Suzuki is the last of the big Japanese manufacturers to announce its off-road lineup for 2016, which includes some pretty decent upgrades to the RM-Z250. Also announced are minor updates to the RM-Z450 for 2016. Also in the announcement were 2016 versions of the RM-85 and DR-Z125L without any changes from 2015.
The biggest addition to the 2016 Suzuki RM-Z250 is the inclusion of Suzuki’s launch control platform called Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC). S-HAC is a selectable launch mode system derived straight from factory race bike. S-HAC helps rider in launching from starting gate for an early lead. It was introduced in 2014 with RM-Z450, now it is standard equipment on RM-Z250 with more advanced, detailed control.
The system boasts two selectable modes and alters the bike’s ignition map for a quicker launch. In A-mode – for use on hard surfaces or conditions with less grip – the system retards the bikes ignition for a smoother launch and reduces wheel spin when riding over the gate. Once out of the gate and into the ‘acceleration zone’ the ignition timing is advanced for stronger acceleration up to the first corner.
The 2016 RM-Z250 gets some nice love to the engine with more than 80 engine internal parts being redesigned. This includes changes to the piston, piston pin and piston ring, redesigned camshafts, intake valves and many other modifications. With these engine changes, mid-range power & torque is enhanced while maximum output is maintained. According to Suzuki, power delivery is smoother and more linear for easier control.
The frame for the 2016 RM-Z250 has been overhauled as well, with the steering head pipe redesigned and frame weight reduced by 2.5% from previous model. Up front, the bike gets KYB’s latest Pneumatic Spring Fork.system which allows the rider to change spring rate with an air pump to find their desired setting. In addition to spring setting, rebound damping is now 2-way adjustable in high and low speed. The rear also gets an upgraded KYB shock.
The 2016 RM-Z250 will be available in Champion Yellow/Solid Black for a retail price of $7,699 in the USA. Pricing is yet to be announced for Australia although availability is slated for August this year.