6. 2005 Suzuki DR-Z400 SM


Hey, we just featured the updated version of the DR-Z400 and even ran it against an electric bike. However, back in 2005, we decided to go all urban commando on the street-legal Suzuki supermoto. In a road test that reads like a hooligan how-to, then-editor, Sean Alexander, put the DR-Z through its paces.

He battled soccer mom-driven SUVs, rabid St. Bernards and a close encounter with an ocean cliff. Otherwise, it was all in a day’s work for the Suzook. In the end, Alexander declares that “the DRZ-SM is just about perfect for its intended usage.” What more could we ask for from a motorcycle?

Read the full review: 2005 Suzuki DR-Z400 SM

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?