Don't let the lights fool you. Lets get one thing straight: the DR-Z400S may wear street-legal clothing, but underneath its coat and tie you'll find a full-on dirt bike that's ready to roost.
There's no hiding the DR-Z400S's heritage. It uses the same advanced suspension as the incredible DR-Z400 dirt bike, and that means its engineered for exceptional responsiveness on all kinds of trails. One of the keys to its versatility is a wide range of adjustability that lets you tune the suspension for practically any riding condition, from gnarly whoop-infested trails to wide-open desert roads. Another key is its lightweight design, which lets you flick it around tight trails at will.
Like any great dirt bike, the DR-Z400S boasts a gutsy engine that's built to run hard. It has strong torque across the powerband and crisp throttle response for tight, technical trails. At the same time, its big-bore, short-stroke design gives it maximum high-rpm performance, providing a top-end surge that lets you run strong on wide-open fire roads.
Its also liquid-cooled for consistent performance even on long, hot summer rides.
And, oh yes, when its time to run across town, the DR-Z400S is well equipped to make the trip enjoyable. It's remarkably smooth on the street, and it even has such niceties as electric starting for civil and convenient operation.
The DR-Z400S. Get it dirty and have some fun. Suggested Retail: $5,449.
Type: 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore: 90.0 mm
Stroke: 62.6 mm
Piston displacement: 398cc
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Carburetor: Mikuni BSR36
Air cleaner: Foam element
Starter system: Electric
Lubrication System: Dry sump
Ignition type: Digital, DC-CDI
Clutch: Wet multi-plate type
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
Gearshift pattern: 1 down, 4 up
Primary ratio: 2.960 (74/25)
- 1st 2.285 (32/14)
- 2nd 1.733 (26/15)
- 3rd 1.375 (22/16)
- 4th 1.090 (24/22)
- 5th 0.863 (19/22)
Drive chain: 520 chain, 112 links
Front suspension: Telescopic, oil damped, adj compression & rebound damping
Rear suspension: Link-type, fully adj preload, compression & rebound damping
Trail: 107 mm (4.21 in.)
Front brake: Disc
Rear brake: Disc
Front tire size: 80/100-21
Rear tire size: 120/90-18
Fuel tank, including reserve: 10.0 L (2.6 gal.), 9.5 L (2.5 gal.) CA Model
Reserve: 2.3 L (0.6 gal.)
Dimension and Dry Mass
Overall length: 2310 mm (90.9 in.)
Overall width: 875 mm (34.4 in.)
Overall height: 1240 mm (48.8 in.)
Wheelbase: 1485 mm (58.5 in.)
Ground clearance: 300 mm (11.8 in.)
Seat height: 935 mm (36.8 in.)
Dry mass: 132 kg (291 lbs.)