2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S Buyer’s Guide: Specs & Price

Virtually unchanged since its debut 20 years ago, the 2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S remains a viable dual-sport motorcycle for those who value price, reliability, and ease of maintenance over absolute performance. The torquey liquid-cooled DOHC motor is virtually bulletproof, and is still fed by a simple 36mm Mikuni carburetor. The DR-Z400 is fired up with an electric starter, and there is no kickstart backup.2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S Buyer's Guide - Price


The soft suspension is not sophisticated, but it is long—over 11 inches at each end—built for comfort on the trails, and adjustable. Handling is predictable, even though it’s a bit heavy at 317 pounds with the 2.6-gallon fuel tank topped off. The ergonomics make it easy to ride the DR-Z400S all day long, and the seat is happy to cooperate on long rides.


2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S Buyer's Guide: Specs 

The Bridgestone Trail Wing tires work better on the street than the dirt, so those interested in true off-road experiences will want to change to more aggressive knobbies. Those who explore in the backcountry will appreciate the toolbag mounted on the rear fender.


2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S


  • Type: Four-stroke single
  • Displacement: 398cc
  • Bore x stroke: 90.0 x 62.6 mm 
  • Compression ratio: 11.3:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves
  • Fueling: 36mm Mikuni BSR carburetor
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Lubrication: Dry sump
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Final drive: RK 520 KZO chain


  • Frame: Chromoly backbone design w/ bolt-on aluminum subframe
  • Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable 49mm cartridge-style fork; 11.3 inches
  • Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload and compression-damping adjustable shock; 11.6 inches
  • Wheels: Wire spoke w/ aluminum rims
  • Front wheel: 21 x 1.60
  • Rear wheel: 18 x 2.15
  • Front tire: 80/100 x 21; Bridgestone Trail Wing 41 
  • Rear tire 120/90 x 18; Bridgestone Trail Wing 42
  • Front brake: 250mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 220mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
    ABS: None


  • Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
  • Rake: 27.1 degrees
  • Trail: 4.2 inches
  • Seat height: 36.8 inches
  • Ground clearance: 11.8 inches
  • Fuel tank capacity: 2.6 gallons
  • Curb weight: 317 pounds
  • Colors: Solid Black

2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S Price: $7399 MSRP