Had one of these in Europe. Low down torque and soft suspension makes it more road orientated. Should have a 6th gear. More trail than ag bike. Settles around 120km/hr and most comfortable around 80.
Good ergos but braking is average. Needs regular chain and oil. Takes a thrashing with dignity. Doesn't drink petrol. Bolt everything down every 10K clicks. Steering could be heavier, rear brake has little feedback. Oil cooled.
Fun cheap small road trail. Value for money, light and easy to ride. Teaches you to ride cause it's forgiving and easy to pick up. Nowhere near a crosser but one of the best positioned low displacement dual sports. Hasn't been around forever for nothing.
Great farm bike
Very reliable bike we've had it for 12 years and it has over 7500km on the clock, the only thing replaced is the battery. The seat cover now needs replacing but would buy the same bike tomorrow. Head light is bright and the bike is comfortable, a higher gear would be good for road trips. Blue is a better colour than White though.
Good little bike
just purchased a new DR200 suzuki Trojan to replace two Chinese built bikes , chalk and cheese difference Suzuki is built well! starts easy even from cold , idles smooth , light clutch very smooth gear shift and pulls better than the 250cc shineray Chinese bike, low seat height makes getting on and off a breeze ,little bike to handle ,and does not want to chug at low speed herding cattle , head light is bright so going across the paddock at night no problem comfy in the seat good all rounder ,Very happy with this bike
We've ran two of these over the last few years alongside our usual Yamaha AG200E bikes on our 75000 acre property in Western NSW. The main duties are mustering and use for bore runs/general transport.
There were some minor issues that you get with most bikes, mostly fixable. The chains have to be watched like a hawk as they will come off at the worst time if let get even a little loose. The diaphragm on the carburetor will eventually perish and need replacing, but these are just normal issues.
The shock absorber was worn out and bouncing on stones by 20000km, and proved very expensive to replace. We modified it to take hydraulic oil and used that but it too wore out by 30000km.
It also proved to be geared too high for stockwork and difficult terrain, meaning constant clutching and many broken clucth cables. The top speed was good, but a lower first and maybe a sixth to offset it would be nice.
The oil sight glass is in a terrible spot too, and prone to being knocked out by sticks in thick scrub, meaning a few long walks home.
Other small issues include the starter switch, which was knocked off the bikes the first time we came off, the thin seat not exactly comfortable to be on all day, front rack spring not strong enough to hold anything down, and stainless exhaust needs to be cleaned off if riding in long grass as it gets hotter than a mild one, resulting in many small fires and smouldering on the side of the engine.
Our main issue with the bikes are their longevity. After around 20000km both of these bike began to burn oil, and by 35000 you couldnt put in enough for a days riding. After rebuilding both bikes we got them to 50000 before they again began to burn oil.
We normally run the Yamaha which will get to 50000 easily before starting to burn oil, or have any major issues, so I may be just biased, but I can't see the point in running a bike that can't be relied on.
Power, top speed, front disc brakes, large fuel tank
Engine wears out quickly, shock not meant for rough country, rear brakes lock when low, unreliable, poor cockpit design
Had my bike for approx 2500 km and so far has given me no trouble. It will get about 100km down the bitumen. it is good when sitting behind dairy cows as it is geared low so minimal clutching. the bike is very comfortable when riding over rough ground which is common on a dairy farm.
Fuel efficient, slightly cheaper than Honda and Yamaha, comfortable, good night vision
Needs a sixth gear for road travel, 120 km/h top speed for highway driving
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