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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by BikePilot, Oct 18, 2006.
Few of my Dr350 at DV Daze
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Above Liberty, WA.
The last two posts have got me seriously envious. I have never managed to get my DR within 1000 miles of anywhere that scenic. S. Louisiana sucks for dualsport riding
...Hopefully later this Summer, I will make it to CO (and beyond?) on the TAT :)
Happy Turkey day here in the US. Got out for a chilly ride this a.m.
That's a nice one. From the look of it, (black frame), you restored it? 250 or 350?
Thanks. Yea it's a '90 350s I took her down to the frame and went through everything before putting her back together. Had the frame powder coated.
These bikes are really worth keeping. I leave my DR250 at our cottage in Northern Ontario because it's a long way and I don't like lugging it back and forth every year. Last year, wanting a small dual-sport bike at home, I bought a CRF250L. Now I know Hondas are good bikes and everyone loves these things, but... to me, it's not even close to my DR. It was noticeably slower, way less competent off-road - too heavy, with crappy suspension, even for my slow pace - and had much lower build quality. The components were cheap and the fasteners were REALLY cheap. Add the extra complexity of liquid cooling, fuel injection with fuel pump and the lack of easy valve adjustments and I just asked "why"? Sold it, and now I'm either going to bring the DR back with me next Fall or try to find another one.
Funny you mention the CR250. I was thinking about checking out the rally edition but I kinda like the old bikes too. Not sure I'd want a new one.
Yeah, I saw the rally edition. Looks pretty cool. I'm guessing though, and I don't to sound too pessimistic, but... when you get up close, it'll mostly be just a tarted up CRF250L. It'll be a good reliable bike that looks cool but I don't think it'll have the substance of these old DR's.
Another man of great taste. That thing is sick!
A rental DR350 at some ruins (Alabanda) in Turkey in 2010. I wish I'd bought the one that was in my local bike shop a few years ago, low mileage, £750.
I kept kicking the right rear indicator when getting on the rental bike - it was dangling by the end of my trip. But almost perfect for the dirt roads over there.
It's made by me!
wow really impressive i do happen to know a seamstresss who might be able to knock something similar up for me.... did you use a regular sewing machine and what kind of material did you use?
i go read through your report now
p.s. adventure gear is ridiculously overpriced in my opinion.... wolfman bags and racks 500 euros all in... fuck that... i been using dry bags and a top box but i really like the look of yours... you got machine skills
did you do a build thread for their constructoion, how did you work out a template for the material ect etc etc etc
looks better than giant loop and their shit isnt even waterproof
i also like your bike.... 350 or 250 i cant exactly tell.... currently on a klr 650 but been thinking about the dr350 more and more.... seems a perfect little bike for me
you got a rough estimate of what it cost to get it into such good shape?
this is the nicest dr i ve ever seen.... makes me see a dr in my future....
now the serious question..... how much has it cost to get it into such beautiful shape of form and function..... ?
and with the 441 kit, how does the bike perform at 70 mph... in its comfort zone at that speed?
one more question... did you keep a patterned template for your bags.. dimensions and plans.. which material was used,, how did you keep the seams watertight?
your bike is now my screensaver...
That's a very tight setup indeed. What front end is on there?
"Fun Wheel Drive"
I don't count every Euro I pay for parts, it goes step by step, and it has take three winter in my little basement-workshop to build the bike … :/
All parts, except the 441ccm kit and the plastics, was second hand.
Ride 112 km/h (70 mph) is easy with this engine (Now 450ccm, because 90mm piston).
Even 130 km/h feels safe since a steering stabilicer is installed!
A template for my luggage does only exist for the big parts.
The material is truck-pvc-canvas (?), and the seams are sealed with rubber glue, so it is waterproof. Tested!
The front end is a used RM250 fork with modified triple clamp, get for 120,- Euro plus new seals and oil for 40,- Euro.
And here is a picture when I came back from Poland last year: