2017 Suzuki RM85 Review
2017 Suzuki RM85 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Racing Success Starts Here!
The RM85 delivers everything first-time motocross racers demand and is equipped with technology from Suzuki’s championship-winning two-stroke motocross weapons. The junior-size RM85 is the perfect tool for young riders learning to race and win.
Engineered to perform, the high revving 85cc reed valve engine features alloy exhaust valves for more stable combustion, in combination with the Keihin PE28 carburettor.
At ground level, inverted Showa cartridge forks use a progressive valve system with damping tuned to match the strong rear shock. The braking system boasts large discs and a twin-piston caliper up front.
The RM85 comes with 17-inch front and 14-inch rear tyres, 1,240mm wheelbase and 850mm of seat height.
The 2017 RM85 continues to carry on the powerful tradition of racing excellence in the Suzuki motocross family. The reliable two-stroke engine produces smooth power at any rpm with an emphasis on low to mid-range performance. Just like its larger RM-Z cousins, the RM85 delivers class-leading handling for both experienced racers and rookie riders alike. With its smooth power delivery and lightweight handling, the RM85 is the perfect motocross bike for anyone learning to race—and striving to win!
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2017 Suzuki RM85 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Bonus Race Kit
Giving you the edge over the competition, the bonus Race Kit makes the RM85 more aggressive than ever to keep you at the pointy end of the field.
84.7cm3, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled, crankcase reed-valve engine with bore and stroke of 48.0mm x 46.8mm. The cylinder features Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) for durability, weight reduction and effective heat transfer to get superior class performance.
The RM85 comes with a twin-piston caliper front brake with 220mm large-diameter disc provide unrivaled braking performance with excellent feel at the lever.
37mm Showa front forks
Showa 37mm inverted front forks are completely adjustable for rider weight, style and ability. The forks feature a cartridge damping system with fully adjustable rebound damping and 20-way adjustable compression damping. The front forks offer 275mm of travel, for smooth, confident handling over tough terrain and difficult tracks.
– Exhaust valves made of aluminium to match well the expansion rate of the cylinder itself improve sealing.
– The exhaust valve governor and actuator with good throttle response and tractability.
– Digital CDI map offers the suitable engine performance at high rpm.
– Smooth shifting 6-speed transmission features a fully worked-out shift mechanism, including strong shift-drum detent spring and needle bearing on the left side of the shift drum.
– Knurled shift-pedal tip delivers excellent grip and shift feel.
– Tubular steel frame and aluminium swingarm with thick wall for performance on the track, especially in the corners.
– A Showa rear shock absorber, with its large diameter shock body, is designed and properly valved to produce a plush feel and increase bottoming resistance.
– The Showa rear shock provides 277mm of wheel travel for smooth, consistent handling and performance on demanding racetracks.
– Light small-diameter front and rear brake hose. Front brake hose is routed behind the fork leg, eliminating the need for a brake hose cover and reducing weight.
– Rigid rear brake caliper with reliable braking performance, long pad life and easy maintenance.
– Plastic rear brake caliper guard reduces the possibility of deformation and saving weight as well.
– The RM85 comes with 17-inch front and 14-inch rear tyres, 1,240mm wheelbase and 850mm of seat height.
– Footpegs are made of cast chrome-molybdenum steel, instead of stamped steel, making them more durable with better grip.
– A long clutch lever makes it easy to accurately locate and work the engagement point during starts and when clutching off at corners.
2017 Suzuki RM85 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Digital CDI mapping helps create strong engine performance at high RPM.
The high-revving 84.7cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled, reed-valve, single-cylinder engine has a bore and stroke of 48.0 x 46.8mm
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
The large-capacity radiator provides efficient engine cooling at all engine speeds
The RM85 is equipped with a smooth shifting six-speed transmission plus 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 driving off of 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
A tubular steel frame with aluminum beam swingarm provide 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
SHOWA 37mm inverted front forks are completely adjustable for rider weight, style and ability. The forks feature 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 forks have 275mm (10.8-inches) of travel
A SHOWA large diameter rear shock absorber is valved to produce a plush feel and resistance to bottoming. The shock provides 277mm (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-inches) large-diameter disc and a rear brake with 200mm (7.9-inches) 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, 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
Each side of the new color seat has textured surface for better knee gripping
The RM85’s wheel sizes meet AMA 85cc class regulations (Front: 70/100-17; Rear: 90/100-14)
New competition inspired body panel colors, graphics and seat color
2017 Suzuki RM85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4099 USD.
Engine 84.7cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder
Bore x Stroke 48.0 mm (1.88 in) x 46.8 mm (1.84 in)
Compression Ratio 9.5 / 10.9 : 1
Fuel System KEIHIN PE28, single carburetor
Starter Primary kick
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet multi-plate style, manual release
Final Drive Chain, D.I.D. 428DS, 118 links
Suspension Front Telescopic, pneumatic/coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake, single rotor
Brakes Rear Disc brake, single rotor
Tires Front 70/100-17 40M, tube type
Tires Rear 90/100-14 49M, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 5.0 L (1.3 US gallons)
Color Champion Yellow No.2 / Solid Black
Overall Length 1805 mm (71.1 in.)
Overall Width 735 mm (28.9 in.)
Overall Height 1100 mm (43.3 in.)
Wheelbase 1240 mm (48.8 in.)
Ground Clearance 325 mm (12.8 in.)
Seat Height 850 mm (33.5 in.)
Curb Weight 73 kg (161 lbs.)
Warranty No Warranty
2017 Suzuki RM85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
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Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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ENGINE SINGLE CYLINDER, 2-STROKE, REED-VALVE, LIQUID-COOLED
STARTER PRIMARY KICK
TRANSMISSION 6-SPEED CONSTANT MESH
FRONT SUSPENSION 37MM SHOWA INVERTED FORKS, FULLY ADJUSTABLE
REAR SUSPENSION SHOWA SHOCK WITH COMPRESSION AND DAMPING ADJUSTMENT
FRONT BRAKES SINGLE 220MM DISC, LIGHTWEIGHT TWIN PISTON CALIPER
REAR BRAKES SINGLE 200MM DISC, LIGHTWEIGHT CALIPER
FUEL CAPACITY 5 LITRES
COLOURS CHAMPION YELLOW NO.2 / SOLID BLACK
SEAT HEIGHT 850 MM
LENGTH 1805 MM
WIDTH 735 MM
HEIGHT 1100 MM
WET WEIGHT 73 KG
WHEELBASE 1240 MM
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