We like our 2008 DR-Z400SM so much that we decided to pick up a new 2016 model. Even though the DRZ supermoto hasn't changed much over the years (aside from color and graphics), its still one of our favorite bikes and one of the most fun to ride. We plan to set this new bike up a bit different than our 2008 model, and will be doing all the standard performance mods as well as a KEIHIN FCR-MX 39mm Carburetor on this bike.
Looking for aftermarket parts for your new 2017 Suzuki DR-Z400S Dual Sport or DR-Z400SM Supermoto? SRmoto specializes in dual sport and supermoto bikes like the DRZ400S/M, so be sure to check out our 2008 Suzuki DRZ400SM project bike for ideas on upgrades and accessories.
Its been a busy summer here at SRmoto, but we've been making a little bit of progress on our 2015 Honda CRF250L Supermoto. We will be setting this bike up a bit differently than the 2013 CRF250L Supermoto Conversion we did previously.
The bike is currently a work-in-progress and we're still in the break in period so we haven't done any performance mods yet, but those will be done soon. You can see all the bikes current mods on the 2015 Honda CRF250L Supermoto Project Bike page which we will keep updated with the bikes current setup. Even though this is a supermoto build, all the parts we're using on the bike will work on a Honda CRF250L Dual Sport as well.
One of the first things many riders change on their new CRF250L is the handlebars. The stock handlebars are 7/8" in size and made out of steel. Most people will swap those out for a high quality aluminum handlebar, which is lighter and more durable for off-road riding.
Handlebar Sizing: The stock CRF250L has 7/8" size handlebars. If you want to stick with 7/8" handlebars, all you'll need to do is pick out a new aluminum handlebar in that same 7/8" size and it will bolt right on. If you want to upgrade to oversize 1 1/8" handlebars, you'll need adapters (see info below) to convert the stock 7/8" lower bar mounts to the 1 1/8" size. Please note that oversize handlebars are only "oversize" on the center part of the bar where it bolts up to the bike. They taper back down to 7/8" where the controls mount, that way all your stock controls will go right back on. Additionally, 7/8" handlebars will have a cross brace, whereas 1 1/8" bars typically will not.
Handlebar Bends: Manufacturers like Pro Taper and Renthal offer their handlebars in a variety of bends so you can customize the fit and feel of your new bars. Which bend you choose is a personal preference thing. For the Honda CRF250L, we like Pro Taper handlebars in the "CR Mid", "CR High", and "Henry/Reed" bends. On our personal CRF250L's we use the CR Mid bend, but the CR High and Henry/Reed bend seem to also be popular with our customers.
One of our regular customers sent us some great photos and details on his very tricked out 2015 Suzuki DR-Z400SM. Here's what Bruno had to say...
This bike runs better then I expected. The low and mid range response was absolutely transformed by the exhuast package and the top of the power band will be taken care of with some gearing changes. The mods that I chose to do on the engine cleaned up the hesitation and EPA-emissions-bottle-up wonderfully. All the other chassis and accessory mods from SRmoto.com / SoloRacer.com are working reliably and efficiently as was stated they would. That being said, I have owned many, many road and off road bikes and I’m feeling this DR-Z could be one of my very favorites ever, just so much fun and versatility! Thanks so much for all your assistance and I look forward to doing more business with you and your operation in the future.
Here's some of the things Bruno has done to his bike...
If you're trying to decide between our Zeta Armor Handguard Package and our Zeta PRO Armor Handguard Package, here's some info that might help you decide which handguards are for you.
Zeta Armor Handguard Package...
- Available in anodized colors: Black, Titanium Silver, Red, Or Blue
- Include bar end inserts for either steel or aluminum handlebars
- Include your choice of either 7/8" or 1 1/8" handlebar clamps
- Designed for use with aluminum or steel handlebars
Zeta PRO Armor Handguard Package...
- Available in anodized colors: Black, Titanium Silver, or Orange
- Include longer more durable bar end inserts to hold the handlebar tighter
- Can be used with Zeta hand guard mount kits: side triple clamp, front triple clamp or BC type
- Designed for use with aluminum handlebars
- Feature durable plastic bumpers to protect outer handguard body
- Are made from durable aluminum in the popular "Bend Style"
- Are pre-drilled for mounting of optional Zeta XC protector shields
- Work with the optional Zeta LED flashers/turn signals
Flatland Racing has made a few improvements to their popular skid plate for the Honda CRF250L. Overall coverage of the engine remains the same, but the flat aluminum finish has been replaced by a beautiful polished finish, and the round holes on the front and sides of the skid plate have been replaced by oval shaped slots. Overall protection remains excellent, and now the skid plate looks much nicer on the bike.
Many of you have seen the Supermoto conversion we did on our 2013 Honda CRF250L Project Bike. That bike is now more of a dedicated dual sport bike, so we recently picked up a new 2015 CRF250L (shown above) that will be converted to a full time supermoto. We can't wait to get started.