THEY’RE HERE! FIRST LOOK AT THE 2016 SUZUKI RM-Zs
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2016 SUZUKI RM-Z250
Tested and developed with the help of Suzuki’s top professional racers, the 2016 RM-Z250 features the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC), a selectable launch mode system that helps riders launch from the starting gate no matter the gate conditions. Riders choose one of three modes with a simple push button on the left handlebar, selecting the best option for their skill level and starting surface conditions. The system’s “A Mode” is designed for hard surfaces or less-than-ideal conditions at the starting gate, and “B Mode” is used when there is better traction and rider’s desire a more aggressive launch is needed. Riders can also choose the standard power launch mode. Proven on the RM-Z450 and factory race bikes, the S-HAC is a racer’s favorite for holeshots.
Suzuki engineers gave the 2016 RM-Z250 major suspension upgrades, including a new KYB air fork that delivers improved performance, simplified tuning adjustments, and reduced weight compared to the traditional spring fork. The new KYB shock uses improved damping adjusters for tuning rebound, high-speed compression – now adjustable by clicks – and low-speed compression. The adjusters are now positioned on top of the shock for easier adjustments.
The RM-Z250 features a new frame designed to amplify the benefits of the suspension updates. The frame delivers improved control through braking bumps, has a lighter feel, and maintains the RM-Z’s cornering mastery.
The RM-Z250 is powered by a 249cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine with modifications to the fuel mapping that help ease engine starting and improve roll-on power feel. Suzuki’s fuel-injection system is made even better with the additional fuel couplers that give riders fuel-delivery customization that requires no tools. Even with these updates, the 2016 Suzuki RM-Z250’s retail price is $7699, and the bike is available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body.
2016 SUZUKI RM-Z450
The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 returns with the features that make it a winner in motocross and Supercross competition worldwide. This choice of champions is powered by a 449cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine featuring Suzuki fuel injection designed especially for motocross-use. The lightweight, battery-less, electronic fuel-injection system with progressive throttle linkage makes for efficient power delivery. A 12-hole fuel injector delivers a fine fuel/air mist for efficient operation. Racers can choose from different fuel couplers included with the bike to easily tune the system’s fuel mapping trackside, no tools needed.
Refined for 2016, the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control system (S-HAC) lets the rider choose one of three modes to help launch from the starting gate and earn the holeshot. The unique modes deliver specific performance depending on the rider’s skill and the gate conditions.
The RM-Z450 uses the Showa SFF-Air suspension to deliver reduced weight, increased inner tube diameter, and increased damper rod/piston size. The SFF-Air is made of 3 chambers, and riders easily change the spring rate with an air pump instead of changing out the coil springs.
This proven race winner is packed with features that help novice riders improve, and pro riders stay on top. The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 retails for $8749, and comes in Champion Yellow / Solid Black bodywork.
2016 SUZUKI RM85
The 2016 Suzuki RM85, just like its larger siblings, delivers class-leading handling for both experienced racers and rookie riders. The bike’s 84.7cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine produces smooth power at any rpm, with an emphasis on low to mid-range performance. Power is delivered through a six-speed manual transmission.
The RM85’s Showa 37mm inverted front forks are completely adjustable for rider weight, style and ability, and offers 10.8-inches of travel. The Showa rear shock absorber, with large diameter shock body, is designed with valving tuned to produce a plush feel and increased resistance to bottoming, and provides 10.9-inches of wheel travel.
With its smooth power delivery and lightweight handling, the 2016 RM85 is the perfect motocross bike for anyone learning to race and eager to win. The 2016 Suzuki RM85 is available in Champion Yellow for a suggested retail price of $4099.