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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 6:33 pm 
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I wouldn't buy a trail bike without an electric start.
Try kicking when you've got your left foot in a rut, on a steep hill,when you've stapled or if you're less than about 5'10 tall.
It's not worth the hassle IMHO.


Horses for courses

One of my bikes has an electric start & the other doesn't

I never give kick starting another thought - it just works & the XR 400 is such an easy bike to start anyway

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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 8:36 pm 
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There is a reason why xr400's with a Leccy leg add half a 'bag' to their value.


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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 11:11 pm 
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You might as well just be a hero mate and go all out lights out...CR500. There is a road registered one on ebay...The DRZ is a good bike but the CR500 is a Riot....


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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 7:26 am 
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Joel wrote:
There is a reason why xr400's with a Leccy leg add half a 'bag' to their value.


Rare things

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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 8:39 pm 
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I do like the idea of the xr 400, like the simplicity of them, with no radiator and starter system to fail. I can imagine kick starts have their moments but it won't put me off.

So how often are you adjusting valves?

You've all been a big help, I think now I'll keep a eye out and hope something comes up nearby.

Oh and I'd love a cr 500 they're a rare thing now


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 Post subject: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 10:16 pm 
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Valves are every 1000-2000 miles on XR400

But really easy to do & hardly go out of spec

Keep the air filter clean

Use quality oil & you're good for 30-40,000 miles

Kick starting is much over played by loads of people who usually can't do it

XR 's have auto & manual decompressors so starting is a cinch

20 years ago there weren't many trail bikes with electric start - so we had to make do

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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 10:34 pm 
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That sounds brilliant, they sound like the cg 125 of the trail world if that makes sense.

I never had any bother kicking my crm off so sure I'll be fine.

Just need to find a good one now, but nice to find a pampered one with powdercoated frame etc


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 Post subject: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 9:14 am 
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This is mine - good ones are still about

Standard XR rear exhaust put back on, with Db killer insert, much quieter now



Here's the KTM 400 I had - good bike but more maintenance intensive - plus a bit like cheating on the lanes & overkill

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 Post subject: Re: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 9:17 am 
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Looks nice that Johnny, do they gain electric starts the newer ones? Or was it a optional extra


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 Post subject: Drz 400 e or ktm 250 exc 2t
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 9:24 am 
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matt_wr wrote:
Looks nice that Johnny, do they gain electric starts the newer ones? Or was it a optional extra


Nope never had electric starts - mine is one of the last made

Some people mod their XR 400 & fit the cases from a TRX 400 farm quad to fit the electric start - somebody was selling kits, back in the day but they were £1000

For trail riding, I prefer a trail bike personally & something quiet and reliable

My other trail bike is this

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Another good green lane bike, plus has electric start

XR 400 has a better chassis and power than the Suzuki and is lighter too


If I was buying a new bike this week, I'd opt for a new 2t Beta 300 XTrainer & fit the kickstart kit to it

The XTrainer is a modern day CRM or KDX and super for Laning

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