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Dual Sport / Re: There and Back Again -- Another DR350 Story
« Last post by KevinB on Today at 05:36:12 PM »
The dual-sport trip master is back!
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Riding Games / Re: Theme Tag
« Last post by Guidedawg on Today at 02:40:24 PM »
And since I had to pick this up for another scavenger hunt today,  the next mark is your bike with a school bus

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Riding Games / Re: Theme Tag
« Last post by Guidedawg on Today at 02:38:20 PM »
This may not be particularly old though I know it's been here for close to 30 years,  but to keep the game moving perhaps it's close enough to count?

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Dual Sport / Re: There and Back Again -- Another DR350 Story
« Last post by Nice Goat on Today at 11:44:00 AM »
As far as I can tell, I am the fourth owner of this bike.  The first two owners were in Texas.  The first "For Sale" advertisement on ADV Rider indicated some nice upgrades:

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  • Freshly rebuilt shock
  • new tires
  • Teflon coated axles
  • Teflon coated linkage bolts, spacers, and bushings

By "new tires," I am sure that he meant very little use, because these tires were manufactured in 2015, according to the date codes.

The third owner added some color when he posted it for sale early this month:

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  • stock but for suspension work
  • induction system is stock, with a pristine, uncut airbox and snorkle
  • burns no oil
  • Seat Concepts standard height seat

The second owner chimed in on the third owner's ad and said:

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Just to verify, the intake, carb, and jetting are all stock, I played with jetting a bit and ended up back at stock.  I tried bigger jets, but alas, stock was perfect at sea level...rear shock rework and stiffer straight rate springs...

Japanese dual sports are notorious for having very soft, minimal suspension components.  However, the suspension on this bike is very nice.  It was done by 812 Suspension Design in Austin, Texas.  It is nice and firm, and fully adjustable (compression and rebound, front and rear), with a remote reservoir on the rear shock.  I will not need to do anything to the suspension on this bike except maybe tweak the settings.

Older Suzuki DRs are also known for having insufficient grease on the bearings and linkages.  Today, I tore into the front end and found that the steering head bearings had plenty of grease on them.  However, maybe it's just me, but I don't like grease that looks emulsified, so I cleaned it up and will re-grease with Belray waterproof grease.  The triple tree and forks cleaned up nicely.

However, I did find that the steering head rubber cap has a little dry rot cracking, and the plastic housing on the lower bearing had a break in it.  So I'll order and replace the steering head bearings.  My guess: since this bike is 25 years old, I will need to check all hoses and other rubber pieces, and check all wires and electrical connections.












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Dual Sport / Re: There and Back Again -- Another DR350 Story
« Last post by Postmaster on Today at 08:07:20 AM »
I remember that day, 9 years ago.  When you tire of this one, let me know, I need something to do.
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Dual Sport / Re: There and Back Again -- Another DR350 Story
« Last post by terryrussell1 on Today at 06:16:14 AM »
Nice glenn saw it when you posted up on advrider. Wish they still made the dr350 such a great little machine.

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Dual Sport / There and Back Again -- Another DR350 Story
« Last post by Nice Goat on Today at 12:06:45 AM »
I bought my first dual sport from @Postmaster in 2012.  It was a 1991 Suzuki DR350S (no electric start).  I did not like kick-starting it, but that bike was very easy to ride.

I've had many dual sports in the last nine years -- DRZ 400, XR 400, KLR 650, DR 650, WR 250, KTM 350, KTM 500.  They all had their strong points and weak points.  Heavier dual sports perform better on the road, but they are exhausting to ride (read: pick up) when the trail gets hard.  Lighter dual sports are fun to ride on trails, but are exhausting on the pavement.

The DR 350 strikes a great balance between weight and power and is very rideable on both street and trail.

Last week, I picked up a 1996 Suzuki DR350SE.  This one has electric start and only 2,100 miles.  Mechanically, it's still practically new.  Cosmetically, it needs a bottle of Simple Green and an all weekend rubbing session.  I'm going to give this bike some lovin' and freshen it up.  I'm hoping that it'll be as much fun to ride as I remember when I bought that first one in 2012.

Time to get to work!










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Scooters / Re-joining the scooter world...
« Last post by LoupGarou on February 27, 2021, 11:38:09 PM »
...for the first time since oh, 1980-something.  :)
Brought this home today, 2006 Aprilia Scarabeo 500. Runs & rides well, 3,800 miles, clear title, price: Free.
That's the good stuff.
The not-so-good, a previous owner (the one before the guy I got it from) decided he wanted to re-paint it, and proceeded to CUT BODY PANELS OFF WITH A RECIPROCATING SAW.  ??? I haven't seen all the panels yet, but I assume I'll have to replace a bunch... or just ride it like it is.  :D
Besides that, it's just maintenance stuff, I'll replace the fluids and rubber bits, starting with those dry-rotted wooden tires.
I've gotta say, the hardest part about riding it was getting used to my feet having nothing to do until I stopped.

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Photo & Video / Re: Show us your bike related pics..One pic per day!
« Last post by klaviator on February 27, 2021, 11:17:28 AM »
And another one!

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Photo & Video / Re: Show us your bike related pics..One pic per day!
« Last post by KevinB on February 27, 2021, 10:58:03 AM »
Another one from the aforementioned "KLR  Rally"...

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