DR350 Thread

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

  1. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

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    I am trying to order some spare tubes and need a little guidance on the proper sizes/brand. I am running MT-21 tires, 90/90-21 on the front, 120/90-18 on the rear. I am trying to order from RockyMountainATV and it's not real clear on their website.

    Thanks!
  2. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    It is not super critical as long as you have the diameter correct. Typically go for the biggest tube that does not go over the the width.

    I also like to go with the Heay duty ones.

    It is easier to post which tubes you are looking at for us to help choise. There are a millions tubes on their site, all of which are sized differently. I know: what a confusing mess.

    For example with these MSR HD tubes:
    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/44/86/176/864/-/1731/MSR-Heavy-Duty-Motorcycle-Tube?term=tubes
    100/100x18
    <LI id=2 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="177" data-disabled="false" data-val="41">110/100x18<LI id=3 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="178" data-disabled="false" data-val="901">110/90x19<LI id=4 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="179" data-disabled="false" data-val="1510">120/100x18<LI id=5 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="180" data-disabled="false" data-val="1215">120/90x19<LI id=6 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="181" data-disabled="false" data-val="43">2.50x10<LI id=7 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="182" data-disabled="false" data-val="313">70/100x17<LI id=8 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="183" data-disabled="false" data-val="1405">80/100x12<LI id=9 class=selectboxit-option role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="184" data-disabled="false" data-val="262">80/100x14<LI id=10 class="selectboxit-option selectboxit-option-last" role=option jQuery110109042314670809439="185" data-disabled="false" data-val="1204">80/100x21
    I'd get the 110/90x18 for the rear and the 80/100x21 for the front.
  3. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    Highly considering ditching the KLR for the Dr350... There is a kicker only 98 on clist. How much will I hate not having e start?
  4. mfleck

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    I bought a 1990 and am working on fixing the carb. Mine has 3k on it give me a call if I can help you out with details on a dr350 254 319 2203

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  5. mrchristian

    mrchristian Been here awhile

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    Intersting. It's still pretty hot and I'd like to throw on my soft throw-across saddlebags that I used on the Ninja. I've fit them and the plastic guards keep them off the pipe but I would like a little extra protection if they shift around. Anyone use one of these from Giant Loop? Only $25. Looks like it would do the trick.

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  6. thump!

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    Mine is kickstart only. If you get it set up right they are not hard to start EXCEPT when you stall it in a rut, puddle or on a steep grade that makes it hard to get a full stroke on the starter. THEN you will miss e-start.
  7. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Seems like there are two camps when it comes to kickers. Those that can kick start it in one/two tries and those that kick it over 100 times before they can get it started. The first group doesn't seem to mind their kick start DR350's; the 2nd...

    98 kicker means it is a non street legal dirt bike. At least from the factory. If you are ditching a KLR, you might want to look into your state laws regarding plating dirt bikes or if you care about road worthiness.
  8. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    Yup I have one and it works great for my ortleib bags. Way cheaper than a rack.


    Typos and nonsensical words courtesy of fat fingers on a make believe keyboard.
  9. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    Plates are np in MN... Does anyone care in Mexico and down south about that?
  10. tkent02

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    None whatsoever if you keep it tuned properly. Two kicks cold for mine, one kick hot. It's easy. Never even have to kick it hard. Usually I don't kick it at all, just park on a mellow slope and roll start it.

    What you won't miss is the extra 200 lbs of mass every time you pick it up, or every time you don't have to pick it up because you didn't drop it because it's 200 lbs lighter. You also won't miss not going on the coolest trails because your bike is just too damned big and heavy.


    Tell you what, if I had to choose between kick starting and riding a KLR I wouldn't even think about it.
  11. mfleck

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    Just so you know converting to electric start is not feasable.

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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    That picture shows the rear hoop pretty well, but here is another:

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    I think the idea was to protect the rear fender. In many countries, they don't seem to care about a light for the license plate, so they can just mount the plate on the fender. In my case, I wanted to keep it 100% legal.

    You could probably cut it out, but then you would lose the strength. With their design, you can easily lift the bike with the rack.
  13. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    The e-start system weighs 200lbs?!?!?!? GOOD doG.
  14. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    If you are worried about it, just hold out for a used e-start model. Just FYI: We got our 1995SE for $1500 in California, which seems to be the area that has the fewest for sale. They seem to be most abundant in the South.
  15. mfleck

    mfleck Fleckster

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    You can buy a dirt model and get a street frame off ebay with a ttile a swap and your ready to rock

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  16. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    I've put 15k miles on my street legal '99 dirt model kicker and have never once wished it had e-start. Starts in 1-2 easy kicks warm or cold. I've never understood why people complain about a DR350 without e-start. They kick over easy and when set up properly they'll usually start on the first kick.
  17. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Last time I went to Mexico (it's been a while), we had to have everything documented, and they checked everything, SLOWLY and thoroughly. :huh
  18. thump!

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    Took a v-Strom into Mexico 2 years ago. Might depend on the port of entry but at Ojingnaga I had to present an original (no copies) title in my name. Mexico issued a temporary import permit (a sticker on the windscreen). On exit the temporary important permit was removed by the border guard on the Mexico side. If you leave Mexico without surrendering the temporary import permit, they assume you sold the vehicle illegally while in country and you'll be in deep do-do if you ever try to go back. However, they checked nothing (lights, signals, etc) on the bike itself.
  19. RydinFool

    RydinFool Adventurer

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    I have one of each. I bought the KLR thinking I would get dirty with it and discovered it's just too big for ME on trails or challenging terrain. I picked up a 93 DR and love it, WHEN IT IS RUNNING. It handles really well and the extra gear makes it good on the road. I have gone up three teeth on the rear sprocket and still get about 45-50 mpg. (For folks contemplating a gearing change, this gives me 55 mph at roughly 5500 rpm. This is a nice smooth rpm.) WHEN IT WILL START. I've put about 1200 miles on it and still haven't figured out a clean starting drill. That's why I'm here. The folks reporting 1 or 2 kick starts have my attention and admiration - jealousy.

    I have just retired and will have time to mess with it. I really hope I can get it sorted out, so it starts well. It is a really enjoyable bike. The KLR is more like an industrial tractor. I am fortunate enough to own more than one bike and I think I will always have the KLR. It just goes and goes and goes; never asks for anything but gas and oil (tires once in a while), and gives back tons of enjoyment at 55 mpg.

    The kick starting has got to the point where I am looking at an electric start bike and will probably get one if I can't get better starting results and leave the kicking to a younger rider. To make my point, my 86 Wide Glide with no compression release is a joy to kick compared to the DR.
  20. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    If a Harley is easier to kick there is something fucked up with your bike... Jesus.