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Old 02-11-2011, 01:46 AM   #1
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Thumb Long distance review of the Suzuki DRZ400s

Hi
So after 25.000 miles on my beloved DRZ I just wanted to make a small review and tell you about my oppinion of this model.

In July 2009 my girlfriend and I flew from Denmark in Europe to Minniapolis where we found two used DRZ400s. one with 300 miles and one with 700 miles on it. both 2007 models.



they where both totally stock and looked like new.
We fitted big gas tanks, luggage racks and bags on the bikes. and a lower seat for my girlsfriends bike.

and now after a lot off travel both on and off-road I think can tell you that the bikes are still very much alive and running great.
even if both bikes have startet to use a little oil. not much, but even so I do plan to change piston before the next long ride.



This is a list of what has been changed so far.

both handlebars changed to Rental twinwall fatbar after first crash.
new grips, just worn out.
one stator and one voltage regulator. (the biggest mechanical problem)
two gaskets behind the front sprocket.
one gasket where the clutch arm enters the engine.
7 signal lights has broken but only two replaced, the rest is fixed with electrical tape.
4 batteries (first we changes the two original and then the next set was too cheap and could not handle the cold)
a few new air filters and also cleaned many many times.

many many tires
several chains and sprockets
new brake pads

beside that the only things we have done one the bikes is a lot of oil changes and one valve check.

and I have to say that I'm in general has been very happy with my little donkey.. It just keeps running and running.
But I do have to say its not the best seat in the world for long days.

And its not like our bikes has only been used lightly.
a lot of the riding has been offroad and mostly fully loaded with ALL the gear.

here is a few pictures to show you what the bikes has been put through!











and then just many many many miles!!


also check out the Ride repport on ADVrider.com for more stories of what the DRZ has survived:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=483092

please just write here if you would like more info about the bikes or about any of the equipment on the bikes.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:05 AM   #2
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Look like you are having fun!
Suzuki seems to make a solid product, that is for sure.

Odd, but I don't think their cars are as good as their bikes.
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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I'm surprised you didn't use one of these too.

I think it shows you didn't Baby your Mules. *grin*



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Old 02-14-2011, 06:24 AM   #4
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hahaha I love that photo... I still dont know how I got it up there :-)

but your right.. there are many more pictures that shows the bikes being hammered!!







M&M Touring the states 2009 from Esben Bøll on Vimeo.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:19 AM   #5
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Wonderful bullit proof bike for sure. Had they put a 6th gear and a seat you can sit on, it would be damn near perfect! Are you back in Denmark now?
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:42 PM   #6
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Yes im back in Denmark.. but still have my DRZ im Oakland CA. and plan to come back this summer.

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Wonderful bullit proof bike for sure. Had they put a 6th gear and a seat you can sit on, it would be damn near perfect! Are you back in Denmark now?
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http://touringthestates.blogspot.com/

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