The new RM-Z450 shows Suzuki did its homework in the handling and chassis department. The best way to describe the bike is "planted." Earthbound, the RM-Z has a solid, super-balanced feel, biting into corners with confidence and lofting the front wheel on the way out. It's quick turning, like a traditional Suzuki, and at the stock settings (sag in the 100-105mm range) carries itself all the way through an apex without blowing through the suspension stroke, unlike past RM-Zs. Braking bumps disappear, along with small chops and square edges.