RideApart's Family Dirt Day event featured a ton of brand new bikes to ride, so when I choose the Suzuki DR-ZS as my first ride, I was greeted with some odd looks as well as questions about my sanity. But for me, it was the logical choice to make. My dirt riding has been very limited, and mostly involved racing vintage machines in motocross events. Anything new I got on was going to be awesome, and even a dual sport bike like the Dr.
DRZ400 Review - Pros and Cons as an Adventure Bike
DRZ Review as an Adventure Bike
As we all know, a bike that ticks all the boxes and is considered the perfect adventure bike is a mythical machine. However, the DRZ does a pretty good job of ticking a good portion of those boxes and can be considered a pretty good adventure bike for riders who enjoy routes that lean more towards off-road riding. This review is on the DRZ being ridden as an adventure bike with camping and fly fishing gear and predominately ridden over off-road terrain. Having a shallow five-speed gear cluster, the DRZ generally leans toward favouring either off-road or on-road riding. There is however a solution to this, a wide ratio gear set for the DRZ Two companies offer these wide ratio gear sets, ACT and Nova.
Since its inception, at the turn of the century, almost 20, of these hardy machines have been sold from Suzuki dealers around Australia. And a couple of those 20, were sold to me! The last one of which ended up with RM forks and modified shock, big-bore kit, cams and a PTR prepared cylinder head which pushed it up to 46 horsepower at the rear wheel. With Supermoto rims slipped in it also got me down to second laps around Wanneroo Raceway. Yes, Trev and the DR-Z have plenty of history together….