This one’s an oldie but a goodie. The DR-Z400S has been around for 2 decades and has remained virtually untouched. Facing some mean competition from more modern bikes, the model did receive a few updates to keep it somewhat current.  

The bike is fitted with suspension that provides a massive 11-inch of travel at the front and back which is a great feature on gnarly surfaces but also means the bike is jacked up and not exactly short-rider friendly. Though the DR-Z lacks the grunt and flair of the Honda, KTM, and Husqvarna, it’s one of the most reliable models on our list and definitely has the largest aftermarket support.