Originally Posted by Hawker97
I purchased a DR200SE this summer so my 17 year old daughter could learn to ride and get her motorcycle endorsement. She likes the 200 but it is only a 5 speed and tops out at 50-55 mph. We live in Alaska and she would like to go on some distance rides with me ..... gravel roads etc. I am looking at options for a different bike for her, maybe a 350? She is 5'7" 100 lbs. I would like some advice from 350 owners. The bike needs to be street legal.
Both my kids learned to ride on DR350's and did great , my son now 18 still loves his 350 and can ride the thing anywhere .
Sure there are better more modern bikes available but for a great reliable ,low maintenance ride she couldn't get much better especially since she is used to the DR200 . Do yourself a favor and find a low mileage 98 DR350SE. It is such fun riding with your kids , some of the best memorizes I have .
It is so easy to gear the DR up and down by just changing the front sprocket when she wants to do a little nasty stuff later on.
They are easy to lower too if she isn't comfortable with the height and at 100lbs you wouldn't need to worry about it bottoming .
The weight thing wouldn't worry me cause it sounds like you will be there all the time to pick it up if it decides to take a nap .
Cheap reliable fun !