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Old 07-24-2011, 07:02 AM   #16
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Maybe I should aim for a Suzuki GT550 or GT750 instead, not quite sure.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:16 AM   #17
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I know this thread is old, but R5's are great bikes! I have a 72 and I ride it all the time, I love it. I'm gonna have to disagree with they guy that said an RD350 would "slay" an R5 in a drag race. I used to have an RD and now I ride an R5, they are about the same as far as accelaration. The RD does have a slightly smoother powerband, but the R5 does too compared to other 2 strokes. Even an RD400 is only marginally faster than an R5. Last time I rode with my friend he was unable to pass me on his 400. However there are TONS of mods you can do to these bikes to make them faster. Obviously a ported RD is going to whoop a stock R5's ass, and vice-versa. The RD does have a better front brake though, but the R5 is not bad, you just have to ride accordingly.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:49 AM   #18
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I had a 1972, but the 250 version (they called it the DS7). It was identical to the 350 except for the paint scheme and the size of the bore and pistons.

It was a fun bike on curvy roads and handled well for the day. The 250 would run just over 90mph WOT and would cruise nicely at 65-70 but was pretty buzzy by todays standards. The 2 strokes I've owned (including this one) seemed to be happier when changing speeds often rather than just droning along at a steady speed.

I agree about carrying a spare set of plugs, but it wasn't a big issue. Mine would go for several months before needing a change and popping in a fresh set was extremely easy. I put on about 10,000 absolutely trouble free miles before selling it to buy a dirt bike.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:04 AM   #19
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Going to look at one in about a half hour. :)
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:24 PM   #20
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I'm about to look at one myself tonight. Seller asking $2000, 'rebuilt' engine by previous owner, current owner dropped engine and re-painted the bike. Looks pretty good too.

Anything I should know about? I've ridden one already, they are fun. I will mostly be riding it in San Francisco, are these good city bikes? I figure that's all they oughta be good for as it's a 2-stroke I hear you shouldn't be riding them on the highways much, I have my beemer for that anyways.

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Old 10-21-2013, 08:59 PM   #21
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Bluhduh Traffic

Mine tends to load-up, and foul plugs if we sit in too much stop and go traffic. But in the smallish town where I live it is seldom an issue.
Curvy two lane highways are where the bike shines.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:03 PM   #22
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Do they run the risk of blowing up on the highway like I've heard of some people saying?
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:25 PM   #23
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4 lane

I don't spend much time on 4-lane divided interstate, but when I do I vary my speed and throttle position often.
Mine seems happiest between 50-75 mph, and is more fun than should be legal.

Jetting does need to be right to prevent a meltdown on any two-stroke, more-so than a 4-stroke.
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