Originally Posted by snare
Does the DR350S/SE (or DR250S/SE) allow for fitting kickstart AND keeping the electric starter?
And what about vice versa, do the kickstart versions allow fitting the electric starter and keeping the kicker?
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Trying to decide between the earlier kickstart models and the newer e-starts. I am finding a significant price difference between them.
I am new to bikes and have never kickstarted one.
I plan on using a DR for daily driver duty and everything else, including very remote backcountry,
I imagine not having a battery as a concern would be a benefit in remote areas. The kickstart seems to have a reliability advantage. I have also read, and can imagine, that the e-start must be nice on restarts on hills.
The reported difficulties with kickstarting the DR have me a little concerned...particularly when using it as a daily driver.
I figure having both would be ideal. I know the DRZ has both, but 1) it's not factory street legal in the US and 2) I read the engine won't run without a battery (2001 Dirt Bike Mag online article),
Why do you say the DRZ are not legal ? Get an "S" model and you won't have troubles.
You would really be better off with a newer DRZ, I had 2 , and I had 2 DR350 also. DRZ is way better all around