Memorable Motorcycle: Suzuki DR350 — Motorcycle USA

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Hiding underneath the innocuous of the Suzuki DR350 is a truly mount — a versatile that can get its smiling pilot anywhere.

Whether you are a passionate or loathe the brand, there is no that Suzuki understands makes its customers tick. after time Suzuki has hit the center of the marketing target bikes which in themselves not been particularly clever, or exciting but which bike love.

This history all the way back to the 250cc T20 Twin, was far from technically ground but which riders adored for its 100 mph performance and svelte looks. followed the mighty GS1000; the series of superbikes and the iconic None of the machines are at the cutting but they sell in bulk Suzuki understands what riders go into the dealer’s and part with their

Riders bought, and buy, because the bikes are honest and what they claim and at a price too. Just at the latest baby V-Strom. behind the pace in terms of and engineering excellence but selling waterproof clothing in an English

So it is with the Suzuki DR350. On the this is a most unremarkable motorcycle. It has a very simple, four-valve, single-cylinder engine and an basic steel frame. The is well intentioned rather effective.

Individually, none of elements point to an iconic

Yet, you can’t ride a DR and not back smiling. The motor is smooth and as willing as a spaniel gun The chassis is unbreakable and that suspension is so forgiving.

Rarely in the of motorcycling has the total of such a of low point items produced a high final score.

a 2.3 gallon tank and less half a gallon reserve, the requires frequent gas stops. The less traveled better a fuel station nearby.

go back to the start and see what was on mind in 1990 when the DR was The big story at the time was that sport two-strokes were at the end of era. This was no doubt a of some sadness to Suzuki who had an record throughout the 1970s and 1980s with their focused PE range and the more orientated TS models.

It also one of the finest dual sport ever in the TS250X a single two-… which was a joy on and off the road.

The RM machines were still to be two-strokes, for the moment, but for the mass four-… was the way to go.

I have praised for understanding what its customers but the Hamamatsu company’s first at four-… dual sport was well wide of the mark. The was a dull, sensible, middle-aged at birth and looked it.

The second wasn’t much better. It that the DR600 range was of bad motorcycles but simply that weren’t what the customers Big, heavy, 600cc especially when they had starts were never to have mass market

What Suzuki needed was a friendly, dual sport which worked well town, on the trail and highway. If you cut a fast lap at the ISDE so what? The DR 350 would give you whole pleasurable trail riding your buddies and at minimal

Almost from the outset, the DR in two flavors but both were closely related. The DR was more orientated with a plastic tank, full on knobby and, allegedly, better than its “S” sibling had a metal fuel tank, road tires and was biased highway use.

In practical there was very little to between the bikes. Off-road DRs commuter bikes and “S” competed in club enduros successfully.

As I have already the DRs are very much a case of the sum being vastly greater the individual value of the parts, yet of the DR’s components are a delight.

The was so user-friendly that even would be encouraged to push performance envelope.

The best about the bike is the super-sweet single overhead cam engine. has never been a happier, willing motorcycle engine the DR’s and it is a thing of utter On paper, the powerplant is nothing even for the 1990s.

The single cam engine means that adjustment can be done by any home without special tools, and the engine oil is equally simple.

Producing only 30 horsepower at rpm, the results ought to be but Suzuki gearbox engineers earned their money and the are chosen to perfection. This that every one of the 30 available can be used all the time.

In the real the DR will tackle really trails certainly anything in the trail rider’s handbook and yet cruise along the freeway at a 70 mph with another ten or so mph left for

In between the two extremes, the motor is and so, so user friendly that the neophyte motorcyclist is constantly to push his or her performance envelope.

is one downside. Since the motor to spend a lot of its life flat fuel consumption is not brilliant. above 45 mpg is a good day and a bad trip is than this.

With a 2.3 gallon (9 liter) fuel and less than half a reserve, gas stops need thought and pre-planning.

The first DRs had a start and, although device is now considered to be Satan’s by younger riders in the case of the Suzuki it is not really a problem. The start engages an automatic decompressor and this works in conjunction with electronic The last of the DRs had electric boots and is a pleasant, if not strictly essential,

The DR350’s air-cooled, four-valve engine is reliable and lively.

If the is exemplary the DR’s chassis that, in typical Suzuki the accountants had a big input into element of the bike. The frame is which makes for a porcine at a shade over 290 pounds for action, but the plus side is it is unbreakable and if any severe damage is it is repairable by the hobbiest welder.

It is cleverer than it first The frame is oil bearing and this for cool running and also a motor. Yes, there are frames but this is a good of kit for the price and the wide range of it was designed to do.

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Serious dirt riders criticize the soggy and with validity. But the DR is not a KTM or even an RM On the contrary, it is what it says on the a recreational trail bike. means that it soaks up and ruts in a way which flatters the rider.

And the 56 inch wheelbase and classic 62.5 degree head angle works as well on the freeway exit, road or down a buttock descent in the forest. Once it is a perfect example of Suzuki really understanding the art of compromise.

compromise is the riding position and levels. The saddle is far too soft for off-roading but a delight for a day out or zipping to the supermarket. Similarly, the DR’s position is a disaster for attacking Supercross style but wonderful on the

The brakes are also wrong being right. They fine for trail riding but better not to put them to the test on the where they soon the limits of their performance. The front disc in particular really stressed with braking maneuvers.

At this note the length of the positive Superb motor; perfect easy to ride; works in a vast range of conditions and the points go on and on.

And there’s more. Crooks is owner of one of the world’s established suppliers of Suzuki and a specialist in DR350s. He said: DR350s are one of the most reliable or any other bike for that

They really don’t a weakness and will run forever a fault.

The paint job on the DR350 was the detriment to an otherwise solid — a true do-it-all sport.

“We occasionally a cam chain to a customer who hasn’t the oil regularly or rear shock to riders who go off road regularly but grease the links.

“Other that, you would have to one over a cliff to damage it and it would probably bounce and be waiting at the bottom for you to ride it

“In fact, I prefer the to the DRZ400 which replaced it and I asking Suzuki to bring the old DR it’s that good!”

There is one weakness with the DR and a common theme with all the paintwork is dreadful. Suzuki that if the paint stays on the long enough to entice the in the showroom then what counts? Cheap paint that the bike has to be meticulously to avoid it looking as if it has just from a tour of duty in

Now to an interesting shift in the DR paradigm. years ago, DRs were less than scrap In fact, you could get a well one almost in exchange for mowing lawn and mint condition were not much better.

the situation is changing very

There are still tons of and abused DRs about for under but suddenly absolutely standard, DRs have become collectable. If you a bike like this, expect to pay nearer $3000 $2000. The good news is if ever there is a sure bet for further appreciation it is a mint DR.

For DR spares, which Martin happily ship worldwide, Martin Crooks or .

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