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    Afternoon,

    Iím asking on behalf of my father!

    I always think of the Drz400ís as a good allrounder do anything kind of bike whilst being very reliable. Now what would people suggest as being a modern day Drz equivalent ie good for long distance, roads, motorways, commenting whist still being able to do some green lanes on a weekend and not sacrificing reliability etc?

    Long forward to hearing your opinions.

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    A low mileage 2nd hand DRZ400 would be his best bet, otherwise new Tenere 700 might be worth a look, but new middle weight trail bikes are few and far between.

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    Panigale

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    Default Re: Modern day Drz 400

    XT660 albeit a bit heavy if going off road.

    Honda CRF250L (I think its the L) but that'd be low powered.

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    Yup, I reckon there's no directly comparable modern bike.

    Most of the current UK range of 'dual sports' are 250's, like the CRF250L and the KLX250.

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    Been puzzling about this for a day or two, and the best I can come up with is a BMW 650.

    A Tracer 700 would handle dry green lanes but I'd guess it would be a handful on mud.

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    Default Re: Modern day Drz 400

    How about the SWM SuperDual?

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    The drz has never really been bettered has it. I'd love Suzuki to make a modern day version, a bit lighter and a bit more power etc.

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    Default Re: Modern day Drz 400

    How about an Enfield Himalayan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt View Post
    The drz has never really been bettered
    There's words I never thought I'd hear, for the 9 years I had one people just wanted to say how crap and heavy they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    There's words I never thought I'd hear, for the 9 years I had one people just wanted to say how crap and heavy they were.

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    I think Suzuki found a good niche with it; 'off roady' rather than 'off roader', I remember the purists moaning about the lack of kick start on a dirt bike. There's not a lot of choice in the 250-400 range (road bikes included)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    How about an Enfield Himalayan?
    Not an entirely daft suggestion. Niks had one on test and was quite positive about it. I also think the SWM is not so daft either. What about some of these 400cc air cooled bikes by mash and similar? Light simple and not too pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayglo jim View Post
    There's not a lot of choice in the 250-400 range (road bikes included)
    Sorry, no longer the case. Honda have cbr300, cb300r. Kawasaki ninja 400 and the z400. Yamaha R3 and mt03. Suzuki gsxr250. KTM Duke and rc390. BMW 310r and 310gs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_morti View Post
    Sorry, no longer the case. Honda have cbr300, cb300r. Kawasaki ninja 400 and the z400. Yamaha R3 and mt03. Suzuki gsxr250. KTM Duke and rc390. BMW 310r and 310gs.

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    None of them would be much use trail riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futter View Post
    Not an entirely daft suggestion. Niks had one on test and was quite positive about it. I also think the SWM is not so daft either. What about some of these 400cc air cooled bikes by mash and similar? Light simple and not too pricey.
    The SWM is a rebadged Cagiva Husqvarna, if it's the same as the Italian built bikes, it'll be superb for 10,000 miles, then it will fall apart.

    Shineray make some bikes with a Chinese copy of the XBR400 engine (basically a leccy start XR400 lump), their sold in Europe as Mash and WK (and probably some other makes), the WK400 would have made a reasonable trail bike, but I don't think it's imported anymore, the Mash makes a good exploring bike and with some reasonable tyres might make a trail bike with similar ability to an XT500, but do thou want to relive 1970s trail riding?

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