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Suzuki DRZ400 SM

rinomato1

Well-known member
OP - before considering this bike... ask yourself what you truly want out of it. What are you going to use it for? They are not for everyone. Most people really enjoy them at first but if you find yourself wanting to cruise all day or doing any sort of long stretches of road/HWY you will miss being on a more street oriented bike. These things are best suited for shorter rides, twisty roads, around town where speeds are low, dual sport/gravel travel or parking lot shenanigans..

The gearing has you pretty wound out and buzzy feeling at 110km/h "indicated" - It will run 120 all day but it wont be pleasant - vibes and wind will beat you up. You can gear down the rear sprocket for better highway revs but it kind of makes the bike boring at lower speeds... which is the reason you buy one in the first place!

They are overpriced on kijiji.. and brand new if you consider how old the tech is - I was offered 5k for my 2008 with sub 10,000km earlier this year. Not selling though! Hell, the first one I ever owned way back was only a couple years old at the time - bone stock, mint with 3500km and I got it for $4k. Would be hard to find a similar deal these days for sure.

I am on my 3rd DRZ-sm so feel free to PM me with specific questions.

Well to be completely honest one of my good riding pals has one, and I've kicked around town with it I must say I got my jollies off with her. lol it's got plenty of oomph and It wasn't so overwhelming! I've ben on hiatus from riding for about 5 years now, to start a family, house marriage etc... so I was looking at getting back into motorcycling and this popped into my mind. the DRZ400SM!

most of my riding wont be too long maybe an hour or two no long distance blasts, couple of side roads then home. If I do take the highway probably a very short spurt nothing major iron butt stuff.
 

eurekapete

New member
Hey OP,

I am in the same spot as you, been out of the game for a few years and picked this up past November after doing a bunch of research online. Been tinkering with it over last couple of months; oil, coolant, spark, air, geometry, etc and really loving how easy it is to work on. Plus since they've made these things for so long there is tons of information online..

I live downtown so getting around town and occasional highway doesn't seem to be a problem, at all. Full header, exhaust, 3x3, jetted; 5000km @ $5000.. I think it's a bangin value for such an agile, peppy and fun handling bike. Plus I don't need a 150hp animal, not a speed demon, just want to learn how to ride safely and well. You should be able to find a clean one for a similar price..

Now just waiting for the good weather to hit...

Good luck with your purchase mate.

Pete



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KWDRZ

Well-known member
Hey OP,

I am in the same spot as you, been out of the game for a few years and picked this up past November after doing a bunch of research online. Been tinkering with it over last couple of months; oil, coolant, spark, air, geometry, etc and really loving how easy it is to work on. Plus since they've made these things for so long there is tons of information online..

I live downtown so getting around town and occasional highway doesn't seem to be a problem, at all. Full header, exhaust, 3x3, jetted; 5000km @ $5000.. I think it's a bangin value for such an agile, peppy and fun handling bike. Plus I don't need a 150hp animal, not a speed demon, just want to learn how to ride safely and well. You should be able to find a clean one for a similar price..

Now just waiting for the good weather to hit...

Good luck with your purchase mate.

Pete



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Is this a 2016? Nice deal for $5000. Dreamers ask that for a 2007. Yes its the "same bike" is nearly everyway but thats still 9 years older parts.
 

eurekapete

New member
Is this a 2016? Nice deal for $5000. Dreamers ask that for a 2007. Yes its the "same bike" is nearly everyway but thats still 9 years older parts.
Good eye on the 2016, it is so.

Seems age doesn't really knock the price down, just more focus on the wear and tear.
 

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