2020: FIRST LOOK AT THE SUZUKIS

WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2020 SUZUKI RM-Z450?

RM-Z450

1. The 2020 Suzuki RM-Z450 updates are limited to a blue stripe instead of a red one on the gas tank—and that is it. The remainder of this list includes Suzuki highlights, not updates to the 2020 model. 

2. The 2020 RM-Z450 features a traction management system. The Electronic Control Module (ECM) continually measures throttle opening, engine speed and gear position, and then adjusts the ignition timing and fuel injector duration to stop wheelspin.

3. The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) offers three modes for different starting line setups.

4. The 2020 RM-Z450 is still fitted with a Showa BFRC shock absorber.

5. The Showa coil spring fork got larger inner tubes and cartridge rod pipes in 2019 for strength and durability over 2018’s Showa air forks.

6. The 2020 RM-Z450 is outfitted with Bridgestone Battlecross X30 tires front and rear.

7. The RM-Z450 has a 270mm diameter, wave-style front brake rotor and a Nissin two-piston brake caliper.

8. Claimed curb weight (with fuel) is 247 pounds.

9. The intake camshaft profile got more valve lift in 2019 than the prior-generation RM-Z450, increasing power at all engine speeds.

10. The retail price is $8999.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2020 SUZUKI RM-Z250?

1. Since the 2020 Suzuki RM-Z250 is fresh off its recent design in 2019, it did not get any updates for 2020 save for a slight color change on the gas tank graphics. The remainder of this list includes Suzuki highlights, not updates to the 2020 model. 

2. Center-port cylinder head increases output and throttle response.

3. Dual-fuel throttle body injectors were added in 2019 to improve throttle aresponse. The primary fuel injector is at the bottom of the throttle body and sprays fuel at the butterfly valve for outstanding fuel and air atomization. The secondary injector is positioned in the air cleaner inlet duct so the fuel and air have more time to mix and cool before entering the engine.

4. Mapping can be changed by using three different plug-in couplers.

5. The 2020 RM-Z250 comes with Dunlop Geomax MX33 tires front and rear.

6. The intake camshaft profile got more lift in 2019 and the cam-chain tension adjuster and guide have been designed to reduce mechanical loss.

7. The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) offers three modes for different starting-line setups.

8. The Kayaba coil spring fork uses a free-piston design that separates air and oil.

9. The RM-Z250 has a 270mm diameter, wave-style front brake rotor and a Nissin two-piston brake caliper.

10. The retail price is $7899.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2020 SUZUKI RM85?

1. The 2020 Suzuki RM85 is unchanged for 2020 from the 2019 model—and the 2019 model was unchanged from the 2018 RM85 save for the tank decals and the graphics. The remainder of this list includes Suzuki highlights, not updates to the 2020 model.

2. The forks are 37mm Showa units with adjustable compression and rebound damping. The forks offer 10.8 inches of travel.

3. The Showa rear shock absorber provides 277mm (10.9 inches) of wheel travel and features adjustable compression and rebound damping force adjustment.

4. A twin-piston caliper front brake with a 220mm rotor and a rear brake with a 200mm rotor provide excellent braking performance.

5. The 2020 Suzuki RM85 is equipped with a six-speed transmission.

6. The 84.7cc, two-stroke, liquid-cooled, reed-valve, single-cylinder engine has a bore and stroke of 48.0mm x 46.8mm.

7. The cylinder features Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) for durability, low weight and effective heat transfer.

8. The retail price is $4249.

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