Suzuki DR-Z 400E
The DR400 is Suzuki's entry in to the very popular and competitive 4-stroke MX and Enduro market.A day with the kick-start enduro model was spent on a large home-made MX track with plenty of jumps and deep sand.Recently we also took a blast on a road registered (but de-restricted) electric start version.
The main step in the de-restricting process is removing the muffler baffle.This provides quite a large difference to the power.The next step is to remove the airbox cover and install a .178 jet to crisp it right up.Now you have around 40 horsepower at the rear wheel. Some 5 more horsepower than the current model DR650!
A number of sand drags were held with 2 x DR400 and 1 x YZ400.When they weren't getting up to silly things like grabbing each others bars at 100 kph we found that basically there was nothing in it. With riders switching bikes and around a dozen runs made it was decided that they were level pegged in the acceleration department.We didn't have an XR400… Read more