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Suzuki DRZ-250 vs. Kawasaki KLX250S

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by Magnum P.I., May 22, 2008.

  1. I am on the prowl for a new dual sports bike. In fact it will be my first bike....ever.

    I am looking to use it to build up experience both on and off road and after a year move on to something bigger for longer trips. Anyway after reading many reviews and speaking to a few dealers I have narrowed it down to these two.

    From what I have found:

    Suzuki DRZ250 2008
    Simple maintenance (not liquid cooled)
    Easy to ride (and learn on)

    Kawasaki KLX250S 2008 (and 2006/7)
    Better suspension
    You can make some mods to give it more beans as I get used to it
    Liquid cooled
    Long service intervals

    All in all, to me its a close call, except for the prices
    Suzuki $5,500 vs Kawasaki $6,900

    So is the Kawasaki worth $1,500 more? It seems to get a big wrap from owners on some of the forums I have read.

    Any opinions or info would be great..

  2. LAMS is coming to Victoria very soon...

    that means you could look at a dual sport bike other than a 250 if you wanted to.
  3. Don't know much about he 250's - Yamaha has also released a pretty good model that got some good feedback.

    But agree with ZRX, wait and get a DRZ400 - good all purpose bike till you deicde which way you want to go with your riding.
  4. Brand New?
    That's a bit less that I thought.
    I think the suzuki is fairly old design though.
    They haven't updated a thing on it the last couple of years.

    KLX250S is a much newer design. It's a little sportier. It's bits and pieces are nicer. Smaller gas tank though.

    I don't know whether you'd even notice, being your 1st bike.

    Maybe you can talk the kawasaki guy down to $6k. Tell him you got good price on a new DRZ250.