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If this bike were available in the U.S. it could well be my next motorcycle purchase.



http://www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au/bikes/off-road/trail-enduro/2009/dr-z250.html
Nice bike... electric start and kick start, with a 6 speed transmission, and disc brakes front and rear.



Only drawback for me is the 35" seat height. But having the linked rear suspension, it could be lowered fairly easily.







Specs:



http://www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au/bikes/off-road/trail-enduro/2009/dr-z250/specifications.html



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We had the DRZ-250 dirt model and it was a real pain. Lots of starting and running problems. Came from the factory ridiculously lean, which I got fixed, but it still had issues somehow.



Much preferred the old XR200 for fieldwork.



And there was almost no aftermarket for it.
 

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Yea I know it's technically possible to get the off road model here and get it plated. But I mean factory street legal, that's what I want
I'm pretty happy with the 35" seat height. Two inches lower than the typical KTM, WR250, DRZ400, Husqvarna, etc. dual sport. But yea like you said jb I'm sure you could bring it down to about 33.5, and maybe 32" flat if you got a gel seat for it?



PJ: Come to think of it, I actually have a friend who has one of these, with a plate stuck on it, lol. I do remember that thing being a BITCH to start lol.



Anyway luckily for me Kawasaki makes the KLX 250S now. The only thing I don't really like about that bike are the shim-type valves. I know rocker arm valves are supposed to be from "old parts bin" technology, but I actually like them. I can do a valve adjustment on my DR200 in like an hour - super easy. I don't really get why people like shims better. Then again, I've never had a bike with them so...can't REALLY say yet for sure.
 

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...I don't really get why people like shims better. Then again, I've never had a bike with them so...can't REALLY say yet for sure.
My Triumph has "shims under bucket" for the valve adjustment. Even though it takes longer to adjust the valves, I find the valves keep their clearance much longer: clearances were within spec at 6,000 miles, slightly out at 12,000, and still in spec at 18,000.



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My Triumph has "shims under bucket" for the valve adjustment. Even though it takes longer to adjust the valves, I find the valves keep their clearance much longer: clearances were within spec at 6,000 miles, slightly out at 12,000, and still in spec at 18,000.



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Yea I do understand that aspect of shims vs rocker arms. My brother has an SV650 and he's gone at least 25k miles without adjusting his. I guess I'd just rather have something that's easier to do. Don't mind doing it every 3 to 7 thousand miles. Plus if memory serves, the valve check interval on the KLX250S is actually like 7,500 miles, although I suppose that doesn't mean you'd have to adjust them that often...



Well I'm here, I have a question which I could look up but am too lazy ATM. With rocker arm valves, you can adjust the valves before a big trip and know you'll be good to go. This can also be done with shims yes? As in you don't have to like wait until they are out of spec to put new shims in? I really have no idea how they actually work, but you could just check them before a big adventure ride and then if they were in spec, be good to go, and if not, add the necessary shims or whatever and be good to go, correct? Don't know if this question makes any sense, not sure I'm really wording it right lol. I'll probably just research it properly tomorrow.
 

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Yea I do understand that aspect of shims vs rocker arms. My brother has an SV650 and he's gone at least 25k miles without adjusting his. I guess I'd just rather have something that's easier to do. Don't mind doing it every 3 to 7 thousand miles. Plus if memory serves, the valve check interval on the KLX250S is actually like 7,500 miles, although I suppose that doesn't mean you'd have to adjust them that often...



Well I'm here, I have a question which I could look up but am too lazy ATM. With rocker arm valves, you can adjust the valves before a big trip and know you'll be good to go. This can also be done with shims yes? As in you don't have to like wait until they are out of spec to put new shims in? I really have no idea how they actually work, but you could just check them before a big adventure ride and then if they were in spec, be good to go, and if not, add the necessary shims or whatever and be good to go, correct? Don't know if this question makes any sense, not sure I'm really wording it right lol. I'll probably just research it properly tomorrow.


I agree bucket and shims are a pain in the a$$. If your valve clearance is 0.08mm to tight for instance you have to replace it with one 0.08mm thinner, this involves a trip to the dealer, they haven't got that one in stock so have to order it in and if you had to remove the cam to replace the shim your bikes off the road waiting for a shim.

I would much rather do a screw and lock nut adjustment every few months, it takes a few minutes and you can be riding again in no time.
 

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Like anything else pre-planning before a trip is the key. I'm heading up to Tennessee next month and both the Dub and the KLR are going to get a complete service with time to spare if any problems show up. Waiting until the last minute will bite you in the backside!
 

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Everyone I know who has lowered bikes has handling issues afterwards when the bikes are ridden hard. Think twice before doing that.
 
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