Originally Posted by _CJ
And they cost $1000 more while getting 20mpg less. While it might be superior on high speed pavement, it loses in the overall....IMHO.
I definately wasn't knocking the DR350, I LOVE mine! I had a DR650 first, then sold it and got the DR350 and have now bought my second 650, so I've got a lot of seat time on both bikes. It really is a personal preference. Get a Suzuki, get a DR, choose your size!
I don't think there's a loser between the two DRs, just two different sizes, and they are very similar bikes. If you want smaller, lighter, less power and better fuel economy, get the 350. If you want more power and you're willing to pay a little more, deal with an extra 50 pounds, and the fuel cost, get the 650. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with either one.
BTW, in my experience, the gas mileage is not 20 mpg different. I know some owners report getting 70 mpg with the 350, but mine get's closer to 50. and my 650 is about 45 so not much difference in mpg for me. I've still got the stock CV carb on the 350, but have rejetted it with an FMF exhaust and open airbox while the 650 has a pumper carb, DG exhaust, and open airbox, so a pretty fair comparison.