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Suzuki DR 200 S

First Ride: 2001 DR-Z250

It has been raining non-stop here in Southern lately (just look at the in this article), but we couldn’t the chance to ride Suzuki’s new model DR-Z250. Suzuki’s competes straight-up with XR250R and Yamaha’s TT-R250 bikes. All three carry an

MSRP of $4,699.

Suzuki the DR-Z250 as a “ new 250cc four-…, model with performance and suitable for a wide range of “. In other words, a bike a beginner or novice will be on, and that an experienced rider can

To be honest, I was skeptical about the ability to entertain an experienced, rider. I was clearly wrong. is not just another old-tech, trail bike.

It has stock that are missing from of the competition, including components are extremely expensive to purchase and Here is a partial list.

Mikuni, flat-slide carburetor accelerator pump.

43mm fork with fully rebound and compression damping.

Electric start and kick (for back-up).

Three-way shock (compression, rebound and preload).

Large, modern, disc brakes, calipers and cylinders.

Large capacity tank that doesn’t the rider from moving to weight the front-end.

Four-valve with more than air cooling.

Zerk fittings for linkage lubrication.

Air filter without tools and without the seat.

Magnesium cylinder cover to reduce weight and the center of gravity.

The 249cc is a double overhead cam, design with Suzuki’s (twin swirl combustion With relatively steep angles, and a slipper-style piston, Suzuki motor is hardly old

Unlike the competition, Suzuki’s is more than air cooled. It is air and oil cooled, giving it a greater to maintain its horsepower throughout a where an air cooled unit to loose horsepower as heat You may remember that Suzuki had success with air/oil street bikes, including its motor that was bored, turboed, and modified in every shape or form for high

That motor was bullet and the DR-Z250 employs much of the technology.

The claimed, dry weight of 253 is six pounds lighter than claims for the other electric model available in this (the air cooled TT-R250).

The wet design of the engine allowed greater latitude in centralizing the of the motorcycle and lowering the center of In the picture here, you will that the battery and shock gas are both located in front of, and below the airbox. The battery is a 4.5 12 volt, maintenance free that not only powers the start, but a taillight and a bright, 55 headlight.

The brakes on the DR-Z250 set new standards for the class. With a rotor up front, there is swept area than modern motocross machines, the exception of Yamaha (which up to a 250mm disc for its MX bikes year). The front brake is awesome, and is an item that need no upgrades whatsoever as the gains experience and speed.

The rear brake is also a disc, and its design is based on that of the recently introduced It is powerful, but not too touchy.

At 2.8 gallons, the capacity of the DR-Z250 is larger (by of a gallon) than either the or the TT-R250. Nevertheless, I found it to move around on the Suzuki even Yamaha’s new WR250F (a we are concurrently testing). Suzuki has a for designing slim, ergonomically dirt bikes, and the DR-Z250 is no

Suzuki DR 200 S
Suzuki DR 200 S

Despite the large capacity gas you can get forward on the seat for turns easily.

At 35.4 inches, the height is lower than the TT-R250 and XR250R, but the ground (11.8 inches) falls the two competitors.

The six speed transmission has spaced ratios (and a fast top speed) and, most Suzukis, shifts and positively. The DR-Z250 is the only in the class that features kick and electric start. The XR is only, and the TT-R is electric only.

Okay, so the DR-Z250 sets new in the class for componentry and engine What is it like to ride?

stock, the DR-Z250 has extremely suspension. The stock settings and rates are soft, but not nearly as as you might think. Perfect for the trail rider (including my Kim, who will write her own on this bike later), more compression and rebound on the and the shock allowed me to ride the aggressively and fast (and I 200 pounds).

I am an aggressive and fast rider with racing (including motocross). Frankly, I to be underwhelmed by the DR-Z250. I wasn’t.

The engine performance is torquey and and revs out relatively well. The pulls well from low (largely due to the pumper carb, I but has a broad powerband. Nevertheless, the is whisper quiet (like its brother, the DR-Z400).

The chassis balance is really good. Ridden hard, rough terrain, the 43mm fork really did its job. flex is not that noticeable, and speed stability was surprisingly

The frame and swingarm are obviously stiff.

At one point, I rode the flat-out in sixth gear a familiar dirt road 8 inches of mud, truck ruts, and other weather-related I had a blast keeping the throttle and the front wheel light, as wheels drifted and slithered A pretty good handling and the DR-Z250 passed it with colors.

I really can’t you how much I appreciate the electric button. I’ve been four-… dirt bikes a bit lately, and the occasional frustration and generated by a four-… that is to start can really ruin day. The electric start on the DR-Z250 makes me feel I am cheating. It makes me feel about the bike, in general, the machine just never me down in the starting department.

Having a kick starter as a is also comforting and a bit unusual (it is an extra-cost item on the DR-Z400, for

We are keeping the bike for an extended We want to try a few relatively inexpensive modifications on the DR-Z250 to see just how its performance can keep up with the of a more demanding rider. tuned.

Suzuki DR 200 S
Suzuki DR 200 S

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