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DRZ400s what kind of Klm or miles would you expect from motor

What kind of Klm or miles would you expect from DRZ400s motor. I am looking at a DRZ400S it has 23.000k or 14.000 miles on it I think I can get the bike at a good price is that to many kilometers for a travel bike? I think the Klm has been mainly road.
How do you think the DRZ motors compare to KLR an DR motors as riders have got very good miles out of those motors.
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Depends entirely on how it's been looked after. I'd be disappointed if my DR-Z400S lasted less than 60,000 miles, yet I know people who can ruin one in 6,000 miles. At 14,000 you should be fine, so look at other tell-tale signs that the bike has / has not been looked after, such as pitted forks, rusted rims, etc.
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With regular oil changes (~4000km) and air filter cleanings . . . a long time. 60,000km should be no problem at all.

If the motor is not burning oil . . . run synthetic. Not for it's heat resistance, which is considerably better because it's REALLY hard to overheat a stock DRZ, but for it's tremendous shear resistance - it's the transmission gears which destroy the long-chain polymers that make up oil (and which protect the engine).
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I know someone who set out on a London to Capetown with already 35,000 miles on the clock.

With regular oil changes and sensible servicing, it had no problems.

Mine reached 30,000 after a trans-africa with no problems too.

The only failures seem to be top end and they seem to be ALWAYS from oil starvation.


The MOST important thing is to make sure to change the oil every 3000 miles and check it OFTEN..... Like, every 500 miles.

Keep your valve clearances in check, make sure your plug is happy and your rads are full and you'll be just fine.

There are a few pre-trip fixes to do on a DRZ. They're on my website in my signature link.

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Thank you for your help I am looking at a DRZ400s with 23,000k or 14,000 miles. I think I can get it at a good price as they are not as popular in Australia as the e models. I think the DRZ400s will be a great bike for overseas travel my wife will ride XT250 so I don't see any point in getting anything bigger. I also have aDRZ400e which means I can use the 28lt Safari tank and other bits and pieces.
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I have K7 400S with about 42000 km. There has been no issues, except common stator coil failure at about 20000 km. Valves were well in specs at 30000 km but will need adjustment now.
It is excellent bike for slow backroad travel, although quite tiring on long trasit & pavement days.
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