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Hi,

I'm currently thinking of trading in my modified DRZ400e on a ktm 400exc or 520exc. Main reasons for the decision, is the weight and suspension of the DRZ, I want somthing lighter and with better suspension. One concern of the KTM is their spare products prices. How do they compare with their Jap counterparts. I live in Aust and I assume the relative comparison are simular.

The other is which bike is the better suited to me. I ride 5% street, 65% trial-enduro, and 30%MX. I'm B grade rider and weigh 85Kg (185pounds).

How is the power compared between the two and with the DRZ with Yosi exhaust. I would not like to go back in power.

Trace
 

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The 520 is worth the extra molah. A 400DRZ and 400e/xc are not close at all. The DRZ makes 31.1 hp E/XC has about 42 or so. Not sure about the exact number. The E/xc Is a wieghted SX400. The 400 races 250's so go figure.
 
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You might want to look into a M/XC. I see that you do some MX. The E/XC will do some MX but not very well ,the suspension is a little too soft for taking big jumps.
 
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Hey CR Guy -- you sure about those KTM/DRZ figures? It sure seems at odds with all I've read, and heard, about those bikes. The DRZ is heavier, and sprung softer, but its motor is supposed to be "awesome. And if there was a word better than awesome, we'd use that."
 

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They (DRZs) can even be competitive if you dump about 10K in to one!
 

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Trace1,I'd get the 520exc but don't get me wrong the exc 400 is a fantastic bike.Honestly,I liked the 400 exc I rode better than my drz.You really need to see if you can get a ride (if possible)on the 520/400 and then make your choice.
 
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I have to aggree that the Hp figures stated for the DRZe are incorret. The figures may be closer to the DRZs which is a different animal. The DRZ that I have with the Yoshi full system realy rocks and a big difference over stock. I think they have been quoted in some mags that Hp is form 40-42.

If the KTM 400 comes very close the power and the delivery accross the range of DRZ with this setup I would be very happy and opt for the 400. However the appeal of the big 520 is tempting. Fuel range is concerning though and the only thing that makes me want to buy the 400.

If anyone can give figures on fuel consumption and or range of standard tank it would be greatly recived.

Trace
 

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I owned a '01 DRZ400e before I bought my 400EXC. The DRZ's motor is
considerably stronger than the KTM. The KTM is lighter,,and requires less
work to make it competitive. It does cost about $2,000 more than the DRZ.
I have friends who ride/race the DRZ and they are very competitive. Most
have added a Yosh pipe, changed the jetting, replaced bars and maybe re-gear. Both bikes are great for woods riding. The KTM rates a little higher
in my opinion.
 
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A friend of mine has a 01 520 MXC. The tank is the kind that uses the shrouds as part of the tank. I don't know the capacity. We went riding and it looks like 70 miles on a tank could be in order. I hope my info is correct. Bare in mind that with that type of tank it holds more fuel. Maybe like 3.7 gallons? What do you know on this subject Strick? All I know is that it will go a long way on a tank of fuel. And if I am correct the 400 doesn't have the tank that I am talking about. Or maybe it does. They tell me that the MXC's come with the large tank because of the lack of refueling in races. With enduro's the gas stops are within easy range for most bikes. So a large tank is not really needed. But hare scrambles or cross country is why the MXC has the larger tank. I sure hope I am right on this because I hate to give out false information. This info. is worth checking out before making a purchase I think.

Gary
 

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From my research the DRZ is closer to 39 h.p. An XR400 is around 31 h.p.

If fuel range is an issue, If I'm not mistaken (I'm not a KTM guy) does not the M/XC version come with the bigger tank ? (bigger than the E/XC or obviously the SX versions)

Sounds like the best of all worlds, big tank, MX suspension and monster power!
 
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The KTM MXC has a jumbo tank while the EXC does not. I believe that the suspension is the same for both bikes. The EXC also comes with lights, the MXC doesn't.
 
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Wouldn't it be great to have a bike for every occasion, thats why it is important to get the bike that will be the best comprimise accross all the types of riding that you do. I wish I just did MX it would be simpler.

Thanks for the info guys, it is very useful and I'm thinking that the 520exc will be the go. I have a dealer that has both and will try them both out.

Trace
 

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Originally posted by Tennessee Thumper
CRGUY,Your DRZ h.p.numbers are WAY off.
I didn't test it. The magazine did. I am sorry for not informining you correctly.