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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.

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We got the chance to test the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 on Suzuki's private Supercross test track.
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The list of engine updates and revisions is long and includes a new piston, intake cam and 2nd through 5th transmission gears.
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One of the biggest changes to the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 is the addition of second-generation Showa SFF forks.
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Suzuki broadened the power on the 2013 RM-Z450 to suit a wider range of riders.
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The rear shock is matched well to the new Showa SFF forks on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450.
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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.
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The 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 may not be all new, but it is definitely better.
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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.
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The handling of the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 is very neutral and is quick to react when asked to.
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repacking the muffler has become easier on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 with the use of bolts rather than rivets on the end cap.
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The suspension on the 2013 RM-Z450 soaked up hard landings and even dealt with a few over-jumped flat-landings with confidence.
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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.
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Although the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 is improved, it is about time for a restyling to match the new found performance.