Suzuki announces early 2009 models

No big surprises as bikes receive graphical updates

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 18, 2008
Suzuki has released information on its early 2009 models, all receiving styling updates to their 2008 models.

Suzukiís championship-caliber motocross bikes will be back in 2009.

The RM-Z450 will return with only minor style changes, after undergoing a major overhaul in 2008 with the addition of electronic fuel injection with a fuel pump enclosed inside the fuel tank. Steve Ramon piloted the RM-Z450 to the 2007 World MX1 championship and he currently sits second in the 2008 championship standings, just six points behind Yamahaís David Phillipaerts.

The RM-Z250 will also be back for 2009, with similar graphical upgrades. Ryan Dungey recently rode the RM-Z250 to win the AMA East/West Lites Shootout for the second year in a row.

The two-stroke RM85 will also return, however the RM250 and big-wheeled RM85L didnít make the cut.

Suzuki didn't announce any major changes to its early 2009 lineup including the V-Strom 650, save for color and graphic changes.Suzukiís V-Strom line will also return. The V-Strom 650 will again be available with or without ABS brakes. The 2009 versions will come in new colors with a choice of orange or gray instead of 2008ís flat black and yellow options. The ABS version, however, will only be available in gray. The V-Strom 1000 will also be back, but only in black.

All V-Strom bikes will feature the digitally-controlled Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system with Automatic Fast Idle System (AFIS).

Suzukiís 2009 Dual-sport line will again be headed by the DR650SE. Its four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder engine will again feature the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System with additional piston-jet and engine oil cooling. Also available are the DR-Z400 and its supermotard sibling the DR-Z400SM, as well as the newbie-friendly DR200SE. All 2009 Suzuki Dual-sports will come in black or white except the DR200SE, which is only available in black.