SUZUKI DR350 (1992-1999) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Dirt-simple dirt plugger is the bedrock on which green-laning is based"

Suzuki DR350 motorcycle review - Riding

"Dirt-simple dirt plugger is the bedrock on which green-laning is based"

  • At a glance
  • 349cc  -  30 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  90 miles range
  • Insurance group: 8 of 17
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  • High seat height (900mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Suzuki’s dirt-simple dirt plugger is the bedrock on which green-laning is based. Simple, rugged and cheap the Suzuki DR350 is an easy motorcycle to own forever. It’s got its faults – a poor finish, weedy engine and a few too many kilos, but it’s endearing and enduring. If you're buying a Suzuki DR350, make sure you get a post-1995 electric start version.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

By now most Suzuki DR350s will have thinned fork oil and a tired shock – replacing or refreshing these will make a huge difference to the handling. The suspension is very soft even when new – and the Suzuki DR350 wallows in faster corners. Add in knobbly tyres and a pretty indifferent front brake and you soon learn to ride the Suzuki DR350 with plenty in reserve.

Engine 3 out of 5

On the road the Suzuki DR350 plods along quite nicely and the SOHC single-cylinder motor lets you burp along at a reasonable lick. The gearbox is well thought out on the Suzuki DR350, with clever ratios that work well off-road. Combined with the Suzuki DR350’s modest power output and you’ve got the recipe for an easy to ride motorcycle that’s fun for newer riders.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

The Suzuki DR350's essentials are pretty well brilliant – the motor is good for 50,000 miles or more, the suspension wears well and there’s precious little to damage in a drop. When eyeing up a Suzuki DR350 for a potential purchase, check the downpipes and frame for rust and the spokes for soundness.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Cracking value. Suzuki DR350s can be snapped up for under a grand these days and you probably won’t lose a cent on the deal. Look for a late model Suzuki DR350 with all its OE road gear, avoid anything with a noisy ‘race’ can. It might sound great, but it won’t win you any friends when you’re out on the trails. Find a Suzuki DR350 for sale.

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Equipment 2 out of 5

Suzuki DR350s from 1996 onwards come with an electric start – kicking over a hot motorcycle quickly becomes hard work.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI DR350 (1992-1999) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI DR350 (1992-1999)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.7 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

not bad.

08 May 2013 by steman83

good little bike. very rugged and always ready! a very good way into off roading. i own a 91 enduro spec model with the plastic tank ect, kick start only. this can be a problem if you stall it. engine is a little ender-powered but im going to change... Read more the rear sprocket so this may improve things. easy to work on (always a bonus!) had the bike in some very precariouse positions and never let me down. overall a good little bike. try one.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Over 1000 miles and growing favorably.

18 September 2010 by sdanville

I bought a 1996 DR350SE this spring. I am a Honda guy and had a XL350R Honda. The Honda did not look Gay, had better fit and finish, & handled better. Having said that. I like the Suzuki much better. The suzuki delivers 60 MPG's and I weigh 250 ... Read more lbs, the suspesion aint bad, I defagged it taking off the purple and pink graphics and painting the yellow saddle and fork boots black. The best part over the Honda, it starts with the push of a button. I love that. The Honda would take 3 proimer kicks, then stall then kick some more. The Suzuli fires in one revolution of the piston. I have just over 1000 miles on it and rate it a good solid bike. Its a keeper.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Best do-it-all bike ever

29 December 2008 by vmota

cheap, excelent reliability, from hard enduro to road, always ready! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1992
Year discontinued 1999
Original price -
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 8 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 30 bhp
Max torque 22 ft-lb
Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Specification
Engine size 349cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 900mm
Bike weight 118kg
Front suspension Compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Single 220mm disc
Rear brake 200mm disc
Front tyre size 80/100 x 21
Rear tyre size 100/90 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1991: Suzuki DR350 introduced.
1996: Electric start Suzuki DR350 unveiled.
1999: Suzuki DR350 superceded by the Suzuki DRZ-400.

Other versions

None

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