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2016 - 2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM

2016 - 2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM

Suzuki Still Has Carbureted Dual Sports

Pitting the fuel-injection fans against the carburetor fans, we score a point for the latter with the DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM from Suzuki. Fuel injection hasn’t yet made an appearance in Suzuki’s dual-sport lineup, which was a good thing or a bad thing, depending on which side of the fence you’re on. For 2020, the DR-Z siblings haven’t yet been touched by the FI update. Sharing the same engine as the 500EXC from KTM, the DR-Zs come on a different chassis with progressive-link rear suspension. The “SM” — the SuperMoto of the family — and the “S” feature a six-liter air box with quick-release fasteners trouble-free access to the air filter and special low profile mirrors that rotate hoping to avoid damage, both are pluses when you’re playing in the dirt.

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1988 - 1999 Suzuki DR Big

1988 - 1999 Suzuki DR Big

The Grand-Daddy Of The Dual-Sports

Suzuki arguably launched the adventure-bike genre all the way back in 1988 with its DR750S “Big” model. Also called the “Desert Express,” it delivered long range off-road performance and comfort superior to that which you could expect from the enduro-style bikes of the day. The factory boosted the displacement ahead of the 1990 model year to set up a decade-long reign as the grand-daddy of dual-sports.

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2015 - 2019 Suzuki DR200S

2015 - 2019 Suzuki DR200S

A Tried-And-True Dual Sport

Suzuki brings dual-sport capabilities to the entry-level sector with its DR200S. A heavy emphasis on offroad performance defines the overall look of the thing, and a 199 cc engine drives it over hill and dale as well as down the road with all the appropriate lighting for safety and legalities. The end result seems to be a functional, if plain, bike that provides a stable ride and moderate power with a humble overall bearing. A carry-over for the last few years, it hasn’t changed much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki DR200S.

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2015 - 2019 Suzuki DR650S

2015 - 2019 Suzuki DR650S

A Hot Dual-Sport? Or Entry Adventure Bike?

It’s not the most attractive bike in the dual sport stable, though it’s small and scrappy with its 644 cc engine and so much fun to ride. With a glance at the DR650S from Suzuki and you might just dismiss it as an enduro bike. That would be doing it an injustice. It’s really a basic adventure bike that will get you off the pavement and into the woods with perhaps more gumption than a real adventure bike. Priced affordably, it isn’t a tragic to drop it as it would be otherwise and it is lightweight enough that you can pick it up and keep going.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki DR650S.

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2015 - 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS / V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure

2015 - 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS / V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure

Suzuki continues strong in the adventure market for 2016 with the V Strom family. The 1000 and 1000 Adventure share the stable with their 650 cc counterparts for fun on-road and off-road in grand touring style.

If you’re looking at an adventure bike for the first time, understand that this isn’t a sport bike with off-road capabilities. Don’t look at that 1000 cc engine and get a chubby like you would with a crotch rocket. These V Strom 1000s are adventure bikes – tall seat, tall tank and suspension squishier than a street bike, but not as much travel as a proper off-road bike. Is that a bad thing? No, as long as you know what you’re looking at.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki V Strom 1000 and V Strom 1000 Adventure.

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2015 Suzuki DR-Z400S

2015 Suzuki DR-Z400S

The Suzuki DR-Z400S is an efficient, reliable and practical motorcycle that can deal great both with the savage trails of the forest and the paved roads.

It features a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine with a displacement of 398cc. The engine is mated on a five speed constant mesh transmission. The unit is mounted on a narrow frame which combines thin chrome-moly steel tubes and is paired with a bolt-on aluminum subframe.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the motorcycle is equipped with long travel (11.3 in), 49mm cartridge-style forks with protective rubber boots (adjustable compression/rebound damping and adjustable spring preload) and a modern rear shock absorber which features 11.6 in of travel (compression damping/preload adjustments).

The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a 250 mm front disc with dual-piston caliper and a 220mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper.

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2015 Suzuki RM-Z450

2015 Suzuki RM-Z450

The Suzuki RM-Z450 is a tough off-roader built for the adrenaline hungry riders. It is equipped with all the high tech features needed to make a winner and delivers superior ride and handling performances on a wide range of terrains.

The Suzuki RM-Z450 is propelled by a 449 cc, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, fuel-injected engine which is linked to a five speed constant mesh transmission.

For enhanced performances the motorcycle is also equipped with the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) feature which is technically a selectable launch mode system that offers three different modes of launch.

Moreover, you also get the SFF-Air suspension which comes without coil spring, is lighter and features an increased inner tube diameter and increased damper rod/piston size compared with the old SFF system.

The bike can be yours for no less than $8,749.

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2015 Suzuki RM-Z250

2015 Suzuki RM-Z250

The Suzuki RM-Z250 was built for the most demanding off road riders and features top notch components which combine to form a perfect mix that delivers superior ride and handling performances in a wide range of tracks.

Among them you’ll find a Showa Separate Function front Fork, race-inspired disc rotors and Excel aluminum rims. The Suzuki RM-Z250 is propelled by a 4-stroke, liquid - cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine with a displacement of 249 cc. The engine needs to deal with a curb weight of 106.5 kg and is mated on a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by front and rear disc brakes. You also get a pair of grippy tires that measure 80/100-21 51M up front and 100/90-19 57M at the rear.

The Suzuki RM-Z250 is offered with a starting price of $7,599.

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2014 Suzuki DR-Z125L

2014 Suzuki DR-Z125L

The Suzuki DR-Z125L is the larger version of the DR-Z125 and is a great choice for beginner riders.

The motorcycle is powered by the same 124 cc, 4 stroke, SOHC, single cylinder, air cooled engine, but it features larger 19-inch front and 16-inch rear tires and wheels and a taller seat height rated at 32 inch.

The motorcycle’s engine is paired with a five-speed transmission with link-type gearshift system and the stopping power is handled by a front disc brake and rear drum brake.

The Suzuki DR-Z125L’s backbone is represented by a lightweight, high rigidity steel pipe frame which is paired with a rear swingarm. You also get telescopic front forks and a link-type rear suspension – a great setup for off road riding which can deal great with a large variety of bumps.

The 2014 Suzuki DR-Z125L is offered with a base price of $3,199 and comes with a six months warranty.

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2014 Suzuki DR-Z400S

2014 Suzuki DR-Z400S

Thanks to its tough construction, rugged wheels and potent engine, the Suzuki DR-Z400S is able to reward you with first class performances both on- and off-road.

To be able to deal with tough jobs without backing down, the 2014 Suzuki DR-Z400S is fitted with a narrow frame made of thin chrome-moly steel tubes. The frame houses a 398 cc, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine which sends its power to the ground through a five speed, constant mesh transmission.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a 250 mm front disc with dual-piston caliper and a 220 mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper.

You also get a 49 mm cartridge-style fork and a rear shock absorber that offers 11.6 in of wheel travel.

As far as prices are concerned, the 2014 Suzuki DR-Z400S can be yours for no less than $6,599.

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2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

Meet the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 – a tough motorcycle designed for tough riders. The 2014 model continues the sporty tradition of the 2011 and 2012 models and rewards you with a great handling, and a strong engine.

Talking about the engine, the 2014 RM-Z450 is built around a 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC unit which develops exceptional power from idle to redline and provides a crisp throttle response. The engine’s power is kept under control by a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.

The motorcycle’s ride quality is assured by an innovative Separate Function front Fork (SFF) from Showa. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the front suspension is engineered with a twin-spar aluminum frame enhancing the bikes’ handling and stability on tough tracks.

You won’t complain about the stopping power either as it is assured by a set of capable front and rear discs.

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2014 Suzuki RM-Z250

2014 Suzuki RM-Z250

The Suzuki RM-Z250 has received a series of upgrades for 2014. Perhaps it goes without saying that the new model continues to offer the same first class performances as its predecessors and raises the bar even higher in terms of handling and ergonomics.

Designed from the ground up for the needs of an amateur racer, the Suzuki RM-Z250 is built on a solid chassis and features a set of great suspensions which include the Separate Function front Fork (SFF) from Showa.

The 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 is powered by a 249cc, 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC engine, which features a lightweight design. The unit sends its power to the ground through a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.

To be able to deal with the dirty tracks effortless, the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 is fitted with 80/100-21 51M front and 100/90-19 57M rear tube type tyres.

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2013 Suzuki RM85

2013 Suzuki RM85

Compact, agile and light, the Suzuki RM85 is an agile bike that continues Suzuki’s tradition of racing excellence.

The 2013 Suzuki RM85 is built on a tubular steel frame and an aluminum swingarm which are combined with a front telescopic fork and a Showa rear shock absorber.

In terms of power the 2013 Suzuki RM85 is propelled by an 84.7cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled engine which sends its power to the ground though a six speed constant mesh transmission. The engine is combined with a large-capacity radiator for efficient cooling and a Keihin PE28 carburetor.

The 2013 Suzuki RM85 rides on 17 inch front and 14 inch rear wheels wrapped in 70/100-17 40M, and 90/100-14 49M, tube type tyres.

The stopping power is assured by a twin piston caliper front brake with 220mm large diameter disc and a rear brake with 200mm disc.

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2013 Suzuki JR80

2013 Suzuki JR80

The 2013 Suzuki JR80 was especially developed for young riders. It is powered by a compact two stroke 79.00 cc, single cylinder engine that is perfectly suited for beginning riders. The engine is mated on a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission that was especially developed to help the rider learn easy how to shift correctly each gear. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the two stroke engine is fed by a 4.10 litres (1.08 gallons) fuel tank.

The ride quality is assured by front and rear oil-damped shock absorbers that offer a pretty smooth riding experience and deal great with road bumps. Moreover, you also get a rear mono-shock absorber that has 5 adjustable preload settings.

The 2013 Suzuki JR80 rides on a 14-inch front and 12-inch rear wheels paired with drum brakes.

The 2013 Suzuki JR80 is offered with a starting price of $3,495.

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2013 Suzuki DR-Z125L

2013 Suzuki DR-Z125L

The Suzuki DR-Z125L is a special version of the DR-Z125 model and was created by the Japanese manufacturer to be better suited for larger riders.

The motorcycle is powered by the same 124cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, OHC engine which is paired with a five speeds constant mesh transmission.

The Suzuki DR-Z125L model rides on 19-inch front and 16-inch rear tires and wheels and is equipped with a front disc brake for better stopping performances.

The motorcycle’s backbone is a lightweight, high rigidity steel pipe frame especially developed to keep the motorcycle’s handling and stability at sporty levels.

In terms of ergonomy, the DR-Z125L is equipped with a narrow seat, a simple handlebar and comfortable foot pegs.

The ride quality is kept in check by front telescopic forks and link-type rear suspensions. There is also a rear shock absorber with fully adjustable spring preload.

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2013 Suzuki DR-Z125

2013 Suzuki DR-Z125

When it comes to compact motocross bikes the Suzuki DR-Z125 is among the top dogs in the business. Featuring a lightweight construction, sharp-cut fenders and sporty suspensions, the Suzuki DR-Z125 is ready to go head to head with the toughest tracks without breaking a sweat.

This tough bike is built on a lightweight, high rigidity steel pipe frame linked to a modern rear swingarm that was carefully forged to be perfectly suited for tough tasks.

As far as power is concerned, the Suzuki DR-Z125 sports a 124 cc, 4-stroke, air cooled OHC engine mated on a five speed constant mesh transmission.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by a set of lightweight front and rear drum brakes.

The 2013 Suzuki DR-Z125 is offered with a starting price of $3,099 and comes with a 6 months warranty.

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2013 Suzuki RM-Z250

2013 Suzuki RM-Z250

The Suzuki RM-Z250 has received a series of upgrades for 2013 which make slightly more capable than the previous version.

The most significant upgrades were made to the engine which now offers better overall performances and is also significantly smoother. The revamped 249cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC unit is kept check by a 5-speed constant mesh which is also new offering a smoother feel and more precise shifts.

The bike also comes with a redesigned chassis and suspensions which include a front fork inner tube with a diameter of 48mm and adjustable spring pre-load while out back there is a Showa Piggyback shock with setting changes and adjustments.

You also get a pair of rugged lightweight wheel shod in 80/100-21 51M front and 100/90-19 57M, tube type tyres.

The Suzuki RM-Z250 is offered with a starting price of $7,599.

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2013 Suzuki RM-Z450

2013 Suzuki RM-Z450

The Suzuki RM-Z450 is around for quite some time now and during its life has received a lot of awards thanks to its first class performances.

Needless to say that the 2013 model moves this heritage further and continues to deliver modern technologies and solid performances.

The bike is built around a 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine that sends its power to the rear wheel through a redesigned 5-speed constant mesh transmission. Thanks to its reshaped shift cam, stopper spring and drive shaft, the transmission offers more precise shifts as well as a better general response.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a twin spar aluminum frame especially engineered to offer great rigidity at high speeds.

The Suzuki RM-Z450 is offered with a starting price of $8,699.

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2012 Suzuki RMX450Z

2012 Suzuki RMX450Z

The Suzuki RMX450Z was developed especially for off road use, thereby it features a rugged and powerful character.

The 2012 RMX450Z shares much of its DNA to Suzuki’s RM-Z450 and is powered by a 449cc 4-stroke , liquid-cooled DOHC engine which carries enough power to impress even the most demanding riders. The engine has also received a few tweaks including a customized inlet tract and adjusted cam profiles which have the role to increase low and mid-rpm power.

Finally, the 2012 RMX450Z also has a proven Keihin fuel injection system from the RM-Z bike and a five-speed constant mesh transmission that not only provides improved responsiveness, but has wider gear ratios, too.

Other features offered by the 2012 Suzuki RMX450Z include an electric starter, two-mode instrument cluster, a lightning kit , a back-up kick start, and a large magneto-generator.

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2012 Suzuki DR-Z70

2012 Suzuki DR-Z70

With its charming character and the lively engine, the Suzuki DR-270 is the perfect choice for any young rider that wants to learn the secrets of motocross.

The motorcycle features a pretty modern design language and is appearance draws inspiration from the RM-Z models.

Perhaps it goes without saying that the motorcycle was designed with comfort in mind. Thereby the chassis, seat and handle bar were carefully designed to make the rider feel comfortable.

The 2012 version is powered by a fresh 70cc four-stroke engine that replaces the old 50cc two-stroke model. Also, in the event the bike’s battery dies, a kick-starter stays there as a backup.

The changes made by Suzuki on it, not only makes it a better ride, but it also gives tots a reason to get into the world of motocross riding. Color options include either Black of Championship Yellow.

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2012 Suzuki RM-Z450

2012 Suzuki RM-Z450

For 2012, Suzuki has a couple of surprises up its sleeve, starting with the RM-Z450 dirt bike. Whereas it would’ve been perfectly fine for the Japanese bike maker to stand pat with their models, they still did its customers a favor by bringing a model that comes with aesthetic, suspension, and engine upgrades.

After all, with history attached to its name as the first motocross bike to ever use fuel injection on its way to winning both outdoor championships and Supercross championships, the RM-Z450 deserves nothing but the best.

The first of these enhancements involves the use of a new twin-spar aluminum frame and swing arm that was developed and refined for a highly optimized balance between rigidity and superb high-speed traction. The lightweight swing arm of the RM-Z450 also helps to enhance the bike’s terrain-traversing performance over bumps while race-inspired disc rotors offer enhanced cooling performance and efficient mud slinging. Finally, the RM-Z450 also comes with a gripper seat that has been designed with projected cross-shaped patterns on the top surface to provide additional grip.

The other change on the bike is the front and rear suspension, particularly the use of Showa separate function forks whereas its competitors, particularly Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki now just use the Kayaba pneumatic spring on the shock breaker. The new front suspension also has a lighter weight and a better absorbing system.

Finally, the RM-Z450 is powered by a 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine with an upgraded fuel injection system that, in turn, improves on its ECU in controlling the fuel flow to the injector.

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