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GP’s Classic Steel #43 – 1982 Suzuki RM125-Z

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  1. It wasn’t high CG, cost or complexity that doomed the original Full Floater to the history books, but rather a lawsuit against Suzuki by the guy that designed it.

  2. In 1982, along with the 82 YZ 80, this bike was the bike in the garages of every So. California teenager who rode motorcycles. I can name at least 10 of my friends who had one, and they all added the Blue CEET brand safety seat to it. My dads friend was close buddies with Dave Arnold, a Honda off road big wig who got me a one off (lightly used Honda test bike) 1982 CR 125, along with the black HRC steel motorcycle stand, an HRC gear bag, box of Honda custom pistons, a blue Honda made safety seat, rings, a Honda aluminum silencer and 2 pair of Pirelli Sandcross tires. All for $625.00. My bike also had been tuned by Arnold, so the engine and suspension were just awesome. I know the 1982 CR125 was a mid pack bike in all the shootouts, but it upgraded nicely in the hands of a Honda guy. Still, the 82 RM 125 was king and I truly admired the bike and could stare at it for hours while hanging out in my friends garage.

    I remember being the odd man out with my 82 CR125R at the track, when everyone, and I mean the entire starting line was on the 82 RM 125. Also that original Full Floating system with those articulating arms were a engineering marvel. Ah, the Golden Era of motocross with newly designed bikes every year. No 3-4 year plan and ridiculously priced motorcycles as we see today. What dad wants to spend thousands on a dirt bike when in the old days you could pick up a nicely used race bike for a few hundred dollars.

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