Prior to buying a new motorcycle you will of course want to know as much as you possibly can about it so you know what the machine is capable of and if this will, in actual fact, be suitable or not. The Suzuki DR-Z400S is a bike that is perfect for off-road, but what are the key features for you to be aware of that will help you decide as to whether or not you will go ahead and buy this particular model?
To begin with it is worth looking at the engine and with this model you get a four stroke liquid cooled single cylinder engine with a 398cc capacity. This is going to provide you with 40 hp at 8500 rpm and a top speed of 95mph which is 152kph so it does have some kick on it especially when riding off the beaten track.
The bike itself is only going to weigh 132kg and it comes with a 10l fuel capacity so this does help to keep the weight down when riding it. The average fuel consumption with this model is around 13mpg, or 21.9kpg, so it does make it a great dirt bike with figures such as those. You may also like to know that the seat height is quoted as being at 935mm and this should make it comfortable for most people.
Clearly you are going to need it to have good suspension and it will not let you down because on the front it comes with adjustable spring loaded, oil damped, 11 way compression damping, telescopic suspension whilst the rear has 26 way compression damping link-type, fully adjustable spring preloaded suspension. What all of this means is that you will be quite happy with the ride it offers you no matter where you end up taking it.
Another area to look at are the brakes as you need to be sure that they will stop you when required so on the front and back you will have a 250mm disc with the only difference being that the front has a two piston caliper whereas the back has a one piston caliper. Obviously when you brake you will need the tyres to handle it so you are looking at a 80/100-21 front tyre and a 120/90-18 at the back.
Those are the key features of the Suzuki DR-Z400S and you will now see what it should make a real impact in the market. The motorcycle is powerful, light, easy to handle, and is perfect for those forest trails so if this is the type of riding that you like to do, then consider checking it out in person and see if you fall in love with it.