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2005 Suzuki DRZ400 E

Suzuki DRZ400 E

It's hard to beat the thrill of accelerating hard out of a tight turn on a forest trail. And the perfect way to get in on the action is with a Suzuki off-road bike. With a championship-winning heritage, Suzuki off-road bikes offer an incredible combination of torquey engine performance and lightweight handling. Best of all, there's a wide variety of models available, sized for most everyone in the family.

At the head of the lineup is the incredible DR-Z400E. This is the bike that routinely leaves the competition breathing nothing but dust. It cranks out a load of torque across a wide powerband with high-rpm muscle to spare. It's also exceptionally light, with advanced suspension front and rear, for agile handling on all kinds of trails.

Key Features

California specification model available - green sticker legal.

Engine Features

398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine produces strong low-rpm power Compact 4-valve cylinder head with 36mm intake valves, 29mm exhaust valves, narrow 28 included valve angle and shim-under-bucket valve adjustment system Automatic decompression system for quick/easy engine starts (also equipped with manual system).

SCEM-plated cylinder (nickel-silicon-phosphorous) is lighter and more durable than an iron liner with excellent heat transfer properties.

Forged aluminum piston is 10% lighter than a cast piston and receives additional oil cooling to the piston crown through a crankcase oil jet.

Quick throttle response is provided by a KeihinT FCR39 carburetor fed by 6-liter airbox, (CA. model - Mikuni BSR36) The left side cover has quick-release fasteners for easy access to the air filter.

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

Electric start system features a lightweight starter motor and a compact 6.5 amp maintenance-free battery. (Note: Kickstart system kit available - can be added to electric-start model, but does not replace electric system) See the Suzuki Genuine Accessory Catalog for the optional kickstart.

Chassis Features

Off-road lighting includes a bright 55-watt headlight and an innovative LED-type taillight. The compact, bright and durable taillight features bright-red LEDs.

Compact LED taillight mounted in a flexible base.

Additional weight savings with magnesium valve cover, clutch cover, and magneto cover.

Narrow profile with smooth transitions between the tank, seat and bodywork.

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 off-road terrain.

A fully-adjustable rear shock absorber with high/low speed compression damping adjuster 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.

Lightweight chrome-moly RM-style steel footpegs, and aluminum rims and hubs


  • Engine: 398 cc, four-stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid cooled
  • Bore Stroke: 90 x 62.6 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
  • Fuel System: KeihinT FCR39, (CA. model Mikuni BSR36)
  • Lubrication: Wet sump
  • Ignition: Digital/DC-CDI
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Final Drive: #520 chain
  • Overall Length: 2235 mm (88.0 in.)
  • Overall Width: 825 mm (32.5 in.)
  • Overall Height: 1245 mm (49.0 in.)
  • Seat Height: 945mm (37.2 in.)
  • Ground Clearance: 325mm (12.8 in.)
  • Wheelbase: 1475 mm (58.1 in.)
  • Dry Weight: 119kg (262 lbs.)
  • Suspension Front: Telescopic, cartridge-type, oil-damped, adjustable preload, 14-way compression damping and 18-way rebound damping
  • Suspension Rear: Link-type, fully-adjustable spring preload, adjustable high/low compression dampimg and adjustable rebound damping
  • Brakes Front: Single hydraulic disc
  • Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc
  • Tyres Front: 80/100-21
  • Tyres Rear: 110/100-18
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 10 liter (2.6 gal.)
  • Color: Yellow