Suzuki RF400

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Suzuki RF400R

Suzuki RF 400 was first introduced in 1993 and was produced until 2000. The motorcycle was based on the older model Suzuki RF 600, which received the engine from Suzuki GSX-R 400. Subsequently, the Suzuki RF 400 was equipped with a motor from the "redhead" Suzuki GSF 400 Bandit - these versions differed in the designation VC on plastic, red cylinder head and red brake discs.

The Suzuki RF 400 was based on the success of the then Kawasaki ZZ-R 400 - a full-size sports tourist with a good appearance was in great demand. Meanwhile, only Suzuki RF400 managed to compete with it and at some point even beat it in sales. In general, the series of 400cc Japanese motorcycles of the "sport-tour" class became an excellent alternative to "sports" and "road builders" of the same cubic capacity - not differing in size from older versions, it had a modern (at that time) sporty appearance and comfort classic road bike.

The main feature of the Suzuki RF400 is the liquid-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine producing 53 hp. power and 38 Nm of torque. The maximum performance of the motor is reached at 9500-11000 rpm. Since 1994, there have been versions with a variable timing system (VC), which allowed the maximum engine speed to be increased from 15,000 rpm to 16,000 rpm.

Other features of the model include a diagonal steel frame, simple suspensions in the form of a conventional telescopic fork and mono-shock absorber, a 6-speed gearbox, a 17-liter fuel tank and 186 kg of dry weight.

Suzuki RF Series Lineup:

The main competitors of Suzuki RF400 in the class:



Specifications Suzuki RF 400:

ModelSuzuki RF400R / RF400RV
Motorcycle typesports tourist
Release year1993-1999
Framesteel diagonal
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume398 cm³
Bore / stroke56.0 x 40.4 mm
Compression ratio11.8: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburettors, 4x Mikuni BDST32
Ignition typefully transistor
Maximum power53.0 h.p. (39.0 kW) at 11000 rpm
Maximum torque37.0 Nm (3.8 kgm) at 9500 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size120 / 70ZR17 M / C (58H)
Rear tire size160 / 60ZR17 M / C (69H)
Front brakes2 discs 290 mm, 2-piston calipers
Rear brakes1 disc 240 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension41mm Telescopic Fork (Preload Adjustable), 120mm Travel - RF400 (1993-1994)

41mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 120mm Travel - RF400 (1995-1999)

Rear suspensionpendulum with monoshock (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 125 mm
Length2115 mm
Width720 mm
Height1180 mm
Wheelbase1430 mm
Minimum ground clearance115 mm
Saddle height775 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h4.9 sec
Maximum speed180 km / h (with limiter)
Fuel tank capacity17.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry)186 kg
Motorcycle weight (curb)204 kg