2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S Review

2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S
2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S
2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S
2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S




The 2018 DR-Z400S is ideal for taking a ride down your favorite off-road trail or ribbon of asphalt. You’ll be impressed with the amount of torque coming from the 398cc liquid-cooled power plant as well as the crisp handling from the adjustable suspension. This ultra-reliable bike is completely street legal with an electric start and easy-to-read instrument cluster. New solid white bodywork with bold, contrasting gun-metal graphics makes the bike stand out on the road, on the trail, or even parked. Whether you’re on the highway or on a twisty forest path, the Suzuki DR-Z400S can’t be beat.



2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

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.


2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine 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 is durable, 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

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

Magnesium-alloy clutch, magneto and cam covers contribute to the bike’s low weight

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 sub-frame 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 a dual-piston caliper and a 220mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper


Electrical Features
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 with speedometer, odometer, and 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


Additional Features
A pouch on the rear fender carries the tool kit and owner’s manual

Special design mirrors rotate to avoid damage in case of impact

Genuine Suzuki Accessories include a low profile seat, cargo rack, hand guard set and more

12-month limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits are available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)





2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6699  USD


Engine  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)

Compression Ratio          11.3: 1

Fuel System       MIKUNI BSR36, single carburetor

Starter  Electric

Lubrication          Semi-dry sump

Drive Train

Transmission      5-speed constant mesh

Clutch   Multi-plate, wet type, manual release

Final Drive           Chain, RK520KZ0, 112 links


Suspension Front             Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable damping force

Suspension Rear               Link type, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable spring preload

Brakes Front       Disc brake, single floating rotor

Brakes Rear        Disc brake, single rotor

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 gal) / 9.5 L (2.5 US Gal) California model

Color     Solid Special White No. 2


Ignition Electronic ignition (CDI)

Headlight             12V 60/55W (H4)

Spark Plug           NGK CR8E or DENSO U24ESR-

Tail light               12V 21/5W


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)


Warranty             12-month, unlimited mileage, limited warranty*

Extensions          *Extensions available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)



2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $  CDN




2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)




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