by Riccardo Giovanniello
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Suzuki made the DR250 dirt bike from 1982 to 1992. Suzuki designed the DR250 for off-road purposes, but the motorcycle is also a suitable street bike; although the bike is equipped with a manual starter, which is normally only seen on dirt bikes. Aside from the size of the pistons, very few differences separate the DR250 from the DR350.
Engine and transmission
The 1990 Suzuki DR250 is equipped with a DOHC four-stroke engine and an air-cooled cylinder. The engine’s displacement measures 249 cubic centimeters, with a bore and stroke measurement of 67mm by 70mm. The throttle works with cable, as does the clutch. The Suzuki DR250 generates 29 horsepower at 8,500 RPM, with a torque of 17.7 foot-pounds at 7,000 rpm. The Suzuki DR250 has a five-speed transmission.
The 1990 model Suzuki DR250 measures 87.8 inches in overall length and 34.65 inches in width. The dirt bike is 48.2 inches tall and has a 54.3-inch wheelbase. The total weight of the motorcycle when dry is 257 pounds. The DR250 has a fuel capacity of 9 liters.
Chassis and suspension
The 1990 Suzuki DR250 has a single base steel frame. A cartridge suspension is equipped at the front with a monoshock swingarm at the rear. The motorcycle has fully adjustable compression and rebound damping with reload. The front tire is 80/100 R21 and the rear tire is 110/100 R21. Individual discs are installed on the front and rear brakes.
The 1990 Suzuki DR250 came in two models: DR250L and DR250SL. The two dirt bikes are identical except that the DR250L comes in a yellow frame with white accents, while the SL comes in a blue frame with yellow accents. The fuel tank decals also differ – the DR250L has blue and silver decals, while the DR20SL has a dualsport decal. The DR250SL also has a locking fuel cap. The DR250 was transformed in 2001 into the DR250X. The specifications of the later models changed very little from the 1990 model.