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2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S
2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S
2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S

- 2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S Review

Take the DR-Z400S down a twisty forest trail and its off-road performance will get your heart pounding. Its lightweight, compact design provides crisp handling everywhere from tight trails to wide-open fire roads. Its advanced suspension front and rear soaks up tough terrain with ease. And it's liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine boasts strong low RPM torque and a crisp throttle response, allowing you to blast out of corners and accelerate hard down the trail.

Now comes the bonus: the DR-Z400S is completely street legal. It also has all the conveniences you'd expect in a street bike, including electric starting and a well-designed instrument cluster.

Go for the bike that offers the best of both worlds. On the trail or cross town, you can't beat the Suzuki DR-Z400S.

The DR-Z400S looks like an off-road machine, and it is - with all the unmatched performance capabilities you'd expect from a Suzuki. But look a little more carefully and you'll see you get a bonus: it's 100-percent street legal.

The DR-Z400's exceptional off-road performance should come as no surprise. After all, it uses the same advanced suspension as the renowned DR-Z400E. It also has a lightweight, compact design that helps it offer crisp handling everywhere from tight, technical trails to wide-open fire roads.

Off-road or on the street, the DR-Z400S provides strong torque across the powerband and amazing throttle response. And it features remarkably smooth performance, complemented by conveniences such as electric starting and a compact, easy-to-read instrument cluster.

Choose your own adventure. For those who love carving corners and the call of the wild, our DualSport machines deliver comfort on the street, control off the beaten path, and full command everywhere in between. Get ready for an ideal combination of lightweight agility and crisp handling.



 

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S Key Features

A compact design, 398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine produces strong low-RPM power. Its compact 4-valve cylinder head features large 36mm intake valves and 29mm exhaust valves help produce broad, tractable power and torque ready for any terrain.

Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Materials (SCEM) cylinder for durable, lightweight and provides superior heat transfer.

Forged aluminum piston is 10 percent lighter than a cast piston and receives additional oil-cooling to the piston crown through a crankcase oil jet.

A Mikuni™ 36mm carburetor fed by a 6-liter airbox provides smooth throttle response. The left side cover has quick-release fasteners for easy access to the air filter.

Electric start system provides convenient operation and features a lightweight starter motor and a compact 6.5 amp maintenance-free battery.

Magnesium-alloy clutch, magneto and cam covers contribute to weight reduction.

Dry-sump oiling system makes crankcase compact.

Digitally mapped DE-CDI system monitors throttle position/engine rpm and adjusts ignition timing to maintain efficient combustion.

Rider-friendly electric engine starter with compact electric starter motor.

Automatic decompression system lifts one exhaust valve at cranking rpm for easy starting.

Powerful 250mm front disc brake with dual-piston caliper and 220mm rear disc brake with single-piston caliper.

Long-travel, cartridge-type front fork with protective rubber boot. Spring preload and compression/rebound damping are all adjustable, allowing precise settings.

Progressive-linkage rear suspension with long-travel rear shock absorber, aluminium swingarm and adjustable spring preload/compression damping.

Narrow frame combines thin, round and rectangular chrome-moly steel tubes for exceptional torsional rigidity with minimum weight and lightweight aluminium bolt-on rear subframe.

Air filter can be accessed with your bare hands and clutch cover can be removed without draining the engine coolant for easy maintenance.

Easy-to-read multi-function digital instrument includes speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters with both addition and subtraction functions, clock and stopwatch with subtraction capability.

Pouch on the rear fender carries tool kit and the owner's manual.

Bright 60/55W H4 halogen headlight, lightweight turn signals and compact taillight and brake light.


 


2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S Features and Benefits

Engine Features

Digitally mapped DC-CDI system monitors throttle position/engine rpm and adjusts ignition timing to maintain efficient combustion.

 

Transmission Features

A compact 5-speed transmission utilizes a cable-operated clutch with separate outer cover for simplified clutch maintenance.

 

Chassis Features

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 subframe helps reduce weight and simplify maintenance.

Long travel (11.3 in), 49mm cartridge-style forks with protective rubber boots, feature adjustable compression/rebound damping and adjustable spring preload for smooth performance on all types of on/off-road terrain.

Rear shock absorber features 11.6 in of travel, compression damping/preload adjustments and connects to a lightweight aluminum swingarm through a progressive linkage system.

Sure stopping power is supplied by a 250mm front disc with dual-piston caliper and a 220mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper.

Compact digital instrument cluster with speedometer, odometer, twin-trip meters with addition/subtraction capability, clock, timer and stopwatch functions.

Compact digital instrument cluster with speedometer, odometer, twin-trip meters with addition/subtraction capability, clock, timer and stopwatch functions.

On-road legal lighting with bright 60/55 watt H4 halogen headlight, compact tail/stoplight, lightweight, rubber-mounted turn signals and horn.

A pouch on the rear fender carries tool kit and the owner's manual.


 



 

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price:
$6,199 USD

CHASSIS
Overall Length 2310 mm (90.9 in)
Overall Width 875 mm (34.4 in)
Overall Height 1230 mm (48.4 in)
Wheelbase 1485 mm (58.5 in)
Ground Clearance 300 mm (11.8 in)
Seat Height 935 mm (36.8 in)
Curb Weight 144 kg (317 lbs)
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, RK520KZ0, 112 links
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front Fork Stroke 288 mm (11.3 in)
Front Wheel Travel 288 mm (11.3 in)
Rear Wheel Travel 295 mm (11.6 in)
Brakes Front Disc brake
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 80/100-21 M/C 51P, tube type
Tires Rear 120/90-18 M/C 65P, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0 L (2.6 US gallons)
Fuel Tank Capacity CA 9.5 L (2.5 US gallons)
Color Solid Black
Curb Weight Raw 317
Fuel Tank Capacity raw 2.6
Fuel Tank Capacity Raw 2.6
Seat Height Raw 36.8
ENGINE
Bore X Stroke 90.0 X 62.6 mm (3.543 X 2.465 in)
Displacement 398cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Compression Ratio 11.3 : 1
Fuel System MIKUNI BSR36, single
Starter Electric
Lubrication System Dry Sump
Ignition Electronic ignition (CDI)
MPG 65
MPG raw 65
WARRANTY
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.








 

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price:
See Canadian Suzuki Dealer for pricing.

Chassis
Overall Length 2310 mm (90.9 in)
Overall Width 875 mm (34.4 in)
Wheelbase 1485 mm (58.5 in)
Ground Clearance 300 mm (11.8 in)
Seat Height 935 mm (36.8 in)
Curb Weight 144 kg (317 lbs)
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, RK520KZ0, 112 links
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 80/100-21 M/C 51P, tube type
Tires Rear 120/90-18 M/C 65P, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0 L (2.6 US gallons)
Curb Weight 144 kg (317 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0 L (2.6 US gallons)
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0 L (2.6 US gallons)
Seat Height 935 mm (36.8 in)
Engine
Displacement 398cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Fuel System MIKUNI BSR36, single
Starter Electric
Ignition Electronic ignition (CDI)
Warranty
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.

 


 

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S - Australian Specifications/Technical Details
Australian MSRP Price:
See dealer for pricing.

ENGINE
398cc, four-stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid cooled
STARTER
Digital/DC-CDI
TRANSMISSION
5-speed
FRONT SUSPENSION
Telescopic, oil-damped, adjustable compression and rebound damping
REAR SUSPENSION
Link-type, fully-adjustable spring preload, adjustable compression and rebound damping
FRONT BRAKES
Single hydraulic disc
REAR BRAKES
Single hydraulic disc
WHEELBASE
1,485mm
SEAT HEIGHT
935mm
LENGTH
2,310mm
WIDTH
875mm
HEIGHT
1230mm
WET WEIGHT
145kg
FUEL CAPACITY
10 litres
COLOURS
Black
WARRANTY
One year unlimited km


 


 

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S - UK Specifications/Technical Details
RRP Price: £TBA GBP

Model not available.

 

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