I love my 650 but also have found it’s limitations off pavement. As the title says, I recently picked up a ‘91 Suzuki DR350. It’s not a Strom Adventure but I figured I’d share today’s ride.
I did my first real ride on my “new to me” 91dr350. I’m still working out a couple minor bugs but I did about a 140 mile loop through the Southern California High Desert. I was a bit apprehensive since I was riding alone but it all went smoothly.
The loop took me from Silver Lakes into Barstow for gas via dirt roads. I then cruised around Black Mountain to Inscription Canyon to check out the petroglyphs. It was very disappointing seeing all the vandalism. I found more vandalized inscriptions than actual petroglyphs.
I rode over to the Husky Memorial then back past the solar plant into Hinkley. I ended up taking Route 66 home in order to take advantage of finally having a plated dual sport.
First stop was on top of a hill. Not knowing for sure if the bike would cooperate I wanted to have the option of push starting it downhill.
I rode up a dead end to some mine spoils. I had seen this road on my Vstrom but after about 50’ I realized I needed a more dirt capable bike. Going down was interesting even on the DR.
This hill was way steeper than it looks and all those rocks are loose like giant marbles. The pic is of my descent. I made it to within about 50’ of the top then had to ride back down. I sure was happy not to be on the DL650.
Stopped by the Husky Memorial. It has plaques and various bike parts and mementos to past riders.
After a rare desert rain this takes on the appearance of a lake. Although blue on a map, it is usually dry.
Hinkley CA There’s not much left out here due to the contaminated water. This town is where the Erin Brockovich movie was based upon.