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Old 04-16-2008, 07:25 AM   #1
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DRZ400S -How many MPG on the road?

I've been thinking of getting a Suzuki DRZ400S dual sport and was wondering what kind of gas mileage the thing gets on the road since I plan to use it for commuting to work as well as some off-road riding.
Seems like with the 400cc motor it ought to get over 60mpg in town. Anybody own one out there who knows for sure?
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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I've been thinking of getting a Suzuki DRZ400S dual sport and was wondering what kind of gas mileage the thing gets on the road since I plan to use it for commuting to work as well as some off-road riding.
Seems like with the 400cc motor it ought to get over 60mpg in town. Anybody own one out there who knows for sure?
I got mid 50's on mine.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:01 AM   #3
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consistent 55 mpg mixed riding, if I do long hwy stretches above 70 mph or so it drops to about 50. 15/41 gearing...
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:12 AM   #4
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Mine is 48mpg but I have 15/48 gearing and a 7 mile round trip. Not the best out there by far BUT it is way better than my Chevy dually at 13mpg!
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:15 AM   #5
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45-55 commuting, depending on how bad traffic is.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:17 AM   #6
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consistent 55 mpg mixed riding, if I do long hwy stretches above 70 mph or so it drops to about 50. 15/41 gearing...
Funny, mine seems to get better mileage the faster I go, does better over 70mph. Then again, I don't consistently get quite up to 55, more like around 50 most of the time.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:21 AM   #7
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i wanted to get one but i do a lot of high way riding can this bike go over 85 mph
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:55 AM   #8
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i wanted to get one but i do a lot of high way riding can this bike go over 85 mph
Get a 650.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:33 PM   #9
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With a stock exhaust and carb, with the Thumpertalk mods and jetted leaner for 5000 ft., I get about 56 mpg in town. On the highway, at a constant 70 mph and loaded with camping gear, I got 50 mpg (my lowest ever). I got 50-something even when running it in 2nd and 3rd on dirt roads. With a Clarke 3.9 gal. tank, I have gone 190 miles several times.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:39 PM   #10
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i wanted to get one but i do a lot of high way riding can this bike go over 85 mph
If you mean 85 actual (not indicated), don't get a DRZ400S. With knobbies, it will shake at 80+, the engine will scream, and you will be blown around constantly by wind and any vehicle passing you. It will do 65 mph comfortably on secondary roads all day (except for that seat). I have ridden my green DRZS on Interstate for 100 mile stretches, but at less than 85 mph. Commuting with it on an interstate every day will be extremely nerve-wracking and tiring.

Maybe the DRZ400SM will be better but as others said, get a 650. You are describing the KLR650's niche.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:41 PM   #11
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15/41 gear I can eeek 70 out of mine, a 400 mile interstate run I can drop that to 28 mpg .
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:55 PM   #12
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15/41 gear I can eeek 70 out of mine, a 400 mile interstate run I can drop that to 28 mpg .
Been there... Pushing sucks.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:08 PM   #13
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Been there... Pushing sucks.
LOL I've not had to push yet, but have done the pull over and lay the bike down to get the gas from the other side of the clarke tank.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:26 PM   #14
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get a 650

I ride a DR. If Highway speeds are important to you, go with the bigger motor. You can learn to handle the heavy bike on dirt.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:47 PM   #15
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If I needed to cruise at 85 on a ds bike I'd be looking for something in the R1200gs class. I don't have the urge for those kind of trips any more.
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