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Just Bought a 97 DR 350 SE. Think it needs some tuning. Help.

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Hey all. I'm new to riding and a 1st time thumper. I think it will be a great way to spend time with my son when he is a little older (trail riding). However, at the moment my DR 350 could probably be running a little better. I've heard the DR 350 gets between 70-80 mpg for commuting. Is this true or a bunch of bull? My bike is currently getting 55 mpg. I'm new to riding so I don't have much to compare to. I fully intend on learnig how to fine tune this bike myself. Like most first ventures I expect the learning curve to be great and the mistakes plentiful. At the moment my only resources aside from paying someone else to do everything is the web.

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You should be able to get all the tech tip you need on TT. Good luck.

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dl97.....

I have a 96 DR350 and a few years ago I took it for a 260 mile ride, mostly on the highway and didn't hit reserve until I was 1/4 mile from being back home. This is with a larger aftermarket tank, but when I calculated my mileage, it was 75 mpg. This was with stock jetting, which was lean. I have since rejetted the carb but haven't taken it for a long ride in a while. I wouldn't be surprised if it is now closer to your 55mpg numbers though.

It's been a great bike for me. These things are bulletproof. I have about 8000 miles on it now and it has taken some pretty good spills in the dirt and on the rocks. Still runs as good as the day I bought it. It was my first bike as well and it was a good bike to learn on. I finally upgraded to a KTM 450 last year but I still have the DR.

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