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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles Ducati Supersport 800 and Suzuki DR-Z400 is a proper approach to determine which of the two is more likely to match your style of riding and to satisfy your preferences. When trying to make your mind on the next motorcycle, your personal levels of comfort should be the leading criteria. It is not unusual to find it hard to find the most suitable motorcycle and comparing the technical specifications and pictures will help to shorten the list of favourite ones to just a few models. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

Ducati-Supersport 800   vs   Suzuki-DR-Z400
Picture of Ducati - Supersport 800Picture of Ducati - Supersport 800
Ducati manufacturer Suzuki
Supersport 800 bike name DR-Z400
Sport bike mootorcycle type Enduro
2007 year 2005-2005
203 / 78 / 111 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)231 / 87.5 / 123 cm
803 cc engine displacement (cc)398 cc
Fuel injection fuel supply method Mikuni BSR36 carburetor
10.3:1 compression ratio 11.3:1
88x66 mm bore and stroke 90x62.6 mm
110mm (4.3 inches) ground clearance 300mm (11.8 inches)
3.9litres (4.1 quarts) engine oil capacity2.0litres (2.1 quarts)
16.0 litres (4.2 gallons) fuel tank capacity 10.0 litres (2.6 gallons)
220 km/h (136 mph) top speed151 km/h (94 mph)
74 hppeak horsepower 40 hp
70 nm (51.6 ft lbs)max torque 39 nm (28.8 ft lbs)
175 kg (386 lbs) dry weight132 kg (291 lbs)
186 kg (410 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 145 kg (320 lbs)
inverted fork Marzocchi 43mm. The wheel travel is 120mm front suspension 49mm telescopic fork, compression damping, adjustable spring preload
twin-sided swing arm with 140mm wheel travel rear suspension Link type fully adjustable spring preload, compression damping
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 80/100-21
170/60-ZR17 rear tyre size 120/90-18
6-speed transmission type 5-speed wet multiplate discs, cable operated clutch
Electric starting ignition / starting Electric starting, digital CDI ignition
dual hydraulic discs front brakes single 250mm disc with twin-piston caliper
single hydraulic discrear brakes 220mm diameter disc and single-piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.50 l/100km (42.8 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)4.50 l/100km (52.3 mpg)
technical specifications of Ducati Supersport 800see data separatelytechnical specifications of Suzuki DR-Z400

Suzuki DR-Z400 has a smaller engine displacement than Ducati Supersport 800 but the size if the engine itself is doesn't mean that the bike is more or less powerful. The compression ration of the second of these bikes (11.3:1) is bigger than the other. It represents the relation between the biggest and the smallest volume in the combustion chamber while the piston is performing its stroke movement. When one of two bikes with same engine displacement has a higher compression ratio it also has a better fuel economy because the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber is burning at higher pressure and with better thermal efficiency.
Suzuki DR-Z400 has a better fuel economy (52.3 mpg) compared to Ducati Supersport 800 which fuel economy is a 42.8 mpg. The fuel economy of a motorcycle is either measured in mpg or l/100km, the first showing how many miles can be ridden with a gallon of fuel and the second showing how many litters of fuel are consumed on a 100km ride.
front and rear tires The size of the tyres is specified by the producer for each motorcycle. Picking the proper type that matches your individual style of riding is very essential. To get the proper tire size requires that you know the meaning of the numbers and letters printed on the side of each tire. Firstly the code shows the width of the tire measured in millimeters. The profile of the tire is revealed by the second number. The diameter of the rim is represented by the third number in the code. Prices of motorcycle tires can easily be compared online and purchesed at good price.
The ground clearance of Suzuki DR-Z400 (300mm) is bigger than the one of Ducati Supersport 800 (bbb2mm). The parameter ground clearance refers to the space between the ground and underside of the chassis and is also called ride height of a motorcycle. In simple terms that would be the shortest line among all the lines drawn between the surface of the road and any mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Comparing the top speed values of both motorcycles we can see that Ducati Supersport 800 is the faster one with 220km/h. As per the technical data of Suzuki DR-Z400 it would be behind it on the highway with 151km/h. In some cases these speed statistics are based on bike owners reviews and may be contradictory from various sources.
chain driven motorcycle The same final drive (chain) is used with these two bikes Ducati Supersport 800 and Suzuki DR-Z400. Chain final drives are known for their simplicity and efficiency in driving power from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle and are one of the most popular final drive options by far. However chains have their down points - more frequent need of maintenance (lubrication and cleaning) which means that a biker should always keep an eye on the chain especially in rainy days or dusty roads.
Compression ratio Imagine an engine's piston is at the bottom of its stroke (step one) and moves up compressing the gas in the cylinder till it reaches its top position of the stroke (step 2). The compression ratio is the ration of the volume in step one over the volume in step two. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 10.3:1 for Ducati Supersport 800 and 11.3:1 for Suzuki DR-Z400. Motorcycles with higher compression ratio may be recommended to use premium fuel only in order to avoid engine knocking. Engines with higher compression ratio are more energy efficient because they are able to extract more mechanical energy from a certain amount of fuel.
Engine oil is among the most important aspects of an engines health. Engine oils are different types as synthetic, mineral, part-synthetic and they all come at their price and qualities. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. Some oil filters can be replaced on every second oil change while others are to be replaced on each oil change. The technical specs show that the Ducati Supersport 800 takes 3.9 litres of engine oil while the oil capacity of Suzuki DR-Z400 is 2.0 litres. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.

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