2008 Suzuki DR Review


The 2008 Suzuki DR represents the third model year of the dual-sport motorcycle that Japanese manufacturer Suzuki introduced in 2006. The 2008 DR is divided into two models, which are the DR-200SE and the DR-650SE. For the 2008 model year, Suzuki set the manufacturer""s suggested retail price at $3,949 for the 200SE and $5,099 for the 650SE.

As a dual-sport bike, the 2008 Suzuki DR is designed for both on-road and off-road use, or for riding on paved and unpaved roads. Each model of the 2008 DR is named after its engine displacement. The DR-200SE has an engine displacement of 199 cubic centimeters (cc), which is rounded up to 200 cc. The engine on the DR-650SE displaces at 644 cc, which is rounded up to 650 cc.

The engine on the 2008 Suzuki DR is a four-stroke single-cylinder engine, with two intake valves and mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The bore and stroke and compression ratio of the DR-200SE are 2.6 x 2.29 inches (66 x 58.2 mm) and 9.4 to 1, respectively. For the DR-650E, it""s 3.94 x 3.23 inches (100 x 82 mm) and 9.5 to 1. Each engine on the 2008 DR is fueled by a Mikuni carburetor (31 mm on the DR-200SE, 40 mm on the DR-650SE), and Suzuki provides an electric starter for ignition. A fuel tank of a peak capacity of 3.4 gallons (13 liters) goes on each bike.

For braking, each 2008 Suzuki DR has a hydraulic disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the back. A telescopic fork at the front and a twin-sided aluminum swing arm comprises the bike""s suspension. Each 2008 DR has a 21-inch aluminum wheel at front. However, at the back are an 18-inch one for the DR-200SE and 17-inch one for the DR-650SE.

Available as a blue or black motorcycle, the 2008 Suzuki DR uses a sturdy steel frame covered in little plastic; the bike has fenders, a chain guard and fork guards. A one-piece vinyl seat provides enough space for a driver and passenger; it is adjustable on the DR-200SE but is adjustable on the DR-650SE.

For the 2008 model year, Suzuki added a speedometer to join the trip odometer on the DR""s dashboard. Also included on the bike are a rear rack for storage, halogen headlight and a pair of side mirrors.

The DR-200SE model of the 2008 Suzuki DR is 84.6 inches (2,148.8 mm) long, 31.7 inches (805 mm) wide and 46.7 inches (1,185 mm) high, with a dry weight of 249 lbs. (113 kilograms). The DR-650SE, which is the bigger and heavier of the two models, also has a length of 84.6 inches (2,148.8 mm). However, it has a width of 34.1 inches (865 mm), height of 47 inches (1,195 mm) and dry weight of 324 lbs. (147 kg).

Only a few cosmetic changes were made on the 2008 Suzuki DR over previous years. Then again, it didn""t really need a major overhaul; the 2008 DR delivers remarkably as a dual-sport bike.

New For 2008

  • This was the third model year for the Suzuki DR
  • Black color scheme replaces yellow
  • Speedometer added on the dashboard.

2008 Suzuki DR Specs

  • Model: Dual-purpose (DR-200SE and DR-650SE)
  • Engine Type: 199cc (200SE); 644cc (650SE), 4-stroke air-cooled single cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke (millimeters/inches): 66/2.6 x 58.2/2.29 (200SE); 100/3.94 x 82/3.23 (650SE)
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1 (200SE); 9.5:1 (650SE)
  • Valve Train: single overhead camshaft (SOHC), two valves per cylinder
  • Induction: 31-millimeter BST31SS (200SE)/40-millimeter BST40 (650SE) Mikuni carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters): 3.4/13
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided aluminum swing arm
  • Wheelbase (inches/millimeters): 55.3/1405 (200SE); 58.7/1490 (650SE)
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height (inches/millimeters): 31.9/810 (200SE); 34.8/885 (650SE)
  • Curb Weight (lbs./kg): 249/113 (200SE); 324/147 (650SE)
  • Tires (Front): 70/100 R21 44P (200SE); 90/90 R21 54S (650SE)
  • Tires (Rear): 100/90 R18 56P (200SE); 120/90 R17 64S (650SE)


  • Rack bag
  • Lightweight aluminum rim kit
  • Trail tech vapor computer kit

Key Competitors For The 2008 Suzuki DR

  • 2008 Honda CRF 230L
  • 2008 Yamaha XT 250
  • 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650
  • 2008 Yamaha TW 200