MotoUSA tested the largely unchanged 2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 at Pala Raceway. Read about what we though in the 2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 First Ride article.
- The 2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 received the same treatment as the RM-Z250: Bold New Graphics.
- With two AMA Championships in 2011, Suzuki saw no need to mess with the RM-Z450 for 2012.
- The Suzuki RM-Z450 received bold new graphics and a red stripe on the seat as updates for the 2012 model year.
- The engine of the 2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 pumps out a strong mid-range punch.
- We played Brett Metcalfe for the day at Pala on the 2012 RM-Z450 and came away impressed with its handling.
- The 2012 RM-z450 has three different fuel maps available, and we prefer the lean map and its snappy throttle response.
- The 2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 can take any line on the track that you desire.
- The 2012 RM-Z450 is a stable handler even on the roughest parts of the track.
- Despite its weight the RM-Z450 feel relatively light in the air and on the track.
- Our pro-level test rider, Chris See shows off for the MotoUSA video camera.
- The 2012 RM-Z450 has a stout bottom end that make blasting berms a breeze.
- The lean fuel map coupler gives the 2012 RM-Z450 crisp throttle response and was our favorite setting.
- The high speed stability of the 2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 comes in handy on fast sweeping corners.
- The layout of the 2012 RM-Z450 fits our 5'10" frames perfectly, but we would prefer a straighter handlebar bend.
- The 2012 RM-Z450 allows you to take any line in a corner that your skills will allow.