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Suzuki DR350 (1992-1999)



Detail Value
Engine size 349 cc
Power 30 bhp
Top speed 75 mph
Insurance group 8 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

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

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 8 of 17

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Model History

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1999: Suzuki DR350 superceded by the Suzuki DRZ-400.

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.1 secs
Max power 30 bhp
Max torque 22 ft-lb
Weight 118 kg
Seat height 900 mm
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 8 of 17
Engine size 349 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Single 220mm disc
Rear brake 200mm disc
Front tyre size 80/100 x 21
Rear tyre size 100/90 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • not bad.

    steman83

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    08 May 2013

  • Over 1000 miles and growing favorably.

    steve danville

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    18 September 2010

  • Best do-it-all bike ever

    vmota

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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

    29 December 2008

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