I’d like to blame the Bridgestone Trail Wing tires, but when my pal Jim jumped on the Suzuki, he and it had no trouble climbing up and over the rock outcropping that had turned back my assault. In fact, Jimbo, who rides a very nice Yamaha WR400F, said he thought the DR-Z has a great motor and a pretty good everything else—just too much weight (and me, JB, not enough skills...). For 150-pound me, the DR-Z’s suspension feels right in the ballpark. For Jim, who is no longer able to dress off the rack, it felt like “sitting in a pool of Jell-O with no shorts.” For serious climbing, the DR-Z’s first gear is really too tall; thankfully, it pulls like a diesel from very low revs and will clamber up all sorts of ridiculous things, anyway. A six-speed gearbox would be better.