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Suzuki DR 500 S

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Stickers. The 2013 DR-Z400SM is exact same one was last on-sale in 2009, the engine down to the toolkit to the back, just with plastics and stickers. That’s no bad the DR-Z has always been the real supermoto available a Japanese manufacturer, over

I have been using the to get between and around Los Angeles and Beach for the past few weeks. As I I’ve also spent a lot of on the dual-sport version, the DR-Z400S. of rehashing every issue, just be touching on the ways the two compare.

One of the main differences is the The SM version uses Showa front forks instead of the cartridge-style forks with rubber boots of the S version. feature adjustable compression and dampening, but the inverted forks unsprung weight and help to the super moto aesthetic.

The other main difference is the brakes. The DR-Z400SM includes a disc brake with a 300mm floating-type rotor and caliper plus a 240mm disc brake with caliper, while the DR-Z400S has a front disc and a 220mm

The super moto version with a 120/70 R17 front and 140/70 R17 rear, while the sport version has a 80/100 R21 and 120/90 R18 rear. The super comes wrapped in Dunlop while the dual-sport comes Trailwings stock. The difference in wheel size and suspension, the DR-Z400SM a ground clearance of 10.2 inches and seat of 35 inches, while the DR-Z400S in a 11.8 inches and 36.8 respectively.

Other than that, the are basically the same. Same liquid cooled thumper. 2.6 gallon tank. Same seat. Same instrument Similar weights (321 for the SM, 317 for the S). Mikuni BSR36 carb.

refer to the DR-Z400S article for a broad review on the DR-Z400 as a this is more about the that transform it from to supermoto.

Suzuki DR 500 S

While I loved riding the my biggest complaint about it was the The DR-Z400SM’s upgraded brakes brilliantly on the street, exceeding my in this department. Feel is as well as bite and grip. It an interesting question when which model is right for the brakes on S being a little to manage in the dirt (less means they wont up in the dirt quite as easily) but the on the SM better for street.

If you were to buy one just for the street, the SM is the obvious but if you were going to try and split an SM with a second set of wheels work better than the

The lower overall height the SM a little more accessible, it is still quite tall a seat height of 35 inches. it’s a good thing the is a little easier to get a leg over, I liked the height of the S model for splitting.

The USD forks and 17 inch help a great deal stability at high speeds. I had incredibly intense speed on the 400S at speeds over 70 by the dirt-focused Dunlop D606s we the 400SM handled freeway much better and I felt more planted with only on rough pavement or in with high winds.

While part of the fun of riding moto is the long and soft I found that to be a little too for my liking on the DR-Z. The front takes a huge dive you apply the front brakes and you feel the instability during to high speed cornering. of this can be modified by playing the suspension settings, but we’d stiffer suspension overall for a this capable.

The range, the same as the DR-Z400S, felt frustrating on a bike oriented for the streets. When I found riding the DR-Z400S around or out to dual sport rides, I was not as to have to stop every miles to fill up. The DR-Z400SM itself as more of an all rounder and tool, so it bothered me a little to have to stop and fill up other day, but that’s just me whining.

Suzuki DR 500 S
Suzuki DR 500 S

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