2008 Suzuki DR-Z400SM motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Suzuki DR Dual-Purpose



When the 2008 DR-Z400SM, Suzuki at exceptional performance on the street and the product did featured remarkably performance, along with a of torque across the powerband. For handling, it features a lightweight, design, complemented by advanced front and rear, including an inverted fork.


By the end of the specialization had transformed dual-purpose from everyman machines to of a cult item as their cylinder engines were underpowered on the highway, and yet their cycles were also as too cumbersome for serious dirt

Dual purpose bikes an inadvertent victim of encroaching

In 1990, Suzuki worked to that perception with its of the DR350S. Now called “dual bikes, the DR was lighter, better and delivered superior handling to its predecessors. Of course, the Europeans offering competitive machines, but bikes were relatively for street use.

Ten years Suzuki again redefined the sport paradigm with the a liquid-cooled, DOHC machine enjoyed generous functional and established new standards in the class by perfect for both street and exploiting.

But Suzuki decided that it to go further for 2005, becoming the of the Japanese Big Four to include a supermoto bike for North The idea was that the new bike to be a turnkey street-legal supermoto both refined and affordable. used its reliable DR-Z400S bike as the stepping-off point for the new

The DR-Z’s motard makeover all the basics: shortened and better front fender, front upgraded and wide 17-inch dressed with sport Taking the transformation to the next the new model’s conventional fork was to a fully adjustable Showa inverted unit and the swingarm was an aluminum-tapered item, both elements being taken out the RM250 motocrosser and carefully on the DR-Z400SM to satisfy the rider’s need.

Another two aspects improve the bike for strict using is the racing-type supermoto and the CDI mapping to match SM’s final gearing.

We’ve how Suzuki developed the 2005 but has it changed? Apart from schemes and decals, no. That’s much it.

2008 introduces color scheme instead of and blue decals to improve the impact.


Being the first manufacturer that ever and sold a supermoto bike, clearly has no competition coming the rest of the manufacturers who together Suzuki are known as the Big Four. But a opponent for the brave Suzuki wasn’t hard to find at KTM as they are known to produce well engineered machines and the 450 SMR no exception. Suzuki’s competition in case presents a sharp-looking with great performance proves that legacy counts a lot, but we shouldn’t a Japanese manufacturer so easily!

Suzuki created the DR-Z400SM as a demonstration of power and capability for the three Japanese manufacturers who included a supermoto model on production lines and the bike’s had to be aggressive and express power. In to do just that, the bike right from the beginning a color scheme which the side panels, aggressive fender, exhaust cover and every element apart the aluminum pieces could any color as long as it was black.

get me wrong. A yellow version was available but it was replaced with for 2008.

The most distinctive aspect makes a motorcycle say supermoto and not or motocross are the wheels which at the feature 17” and grippy tires on top. Front features a large diameter disc brake (in case you forgot what the bike can do) on its and the rear one presents a smaller but disc brake.

The front of supermoto is very aggressive because of its inverted telescopic taken right out the RM250 and the which have the purpose of dirt away from the surfaces. Headlight and mirrors are the as at the dualsport which inspired the of the SM, DR-Z400S.

Test Drive

always thought that if the would have featured an starter right from the we would have had the opportunity to its supermoto version right the beginning, but Suzuki knows The advantage of an electric-start is that it any worry of stalling the motor at a and holding up traffic while through a tedious hot-start The keyed ignition switch is atop the triple-clamp and a pull-choke resides down on the carburetor and an decompression system allows the to crank over freely.

When it comes to supermoto everything is about great and awesome acceleration so I needed to right from the beginning if it for that “M” at the end of its name so I had the wormed up and ready to go. Engaging and through first gear, is fairly short and works in with the light and fluid action to provide super-easy I wasn’t disappointed. The other gears give an exceptional feel and the power remains as you accelerate and change them.

is well suited to city where zipping from sees you working to the top of the five gearbox within a block. at 50 mph in high gear is where the sweet spot is found. At speed, very little vibration is felt through the and fuel tank.

As I speeded up a bit, the bars developed a buzz, while the tank and are … calm and when I was really fast, the buzz through the chassis, but relative to four-… Singles, the DR-Z is incredibly smooth at any speeds.

The pace was kept even on the where in the fast lane, the really revs up and the vibrations are inexistent.

If I had to name one aspect the DR-Z400SM covers best, I mention handling which can be a advantage in the city once got used to the bike’s aggressive which can be a bit scary at the beginning but it will be only a matter of until you’ll master the

But gaining a certain level of on the SM involves powerful braking and a lot of movement, as it has a up-set riding and other unique features encountered on supermoto machines so if you’ve ridden other of motorcycles, the DR-Z400SM will do its job and you a one-of-a-kind riding experience, arm included.


Suzuki DR Dual-Purpose

A great should also involve a deal so the 2008 Suzuki can be the next toy in your garage for a price of only $6,199.

All performance at a value that the DR-Z400SM the title of “Best for the Buck” at the “Motorcycle of the year” in 2007.


Suzuki couldn’t it through better than it did the 2008 DR-Z400SM. Great over the rpm range, awesome and reliable brakes, all concluded a aggressive build bodywork really makes a statement on the its


Engine and Transmission


Compression Ratio:

Fuel System: MikuniT

Lubrication: Dry sump


Final Drive: #520

Chassis and Dimensions

Suspension Inverted telescopic, oil damped, compression and rebound damping

Rear: Link-type, fully-adjustable preload, adjustable compression and damping

Suzuki DR Dual-Purpose
Suzuki DR Dual-Purpose
Suzuki DR Dual-Purpose
Suzuki DR Dual-Purpose

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