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What are the DRZ 400 SM essential mods?

Hi

Ive junked the idea of an SV650. I have managed to find a new 2006 DRZ400SM in a Riyadh dealer discounted to 19000R / $5100 / 2640 GBP (I work in Saudi).

I would appreciate advice on basic mods as follows, suitable for 50% Road/50% desert/rock. I have waded through loads of DRZ posts but would appreciate your own recommendations:

AT Tyres

Larger plastic tank min 4 gallon UK

Sump plate and casing guards

Bars and levers

Crash bars

Pannier rack and panniers (Aluminium lightweight preferred)

Tank bags

Poss. front light & alternator upgrade

Carb mods

Suspension mods

AOB

thanks in advance

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Oh, and a seat

I forgot.. a comfy seat?
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IMHO forget the SM and get the dual sport S model if you plan on going off road. While the SM can so some light off road, the S model is much better. The SM is a real great bike on the pavement and can really out turn the S model, untill you get off road.
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It is mostly about the tires

The DR-Z400S model has knobbies, the SM has fatter street tires.
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The guys at www.thumpertalk.com know as much or more about this bike than Suzuki does.
This will be your source.
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as for the seat try a sheap skin cheap & comfy & you can sit on/off the bike on it & sleep on it only down side is it will raise your seat hight . Just used one on N/W Africa trip on BMW & it worked great . I also have a DRZ & got some cheap case gaurds off ebay as ive been told you can put your gear change/rear brake pedal through the cases.
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Why you have choosen the SM model is beyond me.
It has ZERO advantages on a RTW ride or combined off road/on road tour.
The S model is the one you want.

Err excuse me? how about this:

Riyadh dealer is a small outfit (bikes are not big business here 50+C in summer, crazy driving). Available bikes are:

1 GSXeR's, 750 & 1000

2 Intruders (various sizes)

3 SV1000 (Not V strom)

4 Various quad bikes

5 One new discounted 2006 DR-Z 400SM at £1500 below UK list

Trust that explains my decision. Thanks for the other answers, Im still buying the 400SM. With the money I save I'll buy a bigger tank, better seat, do the various mods and look at a set of off road wheels.
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Go For It!

That is a great deal!

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Dr Z 400 Sm

No worries Patrick.

The price works out at 2500 GBP, which I reckon is a bargain for a new 400 SM. No tax of course

No S models. It's pretty much a case of whatever they have.. orders can take a while unless you are buying from the BMW or Harley dealer in town. Its also getting hotter now and we will not be able to ride from June until September.

Sports bikes are the main deal here, although the dealer has a few hard core RM's for dune bashing.

My mate Jarkko (mad Finn) has a Dominator and I reckon I can set the SM up for less than $1000. We will do about 30% tarmac & 70% rocky/gravelly trails, with the odd bit of sand thrown in.

I like playing with bikes so will look at getting the subframe strengthened here, doing the mods and getting an aluminium rack and panniers made up.. some good welders and labour rates are low (and I am a Structural Engineer, which helps). Will keep posting when (if ever) I set off back from here!

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