In the flush of RM-Z450’s dominant performance in the 2013 Australian MX Nationals Championship, claiming no less than 6 overall victories, 10 moto wins and 5 superpoles the latest iteration of Suzuki’s cutting-edge four stroke continues the legacy of its ground-breaking predecessors.
Since its introduction in 2005, the Suzuki RM-Z450 has proven itself as a championship winner time and time again from the world-stage to local club races.
The latest version benefits from all the work that has gone into previous generations ensuring prodigious cornering ability in the toughest competitions.
The choice of champions like 2013 Australian MX Nationals Pro-Open champion Matt Moss, 2013 AMA Motocross holeshot champion James Stewart and two time AMA Supercross main event winner Davi Millsaps, the all-new RM-Z450 combines slingshot launch performance and superb handling.
1. ECM ignition program has been changed for improved starting performance.
2. Stylish two-tone radiator shrouds with new aggressive graphics and yellow side number plates accentuate the RM-Z450’s agile looks.
The 449cm³ 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve fuel-injected engine developed to deliver phenomenal idle-to-redline thrust.
Through feedback from factory racing, the piston, piston pin and connecting-rod are developed with use of Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis.
The piston pin boasts Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment, for less friction and increased durability. The lightweight, battery free, motocross-use electronic fuel injection system with progressive throttle linkage ensures efficient power delivery via a 12-hole fuel injector delivering a precise fuel/air mixture.
The aluminium cylinder with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating is built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer, while the slick five-speed transmission enables precise gear shift operation.
The 2014 RM-Z450 comes with the latest version of Separate Function Fork (SFF-type2) from Showa, separating the spring and damping tasks. The right leg contains the spring, while the left leg incorporates the cartridge assembly to manage damping. It results in reduced friction, increased absorption performance and weight saving.
Pre-load on the front fork spring is adjustable, allowing for the rider to choose from a wider range of settings.
At the rear, the Showa piggyback-reservoir rear shock offers high/low-speed compression damping adjustment, plus rebound damping and spring preload adjustments. The rear shock, working through Suzuki’s superlative rising-rate linkage system, provides 310mm of wheel travel, for maximum traction.
The geometry combines with a slim chassis design ensuring a compact riding position, working in tandem with the gripper seat to open up the cockpit to allow the rider to actively take control of the machine.
Race-inspired waved disc rotors and Excel aluminium rims are standard equipment as is the Renthal aluminium fatbar.
For quick adjustments to fuel settings to suit changing riding conditions, two couplers are included. One is for rich and another for lean compared to the stock setting. The customer can easily adapt the fuel setting to best suit the riding conditions by connecting either coupler.
The maintenance cap for fuel pump and a fuel hose plug are provided for ease of maintenance and the muffler body uses conventional bolts, instead of rivets to simplify replacing the glass wool packing.
Customers can view the 2014 RM-Z450 in Australian dealerships now, priced at just $11,790.
To celebrate Matt Moss’ win in the 2013 Australian MX Nationals Championship, Suzuki is offering a champion’s package consisting of a 3×3 metre Suzuki pit tent, a set of Pirelli Scorpion MX Extra X tyres and a Motul care package. Valued at $800, it comes free to customers who purchase a new Suzuki RM-Z450 before December 31.