Suzuki has announced its 2016 line of off-road, MX and dual-sport bikes. The RM-Z250 has the most significant changes, which include a new frame, a new KYB air fork and a three-mode launch control, which Suzuki calls S-HAC. The 450 has fewer changes but the company reports that suspension and the S-HAC system has been refined. The following text is from Suzuki’s press release.


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 $7,699, and the bike is available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body.
249cc, 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC engine is designed to be compact, lightweight and powerful

  • Dozens of engine updates help the RM-Z250 deliver improved mid-range power and torque
  • These 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
  • This extraordinary fork also features class-leading 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, and keeps this 250 the best handling MX bike in the class
  • The advanced battery-less fuel-injection (FI) system features a 44mm throttle body with progressive throttle linkage and a 16-bit computer
  • 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 – standard equipment – 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.


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 $8,749, and comes in Champion Yellow / Solid Black bodywork.


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 $4.099.


For 2016, the Suzuki DR-Z125L is ready for a wide range of off-road excitement. Its compact, air-cooled four-stroke engine produces ample power that is easy to access. This off-roader’s 19-inch front tire and 16-inch rear tire contribute to agile handling on a variety of terrain, and work well with the bike’s smooth front forks and preload-adjustable rear shock. The DR-Z’s front disk brake provides sure stopping performance.

Styled like the RM-Z models, the DR-Z125L serves up a more race-oriented look while the sharp handling and strong low-to-mid end power provide the get-up-and-go that defines off-road bikes. It’s available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body, at a retail price of $3,199.


The Suzuki DR-Z70 returns to the off-road lineup in 2016 and its ready to perform for off-roading youth, from first-time dirt bikers to young riders moving up the performance curve. The DR-Z70 features 67cc air-cooled four-stroke engine with twin valves and a three-speed auto clutch transmission. The bike’s 10-inch front and rear wheels are sized right for young riders. This DR-Z’s chassis is designed with child-friendly dimensions, with emphasis on weight savings, and a 22-inch seat height.

Parents will appreciate the keyed ignition to ensure the bike starts only when he or she wants it to start, and kids will appreciate push-button, electric starting – with a kickstarter, too. Available Champion Yellow, the DR-Z70 retails for $1,799.

Safety Information for the DR-Z70:
The DR-Z70 is designed for use by children and off road use only – not for use on public roads. Single rider only – weight limit 88 lbs. (40 kg). Not recommended for children under age 7. Parental supervision required during operation. Rider must always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Ride safety and be thoughtful of others.

Twenty-five years after introducing the versatile DR350S and creating the DualSport segment, Suzuki continues to lead the industry with a diversity of DualSport models serving a range of interests and price points.


The 2016 Suzuki DR650S is a reliable and versatile performer that’s ready for all road conditions, from potholed city streets to dense wooded trails. This DualSport is powered by a reliable, air-cooled 645cc single-cylinder four-stroke with the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System that helps maintain consistent engine performance. With specialized modular front forks, plus a rear shock with piggyback style reservoir and adjustable compression damping, the DR650S provides a comfortable and confident ride. Disc brakes front and rear add to the performance features. The DR650S’ seat height can be lowered by more than 1.5 inches, helping riders tailor the bike to their preference (using a Suzuki Accessory side-stand kit).

The 2016 Suzuki DR650S, available in Black, carries a retail price of $6,499.


The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400S masters all riding interests, from adventure-seeking trail rides to trips through town and back. A liquid-cooled 398cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine produces a respected mix of torque along with commuter-friendly fuel economy. The suspension is tuned to deliver a comfortable ride over rocks, roots and roughed-up roads. Long-travel cartridge forks allow adjustment for compression/rebound damping and preload. The rear shock uses progressive linkage and adjustable compression/rebound damping for superior comfort and control. The DR-Z400S features a multi-function instrument gauge that DualSport riders will treasure, with easy dual trip meters plus a tire circumference adjustment feature. This DualSport runs on an 18-inch rear wheel and 21-inch front with DOT-approved tires ready for light off-roading.

The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400S features Black bodywork, and it carries a retail price of $6,599.


The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400SM merges dirt bike style with street legal credentials that make it perform on the pavement like nothing else. This SuperMoto machine handles tight city contours and twisty canyon corners with powerful ease. A 398cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine pumps out strong low-rpm torque and crisp throttle response all the way up to a healthy top-end speed. The key difference between the DR-Z400SM and the DR-Z400S are the SuperMoto’s inverted forks, contributing to less unsprung weight and improved overall handling. The SuperMoto also comes with 17-inch rims front and rear mounted with wide, sticky radial tires ideal for carving up pavement.

The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400SM in styled in Black bodywork, and it carries a retail price of $7,199.


V-Strom 650 ABS and XT
The 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is a proven package made for riders interested seeking a diverse riding experience. The bike’s 645cc four-stroke produces unmatched V-Twin power characterized by broad torque delivery and a quick-revving high rpm surge for serious performance on any street. Featuring the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel-injection system, plus twin iridium spark plugs for each cylinder, the engine produces surprising power, linear throttle response, easy engine start-up and a more stable idle. Plus, it delivers high-mileage touring range.

The V-Strom’s light and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm contribute to smooth handling performance and excellent stability at freeway speeds. Up front, 43mm stanchion-tube front forks are spring preload adjustable, and the rear features a link-type suspension with rebound damping adjustment as well as a hand-operated spring preload adjuster. It runs on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear radial tires mounted to light and strong three-spoke cast wheels. Disc brakes front and rear deliver smooth, controllable stopping power, and expansion-resistant high-pressure brake hoses enhance the responsive brake feel.

The 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS delivers more adventurous styling plus features like reverse-spoke aluminum wheels for better shock absorption and a comfortable ride, and a distinctive front beak with integrated air ducts that lead air to the wind directing plates. These features combine with the proven V-Strom engine and chassis package to make the 650XT ready for motorcycle adventures on a wide variety of roads.

The V-Strom 650 ABS is available in both Red and Silver colors, and retails for $8,399. The V-Strom 650XT ABS is available in Black at a suggested retail price of $8,499.

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