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Well since the big four are all now making a version of a "motard" i wanted to see what everyone thinks.

Suzuki - DR-Z400SM MSRP $6699
Yamaha - WR250X MSRP $6190
Kawasaki - KLX250SF MSRP $5299
Honda - CRF230M MSRP $4749


Unless someone is going for purely a fun little around town commuter with extremely high MPG.... i just dont see why someone wouldn't get the DR-Z.






Has any magazine done a shoot-out or anything?

- Jordan

p.s. - i know that the drz pictured is not the 09' like the others, but i wanted the side profile picture so it'll have to work
 

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I'd be all over yammi - 6th gear and FI along with a lower weight than drz just DO it for me....
....Looks like it has 28 hp to the wheel and weights in at 299 lbs

The DR-Z comes in at 35 hp and 322 lbs

But with fuel-injection and a bunch of high price motor components, the Yamaha is starting to look better and better

- Jordan
These reasons and the fact that no valve check is needed until 26,000 miles are the reasons I went with the Yamaha WR250X. I got mine for just over 5k. :fiddy:
 

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I have seen them all at my local dealer and I would probably go for the Yamaha, even though it is way too expensive ($6200????).

It has the best stock suspension components and is most dirt-bike-like. The DRZSM is my next vote, I think the extra power would be nice to have. Also too expensive ($6700???).

The Kawi just looks cheap and bland in person, just like a KLR 250 with 17" wheels. ($5300)

The Honda looks even worse than the Kawi in my opinion. ($4750) I don't know why they took the air cooled CRF230, but I guess it a reliable power plant. They should have gone with their CRF250X or CRF450X motor, but they are maintenance pigs.
 

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I have seen them all at my local dealer and I would probably go for the Yamaha, even though it is way too expensive ($6200????).

It has the best stock suspension components and is most dirt-bike-like. The DRZSM is my next vote, I think the extra power would be nice to have. Also too expensive ($6700???).

The Kawi just looks cheap and bland in person, just like a KLR 250 with 17" wheels. ($5300)

The Honda looks even worse than the Kawi in my opinion. ($4750) I don't know why they took the air cooled CRF230, but I guess it a reliable power plant. They should have gone with their CRF250X or CRF450X motor, but they are maintenance pigs.
I don't think $6K is too expensive, some people pay around $9K for ktm 690 and they swear it's worth every dime
 

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The Kawi and the Honda aren't even in the same bracket as the Suzuki and Yamaha. Between the Suzuki and the Yamaha it's a toss up. Both have their pluses. I obviously went with the Yamaha. The euro tards are still superior.

The kaw has like a 10 hp deficit to the Yamaha and even more to the Suzuki. The honda should be about the same or even worse.
 

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A wr450 in street trim using the 250s tech would give the Euro bikes a real run for their money.
 

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Not sure. I would like another tard but not so sure I want one as an only bike. Not really that bad now as I have a car but who knows. If I end up with a tard it needs to be something more like a KTM or Husky. I have primarily been looking for trashed SS bikes to fighter out but haven't found anything that stirred me yet. Really, I am biding time until something stirs the soul. It's winter...can't ride now but if I found a project this would be the ideal time.
 

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Hows the WRX on the highway? I'm looking into another bike and would like to get Motarded this time around, but need something that can hang at 75 or so....
 
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