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Old 08-27-2011, 01:49 AM   #1
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my first dirtbike/ dual sport

tomorrow i should be picking up my new ride.
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2540437634.html
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anything i should really be on the look out for?

the seller is not very communicative, so i'm a little nervous. from his ad i cant tell for sure if all of his lights need replacing or just the indicators.
i'm going to see the bike late in the day or early night.

i have also posted a thread here http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=196863 about the 250 to 350 mod. has anyone here done it?

i'm exited about getting back on a bike. my budget is stupid weak right now. i hope this bike is worth it.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:24 AM   #2
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Why don't you go pick up the 96 dr350 for the same price that's on craigslist?
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i dont know how i missed it, but i missed it... hmm
might do it.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:40 AM   #4
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so now anything i should look for with this dr350?
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:16 AM   #5
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The 96s are way better bikes. Electric start too. As far as I know there isn't any major problems with those. Kientech.com Any questions go there. That guy knows his stuff when it comes to DRs.
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I never could get ahold of the 350 guy so I just got back from seeing the 250.
Owner's a nice kid who seems mechanically inclined. The bike needs some work, but nothing very serious that I can't deal with. It needs rear turn signals, a plate light, and a few fasteners on the cowel and gauges. The engine took a lot of effort to get kicked to life but once it did, it ran well. Before we started messing with it the bike was still warm, like it had recently been ridden. I might replace the gas tank and fuel lines with something beefier and newer. The front brakes were very weak and then I had like 100% braking. I think the pads might need replaced, cable lubed, and new fluid. The guy took 200 off the price and is working on it right now and he intends to ride it to work tomorrow to make sure its reliable. So if it works tomorrow I'll have a new commuter for 600. Woot.

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Any ideas on what can be done to get it starting easier?
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Bring it to me lol.
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Eh, i can't really afford to have it worked on. If he gets it running I'll be a happy camper. I'll even give him 100 back on his lowered price if he fixes it.
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I wouldn't give him $100 back on it. save that for chad or parts.

To make run better without giving to Chad to work on:

clean/adjust carb
check/adjust valves

those are the easy things. of course you may want to start off by changing the oil/filters, and fuel with some fresh stuff. new tank and lines and pads and brake fluid would also be a good idea.

as far as kicking it over, if something is out of adjustment, hopefully that is your fix. the bike may just have a kicking technique that you may need to figure out and it will start almost every time.

good luck on your new purchase.

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Listen to Hotnanas, and Magic Man is the man, spend the money with him and U wont regret it
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The Dr has 12k miles. The owner is a nice young guy named Robert and he's out in cut and shoot.
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And thanks for the replies guys.
He got it running today. I'm picking the bike up once he gets off work at 7. I've got my work cut out for me, but I'm getting a deal on it, lol.
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why does it shut off?
i'm thinking the main fuel line might be clogged. the reserve line flowed gas when we unplugged the reserve and switched it on, but nothing came out of the main gas line when we did the same to the main. ill be getting a bigger gas tank and new lines.
the guy rode to work this morning and is going to meet me in conroe today, riding there. if the dr cant make it to conroe from cut and shoot, i cant justify buying the bike from him.
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Thanks for the info.

Magic man, where are you located, and how much do you think it would cost to get this bike running in good shape? Total ballpark guess... I know its tough to know without seeing the bike. I rode it for about 5 minutes last night after it idled for about 15 minutes. It didn't die on me. Its been tough to start and has a slow gas leak.
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Is the slow gas leak from the carb? If so it could be a sticking float valve. This would cause too much gas coming in and flooding it, making it hard to start
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why does it shut off?
i'm thinking the main fuel line might be clogged. the reserve line flowed gas when we unplugged the reserve and switched it on, but nothing came out of the main gas line when we did the same to the main. ill be getting a bigger gas tank and new lines.
the guy rode to work this morning and is going to meet me in conroe today, riding there. if the dr cant make it to conroe from cut and shoot, i cant justify buying the bike from him.
You sure it was the reserve and not prime? If it's like my 91 DR650 then it's vacuum fed and won't flow fuel when you unplug the line. Turn it to prime and then it flows.

Also if it's tough to start, and it is in fact vacuum fed, pull the vacuum line off the petcock and see if that line has fuel in it. On my bike the diaphragm in the petcock for the vacuum feed was leaking and it would make if very difficult to start when warm.

Where is it leaking gas from? If it's from the overflow then it could be the float needs set or very likely that the needle has a witness-line and will need replaced. A carb rebuild probably wouldn't be a bad idea at that age.
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