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    KLX250S vs DR650

    TWers! Let me preface this by saying I miss all of you very much. I sold my TW a few months back for a KLX250S that I got too good of a deal on. Turns out, the Kawasaki forums aren't nearly as good as the TW forum. So after doing loads of trail time and loads of highway/commuting time I have some beefs. First off, if anyone is thinking of selling their TW, don't. Just don't let it go unless you HAVE to. I need my TW back on the trails. Its pure joy. But I needed a commuter for work and the TW couldn't cut highways food enough for Houston. So here's where the KLX fell in my lap. I regeared for highway use. So now 1st isn't all that spectacular for technical trail stuff and it's still wound out in the highway. Does good, in fact I pulled 89MPH on it!!! Won't do it again.. haha but I'm really looking to pound out serious miles across the highway getting to trails all over the world. I don't want to be limited at the capability of the bike offroad. Trust me, my limitations will kick in first on most stuff. But having the KLX on the highway has several problems. Not only is it wound out all the time, but the gas tank is insanely small, and it feels almost too light at times. My concern with a DR though is that it'd be too heavy offroad (360lbs) and it's only a 5 speed so I feel 1st gear is still gonna be fairly useless in low speed stuff. Ahhhh!!! All these thoughts running through at light speed. Can anyone help me make sense of this?! I promise after my wedding I will in line to get another TW too

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    Ahh, the age old problem of finding the perfect bike. My answer is to own at least 2 bikes. Unfortunately you will be riding one and wishing you were on another as the conditions of the ride change. In my experience there is no perfect bike to do it all. (It doesn't mean that I'm not trying to build one). Enjoy whatever bike that you own, while also daydreaming about the next. I haven't found a motorcycle yet that hasn't been fun to ride.

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    I got the TW for the desert I take it on my truck and ride my DR650 out to the desert but have to keep it on SUV type roads. 10466706_10203095072729789_1990000199_n.jpg 1604302_10201998379993156_674983784_o.jpg the mighty DR650

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    Yeah the first gear on a dr is pretty tall and it is a heavy bike. What about a wr250. A bunch of guys I ride with say they will do 70 all day long. They make more power than the klx250 but they do have a fairly tall first gear. From what ive seen and read they are the best thing going for a do it all bike.
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    I have 2 TW's. a DR650 and a Buell. I ride one of TW's all the time and if I sold the DR and Buell I don't think I would miss them. If I sold the other TW, the parts bike, Big D would miss it.
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    Well the KLX250 makes plenty of power to do 70MPH all day. Even with stock gearing. I just feel bad having the thing wound out all the time. It doesn't seem to notice at all, but who wants to sit on a bike for hundreds of miles st 7k RPM lol it wears on you. I'd really like to see the gearing on a WR250 though. If that final gear is steeply overdriven I'd be so happy. Well as long as first gear can be used in slow speed stuff. I'd really like a two bike setup with a TW and DR. I think that would be ideal. Then maybe a street bike, a cafe build, probably another TW for friends, and throw in a nice fast bike. I can dream right now though an upcoming wedding prevents me from having two. Really just need to investigate a WR250 and put my butt on a DR650. Any of you guys with DRs in the Houston area wanna trade beer for seat time?

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    What about a DRZ 400? Puts you right in the middle. A friend of mine has both TW and DRZ400 while a little tall the 400 is a great bike. But he is selling it back to the guy he bought it from. The guy really missed it. My friend is not as confident on the 400 as he is on his TW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenhtr View Post
    What about a DRZ 400? Puts you right in the middle. A friend of mine has both TW and DRZ400 while a little tall the 400 is a great bike. But he is selling it back to the guy he bought it from. The guy really missed it. My friend is not as confident on the 400 as he is on his TW.
    I was looking at the DRZ 400 I am 5"9 29 inch inseam way to tall in traffic. Seat height: 935 mm (36.8 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.

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    Dr650 runs 70 all day long without even a hiccup. Plenty of aftermarket mods for the DR also. Think the DR/TW combo is the best imo. Im 5-8 and the DRZ isn't that tall, with suspension mods and different seat think it would be fine.

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