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

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

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

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

By Jesse Ziegler
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