The thing doesn't stop ever.
Have taken it thru hard enduro, the occasional ride to work and through trails and haven't yet found anything to stop.
Just dont put the thing anywhere near a highway. The gearing is more tailored for the trails. It can be fixed but I find the stock gearing good for the tight single trails.
Would also be nice if it came with a rad fan. But there's definitely no shortage of parts or mods.
Best bang for your buck
The mighty DRZs are popular for a reason. They're cheap, reliable and do everything reasonably well. They are a light weight dual-sport with hundreds of mods available on the net. There is nothing outstanding about them, but reasonable everything that gives you great bang for your buck whether you are trail riding or adventure riding. There is nothing else that offers better value in a light weight package for the money.
Purchased in May 2015 for $3,000.00.
The Swiss army knife of duel sports
The DRZ400E is as reliable as they come. Yes, not perfect by any means but will get you there and back.
All of the fixes can be found on thumper talk but there are not that many anyway.
Buy a set of supermoto 17" wheels and you have two bikes in one.
Various sprockets are needed for the street and dirt.
Only 40hp but long service intervals mean more riding and less wrenching.
Cheap to buy, registration and insurance.
So many after market parts that it can be customised for everyone's needs.
Every bikes a compromise but this one ticks most of the boxes.
Get Off Your 250 cc
Wanna spurt the streets, enjoy the view, climb scrub or embarrass expensive cars - whether road, trail or enduro - this bike does it all. Yes bike feels overall heavy - but you don't get blown around on the freeway. No - bike is not that tall for a 400cc but - yes bike feels slightly top heavy - like Yamaha. Yes cheap plastics and ADR crap everywhere - just like the rest of em.
But it'll go anywhere - and it's road friendly - like a Honda. It has usable spread of torque, Change oil and filter and it's indestructible, Leans sweet - took over...the Honda XR's role. Seat is slim so you can move around when you're cornering but you'll knee grip the tank a lot. Good for short riders. Wide flat bars and beef front suspension equals plant and corner. Rear end tracks like it's frame. Neat. Only owned 3 old Suzuki's (70's and 80's models) - went Honda and Yamaha in the 90's. But this is a world class product. On the road you can fang it without nailing yourself - this is a fun toy. Think about it - how much power do you really need getting around town? I sold this bike because it was too much fun - i'd already been hit twice and was still riding. But i'd go to bed early to get up and ride this mug till im sweaty. Would have ridden it into my bedroom if my girlfriend let me. Took me back to my child ''hood''.
A cheap and reliable ride
I've owned my DRZ for over a year now and still thoroughly enjoy riding it when I get the chance.
The bike is a great piece of machinery, it can handle short journeys on the road easily and will still be able to tackle most off road use. I've spent a lot of time working on and with this bike, it's a great bike for beginners although you might find it a bit tall if you're under 5'9".
I’m extremely impressed with this bike
This bike is the bomb. I live on a farm and this bike can do way more than I will ever ask of it. From rounding up the cattle and just going around the farm. I also get asked by my boys to go riding in the bush with them. They are crazy I gave up trying to keep up however I do go and I have dropped this bike lots of times. Other than scratches and one broken clutch lever you wouldn’t know and it’s in excess of 10 stackes.
Highly recommend whether it’s for a work bike or a play bike.
Only negatives are
Horrible on road unless you get tyres c...
Simple, reliable and strong bike. Added: Kick-starter kit, good tyres, bark-busters, B&M bash-plate, force radiator guards, higher handle bars.
Needs a 6th gear. The factory restrictions need to be removed in order to use the thing.
Price. electric start. reliable. easy to work on. easy to install kick starter and modify the bike.
Comes with side stand and clutch lever kill switches however these are easily removed. The speedo is bulky.
excellent bike that goes anywhere the more fancier bikes can go with less fuss and surprises and you don't need to set a scedule for oil changes every 500klms like the other enduro weapons
easy bike to live with,with low maintenance required to keep it going
ergonomics for taller riders needs adjusting such as handlebar risers,pivot pegz and 1" longer gear lever
The DRZ is a great trail bike. Full range is good, and they are reliable. Parts are easy to get, and little things like grease nipples on the suspension linkage make it easy to maintain.
For pure trail riding, the only other 4-stroke above 300cc worth considering is the KLX450 and maybe the WR. All others require too much maintenance, and the Honda will still need it's vavles replaced after 7000k.
The price of the DRZ new is great, and their resale is good. Most second hand bikes haven't been flogged within an inch of their life like the En...
They are a good reliable cheap to own bike. Power & torque is good enough for the average rider. Only a few add on mods required to make it ride better. I would not buy another due to its weight, would probably pay more for a KTM, however due to reliability it would make an excellent second bike.
Cheap and reliable bike for trials and getting around and having fun.
You would need to spend about $1000 to get better handle bars and high rise kit, bark busters & smaller rear sprocket (45 tooth) plus remove all the extra weight. The bike is a bit heavy for tight tracks and hilly / rocky work but does manage well. Standard suspension not really suited for heavy off road work, however its good enough.
The DRZ is a great allrounder bike. low maintenance, low purchase price and with $500 of Mods you can overcome the cons. Buy high bend handle bars with raisers, change the 47 tooth sprocket to 45 and have a 14 tooth front for the bush and 15 tooth front for the hwy. One would of though the bike would come standard with bash plate and bark-busters.
If this bike had 6 gears I'd say the best on only bike to get when you want to have fun in the dirt and ride dirt roads through the national parks!
ELECTRIC START mmmmmm > once you have a bike w...
Questions & Answers
My DRZ400E started weeping oil from head cover gasket, and I notice the frame oil tank is slightly overpressured. The head cover has 2 hoses to it. Hose A is at the middle right, goes to oil separator tank. All clear, not pinched, blows through to atmosphere. Hose B (10 on suzuki diagrams) goes to the frame oil tank. It does NOT blow though into the head cover like I expected. What is in the cover at this hose? Should it just be open?
Forget all that - both hoses go straight into the head cover, no restrictions. Turns out the problem was a kinked hose from the oil separator box to atmosphere (below the bike)
Hi, I have a 2014 drz400e which needed inner clutch cover to be replaced and now putting new one on I have noticed that the old one had a washer come away with it and I have no idea where that washer goes. Can anyone help me please? Not sure how to upload photo if even possible sorry.
Hi, I’ve put my after market slip on back on my 2009 Suzuki Drz 400e (non Ca.)and was hoping to find a stage 1 jet kit to suit but can’t find any references for the E model. Only s /sm. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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