Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Battle of the Bikes - Suzuki DR-Z400S vs. Honda XR650L
It's a duel of the dual sport bikes. Let's debate whether the Suzuki DR-Z400S or the Honda XR650L is a better dual sport ride. And while the two match ups may be in different displacement categories, they seem to be two of the most debated about bikes. But with these dual sports, there's a heck of a lot to consider. How much pavement vs how much dirt are you going to be hitting? Either way, while the DR-Z400S is lacking a few cc, a brand spanking new one will also cost you less than the XR650L. Along with the extra green you shell out for the extra displacement, however, you're also getting about 30 extra pounds with that Honda. And that's just one of the differences between the two:Here's how they stack up on paper:
2012 Honda XR650L
Engine type: 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder
Final Drive: #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 13 in.
Seat Height: 37 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.8 gal.
Wet Weight: 346 lbs.
Front: 43mm air-adjustable leading-axle Showa cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability
Rear: Pro-link Showa� single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability
Front Tire: 3.00-21
Rear Tire: 4.60-18
Front: Single Disc Brake
Rear: Single Disc Brake
2011 Suzuki DR-Z400S
Engine type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Final Drive: Chain, RK520KZ0, 112 links
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 11.8 in.
Seat Height: 36.8 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gal.
Wet Weight: 317 lbs.
Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front Tire: 80/100-21 M/C 51P, Tube Type
Rear Tire: 120/90-18 M/C 65P, Tube Type
Front: Disc Brake
Rear: Disc Brake
So as much as we would like to settle the debate based off facts that can be written on paper, it really does come down to the riding. So tell us, in your experience, is the Suzuki DR-Z400S or the Honda XR650L the better of the two dual sport bikes?