So you want a Suzuki DRZ…
Despite being outsold 2:1 by the versatile Kawasaki KLR650, the Suzuki DRZ remains an affordable dual sport with tremendous popularity. The Dizzer makes a good starter bike, but it is surrounded by numerous myths that often cause the bike to outlive the legend.
Before I delve into the possible modifications for this machine, let me caution you. If you are buying a brand new DRZ with the intention of immediately adding several thousand dollars in modifications, you may be better off buying a better motorcycle instead. I’m not trying to dissuade you from purchasing one of these fine 400’s but simply letting you know of the other options that exist. If I had known what I know now, there is a chance I would have bought a better bike from the get go. Unless of course I found a used one at a great price.
The DRZ is best compared to the Honda Civic in the automobile world. The number of mods available allows one to spend more money on a bike that it is worth from both a value and performance standpoint. I’ll admit I fell victim to the DRZ craze. I bought my bike and proceeded to spend over $4000 in modifications. I ended up with a good solid dual sport, but was disappointed with it after riding a KTM 525 EXC, a bike cheaper than my modified DRZ. I ended up selling the bike and mods and purchased a KTM 530EXC. DirtRider’s Jimmy Lewis is telling the truth, there is “no reason to build up Japanese dual sports anymore, buy a KTM”. Forums that tell you otherwise are simply looking to increase their revenue at your expense. Consider that such forums have multiple links- imbedded in your forum postings – to sell their goods.
That said, there will always be those that want to purchase a bike and modify it. For those people I would recommend finding a good, clean, mostly stock DRZ and then using the money saved versus new to buy the modifications you desire. It is possible to buy a cherry used bike for $2000-4000 and add numerous modifications, while still being cheaper than buying a bike at MSRP. The following is a guide to help you determine what you need to make your DRZ be the best it can be, while saving you money.
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