2009 Suzuki DR-Z

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2009 Suzuki DR-Z before buying this Motocross bike. The 2009 DRZ is made in Japan. Suzuki first introduced the DRZ model in 2008. With front Drum brakes that will securely stop this motorcycle on ...     read more
Suzuki DRZ 2009
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2009 Suzuki DRZ

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Although Suzuki categorizes the DR-Z125L offroad motorcycle as a ""kids"" bike, the DR-Z provides more than enough power for adults looking to hit the trails. The DR-Z’s diminutive air-cooled, SOHC motor is fed by a tiny 20mm Mikuni carburetor, but the DR-Z zips nicely if you keep the throttle pinned. Ultimately, this light, decently powered thumper is perfect for beginners and experienced riders alike, although with a front drum brake inherited from Suzuki’s early RM-Z racing models, heavier riders might find that the DR-Z has trouble pulling up.

Modeled on Suzuki’s popular and award-winning RM-Z dirt racers, the DR-Z125 features aggressive, Supermotard-inspired bodywork that makes the yellow chassis stand out like a streak of lightning.

The first Suzuki DR-Z models made their entry into the highly competitive off-road scene at the end of 2002 as 2003 models, and they look more or less the same today as they did way back then. The Suzuki DR bike features a kick-started, carbureted, air-cooled, 124cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC two-valve engine, developing 12 horsepower at an impressive 9500 rpm and 7.3 lb-ft of torque at 8600 rpm. The power plant stands on the same steel frame and swing arm, while the heavy-duty suspensions (long-travel, oil-damped front fork and link-type rear unit) make for a smooth introduction to relatively rough terrain. Suzuki has seen little reason to change the DR-Z in recent years, even though some riders have complained that newer models should have come equipped with a more contemporary front disc brake.

In terms of power and performance, the DR-Z is perfectly middle-of-the-road. The bulk of the 125L’s power is strung in the middle of the curve, yet good torque and average top-end pull bookend the practical midrange.

The off-idle hit of the Suzuki DR-Z is mellow and almost disappointing, though this translates to friendliness for tentative spouses or kids who want to throw a leg over and ride along. The DR-Z’s basic suspension package feels slightly springy and obviously soft, but the fork doesn’t blow through on super-hard hits like you’d expect it to. And with a dry weight of just 194 pounds, the DR-Z is a feather-weight thumper that can handle even the tightest twists and turns.

With a seat height of 775mm, tall riders feel right at home on the Suzuki DR-Z. In fact, the DR-Z may be a bit too tall for riders under 5’5”. However, with the high saddle, bumps and logs are no problem for the DR-Z’s ultra-springy suspensions.

If there is one thing that sets the DR-Z apart from other dirt bikes on the track, it’s the style: Suzuki’s distinctive yellow chassis is eye-catching to say the least, and the aggressive side panels inspired by Suzuki’s RM-Z racers give the DR-Z a throw-back look. The high-mounted fenders, front and side number plates, and narrow tapered seat all testify to the fact that this bike was built to race. Additionally, the Suzuki DR-Z features a compact, all-digital instrument cluster with a speedometer, odometer, programmable trip meter, clock, timer, and stopwatch.

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2009 Suzuki DR-Z Specs

  • Model: DR-Z125; DR-Z125L
  • Engine Type: 124cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 57mm x 48.8mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.51:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.7 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Drum
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic, coil spring fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Link-type, coil spring
  • Wheelbase: 49 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 775mm; 805mm
  • Dry Weight: 194 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 70/100-17 40M; 70/100-19 42M
  • Tires (Rear): 90/100-14 49M; 90/100-16 52M


  • Chassis: black, yellow
  • Tire valve caps: Suzuki logo

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