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2012 Suzuki RM85 / RM85L | Preview

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2012 Youth Motorcycle

For 2012, Suzuki has released two versions of its flagship youth-motocross machine. The ideal bike for those just learning to race/ride, the younger motocrosser is available in the RM85 and RM85L, the L model having bigger wheels and an extended swingarm for larger youth riders.

Both the RM85 and the RM85L feature the two-stroke engine that’s powerful throughout the RPM range, with an emphasis on low- and mid-range performance.

The 2012 RM85 and RM85L carry on the powerful tradition of racing excellence in the Suzuki RM and RM-Z family.

2012 RM85/RM85L Features

Engine Features

  • High-revving 84.7cc, liquid-cooled, case-reed engine produces strong peak power and torque – includes aluminum exhaust valves for more stable exhaust flow and RM125-style exhaust valve governor and linkage for precise valve movement and strong throttle response
  • Keihin PE28 carburetor provides smooth throttle response and is designed for simplified maintenance
  • Knurl-finished gear shift lever tip for improved appearance and feel
  • Large-capacity radiator for efficient engine cooling
  • Magneto cover with styling similar to RM250
  • SCEM-plated cylinder – lighter than a steel-sleeved cylinder with superior heat transfer capability

Transmission Features

  • Easy to use clutch lever with long lever stroke for precise clutch operation and feel
  • Smooth shifting 6-speed transmission – shift drum detent plate and detent spring designed for positive shift feel, plus needle bearing mounted on the left side of the shift drum to reduce friction

Chassis Features

  • Showa rear shock absorber with large diameter shock body and valving designed to produce a plush feel and increase bottoming resistance
  • Aluminum swingarm with chain adjustment system similar to RM250
  • Brake and shift pedals designed with thick cross-section for durability
  • Chrome-moly footpegs for increased durability and improved rider feel
  • Frame designed for increased rigidity, durability and straight line performance; features large diameter tubing in key areas and large front reinforcement plate
  • Fuel tank, radiator shroud, seat and number plates with design and graphics similar to RM125/250
  • Lightweight rear brake system with large 200mm diameter rear brake rotor for positive brake feel
  • Showa 37mm inverted fork featuring cartridge damping system with fully-adjustable rebound damping and 20-way adjustable compression damping – Includes fork guards to protect inner fork tubes
  • Twin piston front brake caliper and large 220mm diameter front brake rotor, plus large capacity front master cylinder
  • The RM85’s wheel sizes meet AMA 85cc class regulations (Front: 70/100-17; Rear: 90/100-14)
  • Wheel sizes of the L model: 70/100-19, R: 90/100-16 to fit a variety of larger young riders

2012 Suzuki RM85 / RM85L Specs:

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Brakes Front Disc brake Disc brake
Brakes Rear Disc brake Disc brake
Color Yellow
Dry Weight 69 kg (152 lbs)
Final Drive D.I.D 428DS, 122 links Chain, DID428DS, 118 links
Fuel Tank Capacity 5.0 L (1.3/1.1 US/Imp gal) 5.0 L (1.3 US gallons)
Ground Clearance 355 mm (14.0 in) 325 mm (12.8 in)
Overall Length 1895 mm (74.6 in) 1805 mm (71.1 in)
Overall Width 735 mm (28.9 in) 735 mm (28.9 in)
Seat Height 875 mm (34.4 in) 850 mm (33.5 in)
Suspension Front Telescopic, pneumatic/coil spring, oil damped Telescopic, pneumatic/coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Tires Front 70/100-19 42M 70/100-17 40M, tube type
Tires Rear 90/100-16.52M 90/100-14 49M, tube type
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh 6-speed constant mesh
Wheelbase 1280 mm (50.4 in) 1240 mm (48.8 in)
Bore Stroke 48 x 46.8mm
Compression Ratio 9.5/10.9 : 1
Engine 84.7 cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled
Fuel System KEIHIN PE28, single KEIHIN PE28, single
Ignition Electronic ignition (CDI) Electronic ignition (CDI)
Lubrication Fuel/oil premixture of 30 : 1
Starter Primary kick Primary kick
Warranty No Warranty No Warranty

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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