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post #1 of 6 Old 10-23-2017, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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New to me 91 DR350 first ride

I love my 650 but also have found its limitations off pavement. As the title says, I recently picked up a 91 Suzuki DR350. Its not a Strom Adventure but I figured Id share todays ride.

I did my first real ride on my new to me 91dr350. Im 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 Theres not much left out here due to the contaminated water. This town is where the Erin Brockovich movie was based upon.

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-23-2017, 12:18 AM
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Cool pics. Thanks for sharing.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-23-2017, 12:57 AM
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The Wee is definitely limited to hard pack dirt roads IMHO. Ive got an XR650R thats fun for the kind of ride you did. When I lived in Cali we used to ride down by Landers south of Barstow every winter. He had a little dry cabin out by the border of the NTC. Used to ride to the edge and watch war games a lot. Miss those days! The DR's a great little bike for exploring The 98&99's, i believe, had the RM forks! Great write up!
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-23-2017, 06:42 AM
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The DR350 are nice bikes. Clean examples that are affordable are getting hard to find. I have 2 DR650s and would not hesitate to trade one of them for a DR350e.
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Bought a 93 DR350 10 years ago and loved it. Took me places I didn't want to try with the Strom. Sold it last fall and got a DRZ400, mostly because of the electric start(93 was last year without). Both great bikes.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-24-2017, 11:39 AM
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do miss my '95 DR 350. 3 bikes wasn't riding them enough. am trying to keep up with my DR 650 and strom but the lighter bikes do allow you to get to some places with ease.
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