When an Oregon dealership found itself sold out of Suzuki dual sports and customers pining for a new DR-Z400S — and rather than wait for the 2011 models to arrive — its staff took matters into their own hands. Using a handful of unsold DR-Z400SM supermotos and a pile of new parts, the staff at Fun Country Power Sports and DualSport Outlet have created what it calls the "Suzuki Dual-Sport bike we've all been waiting for."
From a press release sent over by the dealership, a multiline in The Dalles, Ore.,:
"With a couple of changes to the 400SM including a matching front wheel built with a 19 inch Excel rim/stock Suzuki hub/Buchanan stainless spoke kit combination, and Shinko 705 dual sport radials in the popular 110/90-19 & 150/70-17 sizes. The end result is the dual sport bike riders have been asking Suzuki to build for years — one with a water-cooled, dual overhead cam powerplant, race quality suspension, reasonable seat height, premium wheels, and beefy radial rubber. All of this is available at the DRZ-400SM MSRP."
“Buyers can purchase a supermoto kit that includes the original 17 inch front wheel and Dunlop radials for only $499.00, which is a no-brainer for anyone who's priced a supermoto conversion," says Alec Erland, the store's GM. Response has been extremely positive, the store says.
The store notes that the DR-Z400SM is essentially the same bike as the 400S with the exception of 17 inch Excel rims and street radials in place of the S model's 18 inch/21 inch hoops and street-worthy knobbies.
"It also got a huge upgrade in front and suspension technology when Suzuki chose to fit the inverted front end from the RM-Z450 race bike in place of the S model's conventional unit. It also features an oversize 320mm front rotor that offers big stopping power. While the 400SM is a real blast to ride on the street, the 17 inch front wheel limits the bike's fun factor once the tarmac turns to gravel," the press release states.
posted by Dennis Johnson