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Suzuki Announces 2020 MX Lineup

Led by the strong championship-winning family of motocrossers, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. is proud to announce its 2020 Motocross models. With more charisma for 2020, they return with fresh, new colors and graphics that highlight Suzuki’s renowned attention to style while retaining its dedication to reliability, performance, and value. 
As one of the first, all-new motorcycles built from the ground up at Suzuki’s new manufacturing plant in Hamamatsu, Japan, the RM-Z250 motocrosser returns with its long list of improvements from 2019 while enhancing its Championship Yellow bodywork with new black and blue accentuated graphics for 2020. Its big brother RM-Z450 also twins up with new matching graphics while keeping its championship-winning handling, and quality performance. Joining Suzuki’s “Brothers in RM’s”, the tough and resilient RM85 returns as the best choice for future champions.

2020 Suzuki RM-Z450

KEY FEATURES
// Exceptional Engine Performance

– Great throttle response delivers high peak power.
– Evolved traction management system helps the bike hook up. o Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) gets you out front.

// Advanced Cornering Performance

  • Frame and swingarm balance lightness with strength.
  • Chassis dimensions blend nimble handling with stability.
  • Coil spring fork provides great performance and easy tuning.
  • Showa BFRC (Balance Free Rear Cushion) shock settings delivers remarkable and controlled damping response.
  • Bridgestone X30 tires bring outstanding grip. // Real Braking Performance
  • Large 270mm front brake rotor increases stopping power and feel.
  • Compact rear master cylinder is designed to prevent mud from collecting on it and from catching on the rider’s boots. // Functional Styling
  • Aggressive styling blends function with Suzuki character.
  • Narrow cockpit lets rider move with ease for maximum racing performance.// Rider-friendly TuningFuel couplers are included for quick and easy EFI tuning ENGINE FEATURES
  • //  The 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, DOHC engine is the latest incarnation of Suzuki’s proven and reliable fuel-injected powerplant.
  • //  The engine has high peak horsepower with strong torque at lower engine speeds for excellent throttle response through the entire rev range.
  • //  The cylinder head intake port shape creates a high amount of tumble flow to the incoming fuel/air to increase power output.
  • //  The air cleaner’s large and straight opening creates a more direct air path to the throttle body to increase performance.
  • //  Suzuki’s advanced fuel-injection system creates extra-smooth power delivery, high fuel efficiency, and superb reliability.
  • //  The RM-Z450’s throttle body design locates the fuel injector, fed by a high-pressure fuel pump, so it sprays fuel directly at the butterfly valve to improve atomization of the fuel/air charge.
  • //  This throttle body design eliminates complex control linkage, so the rider feels a more direct connection to the engine.
  • // The intake camshaft profile has more valve lift than the prior generation RM-Z450, increasing power at all engine speeds.

    // The compact aluminum cylinder is finished with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating for durability, light weight, and efficient heat transfer.

    // The piston’s casting includes strengthening ribs near the wrist pin bosses to match component reliability to the engine’s high horsepower.

    // Engine starting is simple and efficient due to a long kick-start lever, well-matched internal gear ratios, a large air cleaner and breather system, plus an automatic decompression system that works precisely and efficiently (eliminating the need for a heavy and costly electric start system).

    // The high-flow exhaust system complies with AMA sound regulations.

    // Tough resin engine protectors help guard the coolant pump (on the right) and the stator cover (on the left) from debris and stones.

    ADVANCED ELECTRONICS

    // The 2020 RM-Z450 features an evolved and efficient 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 fine-tune the engine output to deliver the best traction for the riding conditions.

    The RM-Z450’s traction management system is different from a street bike traction control system, as it does not measure rear tire spin. Because the needs of a motocrosser are different than a street bike, this system offers constant adjustment that maximizes traction at all times.

    // The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) is a selectable launch system derived from the factory race bike to help riders’ takeoff from the starting gate for an early lead. There are three launch modes riders can choose for the best option per their skill level and starting conditions. There are also three stages to Mode A and Mode B of the S-HAC system. This helps riders at the moment of launch, when crossing the gate, and through acceleration to the full speed. The S-HAC settings for Mode A on the RM-Z450 are specially tuned to aid the rider’s throttle control during launches.

    Mode A: For hard surfaces or slippery conditions at the starting gate. In this mode, S-HAC alters ignition timing at the moment of launch and the ride over the gate to reduce wheel slip to deliver a smooth takeoff. It also advances ignition timing during this sequence for stronger acceleration. After six seconds or when you reach fourth gear,

    the system shuts off and returns to normal ignition timing.

    • Benefit of Mode A: For novice riders, and/or hard and slippery traction conditions, use Mode A for a
    more controlled launch.

     Mode B: When conditions at the starting gate have better traction, and a more aggressive launch is desired.

    S-HAC will advance the ignition timing to allow increased throttle response and stronger acceleration off the line. The ignition timing alternation is in a similar sequence as Mode A, but with increased overall timing. The system will return the ignition to normal operation in three situations (whichever happens first): After six seconds, when you reach fourth gear, or when the throttle is closed. The system then shuts off and returns to normal ignition timing.

    • Benefit of Mode B: For skilled riders, and/or good starting conditions, use Mode B for a more aggressive launch.

     Base Mode: Standard power launch, no action required on the S-HAC switch.

    // Designed for motocross use, the lightweight, battery-less, electronic fuel injection system is key to the engine’s efficient power delivery.

    // Easy-to-use fuel couplers are included to simplify EFI tuning.

     For quick fuel adjustments to suit riding conditions, two couplers are provided. By plugging in either of two additional fuel-setting couplers to the wire harness, riders can opt for a richer-than-stock or leaner- than-stock fuel setting.

    TRANSMISSION & DRIVE FEATURES

    • //  The multi-plate, wet-clutch uses rack-and-pinion clutch release mechanism for precise feel of the engagement and disengagement points while riding.
    • //  The lightweight chain guide is shaped to accurately route the drive chain smoothly.CHASSIS FEATURES
    • //  The RM-Z450’s twin-spar frame and twin-beam swingarm design continues Suzuki’s tradition of delivering the best-handling motocross machines available.
    • //  This aluminum alloy, twin-spar frame combines cast and extruded sections to achieve superior front-and-rear weight distribution while balancing strength and weight.
    • //  The frame is 700 grams (1.32 pounds) lighter than the prior generation RM-Z450 to improve cornering performance and shock absorption while delivering stable handling.
    • //  The swingarm is assembled with thin, yet strong, materials for improved cornering performance and stable handling.
    • //  The short wheelbase and frame head pipe location produces quick and nimble handling characteristics.
    • //  Hexagonal aluminum rails are used on the sub-frame for light weight, a slimmer appearance, and easier air filter service.
    • //  The sub-frame rails route inward to slim the bodywork, but also route upwards to provide additional space for the large air cleaner and the advanced BFRC shock absorber.// Like the trim sub-frame, all of the bodywork is slim to enable the RM-Z450 rider to move freely in the cockpit, especially during spirited riding.
    • //  Inspired by the advanced suspension from the GSX-R1000R Superbike, the RM-Z450 is fitted with a Showa BFRC shock absorber.
    • //  The BFRC uses a separate, external damping circuit that improves the responsiveness of damping force to deliver excellent traction and better absorption over bumps.

    // The fully adjustable BFRC controls damping so well during minute suspension movements that ride comfort is increased at lower speeds, while stability is enhanced at higher speeds.

    // The Showa coil spring fork has large inner tubes and rod pipes for strength and durability.

    // Springs in each fork leg combine with large, adjustable damping cylinders to deliver better response to the terrain and provide a strong feeling of control to the rider.

    // Front suspension tuning and maintenance is balanced and easy: a great benefit during frequent riding.

    // The strong Renthal aluminum tapered handlebar has a straighter bend than prior models to help aid the rider during aggressive maneuvering.

    // The light upper fork bracket was developed to complement the Showa coil spring front suspension and handlebars.

    // For effective stopping performance and feel, a large 270mm, wave-style front brake rotor with twin piston caliper are used.

    // The trim rear brake master cylinder hugs the frame beam to reduce dirt contamination and the chance of the rider’s boot touching it during riding.

    // To support the strong engine, braking, and handling performance of the RM-Z450, the bike is fitted with racetrack-developed Bridgestone Battlecross X30 tires.

    // The wheels feature black anodized rims with a cross-section design that maintains strength while reducing un-sprung weight.

    // Suzuki beak-inspired styling has a sharper front fender and radiator shrouds blending into side covers and an upswept tail, to promote the impression of speed while reducing weight and easing service.

    // The functional styling and the motorcycle’s trim chassis permit a variety of rider positions that facilitate control and comfort.

    // The plastic fuel tank weighs a half-pound less than the prior generation’s aluminum tank. Fuel capacity is an ample 1.7 US gallons.

    // The seat base, inner fenders, and side covers were developed to reduce the amount of moisture and dirt that gets to the air cleaner. This helps prevent debris from contaminating the air filter element.

    // Made with a special density foam, the seat is well shaped and slim to aid the rider’s control of the motorcycle. The seat has a large blue gripper panel that runs nose-to-tail on the cover.

    // The Championship Yellow bodywork is enhanced with a new 2020 graphics package that features distinctive striping and Suzuki logos.

    2020 Suzuki RM-Z250

    KEY FEATURES
    // Increased Engine Performance

    o Center-port cylinder head increases output and throttle response o Dual fuel injector system boosts high rpm power
    o Traction management system helps the bike hook up
    o Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) gets you out front

    // Greater Cornering Performance
    o Frame and swingarm balances lightness with strength
    o Engine placement and mounting aid chassis’ nimble handling
    o Coil spring KYB fork provides superb performance and easy tuning o KYB rear shock and linkage deliver remarkable control
    o Race-ready, high-grip Dunlop MX33 tires

    // Improved Braking Performance

    • o  Large-diameter front brake increases stopping power and feel
    • o  Compact rear master cylinder is designed to prevent mud from collecting on it and from catching on the rider’s boots// Functional Styling
    • o  Aggressive styling from the championship caliber RM-Z450
    • o  Narrow cockpit lets rider move with ease for maximum racing performance// Rider-friendly Tuning
      o Fuel couplers are included for quick and easy EFI tuningENGINE FEATURES
      // Fitted with a center-port cylinder head, the fuel-injected, 249cc, liquid-

      cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, DOHC engine remains proven and reliable.

    • //  The engine delivers strong peak power and superb throttle response through the entire rev range.
    • //  The cylinder head features a refined intake port shape and finish that fine-tunes the fuel/air charge into the combustion chamber to increase engine output.
    • //  A large air cleaner opening is combined with a direct air cleaner outlet tube path into the throttle body for high-volume air flow.

    // The fuel injection system has extra-smooth power delivery, high fuel efficiency, superb reliability, and easy tuning capability.

    // First introduced on the RM-Z250, twin fuel injectors are used to deliver excellent combustion chamber efficiency and high rpm power.

    // 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.

    // To feed the twin-injector system and mix the fuel and air charge for outstanding throttle response, the RM-Z250 uses a high-capacity fuel pump.

    // The special design of the throttle body eliminates complex control linkage, so the rider feels a more direct connection to the engine.

    // The intake camshaft profile has more valve lift than the prior generation RM-Z250, increasing power at all engine speeds.

    // The cam chain tension adjuster and guide have been designed to reduce friction and mechanical loss.

    // The compact aluminum cylinder is finished with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating for durability, light weight, and efficient heat transfer.

    // The machining process at the piston pin holes is changed to reduce stress at the piston crown to increase reliability.

    // Engine starting remains simple, due to a proven kickstarter and automatic decompression system that works precisely and efficiently (eliminating the need for a heavy and costly electric start system).

    // The high-flow exhaust system has a long head-pipe, tapered mid-section, and multi-layer silencer with good flow through the entire rev range, with an emphasis on low-rpm performance.

    // The exhaust silencer is a four-layer design that enhances performance and maintains compliance with AMA sound regulations.

    // The resin engine protectors help guard the coolant pump (on the right) and the stator cover (on the left) from debris and stones.

    ADVANCED ELECTRONICS
    // Suzuki’s proven, easy-to-use fuel couplers

    are included to simplify EFI tuning.

    o For quick fuel adjustments to suit riding conditions, two couplers are provided. One is for a richer-than-stock and another for a leaner-than-stock fuel setting. Riders can

    change fuel settings in seconds by simply connecting either coupler to the wire harness.

    // The RM-Z250 features an evolved traction management system that reacts to engine speed changes quickly. 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 fine-tune the engine output to deliver the best traction for the riding conditions.

    o The RM-Z250’s traction management system is different from a street bike traction control system, as it does not measure rear tire spin. Because the needs of a motocrosser are different than a street bike, this system offers constant adjustment that maximizes traction at all times.

    // The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) is a selectable launch system derived from the factory race bike to help riders’ takeoff from the starting gate for an early lead.

    o To aid riders at the moment of launch, there are three stages of power adjustment from the S-HAC system: 1) the moment of initial launch, 2) when crossing the starting gate, and 3) acceleration up to full-speed.

    // There are three S-HAC modes riders can choose for the best option per their skill level and starting conditions.

    o Mode A: For hard surfaces or slippery conditions at the starting gate. In this mode, S-HAC alters ignition timing at the moment of launch and the ride over the gate to reduce wheel slip to deliver a smooth takeoff. It also advances ignition timing during this sequence for stronger acceleration. After six seconds or when you reach fourth gear, the system shuts off and returns to normal ignition timing.

    • Benefit of Mode A: For novice riders, and/or hard and slippery traction conditions, use Mode A for a more controlled launch.

    o Mode B: When conditions at the starting gate have better traction, and a more aggressive launch is desired. S-HAC will advance the ignition timing to allow increased throttle response and stronger acceleration off the line. The ignition timing alternation is in a similar sequence as Mode A, but with increased overall timing. One of three conditions will return the ignition to normal operation (whichever happens first): After six seconds or when you reach fourth gear, the system shuts off and returns to normal ignition timing.

    • Benefit of Mode B: For skilled riders, and/or good starting conditions, use Mode B for a more aggressive launch.

    o Base Mode: Standard power launch, no action required on the S-HAC switch.

    TRANSMISSION & DRIVE FEATURES

    // The five-speed transmission’s second gear ratio and overall final ratio matches the engine’s strong output for outstanding acceleration and top speed.

    // True to Suzuki transmission standards, the gear shift operation is smooth and precise. Carefully designed parts like the precisely machined shift cam and corresponding gears create a transmission a racer can rely on.

    • //  The multi-plate, wet-clutch uses a rack-and-pinion clutch release mechanism for precise feel of the engagement and disengagement points while riding.
    • //  The lightweight chain guide is shaped to accurately route the drive chain smoothly.

    CHASSIS FEATURES
    // The RM-Z250 features a frame and swingarm design that continues

    Suzuki’s reputation of creating the best-handling motocross motorcycles.

    // The aluminum alloy twin-spar frame combines cast and extruded sections to achieve superior front-and-rear weight distribution, while balancing strength and weight.

    // The 2020 RM-Z250 frame is 370 grams (0.8 pounds) lighter but has a 10 percent increase in torsional rigidity as compared to the prior generation frame.

    // The engine’s position in the frame is rotated up so the crankshaft sits higher in the chassis to further the bike’s nimble handling characteristics.

    // The rear, upper engine mounts are outboard of the cylinder head to increase rigidity and allow a direct intake path to the engine.

    // The engine mount material is aluminum, rather than steel, for reduced weight.

    // The swingarm is shaped using an innovative hydroforming process that maintains strength but weighs 0.6 pounds (270 grams).

    // The hydroforming process enabled engineers to create tapered swingarm beams that increased rigidity, while reducing heavier assembly welding.

    // Hexagonal aluminum rails are used on the sub-frame for lighter weight, a slimmer appearance, and easier air-filter access.

    // The sub-frame rails are moved inward to slim the bodywork but are also raised to provide additional space for the larger air cleaner.

    // Not only is the sub-frame narrow, but all of the bodywork is slim, so the rider can move freely in the cockpit, especially during spirited riding.

    // The KYB-supplied shock absorber has a thin-wire spring, spring guide, cushion rubber guide, and lower link that are lightweight and have better movement reaction. The spring and link weigh a pound (447.5 grams) less than the prior generation’s parts.

    // This KYB shock has specialized damping force circuits and a refined rear lever ratio to help improve the suspension’s traction characteristics.

    // The damping force adjusters have a wide tuning range, so the settings can better match the conditions and the rider’s style.

    // The high-performance KYB coil spring fork has legs with the same springs and damping force components, so front suspension tuning and maintenance is balanced and easy: a great benefit during frequent riding.

    // This fork uses a free-piston design that separates air and oil to optimize the damping characteristics. The design also helps control the damping cartridge’s pressure and spring recoil, so the fork action remains supple and precise.

    // The Renthal aluminum tapered handlebar has a flatter bend with less pull-back than prior models to aid rider control during aggressive maneuvering.

    // A rigid, but lightweight upper fork bracket complements the front suspension and handlebars.

    // To improve stopping performance and feel, a 270mm diameter, wave-style front brake rotor and a Nissin two-piston brake caliper are used.

    // The brake pad material was developed for the RM-Z250 to improve performance. The master cylinder is a push rod type that more effectively transmits the squeezing force that the rider applies to the lever.

    // The rear brake master cylinder hugs the frame beam to reduce dirt contamination and the chance of the rider’s boot touching it during riding.

    // The wheels feature black anodized D.I.D DirtStar rims with a cross-section design that maintains strength while reducing un-sprung weight.

    To match the handling potential of the RM-Z250, the wheels are fitted with racetrack-developed Dunlop Geomax MX33

    tires. Additionally, the rear tire is nearly a half- pound (160 kg) lighter than the tire used on the prior

    generation RM-Z250.

    // Suzuki beak-inspired styling has sharp front fender and radiator shroud shapes that blend into the frame’s side covers

    and into an upswept tail, to promote the impression of speed while reducing weight and easing service.

    // The functional styling and the motorcycle’s trim chassis permits a variety of rider positions that facilitate control and comfort.

    // Compared to the prior RM-Z250, the 2020 edition has ergonomic improvements from the new bodywork, the rider’s footpegs are moved 0.12 inches (3.3 mm) forward and 0.2 inches (5.2 mm) upward, while the handlebar grip position is moved 0.3 inches (7.4 mm) forward and 0.15 inches (3.8 mm) downward, to create a high level of rider-control during competition. 

    // The plastic fuel tank weighs a half-pound less than the prior model’s aluminum tank. Fuel capacity is 1.66 US gallons.

    // The seat base, inner fenders, and side covers were developed to reduce moisture and dirt from reaching the air cleaner. This helps prevent debris from contaminating the air filter.

    // The slimmer seat has a specialized foam density to aid the rider’s control of the motorcycle. The seat has a large gripper panel that runs nose-to-tail on the cover.

    // The Suzuki Championship Yellow bodywork is enhanced with distinctive striping and modern logo graphics that are updated for 2020.

    2020 Suzuki RM85

    ENGINE FEATURES

    • //  The cylinder features Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) for durability, low weight, and effective heat transfer for superior class performance.
    • //  The exhaust valves are made of aluminum to best match the expansion rate of the cylinder, improving sealing for better engine performance.
    • //  The exhaust valve governor and actuator help provide good throttle response and overall tractability.
    • //  Precise Keihin PE28 carburetor provides smooth throttle response and is designed for simplified maintenance and tuning.
    • //  Digital CDI mapping helps create strong engine performance at high rpm.
    • //  The large-capacity radiator provides efficient engine cooling at all engine speeds.TRANSMISSION FEATURES
    • //  The RM85 is equipped with a smooth-shifting, six-speed transmissionand a precise rack-and-pinion activated clutch.
    • //  The long clutch lever makes it easy to accurately locate and work the engagement point during starts and when driving off corners.
    • //  This durable transmission features a refined shift mechanism with a strong detent spring and needle bearing on the left side of the shift drum.
    • //  A knurled shift-pedal tip delivers excellent grip and shift feel for precise gear selection.

    CHASSIS FEATURES

    // A tubular steel frame with aluminum beam swingarm provides class- leading performance on the track, especially in the corners. Designed for rigidity, durability, and straight-line performance, the frame features large diameter tubing in key areas and a large front reinforcement plate.

    // The Showa 37mm inverted-style front fork is completely adjustable for rider weight, style, and ability. The fork features a cartridge system with fully adjustable rebound damping and 20-way adjustable compression damping (also included are guards to protect the inner fork tubes). The fork legs have 275 mm (10.8 inches) of travel.

    // The Showa large diameter rear shock absorber is valved to produce a plush feel and is resistant to bottoming. The shock provides 277 mm (10.9 inches) of wheel travel and features adjustable compression and rebound damping force adjustment.

    // A twin-piston caliper front brake with 220mm (8.7-inch) large-diameter disc and a rear brake with 200mm (7.9-inch) disc to provide excellent braking performance.

    // The light, narrow-diameter front and rear brake hoses improve feel and feedback to the rider. The font hose is routed behind the fork leg, eliminating the need for a brake hose cover.

    // A rigid rear brake caliper provides reliable braking performance and long pad life, and is easy to maintain. The caliper’s plastic guard reduces the possibility of damage and saves weight.

    // The forged aluminum alloy rear brake pedal is light and strong, while providing the rider accurate braking feel.

    // High-quality footpegs are made of cast chrome-molybdenum steel, instead of stamped steel, which makes them more durable with better grip.

    // Champion Yellow bodywork with RM-Z style graphics design plus black fork protectors and guards provide a professional race look.

    // Each side of the seat has a textured surface for better knee gripping.

    // The RM85’s wheel sizes meet AMA 85cc class regulations (Front: 70/100-17; Rear: 90/100-14).

    //  The well-sorted, five-speed transmission enables precise gear shift operation. This precise transmission feel is the result of an accurately machined shift cam for exact gear selection. Specialized machining processes also increase the precision of the matching gears

  • //  The high-revving, 84.7cc, two-stroke, liquid-cooled, reed-valve, single cylinder engine has a bore and stroke of 48.0 mm x 46.8 mm.
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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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