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DR250 Questions...



Hi everyone...

It's been a long time since i've posted, apologies...

I'm looking at a possible M Reg Suzuki DR250... Not very common here in the UK i know... However i was hoping to run it for a year ish, before taking it on my big trip in October 2013...

Anyway, i was looking for a bit of advice as what i need to look out for, and particular faults or words of wisdom?

As well as where i can get a cheap set of racks for it? Bigger tank? Etc

Help!?

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What year is a "M" reg?

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M reg is 1994/1995 i believe...
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I have a 91 DR250 and it's a great bike both on and off road (although the seat needs a bit more comfort for 50+ miles).
You should find that many DR350 parts fit, which is a great help as there are lots of those on ebay, but not many for the DR250.
Mine already had a rear carrier so I simply put a Givi plate on top.
I burned through a side panel when tied on soft panniers (oops!) so you'll definitely need pannier rails or a better exhaust guard.
You should be able to obtain a parts manual on ebay.
The following sites could help with parts too:
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Thanks Elaine... Will a 350 rack and exhaust guard fit straight onto the 250 then? And would a bigger capacity tank fit?
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MW - not necessarily, it depends which model of DR250 you have
I'm not an expert and it was more guess work to find out it was the same as a 350.

When looking for a new shock, we discovered the standard DR250 shock had totally different fittings. So there clearly is a difference between years / models.

It may also depend on where your bike was imported from as some models weren't exported to the USA. Perhaps you could find a local DR350 to compare it with?
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I lived in Japan in the early 90s and I had a DR250SH which had upside down forks and a hydraulically operated seat height knob on the bars. A superb little bike. It's the one bike from my poast that I wish I still had.
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The DR-Z 250 is an awesome bike. I had the 2007 model as my first ever motorcycle and never had any issues with it.
Answering your question about a bigger tank: back then I sent an email to the guys at Safari Tank. According to them their DR-Z400 long range tank would also fit the DR-Z250. Not sure though if that works for your model of the 250 too. Maybe worth getting in contact with them.
Also be aware that a long range tank adds a lot of weight mostly onto your forks which might need upgrading. That was my main reason for not going ahead with the tank swap.
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...I had a DR250SH ...wish I still had.
It's a great bike but the seat height control unit was a pain - couldn't find anyone who knew about it or how to make it work again

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The DR-Z 250 is an awesome bike..
Don't know all the specifics but the "Z" models are quite different to their DR cousins
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Still haggling for the DR... Though there is a possibility of a Honda XL600 instead... Both are px's for my RGV250...
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