DR350 Thread

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

  1. 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.
  2. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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

    tkent02 Long timer

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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.
  4. mfleck

    mfleck Fleckster

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

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  5. 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.
  6. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    The e-start system weighs 200lbs?!?!?!? GOOD doG.
  7. 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.
  8. mfleck

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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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  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. mfleck

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    Nope many do not use the decomp on the dr 350 kickers resulting in cracked cases

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    I'm a big guy at 250lbs and the stock seat was ok for a couple hours in the saddle, not much more. I did about 4 hours yesterday with a short break every hour or so and I could have done another couple hours before the seat concepts seat started to bother me, the extra width is a big improvement for me, well worth the money.
  16. ceke

    ceke Been here awhile

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    I'm returning to dual sports so probably don't have a qualified opinion on the Kenda's. I've been riding 60% gravel/hard pack dirt/rocks, 20% soft dirt, 20% road, and find the k270's work fine in all places but I'm a pretty relaxed rider. I did go with the 5.10 on the rear and there is about 15mm of clearance with the swing arm on the right side, might even be rubbing under load. I'll probably go the next size down when I replace it just for the extra room for mud:

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    The tank panniers are these ATV ones.
  17. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Wow. I had no idea they were so fragile. I disconnected the decompression lever 10 years ago on my XL600, and kicked it hard ever since. Maybe someone who has trouble tuning would be better served by an XL350?

    With that in mind, I don't think I'll add a backup kick starter to the DR. I should probably upgrade the skid plate too, huh?
  18. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    No, the fucking KLR weighs 200 lbs more.
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    tkent02 Long timer

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    Many do not know how to use it and thus kick forever and ever, instead of once...
  20. 2old2Bbold

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    Had a "84 XL350. Good bike, but heavy and 2 carbs on a single cyl bike :huh... big PITA. It had the cable opperated semi auto decomp hooked to the kicker. Seemed to work ok. If you have an e-start DR350, you already have auto decomp, built into the cam. Adding a kick start will work fine.