While motorcycle manufacturers like KTM, Husqvarna, Beta, and Honda offer street-legal versions of their respective enduro models, companies like Kawasaki and Suzuki haven’t joined the street-legal dirt bike party (at least not yet). However, they continue to produce large dual sport motorcycles such as the KLR650 and DR650S, respectively. Big Red could be included here too with its iconic XR650L.
Team Green reintroduced and updated its highest-displacement dual sport this year, while Suzuki’s DR650S and Honda’s XR650L haven’t seen a mechanical change in quite some time. That doesn’t take away from the fun that can be had on these machines though. In fact, they are quite capable of finding adventure at a fairly reasonable purchase price—$6,849 in the case of the DR650S.
We recently took delivery of Suzuki’s largest-displacement dual sport to reacquaint ourselves with it for the first time since 2019. According to the Dirt Rider automotive scales, the DR650S weighs 369 pounds wet. Seat height was measured at 35 inches. Wheeling it onto our in-house dyno, multiple pulls were conducted to determine peak horsepower and torque, where we documented 35.1 hp at 6,200 rpm and 32.2 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. Test rider Evan Allen is in charge of testing the big DR, so be on the lookout for a full review of this machine right here on dirtrider.com.