2005 Suzuki RM-Z450 — Test Ride — Review — Dirt Rider — Dirt Rider Magazine

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Suzuki RM-Z 450

2005 Suzuki RM-Z450 – Ride — Review – Rider

Tuesday, February 24,

There’s a saying: Better than never. And we say: watch out for the late ones they get to see what they’re up Honda did it to Yamaha in the four-… MX and now Suzuki is looking to do it to the rest of the Honda included.

But first look at why the bike was late.Suzuki was a bold statement about a ago when they announced were entering the most contested class in the dirt market. The RM-Z was looking to the CRF450R, which has a stranglehold on the if not the entire MX market. Think the time it takes to develop a and you’ll realize Suzuki some serious hustle to get the done in time to be a 2005

Prototype bikes quickly at test tracks and international And as fast as they appeared, changed, showing the fast of testing at Suzuki. As early as last summer, a picture of the supposed “production” version of the

Yet we’d still see the Suzuki guys out riding a bike was slightly different. About time the 2005 Honda hit the magazine test circuit, and spread like wildfire how improved this machine Hence our Honda test’s “Moving Target” (Nov

Still in a flurry of testing, the engineers were seen more frequently, causing to speculate that they changing the bike even Press introductions for the bike announced and then pushed a “few” weeks so many we went ahead with our 450cc four-… comparison that the bike was going to get back until 2006.About time the press release hit the proclaiming “RM-Zs rolling off the line!” Damage control?

heard from Suzuki that guys with were taking back money and heading over to With the press introduction not set, it leaving us wondering: “Do want the RM-Z in dealers any press hits the streets? If so, is it the Honda is a better bike?” All the Suzuki Racing is continuing to a “works” RM-Z even the bike could qualify for the rule, like the still-unreleased KTM SX 250 did.

If there was ever a bike a rain cloud over its it was the RM-Z450—so much of a rain that the day we finally received the it was the first sunny day in So Cal in weeks and every track available was you’ve surely read in our impression. we were impressed the bike right off the start. But it takes a little while to shake things down, and what we did.

The RM-Z has at the track, nearly non-stop, the introduction and we’re still it, now back-to-back with the CRF for a full-blow off the bat, the Suzuki takes a boot of the kick-starter to get going. It like there is a high-ratio to get the spinning, and it is a high reach to get the …. But with a strong the bike fires right up. And a throaty beast as well, a pronounced bang when the is cracked.

You immediately get the feeling the Suzuki is a much more four-… than most of the big-bores out there. It makes power and torque from a low rpm, and pulls smoothly. You the thumps as opposed to a revvey and it gives you confidence about into very low revs coming out of turns. Power so smoothly that there really a hit or surge through the power delivery.

It takes a while to go through the spread, and of that, the Z has that great hook-up. The bike gets on even the slickest surfaces.A spread like the RM-Z is for working through a four-speed With a first gear is low enough for the tightest of turns, is little need to be shifting Starts and most corners are chore. Third handles a lot of and most straights, and fourth is for the track opens up.

We ran the bike on a high-speed GP course, and that fourth gear’s were plenty long for the fastest stuff you’d encounter on an MX track—even with gearing. This great will have you pulling a high on a lot of turns, and here is its superb clutch action into play.

The control and of the clutch are excellent, and that slipping out of a turn a simple and a common one too. We found doing this a lot, and the seemed up to the abuse without so as a squeak. Stalling wasn’t an unless the idle was set really and the bike would usually right up.

But in a crash, where you have to go to the hot-start button, lose time since it is on the carb. A bar-mounted hot-start would be our first aftermarket interesting thing about the is that it has exactly the four-… that we thought Suzuki make. We were expecting a rev-oriented power spread and an delivery, things that the is not.

It may not feel like it a ton of power, but sometimes a spread this can be very deceiving. It slow! Mellow to a point and for sure, but also one of the most four-strokes on the track.Moving on to the chassis and the RM-Z continues to impress.

We wrong and thought the bike keep with the Suzuki setting standards for a light-feeling perhaps on the twitchy side. The is light at 233 pounds on our scale gas), but it isn’t what call feathery on the track. It has a feel and combined with the of power, it has some mass to it. But the weight feels consistent and get heavier as the rpms go up.

The crank’s placement seems to struck a good balance.Yet surprising trait of the RM-Z is When we were testing on the rutted track of Racetown the bike didn’t have the to shake its head. On our GP course it had opportunity on the fast, choppy but the front end stayed calm. finding was backed up at I-5 MX. Turning was more surprising; it was even than the stability.

We’ve liked the RM line’s effortless but with the four-… motor things down, it is even This could be one of the best-turning ever. It is not as light as a two-… RM, but there aren’t many that are this stable and in corners, either. The front end is planted, and steering control is

It is also seemingly unaffected by The larger 90/100-21 front helps things out here by in places thinner tires A small sacrifice in weight is worth the added grip.

And front and rear tires exceptionally and showed astonishing set-up is extremely important the RM-Z; the ride height is vital. The handling we just about can go right out the window if just a few clicks off on compression or let the sag too low (104mm is recommended). Another setting is on the fork height.

The on the top of the tube should be 3mm above the top lowering the bike in the front. found in testing that was the ideal setting, and most of our riders agreed.Overall the Showa do a great job of providing a plush, ride. On soft terrain are magical. They’re plenty so bottoming isn’t a big concern. The … is compliant without very harsh.

On harder terrain, the initial gives a bit more feel to the and you notice the bottoming a little when the ground doesn’t The shock has a tendency to use up the … A little extra high-speed helped. Any time the bike to dance around or feel we found it was riding too low in the rear.

The cure was to check the sag or stiffen the to hold the bike up higher in the Opening up the rebound damping was an option, but it wasn’t as effective. Our settings for riders in the 180 pound was between 4 to 8 clicks out on shock 2 to 2 1/8; on high-speed and always to 9 out on rebound. The fork was less and we ran 7 on compression and 9 on rebound.If you can’t already, we really like the

So with such a good what was the real reason for the Evidently it was production issues and sure the durability of the final was up to standard. Most of the parts done many months waiting on the last bits weren’t ready.

Suzuki RM-Z 450
Suzuki RM-Z 450

And with a production line pumping out a lot of very-important bikes—like the GSXRs—it is to slip any dirt bike in, one as important to Suzuki as the RM-Z. making sure there be spare parts available after the bike is released to Sure, there was some control going on due to its late but it wasn’t to the level our speculation led us to

The RM-Z is good enough we’re out right now racing it the CRF to see where it stacks up. An impossible Some might say as impossible as the best motocross bike in a time. Opinions

I love motocrossers, and I have a feeling the Suzuki RM-Z450 could be way up on my of favorites. The thump-a-matic power it right off idle is very It is easy to ride the bike at low rpm for perfect traction control, and yet no stalling. The power is very at that low rpm, but it’s the type of strong, not the sudden zap. The combination of stability and turning is a hit.

Same for the adjustable bar clamps. The bike is an jumper, too. Suzuki has set ’05 models up for very plush but after they get a few miles on they tend to blow the suspension … with my The RM-Z is no exception.

I think who are over 185 may need some work for optimum performance, but the is worth the effort.

Karel 6’1″/205 lb./Novice motocrosser At I was skeptical about riding the knowing that it was a first aluminum frame for a Suzuki bike. It brought back of the ’97 CR250, which I thought was the ill-handling bike ever. is now on its 4th generation frame, and finally, a lot of trial and error, they worked things out with

Knowing how long that I was extremely surprised at how well the handled its first time After three days of the suspension—finally with a little from Karel—the RM-Z was The suspension settings were sensitive; one click up or down a big difference. Another thing really stuck out was the front

It seemed to stop the bike because of the larger front I really have nothing bad to say the RM-Z. My only question is: the durability?

Tod Sciacqua 5’8″/ Vet Pro As you can read in the test, I was the biggest about this bike. watching from the outside and what was happening to what I’d before. But boy was I wrong, and now I feel eating crow, but I like it! I really like this and for a lot of the reasons I thought I hate the I’ve found most RMs to be bikes, demanding a ton of rider never allowing me to relax riding.

This is exactly the RM-Z 450 isn’t. Starting the engine and carrying through to the it is one of the easiest bikes to ride on. I can ride it substantially longer other bikes without tired. I don’t seem to to shift much.

Very clutching. Doesn’t matter you want to turn, the bike it. Traction on the slipperiest places jumping safer for me.

The only I didn’t like it was when the was off, but you quickly know is wrong and then you fix it.

Jimmy 5’10″/190lb./Vet Pro

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