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Dual Purpose Bikes A good dual purpose bike will run an Interstate at 80 and/or run a gravel road with high water crossings. Motocross is off road. Cruiser is on road. Dual purpose does both and a good one does both well.

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yamaha xt350

I am looking into buying a 1997 yamaha xt 350. Does anyone out there know anything about these bikes (pro's,cons). This could be my first bike and am eager to know about it. Also, how many kilometers are too many for a used bike like this and I was curious about air cooled bikes vs liquid cooled.
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I dont know much about that specific bike. But I can tell you that dual sports make a great first bike. Especially the single cylinder bikes in the 200 to 400cc range. They have smooth predictable power. They also tend to be easy to maintain, and if taken care of they can last a long time. Just make sure that you're comfortable with the seat height. Dual sports tend to be higher than sportbikes and definately higher than cruisers, but theyre great if youre tall like me.

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thats for the great advise
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Especially the single cylinder bikes in the 200 to 400cc range. They have smooth predictable power. They also tend to be easy to maintain, and if taken care of they can last a long time. Just make sure that you're comfortable with the seat height. Dual sports tend to be higher than sportbikes and definately higher than cruisers, but theyre great if youre tall like me.
Question. I see on a lot of sites selling 200cc-250cc dual purposes, claim the top speed to be somewhere around 60mph. Is this due to a governor? I ask because my 50cc 90 something, did 30mph. With out an exhaust it did 40mph. I motor 4x's the size I would figure can do 80mph easily. If it is governed, how so? Ecu? Would it be easy to ungovern?

I don't own one yet. I plan on owning one with in the month.

I have really short legs, and are short in general. 5'-6". Is it much to lower the stand over height?

I was thinking of a united motors, dsf 200. Not enough posts to link.

I really want a klr, but cant afford one right now.

Sorry for hijacking the thread. After writing this I realize i should have made a new topic.
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Did you end up buying the bike?
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I have a 95 model. It is a great bike, but very hard to start when it is cold outside. I am 5'7, barely, and can get about half of each foot standing Never came close to dropping it because of height.
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Question. I see on a lot of sites selling 200cc-250cc dual purposes, claim the top speed to be somewhere around 60mph. Is this due to a governor? I ask because my 50cc 90 something, did 30mph. With out an exhaust it did 40mph. I motor 4x's the size I would figure can do 80mph easily. If it is governed, how so? Ecu? Would it be easy to ungovern?

I don't own one yet. I plan on owning one with in the month.

I have really short legs, and are short in general. 5'-6". Is it much to lower the stand over height?

I was thinking of a united motors, dsf 200. Not enough posts to link.

I really want a klr, but cant afford one right now.

Sorry for hijacking the thread. After writing this I realize i should have made a new topic.
Its not due to a governer. Its just the limit of the bikes power

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I also have one of these bikes, which I bought not running. I got it running but the thing is a bear to start. I guess I'm not the only one that's had problems starting them. The thing kicks back like a mule, you have to be really careful when starting it. I haven't figured out why I can't tune a single cylinder bike so that it starts easily. Should be simple, I've always just thought the bike was a bit cold blooded. Fun bike to ride once started. If you're going to do wheelies plan on doing some work on the front shocks. My buddy thought it was fun to ride wheelies on his xt for a few weeks straight around town, and killed his front shocks. Overall nice bike though, I've heard it gets better gas mileage than pretty much any other motorcycle out there.
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Sorry for picking up a dead thread, I didn't realize that it was that old. I saw something about an XT350 and got a little excited I guess!
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Its not due to a governer. Its just the limit of the bikes power

I'd say a lot of it has to do with the gearing as well. The dual purpose bikes have lower gearing for trail riding.
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My friend just bought a 1994 xt350 and it starts on the first kick every single time. Im about an hour from buffalo its still cold here the bike is solid!
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Ill post and bring this one back up.

I found this while googling my new found love, my XT350 I purchased a 93 as I decided I wanted to get my bike licences, and my husband agreed. found this bike on a local site, my husband an avid xt owner swears by them but always had 78/79 xt 500 nothing ever smaller.

we went to look at the bike, only downfall is its definitly a girly bike, suited me just fine lol... My bike is Turqouise green, pink and main body is white. we were at our local yamaha dealer and told us this ones a special one.. erh..

Well now owning the bike almost 3 months I love it..... I am about 5'5" and when its cold I have to use a block under my foot to kick it over for the extra leverage....

I cannot say enough good about my bike I absolutly love it..

My husband has now went and purchased a 94 as he was none to fond on driving my girly bike. so his is navey blue...

his has been rebuilt and starts like a dream.. and is faster then mine..

just thought id share..

I being a bit shorter find it a little hard to get on for height but am getting used to it... first month I had it, I practiced driving in the hayfeilds.. handled well there, I just did my road test in pooring rain, did well there to.. Im very impressed with it.
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Anyone know where I can get the passenger (rear) peg mounts for a 98 xt350? I just bought one and they're missing!
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Have you tried Ebay? if not contact your local Yamaha dealer, the frames are pretty much the same from like late 80's up till mid 2000's =(roughly) not sure 100% of yrs but lots of yrs they only changed the plastics Colors..

When I bought mine, I was missing a right hand mirror and my husbands was missing a left. lol go figure. anyways, we were quiet surprised for factory mirrors for the bikes was only 15 dollars a side CDN.. a few other things were really cheap aswell. only thing I have saw or got prices for that was crazy was a sticker that OOPS I hit with the pressure washer taking mudd off my bike... it was side panel sticker and was like 70 buxs... Good luck..
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xt350

I had a 87 xt350, loved it. Was nice on the road and trails....hard to start though. Had to really give it to her....
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Yamaha XT 350 with High Km's .. Worth it?

Hi, Im new here obvi..lol. & Resurecting this old thread I found on a search..the Op asked about Kms. I want to buy a 2001 XT 350 for around $1500, but it has High km's. 35k.{21,000 miles} Im in Canada. Is this too high km's & price for this type of motorcycle? Even my street bikes usually have less k's. So not sure if its worth it. They say it has been regularly maintained, only 2 owners history. It looks decent shape as well. I have a 83 XL 250, but its more for off road only now, needs too much to be properly road worthy as is. So I found this option. Thanks in Advance, any help about this XT 350 is appreciated. Cheerz .. ~

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If it is in good mechanical shape, I'd say the price is good.

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Heyy! Thnx for the reply, most bikes Ive purchased in the past were all low k & street bikes with 500 & up CC So I didnt worry. Being a 350 & enduro, I want to ride on the both on/off road, I didnt know what average 'Life Expectancy' for the motor should be. Is about 40,000 miles sound about right? For average life expectancy? {under good maintenance conditions}
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Bought the 2001 XT 350

Heyy, thnx again for the replies guyz! Well, I did buy 'er. It is aesthetically, pretty Mint. Showing 35kms. Man, is this thing Hard to start..lol..Im out of breathe typing this still..lol. & it wouldnt go after 15 kicks just now! Its pretty cold here still though.. I got it for $1300, but with a big box of some new {xtra pads/spark plugs/ new oil filters etc} & OEM take off's that have been upgraded. {mirrors, gear shifter etc, some off road blinkers too, the rear tool pouch + more} random parts/tools etc. Even a brand new wind shield-for a diff. bike I can sell for $100+, & a complete rear tire, rim/sprocket etc. with more a 50/50 tire on it. Really, say $1000 Canadian-ish into it {after all the xtra parts incl.} But it does or will need some Top end work Im pretty sure, which I factored in. I have No idea what Im looking at?? It sounds a bit Whinny, or Tingy for sure. Maybe that's how they ALL sound? It did show allot of White smoke when I went to buy it, for several minutes..which helps the price{lower}, but that all went away since Ive started it a few times now, or drove it since. Maybe one min. of white smoke from cold, thats it, then it goes away. I drove it 10kms in one shot. Just to see, it Rode well, lots of power, shifted smooth. SO Im not sure if needs Values/seals done/adjusted? I'm getting a Compression tester Friday to check that, & then I'll know more I guess. but it did Pull me hard, & Im 220lbs! Im not the most mechanically inclined-Yet Because it sounded a little off, I got it for $1300 {about $1000 US dollars} all in. I saved $500 to put into so 'er far, which should hopefully do it, or get me well on the way. Here is some foto's! {done with a sh*tty cell cam} Even if needs Engine work, I feel its a great bike for the price. Any Thoughts of new valve job prices etc or top end rebuild? What should I start buying in preparation, best place to buy parts etc. ? Thanks again in Advance! Cheerz ..~ EDIT* Wont let me post pics yet..lol

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