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Old 10-27-2012, 07:06 PM   #13456
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Are most of the 350's electric start?

Mine is kick start only and I like it better. You never get stranded in the cold with a dead battery.
Plus you get this real meaty right calf muscle goin on. Chicks dig it until they see your left leg in comparison...
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #13457
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Pretty easy to have an electric leg along with manual .
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #13458
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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.

Thanks!

Tom
I have had a '99 DR350 for about 5 years now. I love it, and recommend it to many of my riding buddies. It's just low enough, light enough, and powerful enough to be fun in the woods and on the roads.

I have also owned two Kawasaki Super Sherpas, alledgedly for my wife, who never took to riding. I put a good many miles on them myself, and have ridden with several others on the Sherpas over the years. It's only a 250cc, but I think you would find it to be OK on the road for her as well as off road. It's a little lower seat height stock than the DR350, but then you can easily get lowering links to take the DR350 down an inch or two.

If you found either one of these for sale nearby, it would be worth a test ride.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:01 AM   #13459
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Pretty easy to have an electric leg along with manual .
That's one of my upcoming winter projects, retrofitting the eBay-sourced kickstarter into my 250SE, along with the Clutch Fix and Shift Drum Bolt Loctite/Torque.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:05 AM   #13460
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iwas going to add a kickstart to my 96 se and then realized would probably need to accomodate a decompression lever and all the hardware in the head. anyone done this?
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:50 AM   #13461
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iwas going to add a kickstart to my 96 se and then realized would probably need to accomodate a decompression lever and all the hardware in the head. anyone done this?


I've got a 97 se with a kicker added. No de comp lever. Kick leg And a couple seals and a gear for inside the motor. That being said I didn't install it the previous owner a airplane mechanic did and the added kicker is why I chose that used dr350. It kicks easy when warm. I haven't tried to start it cold with a kick as I have a few screws in my knee so i dont push my leg if i dont have too.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:12 AM   #13462
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iwas going to add a kickstart to my 96 se and then realized would probably need to accomodate a decompression lever and all the hardware in the head. anyone done this?
All DR350's have decomp (or should have). If you don't have a lever, it's an automatic decomp built into the head/cam.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:25 AM   #13463
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All DR350's have decomp (or should have). If you don't have a lever, it's an automatic decomp built into the head/cam.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:34 AM   #13464
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I've got a 97 se with a kicker added. No de comp lever. Kick leg And a couple seals and a gear for inside the motor. That being said I didn't install it the previous owner a airplane mechanic did and the added kicker is why I chose that used dr350. It kicks easy when warm. I haven't tried to start it cold with a kick as I have a few screws in my knee so i dont push my leg if i dont have too.

I kick started mine this morning and it was 37* F. No problem with the choke pulled out.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:37 PM   #13465
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I have most if not all the parts for adding a kick starter, if anyone is interested.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:32 PM   #13466
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so does the auto decompression in the head work with the add on kicker?
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:34 PM   #13467
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I'm trying to diagnose an issue I'm having. When I hook my brake wires to a volt meter I am getting 12 volts for running lights but then i connect my volt meter to the brake light wire and step on the brake im getting .16 of a volt. Any suggestions? Shouldn't it read 12 as well?
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #13468
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so does the auto decompression in the head work with the add on kicker?
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #13469
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I'm trying to diagnose an issue I'm having. When I hook my brake wires to a volt meter I am getting 12 volts for running lights but then i connect my volt meter to the brake light wire and step on the brake im getting .16 of a volt. Any suggestions? Shouldn't it read 12 as well?
Yup, 12V. Try the front brake lever. If you get the brake light, check the rear switch and/or wiring. If not, the orange wires from the ignition switch carry power to a lot of things (horn,tach,dash lights,etc). Look for a bad connection or open wire. Bad grounds can also run you in circles.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:19 AM   #13470
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Hey guys,

I have a '93 "S" model loving every minute on her, but I find that the turn signals take a very long time to come on when selected and they blink very slowly, anyone have any advice? What should I be checking for?

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