Suzuki DR 800S Big


Make Model

Suzuki DR 800S Big




Air/oil cooled, four stroke, single cylinder. SOHC, 4 Valve per cylinder.


779 cc / 47.5 cu in
Bore x Stroke 9.5:1
Compression Ratio 105 x 90 mm
Cooling System Air/oil cooled


2 x Mikuni BST 33 SS carburetors





Max Power

39.1 kW / 52.5 hp @ 7000 rpm

Max Torque

58.8 Nm / 6.0 kgf-m / 43.4 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm


5 Speed constant mesh

Final Drive

Chain, 116 links

Front Suspension

38mm Telescopic, coil spring, air damped

Rear Suspension

Link type, coil spring, gas/oil damped, spring preload fully adjustable

Front Brakes

Single 280 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 220 mm disc

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre



Length 2265 mm / 89.2 in
Width:    865 mm / 34.1 in
Height  1325 mm / 52.2 in


1520 mm / 59.8 in

Seat Height

876 mm / 34.5 in

Ground Clearance

230 mm / 9.1 in

Dry Weight

185 kg / 408 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

29 Litres / 7.7 US gal / 6.4 Imp gal

Road Test

Bike Magazine Group Test 1992

Motosprint Group Test 1992

”The Big One. One of the big news for '91. A totally new body on a redesigned chassis. Longer swing, new silencers, a totally new starter. The list can be made long and long is the way you plan to take with this super comfortable offroad motorcycle. Thanks to the new form of the wind shield and the design of the fuel tank you are well-protected from weather and wind. DR800S is a motorcycle you can use to either ride to Africa or to the corner shop.”

This now extinct large single cylinder thumper was more known for its slow cruising with the highest gear, something that a Dual sport was not meant to be. The design was inspired in the middle 80’s by the large displacement machines competing in the grueling Paris-Dakar rally. The late 80’s early 90’s saw growing demand mainly in Europe for Rally replica motorcycles that were suppose to embody the spirit of adventure.