2016 Suzuki RM-Z450, RM-Z250 & RM85 First Looks

Adam Booth | June 15, 2015

RM-Z450
The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 returns with the features that make it a winner in motocross and Supercross competition worldwide. It 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.

2016 Suzuki RM-Z450

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.

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 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 retails for $8,549, and is available in Champion Yellow/solid black bodywork.

2016 Suzuki RM-Z250

RM-Z250
The RM-Z250 returns, 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.

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 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.

The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z250’s retail price is $7,599, and is available in a Champion Yellow/Solid Black body.

Highlights RM-Z250
•A long list of engine updates help the RM-Z250 deliver improved mid-range power and torque. Engine updates also aid in easing starting and smoothing engine braking
•The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC), a selectable three-mode system, helps riders launch from the starting gate no matter the gate conditions
•New KYB PSF2 air fork that delivers improved performance, simple spring-preload adjustment with an air-pump, and reduced weight. Features high and low-speed rebound damping and high and low-speed compression damping adjusters
•New KYB shock uses specialized damping adjusters for tuning high- and low-speed rebound damping and high- and low-speed compression damping force
•New front brake caliper is 10 percent lighter than previous model
•Revised frame geometry delivers improved control through braking bumps, has a lighter feel
•The aluminum cylinder with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating is built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer
•Race-inspired disc rotors and Excel aluminum rims are standard equipment
•Renthal aluminum Fatbar is standard equipment and has more strength and less vibration than aluminum straight handlebars
•Two couplers are included for quickly adjusting the fuel setting to suit the riding conditions. One is for a richer fuel setting than the stock setting and the other is for a leaner fuel setting. Customer can change the fuel setting to suit the best riding conditions by just connecting either coupler.

2016 Suzuki RM85

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.

RM85 retails for $4.099 and is available in Champion Yellow.

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Adam Booth

Off-road Editor | Articles | Enjoying single track in the mountains, hitting the motocross track or battling an EnduroCross track, if it's on two wheels Boothy will have a smile on his face. Adam has served a mega ton of years in the off-road industry as a photographer, writer and popper of wheelies.

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