2012 Suzuki RM-Z450 | Dirt

Object of Desire

By Karel Kramer, Photography by Karel Kramer


Aesthetic and minor suspension tweaks improve the existing RM-Z450 platform.
Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna TC449, Kawasaki KX450F, KTM 450 SX-F, Yamaha YZ450F.

Price $8399
Engine type l-c single
Displacement 449cc
Valve train DOHC, 4v
Bore x stroke 96.0 x 62.1mm
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque na
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension Showa 47mm fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Rear brake Nissin one-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire 80/100-21 Bridgestone M403
Rear tire 110/90-19 Bridgestone M404
Rake/trail na
Seat height 37.6 in.
Wheelbase 58.9 in.
Fuel capacity 1.6 gal.
Claimed curb weight 249 lbs.
Colors Yellow
Available Now
Warranty na
Contact American Suzuki
P.O. Box 1100
Brea, CA 92822

VERDICT: 4 out of 5 stars.

Largely unchanged, but still a big performer.

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