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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Westmoreland county PA
I have A DRZ 400. Honestly, I bought it when my level of motorcycling was reduced, by family concerns, to riding back and forth to work. I ride 99.9% of the time on paved roads and I've even put street tires on the bike because my access to trails is very limited. The gas mileage is great and the machine is light and nimble. My caveat to that is that my previous two bikes were Harleys, so what might seem light and nimble to me might still be a lot more to others. This machine is tall. I'm six feet and have a 34 inch inseam and I cannot touch flat footed on both sides at the same time. It also struggles to keep up on the highways. I don't know what the maximum speed is, but at 75, it is screaming. On the big roads, it feels like it needs one more gear. Around town it is ideal. It is liquid cooled which meshes perfectly with the traffic-light-on-every-block layout of where I live. What little trail riding I've done makes me think it would be pretty good for that too, tho it would probably be best to stick to dirt roads and pasture edges and avoid gullies and real steep narrow trails. Sitting on the seat is like sitting on a brick and I don't recommend this bike for cruising. The gearing of the bike proves that Suzuki didn't ignore the dirt side of "dual" sport. All in all, it's pretty good for what it is designed for and if you avoid the interstate and motocross racing or technical trails, and you were fairly tall, you would be alright with it.
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