Suzuki DRZ125 Review – Everything You Need To Know
Looking to get a Suzuki DRZ125 but not sure it’s the right dirt bike for you? In this article I’ll cover the practical info you need to make the best buying decision.
What is the DRZ125?
The DRZ125 is still being made today, but it hasn’t seen any significant changes over the years.
Who’s it NOT for?
If you’re an experienced rider that needs a high performance enduro or motocross bike, then the DRZ125 is not for you.
This 125cc 4 stroke engine is very smooth with broad power. It’s very forgiving, so you don’t have to worry about it getting out of hand.
The forks and shock are like any trail bike in the 125cc class – soft and comfortable for low speed riding. You can add some stiffer springs if you’re a heavier rider, but I still wouldn’t recommend taking this bike to a motocross track.
DRZ125 vs DRZ125L
They’re based on the same platform, but the main difference is the small vs large wheels. The DRZ125 small wheel has 17/14” wheels and tires, while the DRZ125L large wheel has 19/16” wheels.
The seat height is accordingly taller, making the 125L better if you’re above 4’10” tall. It also handles better on the trails over logs, rocks and terrain because the larger diameter wheels roll over obstacles more easily. It’s just how physics works.
DRZ125 vs KLX140
These dirt bikes are very similar, but the KLX140 has a slight advantage in power, as well as having electric start. The DRZ125 weighs less, if you prefer a lightweight bike.
DRZ125 vs TTR125
They’re pretty blasted even. The Yamaha may have a slight performance advantage in stock form, but an exhaust and jetting will make them really close. They’re basically the same size, so pick your color. The TTR125 is more widely available in the used market.
How much does a DRZ 125 cost?
A new DRZ125 is $3,299 for a new model. A used one, depending on your local market can be from 1000-2500.
|Engine||124cc air-cooled 4 stroke|
|Transmission||5-speed manual clutch|
|Seat Height||32.0″ (DRZ125L model)|
|Weight (wet)||196lbs (DRZ125L model)|
You should get a DRZ125 if you:
- Are new to riding off-road
- Want a bike that’s easy to ride
- Prefer reliability over performance
- Simplicity over high-tech
- Like 4 stroke over 2 stroke
- Are between 4’6″-5’4″
- Will ride tight, slow trails
You should NOT get a DRZ125 if you:
- Want a race bike
- Will be jumping it
- Want a high tech bike
- Ride high speed terrain
- Are taller than 5’6″
The DRZ125 does well with most mods because it’s so choked up as stock from the factory. Even a simple exhaust upgrade with some jet tuning will make a noticeable difference.
However, you’ll want to beef up the suspension if you’re above 120lbs or riding it aggressively.
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