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FMF Factory RM-Z450 Review Photo Gallery

When we asked Suzuki for something to ride, a FMF Factory RM-Z450 replica was more than we had hoped for. The Suzuki dirt bike is one of the most competitive off-road racers this year and we’ve been living with it for months. Check out the full story in our FMF Factory Suzuki RM-Z450 Review.

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Gearing proved
critical with the MX
conversion
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Works Connection uses a one-piece aluminum skidplate with the case and water-pump guards welded on.
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The Spider Evolution front disc guard is a very clean setup to protect the front brake rotor.
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'Controlled' is the best word to describe the fork and shock.
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Official race bikes come with a dry break on the IMS fuel tank, but for our purposes it would only have been a nuisance.
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The only thing I didn’t like about the rider interface was the Renthal Twinwall handlebars. As a partial solution I removed the crossbar which made the oversized handlebar slightly less rigid.
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If there’s something we can’t get enough of it’s the fuel injection. A 450 can be overbearing, but Suzuki makes one of the smoothest, most controllable power deliveries on the market.
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The Works Connection brake master cylinder guard doesn't get hung up on our boots like it does on some other model bikes (Hondas).
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We promptly smashed this linkage into a cement block, but it took that beating and more while keeping the RM-Z clawing forward.
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The N-Style FMF Makita Suzuki team graphics kit are super dope. Riding with the Mullins numbers and backgrounds is a serious attention-getter.
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There's no compromise for a sharp race bike. This one certainly looks the part.
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This Suzuki RM-Z450 is modeled after the latest in a long line of Suzuki off-road racers, and started life as a project for another magazine that somehow never reached its destination – a dust collector in the Brea, Calif. warehouse.
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Consider that our big complaints are items that are typically removed from racing enduros anyway and you’ve got a pretty good idea how damn good this bike is.
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It’s exceptionally easy to be precise, but sometimes requires more concentration to control the razor-like front wheel.
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This is exactly the kind of thing you hope for when requesting available bikes.
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There’s no big surge anywhere, but lots of torque and power everywhere. It’s instant and it’s abundant.
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The RG3 suspension was very, very good - for all our test riders. Our crew had limited experience with RG3, but the Suzuki made believers out of them.
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Add in the FMF Q4 exhaust with MegaBomb header and shorter gearing (13/50) and this bike lurches forward with the slightest wrist movement.
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If anything, we’ve found more excuses to get out and ride this Suzuki than any other. When something comes up, we just take it along.
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As far as durability goes, we’ve only had one fork seal go out. A few scratches, worn graphics and a busted radiator shroud are all normal wear and tear.
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The coming months will bring hotter temps and worse off-road conditions. Perhaps the dusty trails will drive us back to the RM-Z’s roots and onto the motocross track.
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At 265 pounds tank full, this is actually light for an off-road 450 machine, and not considerably more than the stock motocross version (250 lbs).
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Fatigue and tighter terrain had us sitting more in Idaho. The seat surprised us.
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The ability to ride those outside inches of trail to avoid chatter in a main line is a lifesaver