2015 Suzuki RM-Z & DR-Z Lineup PreviewSuzuki recently launched its 2015 RM-Z motocross and DR-Z off-road motorcycle lineup at its annual dealer meeting held in Las Vegas.
For 2015, the Suzuki DR-Z70 returns. This revamped DR-Z70 is the perfect dirt bike for the serious off-road riding youth. The DR-Z70 is ideal whether the rider is a beginner just starting out, or a youth with enough riding experience to begin to appreciate its performance capabilities.The 2015 DR-Z70 features a three-speed auto clutch transmission mated to a friendly 67cc four-stroke engine. Parents will appreciate the keyed ignition to ensure the bike only starts when he or she wants it to start, and kids will appreciate easy to use push-button, electric starting – with a kickstarter, too.Available in Champion Yellow, the DR-Z70 retails for $1,799.Key Features of the NEW DR-Z70*:
67cc air-cooled 4-stroke twin-valve engine
10-inch front and rear wheels are sized right for young riders
Smooth-shifting 3-speed transmission with an auto clutch
Push-button electric starter and traditional kick starter, for convenience and flexibility
Chassis designed with child-friendly dimensions, with emphasis on weight savings
22-inch seat height sized for both beginner and skilled youth riders
RM-Z racing style in Championship Yellow
For 2015, the larger off-road Suzuki – the DR-Z125L – arrives as carryover. It is stocked with all the necessities for long, exciting rides. A larger 19-inch front tire and 16-inch rear tire as well as a front disk brake provide a longer lifespan of usefulness.Styled to reflect the RM-Z models, this DR-Z promotes 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. The DR-Z125L is available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body, at a retail price of $3,199.Also returning as carryovers are the RM-Z models. The evolution of the Suzuki RM-Z450 continues for 2015, the 40th anniversary of the Suzuki RM line.Powered by a 449cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine, the 2015 RM-Z450 delivers new performance upgrades straight from the factory and developed with the help of Suzuki’s professional motocross racers.The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) is a selectable launch mode system derived straight from the factory race bike to help riders launch from the starting gate no matter the gate conditions. Riders choose among three modes with a simple push button on the left handlebar, selecting the best option for their skill level and riding conditions.A redesigned frame increases rigidity and reduces weight by four percent from the previous model. New Showa SFF-Air front forks deliver are lighter, better performing and easier to dial in when adjustments are wanted.Suzuki’s fuel-injection system is improved with the additional fuel couplers that give riders fuel-delivery customization with no tools needed. The 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450 retails for $8,749, and comes in Champion Yellow / Solid Black bodywork.The 2015 Suzuki RM-Z250 offers class-leading handling aided by the Showa Separate Function front Fork, combined with a substantial four-stroke engine. Like the RM-Z450, the 250 comes with two additional fuel couplers for riders can tune the fuel delivery with ease for different track setups.The 2015 Suzuki RM-Z250 retails for $7,599 and is available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body.The 2015 Suzuki RM85 also returns. This machine produces smooth power at any rpm with an emphasis on low to mid-range performance. Just like the larger models, the RM85 delivers class-leading handling for both experienced racers and rookie riders alike. With its smooth power delivery and lightweight handling, the 2015 RM85 is the perfect motocross bike for anyone learning to race.The 2015 Suzuki RM85 is available in Champion Yellow for a suggested retail price of $4,099. (Reduced by $100).*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.For additional information, visit Suzuki.
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Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.