2022 Suzuki DR650S Buyer’s Guide [Specs, Photos, and Ride Review]

The 2022 Suzuki DR650S is an authentic retro motorcycle that is still in production. This dual sport has strong roots dating back to 1996 and has enjoyed a few updates since then. With that in mind, you’ll be amazed by the bike’s now-unseen features. There’s a 40mm Mikuni carburettor with a manual choke for cold starting – yes, the 644cc single has electric start. There is also an unusual vacuum-style fuel tap which has no ‘off’ position – only ‘on’, ‘prime’ and ‘reserve’. Due to the reserve setting, the DR650S does not have a fuel gauge or a low fuel warning light on its dash. The speedometer has a mechanical drive from the front hub. There are dual discs, but no ABS.2022 Suzuki DR650S Buyer's Guide: Price and MSRPSuzuki has worked out the carburetion, so the DR650S delivers its power smoothly and predictably. The suspension is rather soft, so off-road expectations should be tempered. Additionally, the 366-pound curb weight is heavy for a dual-sport bike, though reasonable for street service. Although the Bridgestone Trail Wing tires perform better on pavement than on dirt, they are a good compromise. After wearing out, most riders will know if they want a more street or off-road oriented tire. is mostly about torque, but crank it up, and you can cruise at 80 mph all day and hit 100 mph if needed. A gear balancer effectively tames vibrations. A secret feature of the 2022 Suzuki DR650S is a factory lowering kit that lowers the seat height by 1.6 inches without altering the bike’s comfortable ergonomics. Suspension travel is shortened, allowing the 650 to perform better on the street. Most dirt riders will prefer the lowered version, as few DR riders will use the 10.2 inches of travel at both ends on the standard version. Really, the lowered version should be the standard version, and then Suzuki can offer a “High” rater version.We tested the Suzuki DR650S2022 Suzuki DR650S FeaturesENGINE

  • Type: single cylinder
  • Displacement: 644cc
  • Bore x stroke: 100 x 82 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valvetrain: SOHC
  • Cooling: air/oil cooled
  • Fuel supply: 40mm Mikuni BST carburettor
  • Lubrication: Wet Sump
  • Transmission: 5 speed
  • Final drive: DID O-ring chain


  • Front suspension; Travel: Height-adjustable telescopic fork; 10.2 inches
  • Rear suspension; Travel: Linkage-assisted stacking damper, spring preload and adjustable rebound damping; 10.2 inches
  • Tires: Bridgestone Trail Wing
  • Front tire: 90/90-21 tube
  • Rear tire: 120/90-17 tube
  • Front brake: 290mm floating disc with 4-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc with 2-piston caliper


  • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
  • Seat height: 34.8 inches
  • Ground clearance: 10.4 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • Curb weight: 366 lbs.
  • Color: plain black

2022 Suzuki DR650S Price: $6849 MSRP

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With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He likes sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes and custom bikes. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he’ll say, “Whatever bike I ride.

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