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Suzuki RF900R model history
1994—1999

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Suzuki 1994More Suzuki models from 1994
1994 Suzuki year code: R

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In 1994 the RF jumped smugly into the marketplace wearing a very reasonable price tag of $13,999 and immediately chested up to the Kawasaki ZX9-R which happened to cost $15,590. Competition wasn't just limited to the big K however; Yamaha's excellent FZR1000 was also priced on the large side of 15 big ones as was Honda's FireBlade. Admittedly the RF never really presented a serious sporting threat to the 'Blade, but it did possess a 125PS engine that revved to 12,000 rpm. This spectacular unit was derived from the GSX-R1100W, and gave nothing away in the horsepower stakes which was important to many of those waiting to spend their money.
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The RF was unique in the above company in that it used a steel beam frame borrowed and strengthened from the RF600 instead of the alloy units used in the pure sports bikes in Suzuki's line up. The four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 16-valve engine nestling between the spars came from well-proven parents, but was a heavy old lump all by itself. Despite the best attempts at making the RF a heavyweight, at 203kg the RF is lighter than its looks suggest.
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Suspension was workman-like rather than exotic, and featured preload-adjustable 43mm forks handling duties at the pointy end, while further south a multi-adjustable Showa unit did the job of keeping the back wheel on the ground.
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Finished in red or black, the styling attracted a fair bit of criticism with some rather unkind comments centring on the large louvres in the side of the fairing, and the strangely wide tail-piece. Resembling something you'd paddle in the sea, the RF featured the biggest rear light ever seen on a sporting motorcycle at that time, or indeed since. Riding behind one when the rider was braking was like riding into the gates of hell!
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Suzuki RF900R RF900RF 900 R 1994
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm

Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1994
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm

Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1994
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm



Suzuki 1995More Suzuki models from 1995
1995 Suzuki year code: S

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1995 saw a $400 jump in price on the S version and the arrival of fully adjustable forks, plus a limited edition T version finished in dark green and called the 'Manta Ray'.Colour-matched frame.
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A special edition model, RF900RS2, was offered in 1995. It shares all the RF900R's charachteristics plus it had multiadjustable rebound damping on front fork and other colors and graphics.
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Colors:
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Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1995
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm


Suzuki 1996More Suzuki models from 1996
1996 Suzuki year code: T

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For 1996 through to the model's discontinuation in 1999 the RF900R received an anti theft ignition lock.
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The red RF900R has colour-matched frame - purple/yellow and grey/black bikes have silver frames.
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Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1996
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm
Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1996
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm
Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1996
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm

1977 Suzuki RF900R

Suzuki 1997More Suzuki models from 1997
1997 Suzuki year code: V
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The 1997 RF900R has a silver painted frame.
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Suzuki RF900RRF 900 R 1997
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dry Weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 937 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 135 hp (101 kW)/ 10,000 rpm, 135.9 Nm (100.2 ft-lbf) @ 9,000 rpm





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