1990 Suzuki DR 250: Specifications

by Riccardo Giovanniello
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Suzuki manufactured the DR250 dirt bike from 1982 to 1992. Suzuki intended the DR250 for off-road purposes, but the motorcycle is also a suitable street bike; although the bike is equipped with a manual kick-start, which is usually 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 single-cylinder, four-stroke DOHC engine that is air cooled. The engine's displacement measures 249-cubic centimeters, with a bore and stroke measurement of 67 mm by 70 mm. The throttle is cable operated, as is 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 of the Suzuki DR250 measures 87.8 inches in total length and 34.65 inches wide. The dirt bike is 48.2 inches high, with a wheel base measuring 54.3 inches. The total weight of the motorcycle when dry is 257 lbs. The DR250 has a fuel capacity of 9 liters.

Chassis and Suspension

The 1990 Suzuki DR250 has a steel, single cradle frame. A cartridge suspension is fitted in the front with a mono-shock swing-arm in the rear. The bike has fully-adjustable compression and rebound damping with reload. The front tire is 80/100 R21 and the rear tire is 110/100 R21. Single discs are fitted to both the front and back brakes.

General Facts

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 to the DR250X. Specifications for the later models changed very little from the 1990 model.

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