It's cool to see this old thread still hanging around. Kinda strange it pops up since I recently have started keeping up on the site again.
I don't have the DRZ anymore, or do I have the 1967 Honda Scrambler I had after it any more. It's been long eough I've been through a few bikes.
Currently I have no Bike.
But, that will change over the summer.
For what I like to ride I'm thinking about adding a street conversion kit to the electric start Yamaha WR250/450 for dual purpose/ Motard. I'm a ex MX/off road racer and am decidely a dirt rider. So really can only see my self riding bikes that I know can go over some of the stuff I know is out there off road. Of course, its the stuff you don't know(or see) that hurts. lol
I'm still sort of home bound and would rather figure I'd get more just local use with this. My long term goals/dreams is to maybe tour some of lower Mexico and the Baja. Not much major over land stuff. Probably not Africa or even South America. Some parts of Canada seem cool to ride and the American Southwest Utah colorado NEveda.
For the type of riding I'm talking about I still think the DRZ is a great bike for that. Stretching out across a desert at 80 mph for hours on end with the kitchen sink, maybe not. Although dig the kitchen sink you can do pretty good if the road is less than "ideal".
I think if you plan well and pack light, you can do all kinds of great adventures around home. You won't be inclined if you have a huge giant bike that only makes sense to ride if your going to lay down 3000 miles and live on it for 3 months.
The DRZ can be ready to go for short trips easily(lack of acc) and isn't as tiring.
As far as the reliabilty goes. This motorcycle has seen all kinds of racing. From off road to Super motard. Ridden by pros, and let me tell you, Pros know how to wear a bike out. I'm sure these have been ridden in Baja 1000's .Thats like 10000 miles for what normal people can do. Deal with the few well known issues and rip.
And like the one fellow said it's easy to work on. The beauty is that it' a pretty high tech engine but, being a dual purpose and a single cylinder it elnds it self to being very easy to work on with simple tools. Even the major stuff. Getting parts is one thing being able to actually fix it is another.
Anyways good to be back. Lets hope I get back on the road(trail really) soon.