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Old 12-08-2006, 02:56 AM   #61
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I can't find anything on the web about them. Do you have a website for them?
www.louis.de - sometimes doesn't work with firefox though.
Oops, sorry, just checked - they took the one for the DR350 out.

The manufacturer http://www.lucas-bikersworld.com/ still lists it though, so It still should be available somewhere...

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Old 12-08-2006, 08:15 AM   #62
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Nope, sorry. That's not what they do.

While the original linking is simply misconstructed - beeing rather stiff in normal riding position but getting less (!) stiff the more the spring is compressed - Kouba corrects this: Now the bike is rather comfortable at normal riding and gets way stiffer when the spring is compressed.

I've ridden my 350 without and with, and I wouldn't want to miss them. It doesn't work with the original spring, though.

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Yes, your explanition is not inconsistent with my claim that the kouba links increase the ratito of wheel travel to shock travel. The links retain the stock shock and yeild more wheel travel so this must be true - this isn't to say that they don't manipulate the rate of change of that ratio thoughout the travel to hopefully gain better suspension action:)

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Old 12-13-2006, 07:15 PM   #63
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mine so far stil got a lot a motarding to do. sorry it is such a bad pic
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:03 AM   #64
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Hey all, I've been looking around for a decent starter bike for a while and finally picked up an 86' DR250 for $800 today. I'll post pics when I get a chance, but for a bike that's a couple decades old it's in very good condition (not a scratch on it. garage kept, used as a guest bike), or at least it was until I loaded it on my trailer to haul it home and it fell over.... I was about ready to cry when i saw that the seat and side had fallen on the tire and scuffed the heck out of what looked like a brand new bike (to me at least). A few more yards of rope, a new set of straps from the store, plenty of kicking myself, and enough tie downs to make the bike feel welded to the trailer and it went home. It feels like it should be a very fun bike to take out this weekend. Will keep you guys posted.

edit: I've gotten most of the rubber from the tire off the seat, and I'm planning to repaint the side plastic. should be back about as good as it was when I'm done. Anyway, Pics below! Also, I've noticed that no one else seems to have my wonky looking headlight, is that mainly because of people replacing theirs, or is mine just a design they changed?


The bike is very clean for it's age, i seriously doubt it's ever done any serious riding.


A little paint thinner went a long way to removing the scrubbed on tire rubber that covered the entire right side of the seat.


Another Glam Shot in the garage

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Old 12-20-2006, 04:55 PM   #65
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i love those gold rims.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:45 PM   #66
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or at least it was until I loaded it on my trailer to haul it home and it fell over.... I was about ready to cry when i saw that the seat and side had fallen on the tire and scuffed the heck out of what looked like a brand new bike (to me at least).
Gives it "character."
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:58 PM   #67
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Yeah, I don't mind a little character, but when the bike went from pristine to battlescarred in the time it took it to fall over it had me mad. the few scuffs that won't come off and the lack of a DR on that side is fine for character to me though.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:32 PM   #68
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put a big ole sticker on it.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:57 PM   #69
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mine so far stil got a lot a motarding to do. sorry it is such a bad pic
No such thing as a bad pic of a dr!!

Good looking bike!!!
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:00 PM   #70
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well, i've sanded and repainted the right side with a new coat of yellow. I noticed that my front tire is pretty close to going to dryrot heaven. any suggestions for what to replace it with?
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:23 PM   #71
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Anyone upgraded the front suspension? I just got some racetech springs and I'm thinking about emulators. Are the emulators that much more of an improvement?
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:44 AM   #72
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I haven't put them on my DR (yet), but I've had experence with them on other stuff. Difference is night and day - makes them work like cartridge forks.
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:04 AM   #73
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I have a 91 dr350s with re-sprung\valved stock forks and I don't like them. It's not plush in rocks or roots and seems only good in the sand. My 97 ES has stock forks with heavier springs and it works better but blows thru the travel when you pick up the speeds in the whoops. I have a set of rm usd forks and resprung 99dr350(dirt model) forks and both are pretty good on the bikes. The dirt DR forks are plush and nice in choppy stuff but I prefer the usds' all around. The stockers could be made to be ok if you don't ride too aggressively IMO.
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:10 PM   #74
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I just paid Santa 1,500 bucks for this ultra clean 96 DR350SE. Pretty much show room condition, 2k miles, still the origional tires I suspect. A real garage queen, and I'm really excited to have a dual sport again.(been a couple of years) Great thread, cuz I want to set it up for some Adv riding, and she is bone stock. You guys are giving me some great farkeling ideas!

Even has the original tool bag, but the guy couldn't find the owners manual...Rats! Any of you guys know where to get one?
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:17 PM   #75
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that's a heck of a leak!

nice ride! good deal too.

I would recommend a rear fenderectomy for the first mod... looks way better, and it's free!
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