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2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 First Ride Photo Gallery

MotoUSA turns its first laps on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 on Suzuki's private Supercross track. Find out how the refined and reworked yellow race works in the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 First Ride.

We got the chance to test the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 on Suzuki's private Supercross test track.
The list of engine updates and revisions is long and includes a new piston, intake cam and 2nd through 5th transmission gears.
One of the biggest changes to the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 is the addition of second-generation Showa SFF forks.
Suzuki broadened the power on the 2013 RM-Z450 to suit a wider range of riders.
The rear shock is matched well to the new Showa SFF forks on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450.
The turning ability of the 2013 RM-Z450 is just as good as the the 2012, if not better, thanks to the stiffer chassis and SFF forks.
The 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 may not be all new, but it is definitely better.
Changing the EFI couplers behind the left radiator shroud can mellow out or add more pop to the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450's power character.
The handling of the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 is very neutral and is quick to react when asked to.
repacking the muffler has become easier on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 with the use of bolts rather than rivets on the end cap.
The suspension on the 2013 RM-Z450 soaked up hard landings and even dealt with a few over-jumped flat-landings with confidence.
The 2013 RM-Z450 may not be all new, but the changes that Suzuki engineers made have improved the already formidable yellow racer even better than before.
Although the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 is improved, it is about time for a restyling to match the new found performance.