DR350 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by leonphelps, May 16, 2007.

  1. cwc

    cwc Been here awhile

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    It's the Acerbis same as lstuckey1 in post 6752. Mine just has a little more "patina".
  2. frdbronco8

    frdbronco8 Been here awhile

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    Took the new to me (Thanks Yondering) DR350 out today to Mattawa where it was dry for a change. Im very happy with the bike, you put together a great machine and I had no problem keeping up with the CR250 and KLX200 I was with. I did have some trouble mainly at idle. it started to die if I idled more for a few seconds and somtimes stumble if I was going slow and on the clutch. I tried 1 more turn in on the fuel screw and it helped alot but it would still occasionally die when I stopped. I was only at about 1200-2000 feet but I assume this is the reason. Do you remember what jets and setting you used at what altitudes to get me in the ballpark. I should have brought the extra jets with me but did not.

    THanks
  3. 3uba296

    3uba296 Thumpcurious

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    Ok guys, shure this info I´m after already is in this giant thread but I can´t go throw all the pages to get to it. Also, would be good to have all the info in one post or at least on the same page.

    With that´s being said, here´s the question!

    What USD style forks will bolt right on a DR350?
    I´ve read that the RM125/250 will do it? What years? Also read that the KX125/250 would fit? Years?

    How about the Honda or the Yamaha forks? I´ve found some CR250-94 and YZ125-99 forks dirt cheap, would they fit?

    If not, I will wait untill som proper ones show up..

    Thx guys! :ear
  4. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Not sure which will work, but here's some good cross-reference links:

    http://scandalon.com/2009/06/motorcycle-steering-stem-bearing-size-chart/

    http://www.customfighters.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17555
  5. 3uba296

    3uba296 Thumpcurious

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  6. yondering

    yondering Long timer

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    Hmmm, come to think of it, I may have turned the fuel screw a little on the last ride I took, which was a sub-freezing day in the snow, with T-Low. I had forgotten that. You should try re-adjusting it; once it's warm, at a high idle (1,800-ish), adjust the fuel screw to get the highest rpm, then re-set the idle speed.

    That elevation shouldn't have mattered, I ride around there or higher all the time; the mountain behind my house takes me up to about 4,000 feet. At about 4000 feet plus, I had to turn the fuel screw in to lean out the idle. If you were going to ride at high altitude a lot, I'd drop the pilot jet one size, but it should be set right for 2000 ft.

    I don't remember the jet sizes too well, I think the pilot is a 37.5 (remember I had to go leaner than I thought I should) and the main should be a 140.
  7. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Hi everyone. I picked up a '96 SE model a few weeks ago and am having a blast on it. I'd like to thank jcalis for some oldish posts on here and on TT where he recommended a Kenda 760 Trakmaster II rear and Pirelli Scorpion Pro front tire for dirt. After reading a ton of talk about tires, I kept coming back to those two, so that's what I went with. Um, wow. I have a Michelin T63 rear and Pirelli MT21 on my 650 and thought those were good. But the Trakmaster II and Scorpion Pro are just awesome in sand and mud, and in situations where I'd be tensing up and going "Oh, crap" on the 650 I'm going "Oh, yeah" on the 350. This little bike is so much fun!

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  8. Dilliw

    Dilliw Adventurer

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    Cool bike Laura. I just picked up a '90 and I'm having a blast too. I live over in Gilbert by the way; from your sig you must be one of Jeff's customers too.

    I went with the Kenda front and rear, and like most of the reviews, I'm not sold on the front. It's good straight line, washes out, and then hooks up again. Once you figure that out it's o.k., but I'd rather have something I didn't have to think about so much.

    Hope to see you around.

    George
  9. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Rubber Duck - puttin' the hammer down

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    Real quick - Would a rear wheel from a 94 DR350 dirt fit me 97 DR350SE? Looking at diagrams they both look to be the non-cush versions....
  10. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Hi George,

    I didn't buy my Sprint from Jeff but he does indeed help me take care of it.

    The Pirelli MT21 on my DR650 behaves similarly to your description of the Kenda front on the DR350. I read once where someone thought the 650 was too heavy for the MT21. When it wears out I think I'll put a T63 front on.

    I haven't had the 350 long at all, but have been in some deep sand and plenty of post-snow & ice slop, and the Scorpion Pro front has been fantastic, along with the Trakmaster II rear.

    You should've come on my "dirty road tour" two weekends ago with the state ride-to-lunch crowd. That was my shakedown ride on the 350, and I grinned so much that my face hurt.
  11. jessepitt

    jessepitt Ride More

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    I have run the perelli scorpion pro front tire on my 650 and liked it better than ANY other tire I have had on it. It will behave like it does on your 350 so if you like that I would recommend giving it a try on the 650 as well. I have heard bad things about the T63 front. I have a T63 rear and perelli front on mine right now and it is great. It makes grave roadl feel like you are on rails.
  12. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    Just thought I'd share.
  13. firebrick

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  14. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Good to know! :thumb Yeah, I've read conflicting reports on the T63 front. Mostly that it likes to wander on grooved pavement more than others.
  15. coaxial

    coaxial Been here awhile

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    My opinion isn't worth much as I've only run T63 front/rear on this bike, but I am happy with them. I've experimented with different dual sport touring tires on my heavier bikes and one thing I pay attention to is how much the tires follow grooves and especially tar snakes. T63 on this little bike seems fine in that respect - could be better but could be worse. There are always comprimises.

    I think I'll run T63 for commuting and off-road, and if I do a trip to Argentina on this bike I'll run something like Michelin Anakee for north america, and back to T63 or TKC80 for central/south america.
  16. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Hey coaxial ...

    How do you like the DR350 T63 front/rear combo on gravel ??

    Thanks ...
  17. Airvent

    Airvent Been here awhile

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    I run the T63 Front and rear and find it to be the ultimate 50/50 tire. Great on road and off road. I wouldn't try and grind my footpegs on corners but they seem to hold their track well on road. Offroad they provide great grip and predictable tracking. Believe me, I have tested these tires. I got 4000 miles from the last rear. Lots of wheelies, off road abuse and highway commuting.



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  18. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    I’m going through a 99 DR350SE that I picked up used last month and I have a couple carburetor questions.

    First off it is usual for one of these bike to start without any choke? I was around 55 degrees in my garage today when I fired up the bike and to my surprise it took right off without much cranking or any choke. It started almost like an injected bike. I checked the plug when I first got the bike and it was pretty black, but not oil fouled. It cleaned right up with a few passes of a nylon brush. Are these 2 indications that it’s running richer than it should be? I haven’t had a chance to get out and run though a tank yet so I have no idea what sort of mileage I’m getting.

    I have yet to pull the carb to inspect the jetting, but I have noticed that the fuel screw plug has been removed. What should the stock jetting be? I’m interested in getting an extended fuel screw, but will it fit on an E-start bike? It seems that there’s barely room to get my finger between the starter and carb.

    So far the bike is totally stock with an unmodified airbox. Since I’m new to the dirt side of things I plan on keeping it this way for at least this season.

    Lastly I want to know how the engine should sound while idling. The little bit that I’ve ridden the bike it seems to ride just fine, but the idle has an occasional loud knock to it. I’ve tried isolating the clutch by squeezing the lever, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I’m going to check the cam chain tensioner tomorrow and make sure it’s not cam chain noise, but it’s not that consistent of a knock. Maybe once every second or so. Maybe this is completely normal sound for these bikes, but I have no point of reference.

    Thanks.
  19. Drif10

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    I dunno, I'm seeing a lot of stuck with them tires... :lol3
  20. Bob Onit

    Bob Onit Rocket Surgeon

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    He's not stuck.......... he's just taking a break and is very conscious about wearing out the kickstand :lol3

    I got to get together for a ride with you when it warms up a bit Airvent.
    Just a hop skip and a pole vault from Oxford.
    Beacon Falls here :thumb