The Suzuki RM85L is far from being considered a powerhouse bike. On the contrary, it’s actually pretty puny compared to the kind of motocross bikes we’ve seen in the past. But don’t mistake it’s "puniness" as a negative because that’s actually where the appeal lies as far as this bike is concerned.
The RM85L is a straight-forward, no-questions-asked bike that accomplishes it’s goal of being a great start-up dirt bike. There’s nothing flashy about it, although it does have a frame that has been designed for increased rigidity, durability, and straight-line performance.
Speaking of performance, the Suzuki RM85L is powered by a high-revving 84.7cc, liquid-cooled, case-reed engine that produces strong peak power and torque, relative to its stature, of course. It also comes with aluminum exhaust valves for more stable exhaust flow and an RM125-style exhaust valve governor and linkage for precise valve movement and strong throttle response. Likewise, the bike was also give a Keihin PE28 carburetor, providing smooth throttle response and a smooth shifting six-speed transmission that provides the right kind of power linkage novice riders will come to enjoy.
In terms of handling, the Suzuki RM85L is more than capable, thanks to a steady load of high-performance parts that include a Showa rear shock absorber with large diameter shock body and valving, an aluminum swingarm with chain adjustment system similar to the RM250, a lightweight rear brake system with a large 200mm diameter rear brake rotor, and a 37mm Showa inverted fork that features a cartridge damping system with fully-adjustable rebound damping and 20-way adjustable compression damping.
If at any point somebody wants to get started in the world of dirt bike riding, the Suzuki RM85L is not the flashiest choice, but you could make a case that it’s one of the smartest.
Find out more about the Suzuki RM85L after the jump.