The DR650 nameplate goes back over 30 years & Suzuki’s middleweight dual purpose is still going strong. At first glance of Suzuki’s 2023 model lineup, this bike may look like another retro-styled throwback like the 2023 Katana, with its square headlight and old-school graphics, but did the DR650 ever really leave the ‘90s? If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
The Suzuki DR650S, or DR650SE as it is called in the Canadian market, hasn’t received any new features for its 2023 iteration, which means it retains all of its appeal from last year. Some carried-over features include the 644cc single-cylinder thumper, which produces about 43hp and 47 lb-ft of torque. This engine is unique in that it still utilizes a Mikuni 40mm Carburetor for fueling. Internally the thumper uses a Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coated aluminum cylinder, which helps to keep it lightweight and durable and to promote heat dispersion. Helping turn that horsepower into fun on this Japanese motorcycle is a five-speed transmission and an o-ring chain drive.
The DR650S package is rounded out with height-adjustable front suspension, and a piggyback style rear link suspension which features adjustable height, preload, and compression settings. Thanks to the beefy suspension, the DR650 has 260mm of wheel travel for tackling any terrain that’s thrown at it. Connecting the bike to the road is a set of aluminum spoked wheels measuring 21” up front and 17” in the rear. The DR comes standard with dual sport rubber, which gives the rider ample traction regardless of if they are riding on or off road.
The 2023 iteration of the DR650S is available for purchase in either Solid Black & Iron Gray or Solid Special White No. 2. The Canadian version – the DR650SE, can be had in the same colourways.
Cheap and cheerful – The 2023 Suzuki DR650S starts at $6,999 USD/ $7,199 CAD
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Price: $6,999 USD/ $7,199 CAD
Height-adjustable front & rear suspension
Spoked aluminum wheels
Mikuni 40mm Carburertor
Engine: 644cc Single Cylinder
Torque: 47 lb-ft
Weight: 366 lbs (166kg)
Seat Height: 34.8 inches (885mm) at the highest setting
Digitally-mapped DC-CDI ignition system provides accurate spark timing for efficient combustion.
CONVENIENT ELECTRIC START
A convenient electric starter (supplemented with a zero-maintenance automatic decompression system) provides easy, quick starting.
Large Mikuni 40mm carburetor provides a smooth intake flow and quick throttle response.
The stainless steel exhaust system is light and corrosion-resistant and is tuned specifically for strong low-and mid-range power.
A smooth-shifting five-speed transmission is complemented by a sealed O-ring drive chain.
A lightweight, compact, rigid semi-double cradle frame provides agile handling on- and off-road.
Innovative, height-adjustable* front fork provides smooth and progressive action. Large diameter, thin-walled tubes reduce unsprung weight, while maintaining high rigidity.
LINK-TYPE REAR SUSPENSION
A link-type rear suspension with piggyback style, aluminum-body shock absorber provides stable performance. The height adjustable* shock features adjustable spring preload and compression damping to personalize the suspension for rider, load, and terrain.
RELIABLE STOPPING POWER
Lightweight 290mm (11.4-inch) front floating disc brake with two-piston caliper and 240mm (9.4-inch) rear disc brake with two-piston caliper provide reliable stopping power.
DURABILITY AND STRENGTH
Aluminum rims with stainless steel spokes are standard and built for durability and strength. The wheels are fitted with 90/90-21 front and 120/90-17 dual-sport rear tires that offer excellent on- and off-road traction.
A fully equipped lighting system comes with a bright 60/55-watt halogen headlight.
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