Cham­pion mod­els of­fer rider-friendly op­tions

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARS­GUIDE -

SUZUKI’S next gen­er­a­tion of DR-Z trail bikes are here soon.

The 2015 DR-Z400E and DR-Z250 lob in early August, adding another choice for the off-road rid­ing en­thu­si­ast.

Boast­ing a new colour scheme (cham­pion yel­low and black) the 2015 mod­els draw in­spi­ra­tion from the race-win­ning RM-Z range.

Fea­tur­ing pow­er­ful fourstroke en­gines, ag­ile han­dling and a rugged chas­sis ready for tough ter­rain, the DR-Z400E and DR-Z250 have a rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­able, fuss-free rid­ing.

Both new mod­els are fully street le­gal out of the box and learner ap­proved.

It makes the DR-Z400E and DR-Z250 ideal for new rid­ers look­ing for a mo­tor­cy­cle suit­able for work and play.

The 2015 DR-Z250 fea­tures a 249cc DOHC engine for a broad power range and abun­dant low-rev torque.

The Suzuki ad­vanced cool­ing sys­tem main­tains op­ti­mum engine tem­per­a­tures.

The alu­minium cylin­der is plated with race-tested Suzuki com­pos­ite elec­tro­chem­i­cal ma­te­rial coat­ing for weight re­duc­tion and bet­ter heat trans­fer. It comes with a slick-shift­ing six-speed trans­mis­sion and a large, four-litre air­box with quick re­lease fas­ten­ers for easy main­te­nance.

A rider-friendly chas­sis is com­ple­mented by long travel front forks, with 12-way com­pres­sion and 17-way re­bound damp­ing force ad­just­ment. The remote-reser­voir shock ab­sorber fea­tures fully ad­justable com­pres­sion and re­bound damp­ing force and spring preload.

In­spired by the RM-Z, the DR-Z250 comes with a pow­er­ful disc brak­ing sys­tem with twin-pis­ton front caliper, while the rear brake comes with a guard for the caliper and disc.

The DR-Z400E runs a 398cc DOHC engine for those rid­ers want­ing even more power.

It is matched with a dig­i­tally mapped DC-CDI sys­tem that mon­i­tors engine speed and throttle po­si­tion, to au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just ig­ni­tion tim­ing for max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency.

An elec­tric start en­sures fuss-free rid­ing, while han­dling is cov­ered by the long travel 48mm stan­chion tube front forks and pro­gres­sive link­age rear sus­pen­sion. They are both fully ad­justable.

Pric­ing on the trail bikes will be avail­able when they ar­rive here in August.

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