2011 DR-Z400S

2011 DR-Z400S

The 2011 DR-Z400S is a serious dirt bike designed and engineered to excel on everything from rough country roads to tight forest trails. It’s also completely street legal, with a counterbalanced engine for smooth performance around town.

The DR-Z400S offers exceptional off-road performance. It has a lightweight, compact design that helps it offer crisp handling everywhere off-road or on the street. The DR-Z400S engine provides strong torque across its powerband and amazing throttle response. And it features remarkably smooth performance, complemented by conveniences such as electric starting and a compact, easy-to-read instrument cluster.

On the trail or on across town rides, you can’t beat the 2011 Suzuki DR-Z400S.

Engine Features

•  The DR-Z400S comes with a compact design, 398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine that produces strong low-rpm power. Its compact 4-valve cylinder head features 36mm intake valves and 29mm exhaust valves.

•  Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Materials (SCEM) cylinder for durability, weight reduction and superior heat transfer.
Forged aluminum piston is 10 percent lighter than a cast piston and receives additional oil-cooling to the piston crown through a crankcase oil jet.

•  Smooth throttle response with a Mikuni™ BSR36 CV-type carburetor fed by 6-liter airbox. The left side cover has quick-release fasteners for easy access to the air filter.

•  Digitally mapped DC-CDI system monitors throttle position/engine rpm and adjusts ignition timing to maintain efficient combustion.

•  The DR-Z400S has electric start with a lightweight starter motor and a compact 6.5 amp maintenance-free battery.

Transmission Features

•  A compact 5-speed transmission utilizes a cable-operated clutch with separate outer cover for simplified clutch maintenance.

Chassis Features

•  A narrow Chrome-moly steel frame is torsionally strong with minimal weight. The backbone tube, front down tube, and steering head gussets form the dry-sump engine oil tank. A bolt-on aluminum subframe helps reduce weight and simplify maintenance.

•  Long travel, 49mm cartridge-style forks feature adjustable compression/rebound damping and adjustable spring preload for all types of on/off-road terrain.

A fully adjustable progressive linkage rear shock absorber (spring preload/compression damping adjustable) and aluminum swingarm for precise rear wheel control.

•  Sure stopping power is supplied by a 250mm front disc brake with dual-piston caliper, and a 220mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper.

•  A magnesium-alloy clutch, magneto and cam covers contribute to weight reduction.
Compact digital instrument cluster with speedometer, odometer, twin-trip meters with addition/subtraction capability, clock, timer and stopwatch functions.

•  On-road legal lighting with bright 60/55 watt H4 halogen headlight, compact tail/stoplight, lightweight, rubber-mounted turn signals and horn.

•  A pouch on the rear fender carries tool kit and the owner’s manual.



Displacement 398cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC

Fuel System MIKUNI BSR36, single

Starter Electric

Ignition Electronic ignition (CDI)

Transmission 5-speed constant mesh

Final Drive Chain, RK520KZ0, 112 links


Overall Length 2310 mm (90.9 in)

Overall Width 875 mm (34.4 in)

Wheelbase 1485 mm (58.5 in)

Ground Clearance 300 mm (11.8 in)

Seat Height 935 mm (36.8 in)

Curb Weight 144 kg (317 lbs)

Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped

Brakes Front Disc brake

Brakes Rear Disc brake

Tires Front 80/100-21 M/C 51P, tube type

Tires Rear 120/90-18 M/C 65P, tube type

Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0 L (2.6 US gallons)

Fuel Tank Capacity CA 9.5 L (2.5 US gallons)


12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.

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