ive been droolin while lookin at the drz-sm for a couple weeks now. the only problem is i would trade in the 919.... i am afraid ill regret it cuz ive never ridden the 400.. i really wanna test ride one though.. i just dont really ride the 919 to any of its potential, when i do even ride it. and often times i get myself into situations where she intimidates me a bit. call me an amateur or wuss but i grew up in the dirt and went to a nighthawk 450 then within a year the 919 now four years on the 919 she still shocks me sometimes.. wuddya think would i regret it?? would you???
I think that if I could only have one or the other, I'd have the 919. Now if I had to watch every dime I spent and lived a couple miles up a gravel road I might go with the motard, but I live in the burbs a mile from the interstate.
The 919 is far more comfortable on the highway (and I'm going to install a Plexifairing, for the winter at least), passes quickly, carries a lot of weight and volume in the top and side cases, better for 2-up.
I do ride the motard more, had to put new tires on it last week, the rear Dunlop was showing a spot of cord where I slid the rear, 3700 miles. Replaced with Avon Distanzias. The motard is my commuter, short ride fun bike, gas saver, run to the store for snack/beverage/lotto ticket bike, bad weather bike.
What's making me drool right now is the KTM 690 SMC, one of those might be able to replace both bikes!