What was the first year for the Suzuki RM80?

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9/23/2014 5:11 PM

I need a little help for a Classic Steel article and it is nearly impossible to find this stuff some times. I am thinking 1977, but I am not positive. Does anyone remember for sure? Photo

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9/23/2014 5:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/23/2014 5:43 PM

'78

source; my own collection of microfiche. I have every RM, CR, and KX (among others) from 1974 to 1990

edit; you are correct sir. 1977. found the microfiche.

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9/23/2014 5:35 PM

1975 tm...75cc Photo

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9/23/2014 5:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/23/2014 5:51 PM

77 rm80...?[LINK TO IMAGE]

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9/23/2014 5:42 PM

1978 here...Photo

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9/23/2014 5:44 PM

So, I use bike bandit sometimes to find out year ranges for various models (by looking them up for OEM parts). According to them, 1977 is the first year for the RM80 (at least that's the first year with OEM parts diagrams for it). If you pick '76, they only list the TM75 in that size.

Usually pretty accurate, but don't know if it's 100%.

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9/23/2014 5:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/23/2014 5:48 PM

couple guys talking about 1977 rm80 in this.. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=863589

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9/23/2014 5:50 PM

tm last year seems to be 1976
http://www.suzukicycles.org/TM-series/

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9/23/2014 6:14 PM

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9/23/2014 6:14 PM

zippy895 wrote:

1975 tm...75cc Photo

1975 TM 75, my first bike bike!!!! The 78 RM80 was my second bike!! Where does time go???

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9/23/2014 6:18 PM

Katoomey wrote:

'78

source; my own collection of microfiche. I have every RM, CR, and KX (among others) from 1974 to 1990

edit; you are correct sir. 1977. found the microfiche.

Microfiche, anyone under 35 even know what that is??? LOL A great collection you have.

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9/24/2014 5:22 AM

Thanks to everyone for the help

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9/24/2014 8:27 AM

1977 was the first year of the RM80. The first photo in this thread is a 1978 RM80. The 77 forks did not go below the axle.

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9/24/2014 10:23 AM

The way bike sales are going, which is the last year of the RM 85.....

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9/24/2014 11:26 AM

1977 Suzuki RM80B
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9/24/2014 11:27 AM

rmgsxr wrote:

1977 was the first year of the RM80. The first photo in this thread is a 1978 RM80. The 77 forks did not go below the axle.

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9/24/2014 2:35 PM

Katoomey wrote:

'78

source; my own collection of microfiche. I have every RM, CR, and KX (among others) from 1974 to 1990

edit; you are correct sir. 1977. found the microfiche.

1911 wrote:

Microfiche, anyone under 35 even know what that is??? LOL A great collection you have.

We have hundreds of them at work. They don't get used much these days. LOL

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9/24/2014 3:08 PM

1911 wrote:

Microfiche, anyone under 35 even know what that is??? LOL A great collection you have.

Lol! Well i'm 34...so probably no one under 34.

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9/24/2014 3:35 PM

Photo

78 RM80

I had a 77 RM80 it was my first two stroke. 76 XR75 was my first bike it still sits in my parents garage.

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9/24/2014 7:41 PM

my first bike was an rm80. I always thought it was a 76 because it had 1976 on the head tube but it could have been made in 76 and sold as a 77? I do know the forks were not leading axle.

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6/3/2019 3:50 PM

Suzuki brought and raced an RM80 prototype to the World Mini Grand Prix at Indian Dunes in 1975. The first I remember available to the public was in 77.

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6/3/2019 4:33 PM

1977 first year for RM80. It was a five speed. Big upgrade for 78 was the 6 speed box

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6/3/2019 4:54 PM

Ronnie_Blackburn wrote:

Suzuki brought and raced an RM80 prototype to the World Mini Grand Prix at Indian Dunes in 1975. The first I remember available to the public was in 77.

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6/3/2019 4:58 PM

Ronnie_Blackburn wrote:

Suzuki brought and raced an RM80 prototype to the World Mini Grand Prix at Indian Dunes in 1975. The first I remember available to the public was in 77.

SCR wrote:

My memory tells me I saw Steve Schmitz racing a prototype RM80 at some AME races in SoCal in 76.

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6/3/2019 5:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/3/2019 5:06 PM

I had a ‘79 with the stupid ass fenders. Coming off of a ‘73 XR75, that sonuvabitch was a rocket!
I still have the XR and I’m planning a full resto in the next couple of years. May even have to enlist Newmann for the correct paint job.

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6/3/2019 6:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/3/2019 6:04 PM

1911 wrote:

Microfiche, anyone under 35 even know what that is??? LOL A great collection you have.

34 here. I’ve used one a few times. But yeah, they are getting ancient for sure.

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6/4/2019 7:00 AM

Gent's, this is why bikes in all kids garages are not around today like they were back in the day.

These bikes sounded bad ass. Talk about a shorty silencer. Damn near a straight stinger pipe. Easy to work on and who wouldn't want to ride a 78 RM 80.

I'd get on one right this second and want to go for a rip and have a blast!

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6/4/2019 7:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/4/2019 7:50 AM

Top End wrote: Photo

78 RM80

I had a 77 RM80 it was my first two stroke. 76 XR75 was my first bike it still sits in my parents garage.

My first bike was a '76 Xr75 and my second a '78 RM80. I still remember driving home with that new '78. It was like a factory bike to me! The '78 felt like a rocket ship! I wasn't a big fan of the '79. Probably as much due to looks as anything. The '80 RM80 was a really good bike though.

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6/4/2019 8:01 AM

77Moto wrote:

Gent's, this is why bikes in all kids garages are not around today like they were back in the day.

These bikes sounded bad ass. Talk about a shorty silencer. Damn near a straight stinger pipe. Easy to work on and who wouldn't want to ride a 78 RM 80.

I'd get on one right this second and want to go for a rip and have a blast!

Yes, the 1978 RM80 had an incredible bark. I was racing a YZ80 and I always felt envious of the Suzuki's sound. It just sounded "fast". Of course I was 9 years old racing Schoolboy in Canada against kids up to 15 years old, so everyone around me was "fast".

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6/4/2019 8:14 AM

Katoomey wrote:

'78

source; my own collection of microfiche. I have every RM, CR, and KX (among others) from 1974 to 1990

edit; you are correct sir. 1977. found the microfiche.

1911 wrote:

Microfiche, anyone under 35 even know what that is??? LOL A great collection you have.

Katoomey wrote:

Lol! Well i'm 34...so probably no one under 34.

But do you know what the Dewey Decimal System is and better yet, how to use it? LOL

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