World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Woodbury, MN
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This isn't an easy question, and honestly only you can answer based on how you plan on using it; like you said these are two completely different bikes with two distinct purposes.
The down thing with sumos, especially the small displacement ones, are they are limiting in speed, long distance travel, passenger ability and longevity. All things are arguable and yeah, I know someone's brothers, friends, cousins, uncle who travels for days on end on his KTM EXC but in the end getting on the bike, riding two hours away to catch a great group of roads with your friends and being able to ride home in "moderate" comfort on the interstate are out. Or at least REALLY not fun as the DRZ has a 2x4 plank for a seat, no wind protection and is so light it's wobbly in straight lines at high speeds if it's windy. NOT a great highway ride.
However if your idea of fun is banging downtown jumping curbs, riding down sidewalks, playing around in parking lots or light trails all in an area of 50 miles from your house, you'll love it. I always tell people who ask me a sumo is an incredible SECOND bike, but not an only bike unless you want to do the above things. Lots of guys on my local forum swear by them, but lots have also sold their SS, bought a sumo and sold them a year later.
Also, a DRZ is a very pokey bike stock, you'll need to do some research to get anything out of it but it can be woken up with some modes (3x3 is one, pipe and jet kit make a difference) but in the end will always be heavy and slow compared. My dad has a DRZ400S that he loves but will tell you my WR450 will eat it for lunch and still have leftovers for days. So be prepared for roughly 1/3 the power you're used to. Lots of torque, though.
REALLY consider how much this bike will cost you in the long run and what resale will be as well as your intention on how you see yourself riding it before making a decision. There's a reason the DRZ SM is still made all these years later, it's a great bike. But there's a reason they are not more popular, at least in this country.