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Old 12-16-2012, 04:44 AM   #16
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Buy it if you like it

I just bought a nice, clean '99 DR350SE about two weeks ago.

'99's are one of the more desireable years, due to the cartridge forks. Mine has 1800 miles on it, and is in very good condition. I paid $2300 for it, but it was the year I wanted, and obviously the miles were very low. The tires were OEM, so those got replaced yesterday. I'm in the process of changing all fluids and filters. I also put new bars and grips on mine yesterday. So far it seems like it's going to be a very good dual sport. BTW, I'm the same age, height and weight as you, and it fits me perfectly. I would not hesitate to buy one like you've described at the price you mentioned. Here's mine:
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:34 AM   #17
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DR350s are pretty bulletproof. That's not a whole lot of miles on one of those (a friend of mine has one with 40,000, and it's still going strong). Extremely simple motors too, so can't see much to worry about. Just check all fasteners (stripped or odd looking bolts), chain and sprockets, and just wiggle everything to make sure bearings are straight.

That price is right for one of those. I have noticed DRZ400 and DR350 prices have stabilized, and in some cases, gone up the past 2 years. Offer him $1,500, at which point it would probably be a steal.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #18
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Hey HandKPil,

Someone told me they didn't make these in anymore. Must of been wrong!.
Looks like new. Now get it muddy.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:01 AM   #19
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Muddy Buddy

You mean like this?


Once I get 'em clean again, I really like to enjoy them that way for a few days
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #20
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Didn't bother reading the thread, apart from the OP.

The answer is YES.

Enjoy.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:16 PM   #21
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I just bought a nice, clean '99 DR350SE about two weeks ago.

'99's are one of the more desireable years, due to the cartridge forks. Mine has 1800 miles on it, and is in very good condition. I paid $2300 for it, but it was the year I wanted, and obviously the miles were very low. The tires were OEM, so those got replaced yesterday. I'm in the process of changing all fluids and filters. I also put new bars and grips on mine yesterday. So far it seems like it's going to be a very good dual sport. BTW, I'm the same age, height and weight as you, and it fits me perfectly. I would not hesitate to buy one like you've described at the price you mentioned. Here's mine:
I think that was a good deal. I wanted to pay $1500.00 for the one I found on Craigslist. It was basically pay what I did or go home.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:28 PM   #22
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I bought it!!

OK guys and gals,

Thanks for your encouragement! I called the owner today and told him I would buy the bike tomorrow!! This bike looks VERY similar to Philip38's since it has the Corbin seat. Can't wait to get it home and clean it up and change all the fluids, etc. Oh, and of course, RIDE IT!!!

I hope to have many years of reliable, trouble free riding on it!!

I will post pics when I get it home.

BTW, HandKPhil, yours looks incredible! Like off the showroom floor! I'll give you $2400 right now!!


Thanks again for everyone's opinions!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:07 PM   #23
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My newest bike is a '98, the oldest a '71. If they're in decent shape and well-maintained, those are just numbers. Let 'er rip.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:29 PM   #24
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OK guys and gals,

Thanks for your encouragement! I called the owner today and told him I would buy the bike tomorrow!! This bike looks VERY similar to Philip38's since it has the Corbin seat. Can't wait to get it home and clean it up and change all the fluids, etc. Oh, and of course, RIDE IT!!!

I hope to have many years of reliable, trouble free riding on it!!

I will post pics when I get it home.

BTW, HandKPhil, yours looks incredible! Like off the showroom floor! I'll give you $2400 right now!!


Thanks again for everyone's opinions!!
A very good choice, Sir.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:20 PM   #25
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GREAT PRICE, for the DFW area

i had to pay $2500 & drive 255 miles, one way, to get my '99 DR-350SEX

since i've had a chance to play w/ her for several months & am thoroughly satisfied w/ the choice, i'm beginning the farkle game

the major draw back w/ these bikes is that farkles are hard to come by

you gots2 make your own, or at least that's what i'm finding(not finding)

the ANVIL like durability/dependability of the DR's is legendary & the 350 tops that list, IMHO

my bet is that your decision will afford you w/ many hours/days of reasonably trouble free DS'ing

as the other respondents have said, so do i

GREAT CHOICE, GREAT PRICE, GREAT CHOICE

just 2 worth from an older heavier rider, who still likes to get out there & smell the flowers...

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #26
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I have a 1998 350 sew and love it. As said change fluids, lube the clutch cable and also check the fuel tank for rust. Stock petcocks often go bad, replace it with a Yamaha Raptor one I think. Just had a seal go out on the clutch arm ,other than that I just ride it. Added a Manrack , tusk hand guards and wider foot pegs .Hope you enjoy the new beastie.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:42 PM   #27
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I bought mine a few weeks ago for $900. Its a pretty clean '90 DR 350. Runs, starts, shifts & stops great. Been plated but Im having a major problem because the VIN on the bike doesnt match the title or reg thats been on it since 1990. The DMV miss typed it (off by a # in placement). So I have to send the title back to the seller to have him get it corrected before I can title or plate it for the street again. So, double check your VIN & save yourself a major PITA. Congrats!
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:44 PM   #28
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OK guys and gals,

Thanks for your encouragement! I called the owner today and told him I would buy the bike tomorrow!! This bike looks VERY similar to Philip38's since it has the Corbin seat. Can't wait to get it home and clean it up and change all the fluids, etc. Oh, and of course, RIDE IT!!!

I hope to have many years of reliable, trouble free riding on it!!

I will post pics when I get it home.

BTW, HandKPhil, yours looks incredible! Like off the showroom floor! I'll give you $2400 right now!!


Thanks again for everyone's opinions!!
congrats!
Its hard to beat a DR350, almost wish I had one instead of the DR650....
great bike, should give you years of excellent service!
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