The 2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S is a dual-sport motorcycle that is a fantastic bike for both on and off-road situations. The bike looks far more like a dirtbike and acts like one, too. However, it does have some good on-road manners.
The bike gets a liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with a carburetor and a displacement of 398cc. The engine makes 39 hp and 26 lb-ft of torque, and it is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The DR-Z400S is a bike built for multiple environments. It’s a seriously versatile machine.
The Suzuki DR-Z400S is a tried-and-true machine. It’s a bike dirtbike riders and commuter riders will love. It offers a good mix of horsepower and torque, looks great, and can handle just about anything that’s thrown at it. The DR-Z400S has a starting price of $6,799.
The motorcycle is available in only one color, and that color is Solid Black.
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Compact and Powerful
Engine type: 398cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
398cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke
90.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.54 in. x 2.44 in.)
Mikuni BSR36, single carburetor
5-speed constant mesh
Chain, RK520KZ0, 112 links
Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable damping force
Link type, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable spring preload and damping force
Disc brake, single rotor
Disc brake, single rotor
80/100-21 M/C 51P, tube type
120/90-18 M/C 65P, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity
10.0 L (2.6 US gal.) / 9.5 L (2.5 US gal.) CA model
Electronic ignition (CDI)
NGK CR8E or DENSO U24ESR-N
12V 60/55W (H4)
2310 mm (90.9 in.)
875 mm (34.4 in.)
1230 mm (48.4 in.)
1485 mm (58.5 in.)
300 mm (11.8 in.)
935 mm (36.8 in.)
144 kg (317 lb.)
12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty
Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).
2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S Features
Simple electric starting via a lightweight starter motor with an automatic mechanical decompression system.
A compact design, 398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine produces strong low-rpm power. Its compact, four-valve cylinder head features large 36mm intake valves and 29mm exhaust valves to help produce broad, tractable power and torque that’s ready for any terrain.
Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Materials (SCEM) cylinder is durable and lightweight and provides superior heat transfer.
Digitally-mapped DC-CDI system monitors throttle position/engine rpm and adjusts ignition timing to maintain efficient combustion.
Forged aluminum piston is 10 percent lighter than a cast piston and receives additional oil-cooling through a crankcase oil jet.
Fed by a six-liter air box, the Mikuni™ 36mm carburetor incorporates a deceleration enricher circuit to help provide smooth throttle response when accelerating or engine braking.
The left side body cover has quick-release fasteners for easy access to the air filter.
The use of a PAIR (air supply) system to the exhaust helps the motorcycle achieve emissions compliance without affecting performance.
Magnesium-alloy clutch, magneto, and cylinder head covers contribute to the bike’s low weight.
Thermostatically-controlled cooling fan mounted to the left radiator helps maintain consistent operating temperature.
Compact, five-speed transmission utilizes a cable-operated clutch with a separate magnesium outer cover for simplified clutch maintenance.
Low-maintenance, long-life sealed O-ring type drive chain produces minimal sounds when riding.
A pouch on the rear fender carries the tool kit, owner’s manual, or other cargo.
A narrow frame combines thin chrome-moly steel tubes for exceptional torsional rigidity with minimal weight. The backbone tube, front down tube, and steering head gussets form the dry-sump engine oil tank. A bolt-on aluminum sub-frame helps reduce weight and simplify maintenance.
Long travel (11.3-inch), 49mm cartridge-style fork has protective rubber boots plus adjustable compression/rebound damping and adjustable spring preload for smooth performance on all types of on- and off-road terrain.
Rear shock absorber features 11.6 inches of travel, compression damping/preload adjustments, and connects to a lightweight aluminum swingarm through a progressive linkage system.
Spoke-style 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels with new blacked-out aluminum rims are fitted with Dunlop D208 dual-purpose tires. The wheels are sized perfectly to accept popular dual sport tires and are set up to accept rim-locks when a more aggressive tread pattern is used.
Sure stopping power is supplied by a 250mm front disc with a dual-piston caliper and a 220mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper.
Electric start system provides convenient operation and features a lightweight starter motor and a compact, 6.5-amp, maintenance-free battery.
Compact digital instrument cluster includes speedometer, odometer, twin-trip meters with addition/subtraction capability, clock, timer, and stopwatch functions.
On-road legal lighting includes bright 60/55-watt H4 halogen headlight, compact tail/stoplight, lightweight, rubber-mounted turn signals, and horn.
Special design mirrors rotate to avoid damage in case of impact.
Genuine Suzuki Accessories include a low-profile seat, cargo rack, handguard set, and more.
12-month limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits are available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).