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Old 11-14-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Can the 1994 DR250 do 65 mph?

Hey guys, I've been trying to find my first dual sport for the past couple weeks and on a budget of about $2k. I really want a DR650, but can't afford one just yet, the cheapest I've seen are $2500 and that was one with 50k miles.

I recently saw a DR250 for $1600 and are deeply considering it, but I need to be able to cruise comfortably at 65 mph. I don't weigh much, I'm 5'7 and 145 lbs, and will not be using it for touring. Just commuting to and from work, no more than 100 miles round trip, as well as any trails I can find around here.

If the DR650 is REALLY that much more worth it, than I suppose I could sell a few things and save for another month, but I'm a little concerned about picking it up in the back woods compared to the 250. But i'm also concerned about the 250's ability to tear it up on trails. Thanks a lot for your time guys, here is the ad.

http://orlando.craigslist.org/mcy/4753874070.html
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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Sure it will. It's a fine little bike the 250.

$1600 seems a tiny bit on the high side, but condition, where you live and any add-on's could mitigate that. Or you could buy a dr350, which is almost exactly the same as the 250, but has the extra 100cc.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:01 AM   #3
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Sure it will. It's a fine little bike the 250.

$1600 seems a tiny bit on the high side, but condition, where you live and any add-on's could mitigate that. Or you could buy a dr350, which is almost exactly the same as the 250, but has the extra 100cc.
Thank you Jacl, I would consider the 350, but there are none within hours of me, and the ones far away are a lot more expensive. I have heard you can turn the 250 into a 350 though, which sounds like a cool project if I could find some instructions on it.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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thers a 96' 650 here in Nashville on craigslist for 1500. that's obo asking price too!!!! and it doesn't look worn out either. 650's are out there for some really good deals. just gotta look and maybe drive for hours or fly and ride.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:44 AM   #5
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I have a '94 DR250. It's a sturdy bike with a well-designed engine. Keep oil in them and keep the filters clean and they'll run forever. Mine was abused terribly by previous owners, but enjoys a good life now, and still runs like a Swiss watch.

If your 65 MPH ride gets a bit buzzy, you can always change the gearing a bit... larger on the front / smaller in the rear. That will lower the engine RPMs.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:18 PM   #6
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I have had a DR350SE and now have a DR650. The DR650 is better than on the highway and I would be concerned about 100 mile round trip on the DR250. It will do it, but you would be close to topping out in real highway speeds. The DR350 is more common when you talk about late 1990's bikes than the DR250 (was it even made after 1995??). When looking at used bikes, there isn't much of a difference in prices between all the DR's. If you are worried about picking up the DR650, than get a DR350 which weighs 60 lbs less. The DR 250/350 has a 2.4 gallon fuel tank vs 3.4 for the DR650 (1996+) For $1600, you should be able to get a decent DR350. I would wait it out.
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