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After modifying my Suzuki DRZ400 did I ever use it for an extended “Dual Sport” adventure ?
Did the modification stand up to the job ?

You bet ! – Watch the full story here:-

Pictures And Video / Re: VIDEO - Motorcycle Adventure – Pyrenees Style
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:12:05 AM »
Awesome trip!  Thanks for sharing.  What did you use for tires, same for the entire trip?
Did you have and mechanical failures?

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you Wild Billy 8)

Tire choice and other modifications can be seen within this "DRZ prep" video -

No mechanical failures, but my bike is still rather low millage and has hopefully seen some love and attention, watch the video above  :D

Pictures And Video / VIDEO - Motorcycle Adventure – Pyrenees Style
« on: January 29, 2017, 11:00:46 AM »
Dual Sport - Road Trip - European Style

General Discussion / Suzuki DRZ 400 Modifications Article
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:17:02 AM »
The UK based Trail Riders Fellowship website recently published an article describing Suzuki DRZ 400 Modifications, which might be useful to rider wishing to use their small Dual Sport motorcycle for extended on/off road camping trips.

Here is my 1st DRZ modification video, it's similar, but VERY different and may also be of interest.

During my Spanish Pyrenees trip I experimented with some solo filming half way up the Smuggler’s Trail.   

What modifications have I missed out ?

Technical Help / Re: 310mm Front Rotor Conversion on S Model
« on: April 23, 2016, 10:03:02 AM »
UPDATE    310mm SM disc/rotor caliper extension bracket search    UPDATE

Having been in contact with 2 people who have historically fabricated such brackets and bought one from the other side of the world, then paid customs charges only to find it overhung the 310mm disk by 5mm, my advice would be :-

Buy a recognized, off the shelf, 320 disc/rotor and caliper extension bracket kit !!!

Technical Help / 310mm Front Rotor Conversion on S Model
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:13:39 AM »
I have a 2006 Suzuki DRZ400 “S model” I want to swap the original front rotor (disc) for a SM Model 310mm front rotor (disc). I want to use my original front break caliper; I therefore need a caliper adapter plate to make this possible.

Can any one tell me where I can buy this caliper adapter plate to accommodate the 310mm rotor (disc) or does any one have drawings / CAD models for it ???????

General Discussion / Suzuki DRZ promotion within the UK media :)
« on: March 12, 2016, 01:17:00 AM »

“I require a motorcycle that I can ride through Europe on the road, loaded with camping kit, but also ride on the dirt trails from dawn to dusk, I have chosen to ride a Suzuki DRZ400S. It is a simple, basic, no nonsense design that still runs with a carburetor and manual fuel tap (petcock)”

Read the full interview at :-

General Discussion / Re: Suzuki DRZ400 QUESTION
« on: February 28, 2016, 01:14:25 PM »
My article was in the form of an interview for the UK Trail Riders Fellowship website.

My Suzuki DRZ400S get lots of good press.


General Discussion / Re: Suzuki DRZ400 QUESTION
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:44:53 PM »
Sorry DRZ Lads, I’m English and don’t want to appear rude!

I use a lot of forums
Am I correct in assuming this is an American DRZ forum?
I’m not asking United States related questions to the German DRZ forum am I ?
Can anyone help and answer the questions I’ve posted above ? ? ? ? ?

General Discussion / Re: Suzuki DRZ400 QUESTION
« on: December 28, 2015, 01:12:51 PM »
I've just found this quote below.

Did you get the DRZ400 in the United States in 2000 or 2003 ????

The DR-Z400 in its various forms (here in the United States, you mostly only see the S dual-sport model and SM supermoto) has gone unchanged save for graphics and wheel color since it replaced the DR350 in 2000. This means it still has a carburetor (Mikuni BSR36) and petcock, and comes without fancy bells and whistles like an indicator light to let you know you're about to run out of gas.

General Discussion / Suzuki DRZ400 QUESTION
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:40:01 AM »
I’m researching some notes for UK magazine article and need some help.

Am I correct in understanding the Suzuki DRZ400 (SM, S & E) were introduced into the American market in 2003

and have basically remained "technically" unchanged for the last 12 years

and are still on sale in the US today 2015 - 16 ?


Pictures And Video / Re: VIDEO - Suzuki DRZ400 Modifications
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:36:48 PM »

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