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Old 10-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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Questions re: buying converted dirt bike in CA

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at a converted DR350 in California (pic #1, pic #2):

1) He says the bike was converted "more than 10 years ago" (says he doesn't know the exact date as the previous owner did it), making it 1 year before the 2004 cutoff date. I'm afraid of buying the bike then getting a letter saying it didn't pass emissions and to take it off the road etc. Does anyone have experience buying a converted dirt bike, how did the title transfer and reg go?

2) Because it is a conversion bike he cannot give me a mileage, and says "low hours." How, if at all, does this effect registration (odometer reporting is required, right?)

3) Is this a fair price for the 1994? It has a 440 kit, something I had planned on doing anyway, so that's cool. What should I be on the look out for?

Absolutley anything else you guys personally would ask PLEASE POST HERE, I have never purchased a bike before and this will be my first one, I am trying to do it right!

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Old 10-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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first bike and you want to buy a well used bike like this?
You would be way better off buying a DRZ400S - no paper issues, no shady mileage, etc...

Price is pretty high I think - old DR350 are more in the 1000-1300 in my book

for just about 3k you can get a DRZ400
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/mcy/4102988220.html
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:19 PM   #3
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The DRZ400 is what I truly want, but my limit is $2000, so it's out of my price range.

I hear you about the use/mile issues, and am already steering away from this bike, but I really want a 200-400cc dual-sport capable of operating on the highway, which really limits my choices. I figured the big-bore would help a lot with its power and make it more like the DRZ.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
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update your profile with your location...
you can find drz for ~2000 -
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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Check it........

http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/mcy/4071462205.html
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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Nice... if only it was an XR400 it would be puuuuurfect.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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Nice... if only it was an XR400 it would be puuuuurfect.

Yep, better ride, more balls, and more height. It looks like a pretty clean little DR, at least a lot cleaner then the original pics.
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Awesome, but Christian convinced me to get a DRZ

LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:23 AM   #9
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Awesome, but Christian convinced me to get a DRZ

LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
There is only one reason to get a DRZ over an XR... and it isn't performance or durability. It's because you can buy a factory plated DRZ400.

If you can afford $2k for that haggered beat ass lookin thing you posted and then nickle and dime it for another $1500 in the first year then wait.... save another grand and buy a beautiful lightly used FACTORY PLATED DRZ400.

You asked... thats my opinion. Best of luck whatever you decide.
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There is only one reason to get a DRZ over an XR... and it isn't performance or durability. It's because you can buy a factory plated DRZ400.

If you can afford $2k for that haggered beat ass lookin thing you posted and then nickle and dime it for another $1500 in the first year then wait.... save another grand and buy a beautiful lightly used FACTORY PLATED DRZ400.

You asked... thats my opinion. Best of luck whatever you decide.
That's what I said.... And he is looking at a few drz just over 2k
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How about this one? Might be a bit of a drive to pick it up, but they might take your offer of $2K.

Where abouts in Petaluma are you? I'm near McDowell x Casa Grande. PM if you want to get together and talk bikes.
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How about this one? Might be a bit of a drive to pick it up, but they might take your offer of $2K.

Where abouts in Petaluma are you? I'm near McDowell x Casa Grande. PM if you want to get together and talk bikes.
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You gotta be a strange guy... and/or broke to put Kawasaki graphics on your DRZ. That said do you want to buy a USED dirt bike from that guy ?

What other weirdness was done to that bike ?
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:43 PM   #13
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You gotta be a strange guy... and/or broke to put Kawasaki graphics on your DRZ. That said do you want to buy a USED dirt bike from that guy ?

What other weirdness was done to that bike ?
Um actually at one time Kawasaki and Suzuki partnered up to compete against the mighty Yamaha. They had identical full motocross 250 4 stroke, Also lots of girl/playbikes drz 125s klx 125.

And everyone thinks you are the know it all around here.
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How about this one? Might be a bit of a drive to pick it up, but they might take your offer of $2K.

Where abouts in Petaluma are you? I'm near McDowell x Casa Grande. PM if you want to get together and talk bikes.
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Looks clean.
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And everyone thinks you are the know it all around here.
And everyone thinks you are the biggest ass to have ever made a post here.

But hey, we all have our crosses to bare.
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