Suzuki DR800S Review from Portugal

1990 Suzuki DR800S

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance176000 kilometres


Dakar impression in single cylinder


Crankshaft ball bearings worn at 90000km.

Final chain bearing shot on a long European trip, due to excess chain tension at 120000km.

Minor wiring corrosion problems.

Always had to look at the oil level.

Not easy access for maintenance, given the 2 fuel tanks.

General Comments:

(DR800S 1st model)

Great handling, looks and off road capabilities.

Weight and braking may be a problem if going fast.

Not too thirsty, and the 29 litre tank can last longer than your rear.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2012

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review