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2015 Suzuki RM-Z450 First Ride Photo Gallery

Check out photos of Suzuki’s further refined RM-Z450 in the 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450 First Ride review.

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Backgrounds are the first thing we fit on our bikes. This time we sourced a setup from Split Designs ($39.99). We are impressed by the precise fit and ease of application.
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2015 Suzuki RM-Z450, $8749.
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2015 Suzuki RM-Z450, $8749.
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Look carefully and you’ll see that the frame’s downtubes have less material for added chassis flex.
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Not only is the kickstarter over an inch longer, some of the engine’s internals have been re-worked to make it easier to start, hot or cold.
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This is the first stock bike I’ve ridden since 2012. It’s actually pretty good. It’s nice to see all the changes Suzuki has made toward the racebike. When I hopped off my bike [Yoshimura factory RM-Z], besides the handlebar, it’s not too much different. That’s what we [his team] were already talking about. I still think the Suzuki is a really solid motorcycle overall. It’s great in a lot of different areas. It turns well and is a motorcycle that works for all skill levels, ranging from myself to the regular average Joe. We’ve been running the triple [TAC] for about a year and a half now. I like it. It gives the tuner and rider more set-up options in a much shorter amount of time. Before you had to go to someone to get it done, so it’s a lot easier. And when you’re spending nine, or 10 grand on a motorcycle, you don’t want to spend another grand on getting your suspension dialed.
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With the release of the Single Function Fork Triple Air Chamber (SFF-TAC), Shows joins its arch rival Kayaba in the air suspension game. But contrary KYB’s single chamber set-up, the Showa unit incorporates a triple air cavity design.
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The SFF-AIR front suspension separates air spring duties (right leg) with an inner, outer air chamber (pictured), and balance chamber. A conventional damping cartridge inside the left leg.
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Housed inside a larger 49mm diameter leg (right) are a trio of separate chambers. The primary inner chamber acts as a main spring and is inflated based on rider weight and/or skill. The balance chamber (located at the bottom of the leg) acts as a negative force, counteracting the pneumatic spring. Think of it as preload on a standard metal spring with the two forces opposing one another. Adding pressure to the balance chamber sucks the suspension down and allows the rider to tune initial action as the fork moves within its stroke.
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Perhaps the greatest attribute of the ’15 RM-Z is the added confidence it gives its rider as three-time X-Games gold medalist, Vicki Golden demonstrates.
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The Suzuki’s engine blends the best of both worlds: Not only is it smooth and tractable, it’s got plenty of snap throughout the rev range.
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Greater adjustability and almost infinite fine tuning are benefits of Showa’s TAC fork. However it could also be easier to get ‘lost’ in set-up.
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Even though it doesn’t offer the same level of control adjustment we appreciate the RM-Z’s purposeful and well throughout ergonomics.