650 with a big acerbis tank for free/discount when you buy anyway

    the DR650's engine is a peach and easy to service, it's a farmbike strength build, just looks like a farmbike/is utilitarian but not a bad thing in my books

    ergos are a bit different between the 2, but both have many aftermarket options to suit --- if you want to get dirty and not be afraid of the bike tipping over (more fun) then i'd get the DR

    if you wanna do single track and not long days on the open roads, a DRZ400E is a great option / has probably the lowest service requirement per power/abillity in the DS segment and you can get new ones for 8K at the moment ! just not that fun on the highway only (but why'd you buy one to do just that? :P) a lot more fun in gravel and single track but long KMs on road gets tiresome pretty quick even with a good seat (bit o vibes in pegs and bars at 100KPH)

    [yargh if my wife wasnt 36 weeks prego i'd be buying another drz right now @_@ such a bargain / the possibillites for adventure]
    Thanks for that. Yeah i get the point. I wouldnt buy new.

    Road performance is not a big issue but I do have to travel to get places. DR650 is sounding more the go.

    Something like this one. https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...?id=1409007263
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    if you want budget you cant go wrong with a DR or KLR but you get what you pay for.

    The DR needs more add-ons from the factory than the KLR but is a more manageable off-roader. The KLR is a better road bike so theres the trade off. If you buy 2nd hand look for a DR that has a seat upgrade, bigger tank, luggage carrying, exhaust and carb upgrades. You have to be a little patient....good DR deals are there but there are loads on TM that are way over priced for a 2nd hand bike....considering new cost is 9K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzspokes View Post
    Thinking about an budget ADV. Gravel and some suitable trails.

    What say you all? KLR, DR650 etc etc.
    The bike has to fit the person correctly....so in your case...
    try a SUZUKI DR200.....
    CHUR ! Did I upset you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Falcon View Post
    if you want budget you cant go wrong with a DR or KLR but you get what you pay for.

    The DR needs more add-ons from the factory than the KLR but is a more manageable off-roader. The KLR is a better road bike so theres the trade off. If you buy 2nd hand look for a DR that has a seat upgrade, bigger tank, luggage carrying, exhaust and carb upgrades. You have to be a little patient....good DR deals are there but there are loads on TM that are way over priced for a 2nd hand bike....considering new cost is 9K.
    Was starting to get the DR was what I was looking for. Anything under 600 is pointless and its for offroad so fairings etc are irrelevant.

    Still in the "do I really want one" head space for an ADV bike. Shame I cant just take my KDX.
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    plate the KDX melt the engine getting from place to place

    if you don't mind slow goings on the road TO the off-road places, get an XTZ125 neat little bikes for so cheap new / capable offroad and in gravel at speed

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