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post #1 of 7 Old 11-30-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ain't it a shame how craigslist (and other classified advertising about things with wheels) appeals to those of us with very little self-control? Like a candy store!

This time it's a '97 DR350 with just less than 10K miles...

I haven't laid hands on it (yet). It's the right age-group for e-start. Claims to have been garaged always. In the offered photos, thing that are supposed to be shiny look shiny (spokes, etc.).

MCN says DR350's should be available now for "under $1K". This one is listed for more than twice that. I'm not much at bargaining and negotiating -- should I just pass it up?

And a question for those that should know -- what's the lowest weight you can make a DR350 after putting it on a severe diet? Any chance for less than 300 lbs?


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post #2 of 7 Old 11-30-2012, 02:58 PM
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As a data point for you, within the last year I sold my 1990 DR350, after getting my Wee, for $1000.00. That bike had 5-6K miles on it, and I put 3/4 of those miles on in the year before I sold it. It had a new tire on the rear, another new rear tire I had (bought 2 to get a shipping discount), good tire on front and a set of half-worn knobbies. Someone had removed the turn signals and passenger pegs before I got it - so the bike sold less those items.

This bike was kick-start only. Could be a real bear to start if it hadn't been ridden for awhile - even for as little as a few weeks. Ran great after it started but was underpowered for road use - other than riding from trail to trail. The bike looked fairly good for what it was, but I'd rate it's overall condition and appearance as fair to good - not great.

I found that after I got my Wee that the DR just sat around, got too hard to start, and was just something else to take care of. So I sold it.

Good luck to you, regardless of your decision.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-30-2012, 04:30 PM
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Bought my 93 DR350 2 years ago for $1300 w/16,000 miles. With some rejetting it starts 1st kick most every time, even after sitting a month or more. Goes places the DL only could dream about. Prices on clean one seem to have been going up, as they get harder to find. As for weight, I don't know, but its a lot easier to pick up than the Strom for sure.

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-30-2012, 10:07 PM
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In my neck of the woods a late model DR350 with electric start would probably bring two grand without much effort. They're fairly sought after. The dirt only model likely would not come close to that. People want the street legal variant and the electric start.
I had two, a 93 and a 98 both street models. The 93 wasn't bad unless dropped and it tended to flood afterward. Once I figured out a drill for restarting it wasn't too bad but nowhere near as nice as punching a button. Plus the 98 had much better forks.
They were very good bikes, if I thought I could do much dirt riding I'd love to have another.
If you get one look at Kientech Engineering Home Page what Jesse doesn't know about the DR350 most likely isn't worth knowing. Plus he's about the greatest guy in the world to deal with.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-01-2012, 12:47 AM
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2 years ago bought my 1997 DR350se with 2,300 original miles, absolutely no dings, problems, or issues except the carb needed cleaned. Had original tires which were rotting. Original owner. Gave $1,800 for it. I must say, I think I got a great deal. I called within 30 minutes of it hitting Craigslist and by the time I drove 1 hr to see the bike he had 3 other buyers trying to tell him to hold it for them. One even offered more, but he had already told me it was mine if I gave full price. I had been looking for the right one for several months.

Since then I've put half again that much in farkles and about 7k miles. I love the bike!!!

Only thing I would do different is get a '98 or '99 for the upgraded suspension. Although, the stock suspension has not given me any reason to upgrade. I"m not motocrossing it, just trail riding. There's a 1999 in Cali right now with 5k miles for $2,500. To me that's a fair price.

Here's a Ride Report from shortly after I got it:

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-01-2012, 07:38 AM
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I'd grab it! I use to ride Hubbys DR350 if my DR250 was playing up (electrical problem) but I really prefered riding the 350
His was kick start only, but would kick over quite easily even after sitting for a few weeks.
My bike was an electric starter, but also had a kick start (which came in handy if the battery wasn't down too muck. also had

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-01-2012, 09:02 AM
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According to this link they are under 300lbs to start.
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