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Suzuki DR 400 S
Suzuki DR 400 S

Suzuki DR-Z400E (July

Suzuki looked to make a weapon, but instead ended up one of the most successful trailbikes of all Damien Ashenhurst from Bike Trader mag takes a at what makes the DR-Z400E a popular and enduring choice the over

For the people

We live in a where what you see is not always you get. We’re told if a woman makes the right of cosmetic product, she’ll a great day riding a horse on the If a bloke eats the right that woman on the horse find him utterly irresistible.

there are products that are blatantly bizarre, like Whole Chicken’, but I’ll that one for you to ponder.

However, heartening to know that time to time, you can still get you payed for and then perhaps a more. ‘Google’ does it says it will and it’s Frisbees never let you down And in the trailbike world, the king of promises is the Suzuki DR-Z400E.

It doesn’t pretend to be anything but a and capable trailbike that, in the hands, can achieve most but the greatest feats of the other machines on the market.

Few bikes the same warm response owners and former owners the Suzuki DR-Z400E. It’s the of response and that can only from countless, trouble-free and low maintenance needs — everything a perfect marriage be.


Introduced in 2000, the has remained basically unchanged well, it works just thank you very much. It was to pick up where the DR350, great bike) had left and it hit the market with much and anticipation.

It was originally heralded as a winner, but the world was still by Yamaha’s groundbreaking and all-conquering (released in 1998), and it seemed as Suzuki had missed the boat and was to rethink just where the sat — and it wasn’t alone.

Kawasaki’s KLX300 and Honda’s were also hopelessly on the track by the Yammie, which was up by the infamous WR426 in 2000, and in ways they’re all still catch-up even now in 2008.

the DR-Z did see some success in — Chad Reed was a DR-Z pilot, as was Mike who raced one in the AMA GNCC series the focus was soon shifted to the market, where Suzuki’s has since repaid itself in


Much of the success comes from the that it suits most of the most of the time. Our sport is in that we’re directly the machines that the top racers in the compete on. Budding horse don’t learn to ride on Town and you can’t buy Craig V8 Supercar from a dealer. But you can buy Knight’s KTM, or Craig Honda, if you have the money.

Sure they might a few tricky factory pieces and there, but on the whole you’d be just how close to stock a lot of bikes are, and most of bolt-on goodies are available the counter. It’s only you get to the AMA factory bikes that get seriously funky.

The capabilities of the bike surpassed the capabilities of the rider at the moment Yamaha’s 400 hit the ground. From that on, bikes started being for racers, but were marketed to like you and me.

However, Suzuki that the DR-Z400 has everything and the average rider needs to a load of fun in the bush, without the hi-tech format of so many track-bred bush rockets.


This isn’t to say the DR-Z is antiquated. Outdated in respects maybe, but it’s relevant.

Suzuki DR 400 S

Its soft suspension is enough to take a good year after year, but all the remaining comfortable and keeping monkey-… free. It’s but basically only between or soft. That’s all we needed for years though, so embrace the

The 398cc engine is a pearler. It is fast enough for most and will climb any hill and any corner. It’s versatile with all the poke you’ll whether you’re learning the or you’re racing enduro.

The also backed by a 12-month, kilometre warranty, which is rare these days and the faith Suzuki has in the model.

so far it’s been a bed of roses, but the does have shortcomings. The are disastrous for anyone over 5ft with bars so low you can turn the on and off with your knees. Get a set of bars and bar raisers.

There’s not a whole lot of ground either, and that’s not made any when you bolt on all the protective you need for bush bashing a bike that’s already dry.

My final gripe is the With a retail price of the DR-Z sits in an odd price The way prices get screwed down days, it can be a tough choice as to to take the Suzuki or unload a small amount more to get like a Yamaha WR250F.

The Gas Gas 450 also occupies a similar point, but with extra

I don’t think the Pampera is as compatible or well credentialed as the as to make a serious dent in the sales, but people like big and the Gasser is a good all-round To its credit, Suzuki often has offers on the DR-Z range, so something to look out for.


The DR-Z one day be phased out by a new soopa-doopa enduro (Suzuki’s had long enough to on it), and when that day I’ve got no doubt that will speak about the in the same respectful and fond as they do now about Honda’s

They share the same but in different eras. Simplicity and Power to the people — on brother.

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