Suzuki DR350 S

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£2960
Available from
1991
Solid workhorse.
Very long in the tooth now.
Full road version of DR350 with mirrors, plate holder. Popular green-laner

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Submitted by Loz Chandler on Mon, 11/04/2011 - 19:38

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I bought one just to do the trip to and from work and after a week I had seen the every rural road, byway and muddy lane in the county. They are so much silly fun, you bounce around at what feels about 10,000ft up with a ounce white bike between your, every time you drop the throttle it sounds like your being chased by a 50 cal. Hump back bridges provide some skyward entertainment and instead of avoiding the 'nasty' gravel in the middle of the lightly used farm road you relish it as you crank the throttle to its stoppers and snake your way up the hill, all the time within the legal speed limit because if there is one thing this bike lacks it's top end, not that it really matters when you do get her moving above 70mph the knobbly tires are dancing you all over the road.

Strengths

105 MPG (big motorway run) 7 pound fill up If you can see it this will probably ride up it. Makes green laning big fun. Stay at home mechanic, they are super simple.

Weaknesses

Parts sometimes trickey to get hold of. "Tea leaves" (thieves) love them.

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Submitted by Brenhden on Thu, 04/12/2014 - 11:53

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After a DRZ and KLX250 I picked up a decent 1996 DR350 from ebay and instantly fell in love, the ergonomic fit me just right. Mechanically the engine and gearbox work in perfect harmony making the most of the 27hp. On the motorway it performs less well than the DRZ but on A and B roads its great fun. The suspension isn't plush but it doesn't dive under braking like my KLX did so I'm happy. Off road I've hammered this little mountain goat across the Pyrenees this year and it was perfect for the job even loaded down with my camping gear. Its an aging model so things will go wrong but it seems cheap enough to keep on the road. Just keep it hidden from thieves. I love my DR :)

Strengths

Easy to ride, excellent off road, easy to work on, cheap to run.

Weaknesses

Getting old now, slow progress on the motorway.

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Submitted by KenLee on Wed, 10/02/2016 - 15:16

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Over ten years ago I owned two N offroad version bikes with plastic tank, bigger mechanical carb, suspension stiffer and adjustable in more ways. Some parts, like wheel hubs and rims was common with RM models. Kickstart with no batery. Effect was 113 kg dry weight and 31-33 bhp. Great bikes. At the moment I have modern KTM-s EXC 200 and EXC-F 350, but missing simplicity and reliability of DRs.

Strengths

-easy to ride everywhere -enough power and low weight -simple and reliable -low servicing cost -undescructable (dry-sump lubrication, no radiators, no difusion chamber, no batery in N version) -fun, fun, fun...

Weaknesses

-street legal S, SHC and SE heavier and less power than N -SHC models with hydraulic height adjustment heavier and problematic after some time -difficult to buy one in really good shape -to get plate for N version necessary to add street legal kit (turn signals, horn, stop light, and different front bulb)

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