Suzuki’s amazing 2023 lineup wouldn’t be complete without a couple of dual-purpose bikes. The DR-Z dates back to the early 2000’s and Suzuki has opted to keep this bike mostly the same since then – it even still uses a carburetor! While this bike is a pretty basic one, it’s been well-known as being an amazing bang for the buck among dual-sport enthusiasts. The DR-Z400 is currently offered in two distinct configurations – the 400S, which is a traditional dual sport, and the 400SM, which takes the former package and gives it some supermoto goodies. The SM package is not available in the Canadian market.
As far as dual sport motorcycles go the DR-Z400S is pretty standard, it’s light on technology and extra features, which leaves room for raw, fun riding. The 400S comes equipped with a relatively unchanged 398cc single cylinder that has remained relatively unchanged for the last two decades. With about 33.4hp and 25.6lb-ft of torque, this bike isn’t going to break any land speed records, but there’s a reason Suzuki hasn’t had a reason to update it – it’s a trustworthy powerplant that will take you where you want to go.
The basic 400S comes standard with an adjustable rear shock, a 250mm front disc brake, a 220mm rear disc, and long travel cartridge style forks – which offer a claimed 11.3 inches of travel. The bike is complete with a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel, both wrapped in Dunlop D208 dual-purpose tires. The 400SM upgrade package takes the package and outfits it for supermoto duty by adding some new performance-oriented parts, including a SHOWA inverted front fork, wider wheels, and 300mm diameter floating front brake rotor.
This Japanese dual-sport has some striking retro-esque looks, which are indicative of the fact that it hasn’t had much of an overhaul since its introduction. It features a large square halogen headlight upfront and some traditional dual-purpose style plastics, which can be purchased in a couple of different colour options. Available colours for the 2023 DR-Z400S are Solid Black and Champion Yellow No. 2. The 400SM can be bought in dual-tone Grand Blue No. 2/Solid Black or Solid Special White No. 2.
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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
Wet, multi-plate type
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
Champion Yellow No. 2 or Solid Black
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.)
300 mm (11.8 in.)
1485 mm (58.5 in.)
935 mm (36.8 in.)
144 kg (317 lb.)
12-month limited warranty
Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)
2023 Suzuki DR-Z400S/Z400SM Features
Suzuki’s Supermotard model, based on the proven DR-Z400S, combines Supermotard style and features in a narrow, lightweight, street-legal package
Versatile and strong, 398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine has push-button starting
SuperMoto boasts fully adjustable MX-style suspension plus high-grip sportbike tires on strong spoke wheels featuring anodized, aluminum Excel rims
Solid Black or Solid Special White No. 2 bodywork with angular graphics complement the motorcycle’s styling
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.
Simple electric starting via a lightweight starter motor with an automatic mechanical decompression system.
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.
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 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.
Special design mirrors rotate to avoid damage in case of impact.
A pouch on the rear fender carries the tool kit, owner’s manual, or other cargo.
Off-road inspired Suzuki Champion Yellow or Solid Black bodywork has daring contrasting graphics.
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.
Genuine Suzuki Accessories include a low-profile seat, cargo rack, handguard set, and more.
12-month limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).*
*Subject to separate coverage for certain parts and the exclusions and limitations described in the New On-Road Motorcycle Limited Warranty.