Shaded a bit more toward street than dirt, the Suzuki DR650S is a powerful quasi-adventure bike capable of runs on the freeway, as well as fairly challenging off-road duty. The big single motor works in any situation, as it develops power from idle to redline without a hiccup.With over 10 inches of travel at both ends, the worst paved roads and most unmaintained dirt roads can be confidently ridden at speed in comfort. For riders intimidated by the nearly 35-inch seat height, your dealer can modify the suspension to lower the bike 1.6 inches.
2016 Suzuki DR200S Specs:
Engine: SOHC single
Bore x stroke: 100 x 82mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fueling system: 40mm Mikuni BST carburetor
Lubrication: Wet sump
Final drive: DID chain
Front brake: Floating 290mm disc w/ 4-piston caliper
Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper
Front suspension: Telescopic forks w/ 10.2 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload and rebound-adjustable, piggyback shock w/ 10.2 inches of travel
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.