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2009 Suzuki Z400 QuadSport ATV Test Ride / Review
2009 Suzuki Z400 QuadSport ATV Test Ride / Review

2009 Suzuki Z400 Links
Fallston, CA - Suzuki released the Quad Sport LTZ400 in early 2002, and its release raised the bar for sport class ATVs with its proven liquid cooled DOHC engine adopted from the popular DRZ400 motorcycle. It was immediately embraced by sport ATV enthusiast along with racing community, and by 2004, Suzuki’s Doug Gust dominated the ATVA Pro Class with a record setting win streak to claim the championship.

The Z400 remained the top Suzuki sport quad till 2006 when the LTR450 Quad Racer was released with its state of the art fuel injection and ready to race platform, but it was specifically geared toward the racing market, and the Z400 remained virtually unchanged over the past six years besides some minor updates and improvements until now.

2003 Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV
2005 Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV
2009 Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV
The Suzuki LT-Z400 hasn't changed much since its first release besides upgraded suspension in 2005 along with some other minor updates, but for 2009, the Z400 has undergone some dramatic updates, which makes this already fun machine even better

For 2009, the QuadSport Z400 has received not only a dramatic facelift with an entirely new look inspired by the R450 QuadRacer, but it also receives a new fuel injection system along with numerous chassis, suspension, and engine updates as well, which once again raises the bar for sport ATV engine performance and handling in its class.

With a September of 2008 early release of the 2009 Z400 QuadSport, Suzuki invited the media out to sunny California to test ride the Z400 at the Vessels Ranch, which is a world renown horse breeding ranch with over 400 horses on the 2,500 acre property. The location proved to be the perfect location for testing the Quad Sport with its miles of trails over various terrains to push the Z400 to its limits.

Vessel Ranch 2009 Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV
Vessel Ranch 2009 Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV

For me personally, this was an extremely exciting test ride because of my extensive riding and racing experience on the original Z400 because I purchased two of these units when they first hit the dealership in March of 2002, and I immediately began racing them in the GNCC series in the 4 Stroke A Mod Class with great success. By 2005, I finished out the GNCC season 2nd in the Stock Class championship on the Z400 up against the Yamaha YZ450 & Honda TRX 450R machines, and I continued to Podium on the Z400 in 2006 at several GNCC events and most notably the first ever GNCC race at Unadilla when I battled with TRX 450R racer, Jarrod McClure the entire race to earn the 2nd spot on the Podium over a class filled with 450cc class machines.

2005 Harlen Foley GNCC Racing  Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV 2005 Harlen Foley GNCC Racing  Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Sport ATV
A few photos from back in my racing days on the Z400 in the GNCC Series

Unfortunately, I was forced to give up racing the Z400 full-time after the 2006 race season, so I could focus my attention on taking to the next level, but I still have several QuadSports in the garage because it remains one of my favorite sport ATV's.

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