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Offline Hankeeb

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Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« on: June 08, 2016, 08:03:59 am »
Hi Guys,

I need some advice from the DRZ400 owners(or previous owners).

I wanted to buy a secondary plastic bike to play with, ride some funduros and trail rides.  This plan however has taken a massive turn in a different direction.

Getting married at the end of this year means that I will have to buy a second car and therefor has to sell my beloved F650GS Dakar to use as a deposit for a bakkie.

I still want to do some adventure rides and also want to try some funduros and trail riding.

Would the DRZ400E be the one "do it all" bike then?  Would I be able to do 400~500km with my tent and sleeping bag on the back for adventure rides cruising at 110km/h and then the next weekend do a funduro?
 

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 08:09:28 am »
Cruise at 125km/h all day long. Do 800km a day, but you gonna feel like a butt raped man!!!

Wont carry 200kgs at the back but weekend bag and sleepstuff yes.
get a sheepskin for the seat, works the charm

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 08:27:49 am »
Cruise at 125km/h all day long. Do 800km a day, but you gonna feel like a butt raped man!!!

Wont carry 200kgs at the back but weekend bag and sleepstuff yes.
get a sheepskin for the seat, works the charm



Thanks for the reply, yeah I heard that the seat is quite hard.
I won't need 200kg of goodies, I travel light.  So only weekend stuff!

Reliability?  Maintenance cost?
How do they stack up?
 

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 08:34:16 am »
Good reliability. You get a nice rack from DRC I think that is billit aluminium made for the Z, once did a trip with Sidetrack, me on the Strom, he on the Z, did 600km for the day, 25km/l at 120kmh. He had a skaapvelletjie, never complained the whole day whilst i complained on the big seat of the Strom.

I know of issues on some with the waterpump, read the thread to speak to those okes. Mine never had an issue.
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 09:01:40 am »
love my drz ... adventure, tour close, more serious trail , even commute on it occasionaly ..only complaint is saddle... look after it and itll look after you ..ie frequent oil change air filter etc... really nice example for sale on this group in Wild Dog Adventure Riding > Commercial section > Trade, Buy and Sell: Bike-related > For Sale DRZ400e
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 09:49:29 am »
love my drz ... adventure, tour close, more serious trail , even commute on it occasionaly ..only complaint is saddle... look after it and itll look after you ..ie frequent oil change air filter etc... really nice example for sale on this group in Wild Dog Adventure Riding > Commercial section > Trade, Buy and Sell: Bike-related > For Sale DRZ400e

Thanks!  Yeah I will use it for a daily commute too, will give me better fuel consumption than the bakkie.  ;)

I am looking at spending about R20k so that would be a bit out of my price range.

How is parts availability?
 

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2016, 02:06:21 pm »
I think ok .... haven't really bought spares apart from consumables

ps I think the ou is negotiable and will sell bike without extras
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2016, 03:03:37 pm »
I think ok .... haven't really bought spares apart from consumables

ps I think the ou is negotiable and will sell bike without extras


Well that is a good sign! :)

I contacted the seller but it is still a bit above my budget.

On another note, since the bike will be used as a daily commute and some adventure rides, would insurance be a good idea?  I was told on my last insurance request that they don't insure "older" bikes anymore.  I guess the DRZ's fall in the "older" category?
 

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2016, 03:08:40 pm »
Get seperate insurance for your bike. I have a 98 XR600R and a 95 DT180 insured.
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2016, 03:18:39 pm »
Get seperate insurance for your bike. I have a 98 XR600R and a 95 DT180 insured.

Third party or full comprehensive?

May I ask how much insurance cost on older bikes like yours?
 

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2016, 03:24:48 pm »
It differs. My 1150 GS, 2002 is R175 a month I think comprehensive.

Total premium on the three something like R314
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2016, 03:25:23 pm »
A month through outsurance
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2016, 03:28:21 pm »
Cool, so the DRZ should be very little then.  Thanks!

So far everything stacks up nicely in favour for a DRZ.
 

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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2016, 03:30:06 pm »
Ek dink jy moenie trou nie en jou Dakar hou :deal: >:D :peepwall:
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Re: Thinking of getting a DRZ400E
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2016, 03:37:41 pm »
Ek dink jy moenie trou nie en jou Dakar hou :deal: >:D :peepwall:

Whaaahahahaha!  :laughing4:

Maybe kan ek haar later op haar eie DRZ kry, maybe 'n beter idee?