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Suzuki DRZ 400e

Suzuki DR-Z 400E Specifications:

Length: 2,235 mm (88.0 in)
Overall Width: 825 mm (32.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,245 mm (49.0 in)
Seat height: 935 mm (36.8 in)
Wheelbase: 1,475mm (58.1 in)
Dry Weight: 119 kg (262 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 398 cc DOHC 1-cylinder, 4 valves. 48 hp (35 kW)/ 9,000 rpm, 41 Nm/ 7,500 rpm.

This is a 2002 model, bought for a bit of fun over the winter and we’ll see how things go from there having never road any dirt roads before,,

Triumph Bonneville SE
Type: Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval
Capacity: 865cc
Bore/Stroke: 90 x 68mm
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Fuel System: Twin carburettors with throttle position sensor and electric carburettor heaters
Ignition: Digital–inductive typeTRANSMISSION
Primary Drive: Gear
Final Drive: X ring chain
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 5-speedCYCLE PARTS
Frame: Tubular steel cradle
Swingarm: Twin-sided, tubular steel
Wheels: Front: 36-spoke 19 x 2.5in; Rear: 40-spoke 17 x 3.5in
Tyres: Front: 100/90 19; Rear: 130/80 17
Suspension: Front: 41mm forks; Rear: Chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload
Brakes: Front: Single 310mm disc, 2 piston calipers; Rear: Single 255mm disc, 2 piston calipers

Length: 2230mm (87.8in)
Width: (Handlebars) 840mm (33.1in)
Height: 1100mm (43.3in)
Seat Height: 775mm (30.5in)
Wheelbase: 1500mm (59.1in)
Rake/Trail: 28º/110mm
Weight(Dry): 205kg (451lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.6 litres (4.4 gal US)

Maximum Power: 67PS (66bhp) at 7200rpm
Maximum Torque: 71Nm (52ft.lbf) at 6000rpm

We bought this Bonnie last year when a friend of ours said she was selling it, lovely looking bike and no expense has been spared on it,  she’s a 2007 SE, last of the carbed models, currently has 20,000 miles on it, seriously noisy pipes that have been dyno’d and jetted to suit,  heavy duty clutch, the standard Triumph rims that have been powder coated black  and re-laced with stainless spokes, Hagon shocks, engine bars, fork gators  and a few other bits and bobs.

Not sure which way we’re going to be going with her, its great fun to ride and was bought for Paula to do her test but I’m not sure if she’s going to now as she’s more than happy on the back, so maybe a little Cafe Racer ?   watch this space !

Triumph Thunderbird SE 
Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1597cc
Bore/Stroke 103.8 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
Exhaust Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
Final Drive Toothed Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd – 6th
Oil Capacity 4.2 litres (1.1 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular Steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6in
Tyre Front 120/70 R19
Rear 200/50 R17
Suspension Front Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock
Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2340 mm (92.1in)
Width (handlebars) 880mm (34.6in)
Height without mirrors 1120mm (44.1in)
Seat Height 700mm (27.5in)
Wheelbase 1615mm (63.5in)
Rake/Trail 32º/151mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 339 kg (746 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 86PS / 85bhp / 63kW @ 4850rpm
Maximum Torque 146Nm / 108ft.lbs @ 2750rpm

Bought early 2013 this 2012 SE was very nearly a blue 2013 Thunderbird that was bought and waiting my collection at the local dealership but the snow stopped me picking it up and in the meantime the red SE came in with 2,000 miles and a grand cheaper, so the deal was done !

The SE comes with all the usual extras, I’ve put heated grips on it, the long Triumph off road pipes, front crash bars and (with careful jiggling you can keep the standard horn), chrome radiator trim, Hagon Nitro shocks, easy brackets for the panniers, I also have a set of Givi E21 hard painniers along with a Givi E55 top box. I recently had the rims power coated as the polished alloy has no coating on as standard and is really tricky to keep good condition, especially with UK winters !

Rear wheel alignment is critical with these bikes, get it right and it’ll run smooth as you like, get it wrong and you’ll have all manner of squeaks and chirps…..a subject of a post sometime maybe…

Italy 2012
Triumph America
Our old Triumph America, we done a lot of miles on that bike including 2 trips into Europe, pretty much all the extra shiny bits that Triumph had in their catalogue,  great bike, a little underpowered for two up touring but as our first ‘cruiser’ we were sad to see it go.

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