2013 Suzuki DR-Z400SM First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki DR 125 SM

2013 Suzuki DR-Z400SM Ride

The list of factory-equipped motorcycles in the US is short, real Really, one model doesn’t a make; the Suzuki DR-Z400SM is the option for those looking for wheels, sticky meats and suspension. Suzuki cut the SM from its in 2009, but now it’s back bold new graphics for 2013.

at MotoUSA we are excited for its return and procured a unit for some hacking fun.

Sharing with the DR-Z400S, the SM is powered by a 4-… liquid-cooled Single has been in service since the of the century. Early models kickstart only, but later went to electric start. The valve train uses adjustment and features an automatic system for quick starts. the fire is a 36mm Mikuni CV carburetor one of the last models in line with choke, and main jets.

It’s all decidedly low-tech in to the modern MX mill, but it’s and low-maintenance.

A chromoly steel cradles the engine and houses the engine oil-tank, while an bolt-on subframe lightens the Where the more dirt S model has conventional forks, the rocks a set of upside-down Showa with compression and rebound adjustment. At the back is the ubiquitous shock and linkage set-up.

is an all-important ingredient in supermoto and the 400SM dishes up a 300mm front rotor mated to caliper over the S model’s smaller 250mm disc. At the a 245mm drilled rotor is by a single-piston slave-cylinder. All-that power is transferred to a meaty set of D208 tires on blue 17-inch RK Excel Aluminum wheels.

So it looks the part of a supermoto, but its performance back up the sporty Yes and no. It is more bark than but you’ll love this dog

Power output from the is not as snappy as you would like for hooliganism, but the engine is easy to and makes for confident application of the With so much traction the 140/70-17 rear tire, you can be ham-fisted with the right and you never have to worry the rear end breaking loose.

require copious application of the even in first gear, but up the flat torque spread the DR-Z’s mill will this front wheel with ease. For spirited road shredding, it’s to keep the rpm high rather lugging out of the corners to get the most out of the engine.

Gearing from the five-speed is nicely spaced to keep the flowing between turns. is light, but we did experience a few missed between second and third, when screaming the motor. On the we were left looking for to lower the revs while down the super slab.

So the engine might not have the in the seat we wished for, the more than makes up for it. Any encountered is a chance to kick the out with a downshift and spike to the brake lever in true Then it’s on the gas with inside leg out and a knee stuffed the outside of the tank to carve a

The fun factor is high although the are not.

Suzuki DR 125 SM

The suspension is well yet it is softer than we would or like on a supermoto-style bike. The pitches forward and back every application of the throttle and It’s a very active when hacking around but the DR-Z is smooth as butter on cobbled pavement.

There is twist felt in the front when leaning hard on massive 300mm front but it is not enough to upset the handling.

performance is phenomenal on the SM. The front has plenty of power to haul the down, before flicking the sideways. Feel is excellent modulation easy for rolling and other forms of tomfoolery.

The rear brake has less but feel is as good as the front.

the suspension is lower than the the SM still has a seat height of and may be an issue for those with inseams. The seat is narrow so it not feel as tall as it is but it also longer rides uncomfortable. be happy with the short range of the 2.6-gallon tank.

At 40 mpg from out test unit, you are at around 100 miles for a fill up and a for your gluteus.

The scope of the is narrow with its skinny small tank and modest yet power, but the fun factor is through the For those looking for a supermoto that is ready to go right off the floor, the 2013 DR-Z400SM is not the only choice it is a damn one as well. And at just $6999 a bargain.

Suzuki DR 125 SM
Suzuki DR 125 SM
Suzuki DR 125 SM
Suzuki DR 125 SM
Suzuki DR 125 SM


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