Friday, March 30, 2012

Dr. Little

I've been planning on setting up a DS bike for the upcoming Sheetiron 300. My criteria was K.I.S.S. on technology: pretty much bulletproof - low maintenance (read agricultural); and at a budget where I could just flog the bitch without crying in my beer.

I got lucky earlier this week and picked up an operating 'junked' Suzuki DR350 listed on Craigslist for $250! That's less than the price of the set of Heidenau K60 Scout tires I just threw on the Tiger. The frame number (DR350) and engine with a flatslide carb (DR250) did not match, and the seller did not have a title. I did some research on the VIN and tracked down the original owner up in Redding, who filed the 'junked' status in 2003 with DMV. I spent the last 48-hrs. getting the bits to make her street legal, tune her up, setup the suspension, and correct the factory issues. Today, DMV granted dual-registration: CA street plates plus Green Sticker! The registration fees almost cost as much as the bike.

'As Is' Highlights:

  • White Brothers Mikuni TM34-2 Flatslide Carb with MotionPro CR Competition throttle
  • Supertrapp muffler (12 discs)
  • Airbox top-cut out. Uni-filter
  • DR350 front forks
  • Maxxis MaxxiCross IT tires
  • Scotts shifter and chain guide



Installed to meet DMV requirements::
  • Moose Racing Road Warrior Headlight
  • Mini stalk LED rear turn Signals; Tusk LED flasher relay
  • Tusk MX D-Flex MC handguards with integrated signal lights
  • Tusk Wiring Harness
  • Tusk Nissin hydraulic brake switch (front and rear)
  • Acerbis Dual Sport Tail Light
  • Acerbis rear view mirror
  • Tusk horn
  • OEM Signal/Horn/Light Switches; Engine On/Off switch; Keyed ignition switch.
  • Kenda Trackmaster II DOT tires
Installed accessories:
  • Scott Hurricane MX Grips
  • Day Star '69' Series Fork Boots
  • Maier Side Panels
  • Acerbis 4.25 Gal Fuel Tank
  • UFO Front Fender ('06 RM250)
  • Moose Racing Aluminum Handguards with Competition Handguard Protectors
  • Moose Racing Trophy Roll Chart Holder
  • Moose Racing Pro Shark Fin rear disc guard
  • Garmin 76Cx for Speedometer/Odometer
  • Guts Racing 'Gripper' seat cover 

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