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Suzuki Dirt Bikes – A Bit of History And The 2012 Range

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The History Behind Suzuki Dirt Bikes – Specs On The 2012 Range

We are all familiar with the outstanding range of Suzuki dirt bikes that the Suzuki Motor Corporation produce these days. But, did you know they also produce ATV’s, boat engines, light trucks, wheelchairs and a whole stack of other small engine powered products?

Here’s the story of how your modern day Suzuki dirt bike came about. Way back in 1909, an ambitious man named Mr Michio Suzuki had established a thriving business called the Suzuki Loom Company, based in Japan. Suzuki was building weaving looms to supply Japans then booming silk industry.

For thirty years, weaving looms were Suzuki’s only focus. But you see, Michio was a smart man, he realized they needed to diversify. With the demand for civilian transport on the increase, he began designing several prototype motorcars.

But, as fate would have it. World War Two kicked into gear and his great plans turned to custard when the Japanese government decided that civilian cars were not a priority.

So what’s a man to do? Mr Suzuki and co. went back to producing looms. Things were looking up again. until the s#!% hit the fan when the cotton market collapsed in 1951. Suzuki now recognized the need for affordable, nimble transport to cater for the masses of Japanese in busy, congested cities.

So they began focusing on the motorcycle industry.

In 1952, the ‘ Power Free ‘ was born. What a weapon! It was fundamentally a bicycle powered by a 36cc two stroke engine – certainly no motocrosser.

By 1954, Suzuki was mass-producing motorbikes and had changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co Ltd. This led them to begin producing cars again, this time achieving great success.

From there on as the market demand, peoples needs and wants, and discretionary income changed, motorbikes developed into lifestyle choices. Rather than just providing a transport tool, companies like Suzuki began creating ‘leisure machines’ such as the range of Suzuki dirt bikes and road cruisers as we know them today.

Tell us what YOU think about Suzuki dirt bikes at the bottom of this page.

Some 2012 Suzuki Dirt Bikes To Feast Your Eyes On

It seems the fellas from Suzuki took a long holiday in 2011 because they’ve basically changed diddely squat for the new 2012 models. The two stroke 125’s and 250’s have disappeared along with the RMX enduro bikes, leaving only the four stroke motocrossers behind to cater for both sports.

It’s interesting to see how many of the European bike manufacturers are expanding and developing their dirt bike range while the Japs are cutting back. Is this a sign of things to come?

New graphics, a red and black seat and some tinkering on the fuel system is all you’ll find different on the 450’s and 250’s this year.


SPECS:

Model: RMZ450 – 2012

Engine: 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC

Bore Stroke: 96.0 mm (3.780 in) x 62.1 mm (2.445 in)

Compression Ratio: 12.5:1

Fuel System: New 12-hole fuel injector increases fuel atomization for better power delivery

Lubrication: Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS)

Ignition: Electronic ignition (CDI)

Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh

Final Drive: Chain, DID520MXV4, 114 links

Overall Length: 2190 mm (86.2 in)

Overall Width: 830 mm (32.7 in)

Overall Height: 1270 mm (50.0 in)

Seat Height: 955 mm (37.6 in)

Ground Clearance: 325 mm (12.8 in)

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Wheelbase: 1495 mm (58.9 in)

Model: RMZ250 – 2012

Engine: 249cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC

Bore Stroke: 77.0mm (3.03 in) x 53.6mm (2.11 in)

Compression Ratio: 13.4. 1

Fuel System: Suzuki fuel injection

Lubrication: Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS)

Ignition: Electronic ignition (CDI)

Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh

Final Drive: Chain, DID520DMA4, 114 links

Overall Length: 2170 mm (85.4 in)

Overall Width: 830 mm (32.7 in)

Seat Height: 955 mm (37.6 in)

Ground Clearance: 345 mm (13.6 in)

Wheelbase: 1475 mm (58.1 in)

Curb Weight: 104.5 kg (230 lbs)

Suzuki B-King Final Prototype
Suzuki B-King Final Prototype

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