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The 2012 Suzuki DR-Z125 is a motocross bike that upstart riders can get into without having to worry about the complicated mechanisms of some of the more powerful models in the market.

It’s not enough to have a bike that offers good looks, especially for novices looking to learn the ropes; you need one that has matching performance and handling credentials, two characteristics that Suzuki pays full attention to.

Aggressive bodywork, complete with a two-tone seat cover, a rear fender, graphics, and number plates, makes the DR-Z125 a complete, stylistic replica of the championship-winning RM-Z machines.

The DR-Z125 offers a compact 124cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that has been designed for ease-of operation and low maintenance, perfect for upstart riders looking to break into the world of motocross. The engine also has a digital-type CDI ignition system with timing set to enhance the engine’s low-rpm power characteristics while a five-speed transmission with a link-type gearshift system offers precise operation and positive feel for complete control of the bike.

In addition to its sublime powertrain, the DR-Z125 also comes with precise and agile handling characteristics, featuring a long-travel, oil damped front fork and a link-type rear suspension that provides a smooth, compliant ride. A lightweight and durable steel frame and swingarm, as well as equally lightweight aluminum rims reduce the bike’s weight while providing agile handling and improved suspension performance.

Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z125 after the jump.

We’ve already established all the impressive qualities of the Suzuki DR-Z125, but in the event that the bike’s a little on the small side compared to your, shall we say, "dimensions," Suzuki has a bigger version of the DR-Z125 called the DR-Z125L. The latter pretty much carries all the same features as that of the former with the only notable exception being that the DR-Z12L is bigger. Hence, that "L" designation at the back of its name.

The DR-Z125L was designed with aggressively styled bodywork, number plates, and graphics that were built and inspired to look exactly like the higher-spec, race winning Suzuki RM-Z competition models.

On top of that, the powertrain is also the same as that of its ’smaller’ counterpart - a compact 124cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that comes with a five-speed transmission with link-type gearshift system for precise operation and positive feel, a digital-type CDI ignition system with timing set to enhance the engine’s low-rpm power characteristics, and a MIKUNI VM20SS carburetor for smooth throttle response.

And then there’s the matter of the bike’s handling characteristics, which are impressive relative to its overall characteristics. A long-travel, oil damped front fork and a link-type rear suspension provide a smooth, compliant ride while lightweight aluminum rims offer reduced weight, providing agile handling and improved suspension performance.

From the top to bottom, nothing rides on dirt quite like the Suzuki DR-Z125. And if that doesn’t fit you, then you can opt for the DR-Z125L, which is pretty much the same thing, albeit in a slightly larger package.

Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z125L after the jump.

When you need a nimble and versatile bike that can also pose as an effective commuter, look no further than the Kawasaki KX 250S .

The bike is built to be a double-duty machine, capable of traveling on any surface with the kind of all-world versatility that Kawasaki bikes are known for. The KX 250S blends excellent craftsmanship with performance capabilities few other bikes in its class can match. As a bike that’s suited for the rigors of off-road riding, the KX 250S boasts of additional protection for the exposed underside of the machine in the form of an aluminum engine guard. Dual lightweight, high-capacity Denso radiators and an electric fan are also part of the set-up, providing ample cooling, especially when the bike is exposed to the radiant heat of the sun.

The KX 250S is powered by an efficient 249cc single-cylinder engine that’s best suited for maneuvering through urban traffic or exploring the trails. The engine is mounted in a light, high-tensile steel perimeter frame, providing a low center of gravity that then translates into superior maneuvering on tight trails. A highly refined six-speed transmission is then mated to the bike, boasting of the right gears that can take on any terrain it travels on, be it the dirty trail or paved open road. The engine set-up also boasts of a 34mm semi-flat slide Keihin CVK carburetor that gives great throttle response and broad, smooth power across a wide rpm range.

Some bikes are built for a single purpose while others are built to become everyday rides. The Kawasaki KX 250S is a card-carrying member of the latter group, and for all of its qualities, it’s definitely deserving of your attention.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KX 250S after the jump.

Even the best motocross riders in the world will tell you: if you ever want to become good at the sport, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up.

When talking about a bike that can give you that introductory feel, the Suzuki RM85 is a pretty good choice. Nothing about this bike screams power and all-world performance - and that’s a good thing. The appeal, as far as the RM85 is concerned, is manifested in its simple and reliable offering of high-quality design, optimum performance, and sturdy durability.

At the heart of the RM85 is a relatively light, albeit highly effective 84.7cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled, reed-valve engine that has a bore and stroke of 48.0mm x 46.8mm. The cylinder on the engine comes with the Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM), further enhancing its durability, weight reduction, and effective heat transfer for superior class performance. The engine set-up also comes with a Keihin PE28 carburetor that provides smooth throttle response, while a digital CDI map has been fitted to provide optimum engine performance at higher rpms.

Even novice bikes like the RM85 need to be equipped with superior handling characteristics to be considered an effective dirt bike. A tubular steel frame and thick wall aluminum swing arm comes with class-leading performance on the track, especially in the corners. In designing the frame, Suzuki wanted to build one that not only increased rigidity, but also increased its durability and straight-line performance. Showa 37mm inverted front and rear forks were also fitted in which come with a cartridge damping system with fully-adjustable rebound damping and 20-way adjustable compression damping.

With all these elements in tow, the Suzuki RM85 is an ideal start-up motocross bike to get all the young ones acclimated in the sport. Even the pros will tell you that if you want to learn the ropes, you have to start simple.

Find out more about the Suzuki RM85 after the jump.

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.

Motocross racers are always on the hunt for a bike that they can use to compete in a variety of races all over the world. If you’ve got Suzuki in your sights, then you can do yourself a favor and choose the new RM-Z250 to achieve your goal.

When it comes to all-around motocross racing versatility, the RM-Z250 comes with plenty of that and more. The compact and lightweight 249cc, fuel-injected, DOHC, titanium four-valve, semi-dry-sump, four-stroke engine produces enough power to make it a competitive motocross racer. Couple that with a five-speed transmission that provides extra flexibility, an advanced, battery-less fuel-injection (FI) system that features a 44mm throttle body with progressive throttle linkage, and a 16-bit computer, and you have an engine set-up that can be as competitive as any other motocross bike on the market.

In addition to its impressive engine configuration, the RM-Z250 also differentiates itself with a twin-spar aluminum frame and an aluminum swing arm that has been developed and refined for a highly optimized balance between rigidity and superb high-speed traction. Adding to the mix is class-leading Showa suspension components that allow for a comfortable and easy-to-use ride. Race-inspired brake disc rotors are also offered, enhancing cooling performance and efficient mud slinging
while footpeg brackets have been shaped to help prevent mud from clogging.

With superb power and state-of-the-art handling characteristics, the RM-Z250 is also a picture of comfort. A gripper seat, with projected cross-shaped patterns on the top surface, provide additional grip while high-quality Renthal handlebars featuring a tapered design are fixed to the rubber mounted triple clamp, ensuring that riders are well-equipped when they’re riding motocross competitions around the world.

Hit the jump for more details on the Suzuki RM-Z250.

Kids today are getting more and more sophisticated about their hobbies, so much so that seeing a little tyke riding a motorcycle isn’t an uncommon occurrence anymore. That being said, it’s much easier to get these kids introduced to the world of motor bikes by going the route of a small and nimble ride as opposed to going straight to the big leagues.

One such bike that can accommodate the young ones is the Kawasaki KX85 . In terms of its overall look, the KX85 comes with a black-painted, high-tensile steel perimeter frame with a specially designed fuel tank sitting inside the cage to keep the fuel load and, thus, the center of mass as low as possible for improved handling. All this is wrapped in lime green body panels, with lightweight black aluminum wheels and aggressive graphics. The result is a factory-look racer with factory-like performance.

This little rocket ship is also powered by a simple two-stroke, 84cc engine that actually puts out eye-popping power relative to its size. The KX85’s engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that delivers smooth and positive shifting along with enhanced durability, proving that this intro bike is tougher than it looks. Further enhancing the KX85’s tractable power are the Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS) and tuned exhaust pipe that provides better drive out of corners and a linear power delivery for young riders of varying skill levels.

More than just the engine, the Kawasaki KX85 comes with an advanced chassis package with a 36mm cartridge fork that has 18-way compression damping adjustability and settings designed to make mince meat of even the toughest of tracks. The UNI-TRAK shock in the back features fully adjustable spring preload, compression, and rebound damping for superior rear wheel control.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KX85 after the jump.

Enjoying the thrills of motocross riding doesn’t have to involve using a high-powered bike. Sometimes, you’re actually better off with a simpler and easier to handle bike like the Kawasaki KLX140 .

As a multi-talented ride that provides a steady flow of power, the KLX140 is the kind of bike that riders of all shapes and sizes will come to enjoy. Whether you’re a novice in the game or a seasoned veteran, the accessibility and usability of the KLX140 is a true hallmark of this compact, straightforward dirt bike.

The KLX boasts of a high-revving, smooth and surprisingly quiet 144cc engine that’s remarkably simple to use, thanks to a manual clutch and a five-speed, close ratio transmission. Combine that with a high-tensile steel perimeter frame covered by KX-like shrouds, a two-tone seat cover, and sharp, aggressive body work, and you have a bike that’s built for any and all occasions. The KLX140 also boasts of a roomy cockpit, overall control layout, and a narrow footpeg/frame relationship – including wide and comfortable footpegs – making it easy for riders to move around without worrying about losing their way.

Handling the suspension duties for the KLX140 is a 33mm telescopic fork featuring custom-tuned spring rate and damping settings. In the back, a UNI-TRAK linkage equipped rear shock featuring 5-way preload adjustability provides a smooth and controlled ride while lightweight RK EXCEL aluminum rims and advanced braking components make for a completely versatile bike. A large 220mm front disc and 27mm twin-piston caliper at the front and 186mm rear disc provide serious stopping power. Both utilize petal shaped rotors, which help clean the brakes and reduce unsprung weight for better wheel control.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KLX140 after the jump.

When you a have a kid that has shown an inclination to riding bikes, at some point, they’re going to start clamoring for something with a little more edge than just bells and pedals.

Fortunately, Kawasaki has the KLX110 , a bike that was designed to get young ones acclimated to a two-wheeled ride with an engine on it. The KLX110 is not overly complicated; it’s a bike that features plenty of grin-inducing properties, including its confidence-inspiring performance and accessibility to young people and grownups alike.

Inspired with KX-style bodywork, the 2012 KLX110 comes with a design that includes a gas tank, an MX-style seat, side panels, shrouds and fenders, and a comfortable handlebar, all which look as if they came straight off the race winning KX450F.

The KLX110 is also the picture of versatility, thanks in part to an easy-to-ride 111cc four-stroke engine that offers plenty of torque and push-button electric that makes for comfortable riding. To make the KLX110 even more beginner-friendly, it’s equipped with Kawasaki’s automatic centrifugal clutch system, allowing easy no-clutch shifting while a semi-automatic gearbox boasts four speeds to access the KLX’s full spread of torque.

Optimum wheel and chassis control is also another highlight of the KLX110. A single shock offers 4.3" of travel and plenty of bottoming resistance while a beefy, 30mm telescopic fork offering 4.3" of wheel travel tames the bumps up front. Tapered roller bearings at the bottom of the steering stem add durability to what is essentially one of the best value bikes on the market.

Whether you’re a young kid or an elder kid-at-heart, the Kawasaki KLX110 is the right kind of ’fun’ bike for you.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KLX110 after the jump.

Whatever kind of surface the Kawasaki KLR 650 finds itself on, you’ll be sure that it’s going to stand out from the rest of the pack. Whether its in the sand, the dirt, the forests, and the pavement, the KLR 650 adapts to the environment with seamless ease.

The dual-sport bike’s versatility is a hallmark of Kawasaki engineering and combined with a rugged single-cylinder engine that provides incredible fuel efficiency, the KLR 650 is a clear choice as far as all-terrain riding is concerned.

An expansive, saddlebag-friendly, rear aluminum luggage rack that can be fitted with a tail bag helps make the KLR650 a worthy touring companion. The bike also has a large, 5.8-gallon fuel tank and exemplary fuel economy means the KLR650 can cover an amazing amount of ground between fill-ups. Comfort is without qualms too, thanks to an ergonomic set design that’s further enhanced by a plush urethane foam. A high-capacity 36-watt alternator is also an important element of the bike, pumping out enough juice for a high-output headlight with extra capacity providing power to its add-on electronic gadgets.

The bike is also powered by a single-cylinder, 651cc four-stroke engine that comes with a quick throttle response and a healthy low-end grunt. The engine finds a suitable match with the bike’s new suspension system, a 41mm fork with 7.9" of suspension travel up front, and a Uni-Trak" linkage system providing 7.3" of wheel travel in the rear. Likewise, braking duties for the KLR 650 are handled by a dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc in the front, and a 240mm petal-style disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper in the rear.

This suspension and brake package, combined with the powerful 650cc engine, makes the KLR650 the ideal everyday commuter.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KLR 650 after the jump.


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