2015 - 2018 Suzuki DR200S
Suzuki brings dual-sport capabilities to the entry-level sector with its DR200S. A heavy emphasis on off-road 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.
The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has dominated the FIM Endurance World Championship in such a laughable manner that the Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin’s championship win in 2014 is looking more and more like an aberration. After all, SERT has won six of the last eight Endurance World Championship titles, with the only notable exception being Yamaha victories in 2009 and 2014.
This year, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is already looking like the team to beat after dominating the season-opening race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Apparently, the motivation to erase last year’s disappointment is strong within SERT and it showed in Le Mans as the team laid waste to the competition, meeting little resistance on its way to winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 11th time in the last 15 years. That’s domination spelled with a capital “D.”
The extent of Suzuki’s dominance even extended to its “junior team,” which ended up winning the Superstock class of the series and finishing fourth overall. The trio of Anthony Delalle, Vincent Philippe, and Eitenne Masson romped their way to a convincing win on the Suzuki GSX-R1000, further illustrating what many of us have known for a long time.
When it comes to the FIM Endurance World Championships, it’s Suzuki, then it’s everybody else. As if winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t enough vindication for the team, it also released a tribute video of the team’s performance at Le Mans in case anybody missed out on the smackdown it just laid on the historical race track in France.
Suzuki has a big surprise for its enduro-lover fans as it promises to bring back the RMX450Z off-road model.
The new 2014 RMX450 will be launched on 27 January 2014 and features a series of important upgrades which include a tweaked 450 cc fuel injected engine, retuned suspensions and a modern transmission tuned specifically for enduro riding. The motorcycle will be also fitted with both electric and kick start, a lightning kit, a side stand, sump guard and a big 18 inch rear wheel.
Talking about the bike’s comeback, Suzuki GB General Manager Paul de Lusignan said: "We’re delighted to be bringing the RMX450Z back for 2014. The bike was launched to universal praise in 2010 and immediately went out and won two high profile championships in the hands of Tom Sagar, and we’re confident new customers will find out just how capable a machine it is and be impressed with how competitively priced it is, at just £5,995 [€ 7297 ]. Despite using the same original architecture of the highly regarded RM-Z450, the RMX450Z is anything but a converted motocrosser, with specifically retuned engine and suspension, enduro-specific gear ratios, while the 18 inch rear wheel aids in tyre choice. It’s a factory developed enduro machine."
In its report Suzuki said that the new bike will be available in limited numbers.
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Rugged, reliable and agile, the 2013 Suzuki Trojan is the perfect motorcycle for off road riding. The motorcycle is equipped with a 199 cc (12.1 cu. in), 4-stroke, air cooled, OHC unit that is brought to life by an electric starter with back-up kickstart. The engine receives its fuel from a big 13 liter fuel tank and all its power is kept under control by a five speed constant mesh transmission.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the 2013 Suzuki Trojan features a comfortable, spacious seat (810mm seat height), a perfectly angled handlebar with hand guards and a non intrusive fuel tank.
The ride quality is assured by a long travel front and rear suspensions which are more than capable to keep your back safe from bumps.
The 2013 Suzuki Trojan can be yours for not less than $3,990.
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If you’re looking for a capable dual purpose motorcycle, then you should take a closer at the 2012 Suzuki DR 200 S. The motorcycle features a fairly versatile character, being able to cope with a wide range of applications. With its perfect mix of agility and crisp handling, the Suzuki DR200SE is able to reward its rider with a thrilling ride every time he starts the engine.
As a tried and true dirt bike that possesses impressive qualities in it of itself, the 2012 Suzuki DR 200 S boasts of new features, including a seat height that’s now under 32" and an overall weight of just 278 lbs.
Power comes from a strong 199 cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, OHC engine which cranks out enough power to keep your adrenaline level high. The stopping power is assured by front and rear disc brakes.
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The Suzuki TF125 won’t impress you with its dull appearance. However what makes this motorcycle interesting lies under its skin. The TF125 has been designed specifically to meet the need of a run-about bike that can work in a variety of working conditions.
The bike is powered by a strong 123cc, piston-reed-valve 2-stroke, air-cooled engine which combines an abundant use of torque to go with excellent fuel economy. The cylinder and crank injection system (CCIS) make sure the bike has necessary engine lubrication while a 6-speed transmission with proper gear ratios was also added, ensuring smooth riding on any surface.
Among the features offered by the 2012 TF125 you’ll find a special protector, extended fenders on both the right-and-left sidestands, a big luggage carrier and wide tread block pattern tires that’s ready for rough road riding. Not to mention about the extended front and rear mud flaps which protect rider and motorcycle from mud and dirt.
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Are you searching for a tough, retro-styled supermotard? Then you should take a closer look at the Suzuki DR124SM.
The 2012 Suzuki DR125SM is fitted with many modern features which help it deliver first class performance in terms of power and agility.
As far as design goes, the 2012 Suzuki DR124SM features an agile stance which is enhanced by the high placed front fender, the sleek seat and the sporty fairing.
The main attraction however is the capable 125 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that offers a decent level of power and is pretty economical too. The engine is combined with the Idling Speed Control (ISC) system which adjusts intake air-flow volume to constantly maintain proper idling rpm, and also performs cold-starting fast-idling.
The stopping power is assured by front 250mm and rear 220mm-disc brakes, each paired with a Nissin caliper.
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The Suzuki TS185ER has a lot to love. Though it’s most appreciated features are the versatile design and the powerful engine.
The old-school look of the 2012 Suzuki TS185ER is enhanced by the large headlight cover and the chrome-plated exhaust pipe protector. The design was also carefully penned to make the rider feel as comfortable as possible and you’ll especially like the saddle, serrated foot pegs and slip-free brake pedals.
Beside its versatile design, the 2012 Suzuki TS185ER is also equipped with a capable 183cm, air-cooled, power-read-valve 2-stroke engine that brings a load of features to the rider, including great power, quick response, and a rich and usable torque.
Other mechanical highlights of the 2012 Suzuki TS185ER include a maintenance-free electronics ignition system that brings precise ignition on all rpm range and a five-speed transmission with proper gear ratios chosen for smooth riding.
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It’s been quite the weekend for Suzuki, hasn’t it? On the same day that Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima broke his own record at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb while driving a Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, the Japanese auto and motorcycle builder also went ahead and unveiled their latest product: the 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS.
Among the changes made on the new V-Strom 650 include a bevy of aesthetic and aerodynamic improvements that should get fans of the bike up and excited over the 2012 version.
For starters, the bike’s windscreen is now adjustable in three positions and the new V-Strom-embossed logo now sits 15mm higher than its predecessor, improving rider comfort by giving them the chance to stretch their legs a little more. Likewise, the air outlets on the both sides of the cowlings further improves the bike’s cooling and wind protection, while also giving it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Even the muffler and the rear luggage rack each sport new designs with the latter now made out of resin material, as opposed to the aluminum make of the existing model.
The new V-Strom 650 also gets a new liquid-cooled oil cooler, which should help in stabilizing oil temperatures, thus improving the bike’s engine reliability.
As for the engine, Suzuki also gave the 2012 V-Strom 650 a new V-Twin, 645cc engine that further improves the bike’s overall performance, especially in the low-to-mid rpm range.
All in all, the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 takes all the elements of its predecessor and completely improves them. The new model is even 13 lbs lighter than the previous version, making for a lighter, more powerful, and more rounded bike.
Following the evolution of its bigger sibling (the Suzuki DR650SE), the Suzuki DR-Z400S remains visually unchanged for 2010, but ads a few distinctive touches in order to stand out by its own. Mechanically, the new DR doesn’t feature any late additions worth to brag about, so it remains the same bulletproof built machine on the trails and a docile commuter when not on them.
Suzuki doesn’t miss a year from impressing its consumers with the middleweight V-Strom model, so the bike is not only present in the 2010 lineup, but comes in three different versions: the V-Strom 650, V-Strom 650 ABS and V-Strom 650 SEA ABS Touring all get their general characteristics from their bigger siblings, the V-Strom 1000 models so there’s plenty to expect in all possible matters.
Suzuki plays an important role in the dual-sport category, like always before, with the V-Strom 1000 model. A bike designed for all kinds of roads and all kinds of riders, this is without a doubt a benchmark in matters of versatility and comfort with many secrets yet to be unveiled by every rider individually. Furthermore, Suzuki also offers the V-Strom 1000SE Touring, which raises the bike’s long haul credentials.
Either the owner of this Suzuki DR is willing to take his enduro bike across the continent or only to the cesspit and back as he has fitted the bike with probably the world’s larges panniers, so there’s got to be a great purpose for someone to ruin his bike like that.
Still, we have all the reasons to believe the guy actually uses that stuff to carry his luggage as the panniers can be locked…why would anyone lock the garbage? Also, he has a fuel canister on the side, so this is definitely a homemade long distance motorcycle. Love it or not, it gets the job done.
Famous in the dual-sport category thanks to its unbeatable combination of street and off-road excitement, the Suzuki DR650SE stands for both adventure and practicability and still ads a distinctive touch in 2010 thanks to the white color scheme. Also, with great price and fuel economy, you’re in for one great bang for the buck.