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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-09-2013, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question on a DR350

Thinking about going to look at a mid 90s DR350. It's got 18,500 miles on it. What's considered high mileage for these engines? Looking to pickup reliable dual sport on the cheap, and I've heard good things about these Suzuki 350s. Thoughts? Anything in particular that I should pay close attention to if I do go take a look at it.

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depends.....

it's like any single, if it's been looked after, it should be good for at least twice that before needing any major rebuilding. A few revealing questions asked of the previous owner will tell a lot about it's history. Just ask how often the air filter has been cleaned, oil changed and valves adjusted for a start.

I remember asking a quad owner once how often he cleaned his air filter, he said often....then I asked if he oiled it after noticing it was dry foam and he stated it just got dirty quickly when he did that...lol, I DID NOT buy the quad!!

I'd do a compression test and then listen to the valves when started cold, they should rattle a little till warmed up if they are in spec. Wipe the inside of the carb boot with a white rag to see if it's ingested any dirt lately that's got past the filter. check wear on painted engine side covers and hand grips to see if the amount of wear matches the mileage. check the front and rr shocks for fluid loss/bounciness. check sprockets and chain, all this maintenance is worth more than the bike if needed, btw.
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Appreciate the response scooter!
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