2003 Suzuki DR-Z400E — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki DR 400 S
Suzuki DR 400 S

2003 Suzuki DR-Z400E

Trail Machine

One might the latest crop of high 4-… motocross bikes render older, enduro-style obsolete. However, while and speed are always at a premium, is something to be said for a motorcycle can take you anywhere you want to go, and do it providing a pleasantly comfortable Versatility never really out of style.

The Suzuki DR-Z400E is one machine that has been a of off-road enthusiasts since its introduction. The DR-Z still its own despite the arrival of 4-strokes-on-steroids in the few years. In fact, after a month on the plush seat of the the yellow enduro has gained the of all those who twisted the throttle the evaluation process on the advanced of John’s Peak in Southern

Today, the DR-Z remains in concept as its forefathers: a bike for the world. The DR is what it is, and what not is a bike designed for the track. 4-… remains a trail for the masses, leaving racing to the YZs and CRF450s of the world.

But take the off the track and onto a favorite system and you will appreciate its virtues.

The DR-Z’s powerplant is not sufficient in the woods but makes power than one would

The DR-Z’s humble roots lie in the DR350 lineage first in 1990. The DR line sold initially but other manufacturers to gradually steal potential in the mid and late ’90s. Suzuki was forced to revamp the DR in 2000.

The model featured a bigger and powerful liquid-cooled engine, suspension, and a redesigned chrome-moly wrapped in bright yellow

Suzuki implemented sportbike in its enduro by utilizing the Twin Combustion Chamber design, valve lash adjustment and a narrow valve angle of its series. The result is a potent and engine that is just as plodding along a trail as it is down a fire road in top

The 398cc single-cylinder engine is the of the DR-Z400. The liquid-cooled, dual-overhead-cam makes good power is capable of handling most any of terrain. Despite the sewing-machine-like note that quietly potential ponies hiding in the the oversquare powerplant (90 x 62.2mm provides ample muscle exhibiting little vibration.

The is fed by a 39mm Keihin FCR-series An accelerator pump helps the low-rpm stumble that can in some 4-strokes. Further, the also has a throttle position that is linked with the ignition system, which determine the best spark for any given rpm and throttle input.

The works excellent in practice, as the response is silky smooth and Once it is started, the DR is barely especially when idling to a 450cc high-po thug. The of an exhaust note is a welcome from the ear-splitting din of some and it is appreciated when riding in areas where not everyone the bark of a derestricted thumper.

The doesn’t elicit WR450F power but it’s more enough to get you up and over anything in path.

We were pleasantly by the performance of the DR-Z’s engine, as it plenty of power across the powerband. A twist of the throttle elicit WR450F like but it is more than enough to get up and anything in its path. Power is shortly above idle and a quick stab of the clutch is enough to wheelie over ditches and obstacles.

The five-speed transmission is well for the variety of trails an enduro encounters. Ratios are spread wide, so there’s always a appropriate for the speed of the terrain. The engine feels best exploiting its strong midrange, but is capable giving the rider power at just about any We abused the bike through a of tests including nasty climbs, deep mud, sand and the always popular roads.

In every case, the thumper motored its way through ease.

One of our favorite features of the is that tiny red button. the E in the bike’s nomenclature is the electric which requires a paltry increase in price over the kick-only version. It is well its weight. The convenience of the DR’s electric starter spoils a and I personally refuse to kick again.

Yes, there is a penalty (13 pounds, according to but for anyone who happens to stall the on the side of a hill in an awkward the extra weight is a small to pay for the convenience of no-hassle ignition.

We impressed by the endurance of the 12-volt, battery in the DR, as it never seemed to run despite constant use. other electric start we’ve tested don’t fire-up on the first try, but the 150 watts of power quickly and bring the big Suzi to life.

The start is life-saver when you get on the of a hill in an awkward position.

the electric starter was the favorite of many in our test group, the in the group didn’t entirely the deletion of the kick starter. all, a … battery on a ride would force a to push-start the DR-Z. Keep an eye on the key just hitting the kill doesn’t turn off the power, and riders would sometimes the ignition on during breaks in the

A kick starter kit is available Suzuki for $200 for those who the extra piece of mind.

a relatively low seat height of inches, getting a leg over the DR is somewhat of a task for shorter although that’s the price to be for a generous ground clearance of inches. By comparison, the Yamaha seat is two inches higher.

It was to have a bike that I touch both my feet to the commented the vertically challenged Ken Usually, I’m doing the with one foot on the ground, but not the DR.

The DR-Z test came on the of the 4-… motocross shootout. made us suspect we might be in for a of a test. However, the DR-Z flinch at the terrain we threw at it, and it was to keep up with more machines on most trails.

do you want to go today? The DR-Z400E is to get you there comfortably.

Prior to the dirt, some of us predicted the would be too slow and heavy to with the likes of the WR450. it is heavier (at a claimed dry weight of 262 the extra poundage rarely was an in the woods. It’s most during maneuvers in tight or when trying to heave a out of a deep rut. It is capable of anything these other can, but it does so with rider accommodations that a relaxed riding experience.

This is especially evident riding it back to back more focused bikes.

said, the DR-Z would be served to lose a few pounds, the use of expensive (we’ll go into later – ed.), lightweight engine covers and a removable subframe. With some strategic weight reduction the DR close the gap on the opposition. For proof the bike has plenty of potential, no further than the WORCS series.

Former motocrosser Kiedrowski has ridden a Yoshimura DR-Z to take two championships the last few years.

Indeed, the feels slim in relation to the weight. With 27.3 of rake and 112mm of trail, the DR breaking new chassis geometry but it proves to be very accommodating for all of terrain. It steers without effort, but a rider has to be careful not to the front end wash out when hard into tight

Adjusting the rebound and compression of the 49mm Showa conventional fork didn’t alleviate the so a rider needs to get as much of his over the front tire to it stick.

The DR-Z isn’t light, but it will still get up in the air asked.

The ride quality of the is exceedingly plush. The front is smooth over trail and the aluminum-bodied, piggyback-reservoir Showa uses its 11.6 inches of to track well over bumps and rutted areas. riders or supercross refugees prefer a stiffer setup, up front, but its Cadillac-like ride is dialed in for the intended usage of the

After a long day on the trails, usual to be complaining about a …. However, the firm yet cushion on the Suzuki provides the support to a tired rear something we appreciated after on the pegs for a long time. And the kickstand, tucked up out of the way of most proved to be really handy. A of advice: Don’t ever let make fun of you for having a kickstand.

It’s very convenient out in the where good places to your bike can be few and far between.

the DR-Z400 gives little to about. The seat/peg/handlebar relationship is comfortable, but we have to take with the placement of the shift As we found out, a minor can cause the shift lever to through the trick but fragile flywheel/stator cover. We repositioned the lever to avoid any future but this lower position up-shifts awkward.

An aftermarket made of stronger material be a worthy investment considering a cover and gasket run in the neighborhood of The stock handlebars were malleable stock component, but can’t really be faulted as all stock bars are as durable as wet

The shift lever position to be a problem when the DR-Z over and the lever pushed the cover.

The DR-Z is truly a bike thanks to the headlight, and tripometer. Suzuki also in a tool kit located underneath the and it comes in handy when maintenance is needed on the trails. The tank seemed to be bottomless, when we rode alongside 2-strokes.

We routinely went all day on one of gas.

We have a suggestion would improve a rider’s on the DR-Z. We’d like to see the of a grab-handle or a cutout below the to help man-handle the bike obstacles or righting it after a This proves to be endlessly on Yamaha dirt bikes, and it take much RD work Suzuki engineers to make it

Overall the Suzuki is a phenomenal machine. With plenty of and comfortable ergonomics, the DR-Z is an choice for riders that mountain trails and desert While the DR would be better less weight, it’s a trade for the features such as starting and the full regalia of components.

The DR-Z is a versatile that will take you to new with phenomenal views.

The proves to be a very capable and fun regardless of skill level. The Honda XR400R is shorter, and $150 cheaper than the But its lower-tech, air-cooled engine keep up with the up-to-date of the Suzuki.

Its engine is no match for like the new WR450F Yamaha, but its modest price of $5,349, the is a whopping $1050 cheaper. No, it the loudest or most powerful on the market, but it will take you any you want to go. Maybe further.

Suzuki DR 400 S


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