Suzuki gives its RM-Z450 motocrosser the BNG treatment for ’14. See it in action in the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 First Ride.
- Suzuki’s RM-Z450 is one of the oldest 450 platforms in the off-road world but it still gets the job done on the track.
- Although the Suzuki is a little porky on the scale with wheels turning it feels much more agile than what the spec chart leads you to believe.
- There’s a reason why Suzuki continues to keep the RM-Z the same. It just plain works.
- One of the biggest attributes of the RM-Z’s engine is how smooth it generates power from bottom to top.
- The rear brake on the RM-Z450 has a mushy lever feel and could benefit most from a steel braided brake line.
- The engine in the RM-Z is responsive and punchy and we love being able to adjust the powerband with its included and easy to change out plastic couplers.
- The RM-Z’s ergonomics are well thought-out and functioned well for both our testers.
- With its neutral handling and power characteristics the RM-Z450 is a easy bike to get acclimated to.
- We love that Suzuki sticks with Bridgestone’s fantastic M403 and M404 tires as they offer excellent grip and durability.
- The changes Suzuki made to the transmission in ’13 pay dividends with having one of the most works-style production gearboxes made.