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DR 350 shakedown cruise (So Cal)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Spinman, Mar 23, 2020 at 9:08 PM.

  1. Spinman

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    6938A048-00FE-4AC9-9470-6A714B18467E.jpeg 03EB9342-4A5E-4077-8454-515A3C62D432.jpeg 96ADF23D-EEC4-4558-9F13-AF682E006831.jpeg F152AB2E-F0DA-4D11-A851-69365C466F48.jpeg 83F6C571-BD77-489B-AAED-85C0B21CC84A.jpeg EACF5C01-3DD3-4567-8F05-BE294460AA66.jpeg We I've been tinkering and riding it around the block for a while. It was time to get out of the neighborhood and see what breaks. Fortunately I loaded some basic tools before I left. The Front tire has a very slow leak so I aired it up to 34 psi to account for the next couple of hours.

    I only made it a few miles before I smelled oil, apparently the valve adjust covers were loose and weeping oil. I snugged them down and continued on to Big Tujunga Canyon road. After about 20 miles of twisties I reached canyon country and ultimately Bouquet canyon road where I went up the West side. The mud was slipery but was only a wet cover of the dry material below. Most of the trail was relatively dry with good traction. The little Suzi seemed to have no problem going up the grade and for that matter it was actually quite good cruising on the backroads to get there. Nice to have 6 gears. Don't understand why the newer DR400s have only 5.

    Ok, photos are not loading from my computer, I will have to try from the phone.
    I started it Coarsegold Road and ended at Quarry Road coming back down to bouquet Canyon There were just a few mud puddles along the way, but I did figure out that street oriented mesh pants are not as good as I thought they would be because when you ride through a large mud puddle the water comes right into those vents and soaks your jeans. I guess I will be looking for some more dedicated pants in the near future

    As far as the little DR goes, I was surprised at how little vibration there was at cruising speed in six gear and how comfortable seat is an older bike from the 90s. I guess manufactures figure our asses have gotten tougher or something because most of the seats are really narrow and hard these days at least on smaller dual sport bikes.

    On the way back I stopped to put gas in it Sand Canyon and the 14, it would only except about 3/4 of a gallon! So it must be getting about 40 miles to the gallon maybe 50. I’ll have to Google how many miles it is from Tujunga to bouquet Canyon I think it’s about 30 miles plus my off-road plus coming back to sand canyon
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  2. Spinman

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  3. clydesherb

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    gotta love those DR350'S , Put some RM125 forks on mine and plan to keep it till i cant ride(or maybe kick-start) any longer.

    would love to ride out there someday, been up and down the coast, but never had time to check out inland.

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