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2005 Suzuki DRZ 400 SM

You’re your own business really, tooling along a winding road in an upscale neighborhood. You the type; lush lawns down to the street, driveways hundred feet or so, leaves in the fancy mailboxes and soccer blasting out of their driveways at one, cell phone to ear and on the back seat.

Say your prayers, buddy, because is it, the motorcycle accident everyone warned you about. Your is up and you’re getting ready to that pooch. Aren’t you you’re on Suzuki’s street-legal the DRZ 400 SM?

Squeeze the front brake to weight forward, simultaneously three gears and feathering the

The back tire starts to and chatter now as you press the right forward, slamming the bike to the and sliding sideways as you aim for the S.S. Mom’s tail. The nimble makes the direction change in the of time and shoots you into her just as she roars clear.

you’re traveling at a 45 angle your original path, missing her mailbox and getting to plow into her hedges. though you’re still at 33.6 mph, a touch of and a quick prod on the left gets you transitioned right-left and down the sidewalk.

Damn was close! Now that you have a to relax, you look to your only to see Mommy the SUV Racer you off and screaming get off my sidewalk! Happy to you hop off the curb and plant your MX squarely into the passenger of her Escalade.

The poor lady even figure out what she did to you off, but it’s not your because you’ve already through six lawns, wheelied the local preschool’s playground and her long before she decides to the accelerator and run you down.

Hackies, wheelies, burnouts, soccer mom terrorizing and interviews red-faced police officers. are the visions we had in mind as we warmed up new DR-Z400SM. Turns out, the SM is of a Street Machine with a of Sado Masochism than it is a Super Motard. Don’t let throw you, however, as the DRZ a far better real world than any supermoto racebike could.

Suzuki’s DR-Z400 has enjoyed a healthy following in the years since its introduction. The only versions were by a DR-Z400S dual-sport version in Now, thanks to a burgeoning in Supermoto racing, Suzuki has to make a DR-Z400SM supermoto

One might logically assume Suzuki simply slapped a set of 17 stubby front fender and a big brake on a 400S to create the SM, but assumption would be incorrect. Suzuki completely overhauled the endowing it with a more 47mm inverted Showa fork and new tapered aluminum similar to the suspenders found on the RM

Suzuki uses the same 398cc DOHC single found in their 400S sport. Unfortunately, this it’s tuned for torque and response, meaning the bike a little short in the motor when speeds rise 45 mph. It’s still enough to stay out of trouble on the but acceleration tapers off rapidly as approach 60 mph.

It’ll buzz along at 80 mph on the freeway, but any from that speed a full tuck and a lot of patience. No, motor isn’t like the you see at the X-Games or AMA Supermoto races, happiest in parking lots and on streets. It’s also by its 5-Speed gearbox, which higher speeds feel a too buzzy for sustained cruising.

As a city commuter or messenger’s the DRZ’s motor makes sense, with its less-intimidating delivery ensuring good and reasonable fuel economy.

not just an engine the DRZ shares the dual sport version. bikes share a common steel gas tank and cool instrument cluster/computer, with odometer, dual trip clock, stopwatch and timer You’d think this would help keep the price low, but at $6,099 expect the SM to have an aluminum six gears and a hands-free function for the watch.

Then again, a bit out of touch, because Suzuki is these things as fast as can make them. What do I

I do know that this is a hoot in the right environment. It is and light enough to allow stops and quick evasive If I had a motorcycle riding teenager, is the bike I’d want riding to school.

For myself, a bit too tame, though it might me keep my license a bit longer I could on a real supermoto.

of keeping my license, let’s get to the test ride. I was really at a as to how to properly test this Take it to a track day? power is going to be an issue.

Go to a race and enter a class? with 17 wheels this would be placed in the S1 or Premier and would get spanked like a red step-child. What to do, what to do.

When in doubt, go for a ride, what I always say. tend to clear your and make ideas spring like teeth from a Sure enough, as I made my way a quiet seaside neighborhood, the came to me: I’m an overgrown boy and I’ve got to get my papers delivered

Eureka! With one fanciful I’m now on the greatest motorcycling ever devised.

I make my way the houses at a speedy clip, to the gutter when I reach a driveway and laughing merrily the cul de sacs. For some reason, as I my mock paper delivery the neighbors begin to take Are those screeching tires and I hear approaching? Why yes, I they are.

Time for an strategy, cause when the finish whatever urgent they’re attending to, they turn their attention to me. a good citizen and would run from the PO Lice. Nope, I it’s best to run before I see so I’m not actually running them.

Call me a coward.

with this neighborhood, I find myself at a …-end and sirens fast approaching, I myself to preparing a lengthy Wait, what’s that, a dog trail in the corner right at the end of the street? Yes!

This like a great time to the SM’s offroad ability. I fan the and loft the front tire the curb, then seat-bounce to the rear so it’ll gently over the concrete obstruction. I feel a bump and I’m on my way a narrow dirt path a backyard wall 2′ to my and a chain-link fence 6 from my elbow.

The DRZ-SM feels right at on this trail, more a fully-suspended mountain bike a street-legal motorcycle.

The trail is gradually to the West and I’m to wonder if it goes all the way to the ocean whoa, cliff! Think The trail ends abruptly a little rise and I barely time to stop the bike. I to a halt within a few inches of the and listen for sirens. Nothing. peace and quiet.

This is nice, the breeze is blowing and the is crashing far below me — Island is off in the distance. I think take a moment and. is the yapping of a small dog? I to my right and notice that the continues along the cliff at the corner of the chain-link fence. more exploring to be done.

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I’m on dirt, I figure skip the electric start and this baby to life a man! Foiled again, no kick-starter, though there is a little plug where the shaft should be. Oh well, I the button and the SM meekly rumbles to

The turn is tight, but the SM has good lock, so it isn’t very to make the 90-right at the end of the fence and along the cliff face. a hard-packed surface and some to run, the SM and I are quickly up to freeway speeds as the waves undulate on my and the fence waits patiently on my The street tires are working on this surface and I have of confidence in the DRZ’s ability to me out of trouble.


Cujo is on a collision course, his another hundred feet him screaming for him to stop. Of course, can’t hear her, his ears are layed-back in the wind as he headlong for the bright yellow that’s galloping towards him at Being the deer in Cujo’s I quickly ascertain that an course reversal is my only to salvation.

What the hell was I riding on a dog trail? The forks as I start squeezing the front and when the speed drops to 10MPH, I lock the rear and slide the bike about 120 my emergency U-turn. Cujo is on me, so I have little time to

Revs-up, clutch-out, the rear to spin and I complete the other 60 of the with a nice rooster into Cujo’s snapping I’m safe, cause it your average St. Bernard capable of running 60MPH.

gloating, I run out of real estate at the beginning of the cliff trail and I the third panic braking of this brief dirt when I reach the corner of the link fence. This I brake-slide the bike 90 to the left almost to a complete-stop, as the bike the fence corner already back up the trail away the cliff. I gas it along the path and thing I know, I’m in the residential neighborhood.

Revs-down, I quietly out of the area, waiting for the to nab that hooligan.

The trip to the office involves traversing a curvy road up and over a hill. This gives me opportunity to sample the little on the type of roads that street motards famous. We know that it isn’t to explode out of corners like a 450, but it will carry corner speed and the smooth power delivery lets the DRZ get on the gas early to minimize the beating about to receive on the straight.

Big power isn’t really these bikes are about

No, these bikes are for picking line, jumping onto it, changing your mind and a different line mid-corner. accomplish this, by being light and having high-leverage that allow the rider to man them. The supermoto responds to man handling, because the dirtbike helps to keep them getting too twitchy with steering inputs. The result? command of where the bike is

And the DRZ-SM is no exception. It handles a real Supermoto, diving-in confidence and supreme control.

So, no racer. However, the DRZ is outstanding as an city blaster, commuter or the ultimate choice for the bumper on your motorhome or SUV. Of Suzuki could have the aluminum frame and 450cc from their outstanding motocrosser. But then you wouldn’t your kid or your wife it to the store.

Nope, as it sits, the is just about perfect for its usage.


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