Look at photos of the new 2011 Suzuki RM-Z450 as it makes a return to shootout testing with MotoUSA. Read the full 2011 Suzuki RM-Z450 Comparison review.
- Making an inside turn is as simple as just thinking about it.
- Generally our testers had a hard time getting the 47mm Showa fork to act compliant.
- The transmission and clutch are another high point that guided the RM-Z into a front-running position.
- Smooth power means the Suzuki can be somewhat deceptive about its speed as well.
- Suzuki holds an advantage over the other bikes from roughly 7000 to 11,500. We put this to good use on the long straight at Glen Helen and while motoring up the steep hills.
- The bike hides its weight, but not as well as some of the others, though our better jumpers never had any complaints about the bike's aerial manners.
- If anything the Suzuki is a bit heavy at 249 pounds (curb) and with only 1.6 gallons of fuel, there isn’t a lot to lose once the tank is empty.
- Rowing through the gearbox is an act of joy on the RM-Z.
- Riding the RM-Z450 will make any rider feel better in the turns. The Suzuki isn't picky, it'll go wherever you want.
- Internal tweaks include the compression ratio jumping to 12.5:1, revised intake and exhaust timing and new fuel map settings.
- The Suzuki has found added stability for 2011 which gives it a well-rounded attack on any motocross track.
- .Suzuki is also conscious of the AMA’s new 94 decibel sound limit and has cut the emissions with a reshaped muffler.
- Despite having an output like the Honda and numbers like the Kawi, the Suzuki fell to last in the holeshot and roll-on demonstrations.
- Hammering across a motocross track at speed is going to unsettle a bike at some point, but the Suzuki has found a great balance between the intuitive cornering we all want and the solid tracking needed to stay in control.