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Old 02-08-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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Wicked DR350 into touring bike? Craziness?

So I might be crazy but I was wondering if anyone rides their Suzuki DR-350s on long trips. I have a '96 DR350SE with 3200 miles on it and its in great condition. I love the bike, but I want to start doing some long rides from Washington to Colorado or California, along with the dirt and trail-riding I alredy do with it. Should I just sell the bike and buy a bigger DS, like a KLR or a DR650, or are there some mods I can make to my bike to make it more trip worthy?
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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Mondo Enduro used DR350's to ride around the world, seemed to do real well.

I did a trip with 2 friends that had DR350's, we did 5,500km outback touring in Western Australia and Northern Territory: Pilbara, Kimberleys & Kakadu. Both bikes did it easy and well, no problems
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:03 PM   #3
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Keep it and buy a bigger DS like a WEE or V-Strom. That is all.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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Used KLR and DR 650s are more common than 350s. If yours is in good shape, you could probably get almost enough to buy a decent 650.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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IT's not so much as question as to whether the bike would do the trip, but whether you ASS could tolertate it...

Great bikes - sold mine for a ADV620 for longer ride for just THAT reason...
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:30 PM   #6
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There is a guy who did the TAT on a dr350 and wrote a ride report about it, can't find it right now but if you look in ride reports you will find it eventually. I have one myself and would have no problems taking it on a long distance trip, but I would give serious consideration to a aftermarket seat. Pack lightly and there is no reason why the bike can't handle it IMHO.
Of course my longest ride is a 6 hour day of cottage roads and road allowances so what do I know??
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:49 PM   #7
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I think the DR350 would make an outstanding lightweight touring machine.
I actually want one.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:13 PM   #8
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IT's not so much as question as to whether the bike would do the trip, but whether you ASS could tolertate it...
Well said. The bike will do it, it's just a matter of how comfortable you'd be in the process, vs. a 650.

We took a TW200 4500 miles in 10 days... so the DR350 would be fine.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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We're a society of pussies.....

How far to the next massage and martini, eh?
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:17 PM   #10
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I think it would do fine. +3 on the seat, though. Big tank, a little more wind protection, some Dirt Bagz and some alternative gearing, I think she'd be good.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:28 PM   #11
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There are many reasons to sell a DR350. Nonetheless, GOOD reasons don't exist.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:36 PM   #12
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There are many reasons to sell a DR350. Nonetheless, GOOD reasons don't exist.
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It's a nice complement to a KLR650.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:43 PM   #13
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Just go for it.I bought a 1994 dr350 in the spring of 2006 and just sold it for a ktm.I put over 6000 miles on it and had a smile on my face the whole time.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:06 PM   #14
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I think the DR350 would make an outstanding lightweight touring machine.
I actually want one.
I have one. I made my own brackets and mounted some Stormcases on it (like Pelicans) It's great for back road exploring. I took it for a long weekend to Maine last summer (Cromag '07). I think it's well suited for this type of riding.
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Old 02-09-2008, 12:19 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the great advice! The bike is in amazing shape so I am sure I could sell it for a good price, but this bike is great. I think I am gonna look into the gas tank and seat mod and see how much they cost, and maybe some kind of wind protection. I don't have the means to keep the bike and buy a bigger one so hopefully the mods don't cost too much because I love this bike! Any recomendations on good seats or tanks, or even windsheilds?
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