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RideApart Review: 2013 DR-Z400S

The Suzuki DR-Z400S is an capable motorcycle. I’ve had the to ride one the past few weeks and I it on a 300 mile highway journey, a 200 offroad adventure, did multiple off road, rode it around and commuted from Long to LA (about 25 miles) on a regular I found the little thumper to or surpass my expecations across the and miss the little guy after it back a few days ago.


The Suzuki DR-Z400S is a single-cylinder, dual-sport motorcycle. The 4-… engine is liquid-cooled and 31bhp at 7600 rpm and 29lb/ft of at 6600 rpm. It’s with a seat height of inches which helps the bike 11.8 inches in clearance, with an overall of 90.9 inches and an overall of 34.4 inches.

The DR-Z400S a single-disc brake at both and rear, has a 5 speed transmission, and just 317 pounds. The current model that we had was unchanged the previous years.


I have always enjoyed dual sports and was anxious to see how the would compare and it was just in all the right places. The slight gain is unnoticeable and the engine feels very similar you get to freeway speeds, when a 250 to increase a single digit on the the DR-Z keeps pulling up into the upper 80s.

I am also used to feeling unconfident at speed or in turns on dual sports, but the DR-Z, the help of the stock Bridgeston tires, I felt fantastic and had confidence doing either. The and width of the bike made it for 7:00 am traffic on the 405 and I found catching dudes on sportbikes, and police bikes with because I had such an easier manuevering through traffic. I had of power to pull away lights ahead of traffic and to up on the freeway in the fast lane.

For the of Dakar. I switched the Trailwings for D606 dual sport which gave me speed on the 300 mile ride to Pahrump, but were excellent once we got With those new tires and a few adjustments to levers and things, the performed beautifully in the dirt.

the first day, Wes and I did the Jimmy Off-Road School and the same that sat on the freeway the previous day for 5 was able to out perform the “big” bikes at skidding, sliding, turning, and lofting drills. The day during the Taste of Dakar the Dr-Z400S was perfectly suited for all the roads, whoops, and rocky I could throw at it.

What’s Bad:

The DR-Z400S, many other stock in their stock form, a little work. The seat is and you can feel the plastic pan underneath it the thin padding. The handlebars are far too for my height (6’1″) and left me over for all of the off-road riding.

The was not terrible, but is something I would if I owned the bike. The stock are wonderful for paved roads and get you down hard packed roads just fine, but are for any real off-road riding. may be deal breakers to some of but these are things most look at changing anyways and I almost rather have to fix myself than I have do it all for me and then charge me for the costs of a

My biggest surprise was that the economy was so much worse the 250cc motorcycles it most finds itself in competition I averaged 45 or so mpg (far less following Wes on a NC700x up the 15) and the Yamaha gets 70mpg. Paired a 2.6 gallon tank (including I was averaging 1.8-2 gallon I was stopping for gas about every day on my commute (and 4 times here and Nevada).

For my limited the DR-Z400S was more than but if you are serious about off road the suspension could definitely be The brakes on it definitely needed to be especially for street use, but fitting for an intermediate rider off because they didnt up very fast and were in the dirt.

The Price:

The 2013 has a suggested MSRP of $6,500. The Yamaha WR250R retails for but makes less horsepower and The new 2013 Honda CRF250L has a MSRP of $4,500, but it weighs the and only makes 18bhp. If you bigger, the Honda XR650L for $6,700 but it weighs 30 pounds while making similar to the Suzuki.

While we’re at it, the KTM 350 EXC-F is 80 lbs retails for $9,700, and makes while coming pretty all-sorted for serious off-roading, if on-road ability in the process.

One of the guys at the Taste of Dakar had a DR-Z400SM, converted to dirt, and he he had to do a lot to it to really get everything out of the engine and the suspension and brakes and handling. I asked him what modifications important, he said most did a 3-3 carb mod, upgraded to JD added exhaust, installed a switch and removed the charcoal box so the would’t run into the exhaust and flood the engine.

Riding off sloshed gas around in the tank legal reaosn for doing mod). He personally had also upgraded the suspension and brakes. a bike like the KTM retails for a lot it already comes with the grade components and doesn’t this level of modification them equally priced you are the type to take it this

If this whole section has you confused, welcome to the club. If the isn’t my next bike seriously, what could be practical) this is the conundrum I myself in as well. Riding the around me made me realize I would never enjoy more than one of these litte bikes, with a set of for the road and a set for the dirt.

I may just get the NC so I don’t have to try and with all the hassle modifying the so extensively will bring.

Others Say:

“The is equally competent on the street as it is in the — Motorcycle.com

“It’s a good, motorcycle for the man who just wants to practically anywhere, keyword — Cycleworld.com

“Go for the bike that the best of both worlds. On the or cross town, you can’t the Suzuki DR-Z400S.” — Totalmotorcycle.com


Overall, the Suzuki DR-Z400S is a motorcycle and is equally at home in the or on the road. While I used it for a lot of I probably wouldn’t buy one if that my main type of riding. I see someone buying this for city riding, 100% riding, or anywhere in between.

The DR-Z400S is a widely applicable and platform that, with work, can be turned into a an destroyer or dirt devil. said, its dirt abilities are more “I can tackle anything” “I can race in anything” so if you’re an expert, I would limit expectations for this bike in to the more expensive, “race-ready,” Plan on putting some and time into the bike to get it right, and make sure you those Trailwings before dusty.

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