MotorcycleUSA trades two wheels for four and goes for a ride on Suzuki’s updated and fuel-injected 2009 QuadSport Z400. Check out our thoughts on 2009 Suzuki QuadSport Z400 First Ride
- 2009 Suzuki QuadSport Z400 comes in two colors yellow or white.
- Top view of the 2009 QuadSport Z400.
- Gearing was versatile for all of the terrain we encountered with first gear being short enough to allow for uphill launches from a dead stop.
- Suzuki was one of the first companies to pioneer fuel-injection on its sport motorcycles and ATVs (1998 GSX-R750, 2005 KingQuad 700) so it comes as no surprise that the system on the Z400 is well sorted. Throttle response is precise and immediate at any engine speed and unlike other bland 'electric'
- The heart of the Z400 is the same liquid-cooled 398cc 4-stroke Single that we've come to love, only this time it's fuel-injected, which almost guarantees a clean running machine regardless of atmospheric conditions or altitude.
- Whether it is fast fire roads or tight and technical trails, the Z400 can do it all...comfortably.
- Modifications to the upper and lower A-arms further enhance stability and control by widening the front track to 960mm (up from 935mm).
- One of the things most apparent is just how easily it changes direction. All it takes is a simple nudge of the handlebars and blip of the gas.
- Suspension bottoming resistance is good with the suspension very capable of absorbing landings off of smaller jumps.
- Overall stability and balance front-to-rear is also a strong point of the Z400, and the quad remained planted most of the time. When it would go on two wheels, it felt neutral and is easy to correct.
- Climbing aboard the Z400 reveals a comfortable, supportive T-shaped saddle, but it is an ever-so slightly cramped riding position for my 6-foot frame.
- Out back, a single fully adjustable (preload, compression and rebound) reservoir–equipped coil-over shock offers 9.1-inches of travel and manages the beautifully machined aluminum swingarm. Ground clearance is a plentiful 10.4 inches.
- Controlling the rear wheels is a 8.6-inch single disc brake that shares the same caliper body as the QuadRacer but utilizes a different brake pad material.
- Even though the Z400 weights in at a claimed 425 pounds, the engine has plenty of muscle to propel it forward.
- Underneath the sharp-looking plastics is a revised chassis engineered to give riders more control while still providing a high-level of comfort out on the trail.
- We had the rare opportunity to ride at Vessels Stallion Ranch, near Oceanside, California, which provided a variety of different trails that included some rough hill-climbs, fast off-camber bends, and tight twisty pathways which provided a good variety of terrain in which to evaluate Suzuki's chassi
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- There is plenty of snap to loft the front wheels in the first three gears, yet it never feels intimidating or uncontrollable.