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Jan 26th 2016, 09:59 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Kent, WA

  2013 Ninja 636
Question Ninja 300 track bike or DRZ400 for adventure riding

*I originally posted this in pnwrider but it seems that everyone moved over here. Sorry if you read this on both sites*

So I bought a 2013 ninja 636 the other weekend(I had a ninja 650r for a little less than a year which was stolen. Please relax those raging comments of starting on a supersport).

I want to buy a second toy that can do the things Zoey cant. The 636 would be my daily/twisties/group ride bike. But I want a second bike that I could scratch up without hating myself for (the 636 is worth twice that of my car and I wound hate to see her go down). So I want to either get a ninja 300 track bike and become one of those small bike riders that embarrasses liter bikes, or buy a drz400 (possibly a wr or other dual sport) and ride up to some hiking spots and hopefully find other relatively easy going off road adventure riding. Both seem like a great time and I'm at a crossroads here.
But I can't have all 3 bikes (my mom already schemes on how to get rid of Zoey my 636).

Anybody try the different styles of riding or have anything they would like to throw out there?

Thanks in advance
Jan 26th 2016, 10:21 PM   #2
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
Track days are expensive with all the accouterments. I highly recommend the duel sport as it's a very different type of riding, one that I think you'll enjoy if you're already thinking about it.

IMHO, while a DRZ is fine, I've found that you can get European bikes for about the same price which offer waaaaay more value for your dollar.
Jan 26th 2016, 11:19 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

If you have the riding gear for the track, leathers, boots, good gloves, then get the 300 ninja and ride track days. But I'll admit I'm biased as a former racer and current track day instructor...
Jan 27th 2016, 01:46 AM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Lake Stevens

Take the money you'd spend on a ninja 300... and buy some good gear and a set of race plastics for the 636. That way you won't cry if you scratch it. Then come out to the track.
Jan 27th 2016, 03:19 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Olympia

  Tiger 800 XCX, DRZ400SM, Sherco 290st, Harley 350 Sprints, etc
I have a DRZ400SM - BUT - It also has the Dual Sport wheels - Two bikes in one - Supermoto and off road Dual Sport. It is a fun bike!
Jan 27th 2016, 08:44 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  England

  2014 Ducati Hypermotard SP
Sounds like to me you'd be better off getting a dual-sport bike. That'll give you the best all around bike for the money.
Jan 27th 2016, 09:05 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
Something to consider if you are debating the supermoto vs dual sport as they can be converted either way with wheel sizes. Two things (in my mind) that are harder than just swapping wheels are: Supermotos (usually) come with bigger front brakes and stiffer suspension out of the factory.
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Jan 27th 2016, 11:51 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Bonney Lake, WA

  2011 Multistrada S // 2006 DRZ-400SM
Between the two I'd get the DRZ. Tons of aftermarket support, great parts availability, very easy to work on, cheap to maintain, and if you get a SM and dirt wheels it can do basically anything the 300 can except exceed 100mph.
Jan 27th 2016, 12:47 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Bothell

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nathan V
It can do basically anything the 300 can except exceed 100mph.
My dirt trim wr250r shows 107 on the speedo if I tuck my leg under the rear fender


If you have the money to do trackdays often you should definitely get out there, but if not dualsports are pretty fun too.

Why don't you sell Zoey, get a cheap older 600 for track/street, and buy a supermoto with some dirt wheels? Then you can do everything!
Jan 27th 2016, 12:58 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Bonney Lake, WA

  2011 Multistrada S // 2006 DRZ-400SM
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Originally Posted by Squidly
My dirt trim wr250r shows 107 on the speedo if I tuck my leg under the rear fender


If you have the money to do trackdays often you should definitely get out there, but if not dualsports are pretty fun too.

Why don't you sell Zoey, get a cheap older 600 for track/street, and buy a supermoto with some dirt wheels? Then you can do everything!

So about 96mph? You could gear the DRZ out for more top end speed but then there would be less whoolies.
Jan 27th 2016, 01:52 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

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I think getting a dual-sport for a second bike is the better option hands down. It will open an entirely different type of riding to you and it's cheaper. If you get a set of sumo wheels, you'll be able to do cart track days as well, so even more options. Riding in the dirt will also make you a much better street rider. Down the road, get a set of track bodywork for your 636 and you'll be able to do trackdays without worrying about destroying the pretty bodywork.
Jan 27th 2016, 07:36 PM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  Kent, WA

  2013 Ninja 636
Do dual sports do well in sand dunes assuming I throw on sand tires? Where can I find trails for riding since I only know some gravel fire roads that i take to get to hiking spots
Jan 27th 2016, 07:48 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
I traded in my Ninja 250R for a WR250R and never looked back
Jan 29th 2016, 07:23 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Olympia

The DRZ400 is a bit better equipped for long distances, at least in terms of handling the 80mph speed limits on the other side of the mountains. Loaded with gear, my WR250 was constantly wrung out, and wind continually pushed me backwards. Although, I still feel that the WR is the better bike of the two if you keep it off the interstate. Be aware, the 636 may not get ridden as much, if at all, once you pick up an enduro =D
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