Suzuki DR 800 S.

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Version SR 42 A / B / Suzuki DR 800 BIG
DR 800 SR 42 A / B and 43 A / B
Manufacturer Suzuki
Sales description DR Big
Production period 1990 to 1999
class motorcycle
design type Enduro
Motor data
air / oil-cooled single cylinder four-stroke engine
Displacement  (cm³) 779
Power  (kW / PS ) 37/50 at 6600 rpm
Torque  ( N m ) 59 at 5400 rpm
Top speed (  km / h) 167
transmission 5 courses
drive Chain drive
Brakes 300 mm front disc / 250 mm rear disc
Wheelbase  (mm) 1510
Dimensions (L × W × H, mm): 2265 × 865 × 1325
Seat height (cm) 89
Empty weight  (kg) 225
Previous model Suzuki DR Big 750 S.
successor Suzuki V-Strom 1000

The Suzuki DR 800 S BIG is a motorcycle of the travel enduro category that was manufactured by the Japanese company Suzuki from 1990 to 1999 .

There are different information on performance and noise, but this is due to the stricter German regulations.

At 779 cm³, the engine had the largest displacement of all standard single-cylinder motorcycles, a double- pressure constant pressure carburetor and double ignition . In order to suppress the strong vibrations typical of single cylinders, the air / oil-cooled engine is equipped with two balance shafts. The engines hardly need any maintenance, mileage of up to 100,000 km is quite possible before the first engine overhaul. The motorcycle accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 167 km / h.

The machine is not very suitable for use in difficult terrain due to its high weight and high center of gravity, but it is very suitable for traveling on poor roads or gravel, where the very large fuel tank is also useful. The DR BIG is used very successfully in rallies despite the disadvantages mentioned above. The additional front fender, known as the duck's bill, which is rigidly mounted on the lower triple clamp, caused a sensation and criticism when it was presented in 1988, but has since developed into a common stylistic feature of travel enduro bikes.

The chassis numbers begin with SR 42 A / B and SR 43 A / B , with the B after the model designation indicating the German destination and the A indicating European models. There are only small differences between the two, the flasher relays of the B models are three-pole and those of the A models are two-pole.

One of the best rally drivers on the DR BIG is Stefan Hessler from the Hessler Rally Team from Sankt Kilian .


“The 800 single-cylinder impresses with its generous torque, its robustness and its durability. Thanks to two balancer shafts, it even runs with relatively little vibration. The high consumption of up to nine liters on a brisk journey is negative. "

- Mopped

Web links

Commons : Suzuki DR 800  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b used advice. In: Mopped. Retrieved March 11, 2015 .
  2. ^ Hessler Rally Team. Retrieved April 12, 2018 .