Suzuki’s venerable DRZ-400E has been around for a long time, but if you’re looking for versatility and reliability over brute performance, it represents strong value at $9490 rideaway.
In Australia, the bike is now sold exclusively in Cape York Edition, which adds a number of accessories, and of course, an apt sticker kit.
We recently took the Suzuki DRZ-400E Cape York Edition for a spin to see if it still makes for a good buy in 2021. See our video review below.
What we like:
- Great value
- Proven reliability
- Tough exhaust note
Room for improvement:
- Ageing looks
- Heavy at 138 kilograms
- Vibey at higher speeds
What’s special about the DRZ-400E Cape York Edition?
Suzuki Motorcycles Australia told INFO MOTO that the DRZ-400E Cape York Edition is so named as it’s the most trusted motorcycle of tour operators, with Cape York MC recently purchasing 300 of them.
The brand’s local wing also says that it has sold over 20,000 units since its initial launch in 2000, and has seen a rise in popularity during the pandemic period as people look to find more Covid-friendly ways to pass the time.
Unique to the Cape York Edition are things like Pro Taper handlebars and grips, Suzuki hand guards and radiator guards, a muffler end cap as well as a handful of decals.
We recently tested the DRZ-400E’s bigger brother, the DR650, and will publish a video review of that shortly.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer shreds the keytar in little-known rock band Midnight Medley.