2005 Suzuki DR Review


The 2005 Suzuki DR dual-sport motorcycle is available in two sub-models – the entry level 200SE, and the larger, more powerful 650SE. True to form, the Japanese manufacturer has created both versions to perform exactly as expected, with each bike capable of delivering exceptional street and off-road performance, as well as a fun and rewarding experience to its targeted rider.

While the two Suzuki DRs feature many similar elements and design aesthetics, there are significant differences between the bike models. For starters, the 200SE is an entry-level bike that's built for new or younger riders, so it is natUrally smaller, lighter, and less powerful than its big brother, the 650SE. The 200SE has a reliable four-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, 199cc Twin Dome Combustion Chamber (TDCC) engine, with a Mikuni 31mm constant velocity carburetor. The Suzuki 650SE, on the other hand, sports a four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC, four-valve, air/oil cooled 644cc engine, with a Mikuni 40mm ""slingshot"" carburetor.

The bikes also feature different suspension and braking systems, although it is important to note that each is equipped with the appropriate systems that deliver the best possible results for their design. The 2005 Suzuki DR200SE features a front hydraulic disc and rear drum braking system, while the DR650SE has hydraulic discs on both the front and back. Both bikes feature telescopic front fork suspensions, and a twin sided swing arm rear suspension, but whereas the 200SE's suspension has eight inches of travel on the front and back, the 650SE has a whopping 10.2 inches of travel, and its rear suspension features adjustable rebound damping, while the 200SE's does not.

Stylistically, the two bikes are visually similar. They both sport large 3.4 gallon fuel tanks, folding-type mirrors, long and plush seats, aggressively sharp fenders, and chunky front and rear tires with special tread patterns for on- and off-road driving. Both bikes are equipped with a bright 55-watt halogen headlight (the 650SE's has 60-watt high-beam capabilities) for safe nighttime riding, and a low maintenance, digitally-controlled CDI ignition system for perfect ignition timing at all engine speeds.

The 2005 Suzuki DR is a rugged bike that can withstand anything that's thrown at it. It is also a smart solution for riders who love to get the most out of their bikes. Whether you're looking for a fun and fuel-efficient transportation solution to and from work, or you like to spend your free time riding the back trails, the 2005 Suzuki DR allows you to have it all, along with Suzuki's trademark reliability, exceptional styling, and superior performance.

New For 2005

  • The 2005 Suzuki DR's two sub-models are carryover models, and therefore they do not feature any significant changes from the previous year's model.

2005 Suzuki DR Specs

  • Model:200SE, 650SE
  • Engine Type: Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 66mm x 58.2mm, 100mm x 82mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.41:1, 9.51:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum, Hydraulic Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 55.5 inches, 58.7 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.9 inches, 34.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 249 lbs., 324 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 70/100 R21, 90/90 R21
  • Tires (Rear): 100/90 R18, 120/90 R17


  • Gel Seat
  • Rear Rack
  • Side Stand
  • Skid Plate

Key Competitors For The 2005 Suzuki DR

  • 2005 Honda XR650L
  • 2005 Kawasaki KLR250/650
  • 2005 Yamaha TW200