The DR-Z400SM puts a supermoto spin on the popular middleweight dual sport DR-Z400S. The DR-Z400SM is primarily suited for riding (and racing) on the paved surfaces, but has an off-roader’s character with its lightweight handling and slim design. This DR-Z has done away with knobby tires for a slicker Dunlop D208, but that isn’t the only difference. Suzuki relays that other key differences between its DR-Zs include the SM’s inverted fork, wide, spoked rims, and 300mm-diameter floating front brake rotor. The SM’s five-speed transmission works with a 398cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine.
While some might argue the niche supermoto is a bit impractical, past test rider Blake Conner stated. “The DR-Z is anything but impractical. Despite its relatively small 398cc engine, the SM is a very entertaining motorcycle, whether you are commuting in an urban environment or heading out into the twisties on the weekend. About the only place that the 400 feels out of place is on freeways, especially if the trip is longer than 10 or 15 minutes.”
Although packed with a little more oomph than Suzuki’s supermoto, its competition may include the Ducati Hypermotard, Aprilia Dorsoduro, KTM 690 SMC R, or Husqvarna 701 Supermoto.
The Suzuki DR-Z400SM’s only change for 2020 is the new color options to choose from: Solid Iron Gray and Solid Special White No. 2.