Test Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM

Test Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM

Test Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM

SM experience

Supermotos are cool and hip, in other words: They are currently all the rage. With the DR-Z 400 SM, Suzuki is enriching the class with another cool cross offshoot that is fun.

Even if the SM in the Suzuki
D.R-Z 400 SM nothing with Sado-
Maso has to do, but of course stands for Supermoto, she prefers the hard pace.

Especially on tight serpentines-
stretch, as you can find them in the French Ardèche, they can show their full potential. The DR-Z is on-
Spoken narrow motorcycle and can be due to the low weight
of 146 kilograms ready to drive and a narrow 140 mm rear tire almost playfully into the corners. The Dunlop D 208, which also have the SM abbreviation and sit on 17-inch rims, claw their way even at low temperatures-
temperatures downright in the asphalt and
enable crazy cornering speeds. The lean angle seems to be limitless.
No wonder, as the chassis comes from the DR-Z 400 S off-roader. The suspension elements with long suspension travel are designed to be too soft for the road. The 49er upside-down fork with 260 millimeters of suspension travel initially responded to hard braking maneuvers with too fast, strong immersion. The braking behavior only improved after closing the pressure level with up to seven clicks. But this cannot hide the fact that the long fork has to bend to the laws of levers despite the generous dimensions and twist slightly when decelerating.
The conqueror of this fork is the 310 millimeter single disc brake, which shines with its excellent stability. Even on long pass descents with several hard braking maneuvers in quick succession, no fading can be detected. The double pistons bite hard and can be finely dosed ?? especially important for stoppies. The rear brake, on the other hand, requires a little more sensitivity, with heavy cross
Boots are not always easy to apply to give the first impulse for a smooth drift.
The shock absorber is also of very high quality, which in combination with the lever system enables a full 276 millimeters of spring travel and is adjustable in preload, rebound and compression. The latter is even divided into a high and low speed area. Fortunately, with the DR-Z there is no need for cumbersome finger exercises, as a cutout in the side panel exposes the adjusting screw. The quick-release fasteners on the side part in front of the air filter box are also smart. So can a dirty air filter ?? the
it seldom happens on the street
will give ?? be cleaned quickly.
While the brake passes its endurance test on pass descents with flying colors, the engine reaches its limits on driveways. Adopted unchanged from its off-road sister, its measured 38 hp on the clutch are probably sufficient for off-road excursions, but on asphalt you would want more power. Only a hard-working shift foot will help if you want to climb the mountains quickly. And while the throttle most of the time
is at the stop, it is not easy,
always have the right of five courses ready? a tachometer is missing.
In addition, the translation for the street should be a little longer. The DR-Z runs just under 137 km / h, and not as promised 140 km / h. For this reason, the acceleration and pulling power values ​​up to 140 km / h are omitted from the driving performance measurements. The fact that no consumption values ​​could be determined is due to the adverse weather conditions.
In the end, these things take a back seat when driving. The DR-Z 400 SM makes things easy as it is
lots of fun. Provided you work with her extensively, because she is not good for strolling. Tickle the last of the horsepower out of the engine to put it on the rear wheel, turn out the gears, then brake hard before the curve and with a soulful drift and with the inside foot on the asphalt into the corner
to swing ?? that’s really great-
moto feeling, and that’s how bike and rider feel most comfortable.
The only thing missing is the start number and
a richer sound so that the supermoto career can start. No problem, a package is available from Suzuki for 7149 euros with which you can start immediately in the DR-Z-Supermoto Cup. In addition to the series motorcycle, this includes the entry fee for eight events, complete driver equipment and a rear silencer from BOS.
The vote of the
Suspension elements for the road are modified by a set of fork springs and a shock absorber spring from Wilbers.
Without the racing package, Suzuki charges 5490 euros for the DR-Z 400 SM-
lich additional costs. A fair offer. Especially since the equipment of the enduro offshoot with a fully adjustable and sensitively reacting chassis, foldable shift and brake levers, quick-release fasteners on the side panels and a stylish digital cockpit that even contains a stopwatch is very extensive and of high quality. The SM is definitely worth a test drive.

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Test Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM

Test Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM
SM experience

Technical data and measurements – SUZUKI DR-Z 400 SM

Engine: water-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, a balance shaft, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, dry sump lubrication, constant pressure carburetor, Ø 36 mm, 175 W, battery 12 V / 6 Ah, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, O-ring chain.
Bore x stroke 90.0 x 62.6 mm
Displacement 398 cm3
Compression ratio 11.3: 1
Rated output 29.4 kW (40 hp) at 7600 rpm
Max. Torque 39 Nm at 6600 rpm
Pollutant values ​​(homologation) in g / km
CO 1.630 / HC 0.290 / NOx 0.150

Chassis: single-loop frame made of steel, upside-down fork, Ø 49 mm, adjustable rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, front disc brake, Ø 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper, disc brake rear, Ø 240 mm, two-piston fixed caliper.
Spoked wheels with aluminum rims
3.50 x 17; 4.50 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 140/70 ZR 17
Dunlop D 208 SM tires tested

Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1460, steering head angle 63.7 degrees, caster 94 mm, spring travel f / h 260/276 mm, seat height * 880 mm, weight with a full tank * 146 kg, payload * 194 kg, tank capacity 10 liters.
2 year guarantee
Service intervals every 6000 km
Colors yellow, black
Price 5490 euros
Additional costs around 135 euros


Top speed1 140 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h 6.1 sec
Thrust 60 100 km / h 5.4 sec

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