2008 Suzuki RM-Z450 - Fuelie Flyer - First Ride

2008 Suzuki RM-Z450

By Jesse Ziegler, Photography by Drew Ruiz, Kinney Jones

The '08 RM-Z is certainly a contender, with a confident chassis, solid suspension and some of the most usable power we've experienced. yank the throttle and you'd never know there's not a perfectly tuned carb under the tank. It's an excellent bike for anyone who hates jets, and it proves-at last-that fuel injection works in the dirt.

Tech Spec
Evolution
Suzuki's top MXer bins its carb in favor of electronic fuel injection and gets a fifth gear too.

Rivals
Hard-core, big-bore four strokes: Honda's CRF450R, Kawasaki's KX450F, KTM's 450 SX-F and yamaha's yZ450F.

TECH
Price: $7199
Engine type: l-c single
Valve train: DOHC, 4V
Displacement: 449cc
Bore x stroke: 96.0 x 62.1mm
Compression: 12.2:1
Fuel system: Keihin EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Claimed horsepower: na
Claimed torque: na
Frame: Aluminum double-cradle
Front suspension: Showa inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression damping
Rear suspension: Single Showa shock, adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression damping
Front brake: Two-piston Nissin caliper, 250mm wave-cut disc
Rear brake: Single-piston Nissin caliper, 240mm wave-cut disc
Front tire: 90/100-21 Bridgestone M403
Rear tire: 120/90-19 Bridgestone M404
Rake/trail: 25/30 in.
Seat height: 37.6 in.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Fuel capacity: 1.6 gal.
Claimed dry weight: 224 lbs.
Color: Yellow
Available: Now
Warranty: na

Contact: American Suzuki
3251 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92622
714.996.7040
http://www.suzukicycles.com

Verdict
Agile in the air and solid on the ground, the easyriding RM-Z proves EFI works in the dirt too.

By Jesse Ziegler
Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!

*Please enter your username

*Please enter your password

*Please enter your comments
Comments:
Not Registered?Signup Here
(1024 character limit)
Motorcyclist
  • Motorcyclist Online