DR350 Thread

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

  1. plugeye

    plugeye MC rescue

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    why would you lug it in any gear?
    downshift
  2. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Don't know. I don't even know how the 2 different OEM starters compare.
  3. law1200

    law1200 Adventurer

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    Been riding big torque street bikes for the pass 11 yrs, just started riding thumpers about 2 yrs ago. But you are right about the down shifting.
  4. hellotimmutton

    hellotimmutton Been here awhile

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    theres programmable CDIs, but they require constant power
  5. law1200

    law1200 Adventurer

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    I have seen those, has anyone here tried one?
    My S has a battery even though it's a kick starter. I added the battery for charging cell phones and powering my gps. It's also street legal.
  6. law1200

    law1200 Adventurer

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    I have a Trail Tech adjustable voltage regulator on the bike.
  7. plugeye

    plugeye MC rescue

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    this motor is happy pulling at least over 4grand
    dont gouge it any lower
  8. law1200

    law1200 Adventurer

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  9. thatonetylerguy

    thatonetylerguy Been here awhile

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    Do you mean like that's where it's happiest? Does that mean I'm slightly lugging the engine still at 3, 3.5?
    (stock gearing, 15/41)
  10. plugeye

    plugeye MC rescue

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    its where the power really starts
    if cruising, its ok to run lower rpms. but when accelerating, the motor should be spinning up pretty well
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  11. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Is that a serious question?
  12. thatonetylerguy

    thatonetylerguy Been here awhile

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    Yes. I'm inexperienced and nobody I know rides. Sometimes I have to ask dumb questions cuz I have no one else to ask.
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  13. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    No worries. We all have to start somewhere. I thought you were just trolling.
    Ask away...................
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  14. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Long timer

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    I know this is an old post, but I'll chime in on the WR250R. For a guy who is 6'5" I think you'll find the WR too small and cramped. Im 6' nothing and the main reason I sold my WR was how cramped I felt. It was a great bike after I had it restrung and valved for my weight, how ever the bike requires a lot of shifting if your 200 lbs. If the bike was slightly larger and a 450 it would of been perfect
  15. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    That is good to know. I need to swap bikes with my friend one day and try his out. At 6'2", I already find the DR350 small (mostly corrected with lower foot pegs and handlebar risers).

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  16. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I'm 6'1", the Fishers seat and ROX risers made all the difference for me.
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  17. brianpeck

    brianpeck Been here awhile

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    Ended up finding both side plates & bolts for $9 shipped on eBay, figured for that price it wasn’t worth it to bug either of you. Thanks though!
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  18. Friedom

    Friedom Onward and upward!

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    I did a 385. It pinged. High octane fuel solved it. Then I made a different bike a 441 from Thumper Racing. No compression bump with that kit, less pinging there but it's there if you lug it when it's hot(see above posts).
    All in all, after having 8 of them I'd say if you don't like the DR in stock form(maybe accessorized), then go find a bike that you do like rather than trying to make this bike something it's not. After big bores, big tanks, big forks, my favorite is a 99 kicker with an improved seat.
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  19. Friedom

    Friedom Onward and upward!

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    Fixed my bike. Decided that it was worth checking the remote possibility that something was wrong in the wiring, so I unplugged all nonessentials and it fired up.
    Turns out I had the power going to the handlebar switch from the red/white wire and bikey no likey. Also explains the burned headlight bulb.

    She's baaaaaaaack!
    Also swapped a fender on it that I think looks better, snugged up some bolts, tightened up the kick stand play, welded on a nub to stop the kick stand from going so high and leading to rubbing, replaced headlight bulb, wiped things down and took pictures and test ride.
    And the carb is SUUUUPER clean now, o rings updated, valves adjusted, cam checked, she ready to play.

    DR for sale!! Haha only real problem she ever gave me was when I plugged in the wrong wire.. 20191004_134256.jpg
  20. law1200

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    I am very pleased with the power I gained from the 385 and after adding the exhaust the pinging is almost gone. I Can live with it I was just wondering if anyone had found a solution to the pinging.

    With the money I spent for the bike the engine kit and machining the cylinder am at $1500.00.
    My budget to get into the adventure riding was $2200.00 so after upgrading the engine I spent some money on some goodies like the trial tech Pro a large fuel tank HID head light fork springs couple ram mounts for electronics.
    It's not as powerful as the DR400 or as fast but I am happy with the old bike, it gets the job done and is reliable to boot.