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2017 Suzuki RM-Z450
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2017 Suzuki RM-Z450
2017 Suzuki RM-Z450

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450
2017 Suzuki RM-Z450

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450
2017 Suzuki RM-Z450



2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 Review

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

You want that winning feeling? We get it...

That’s why we’ve built you the new 2017 RM-Z450 model with our Holeshot Assist Control and Air Forks. Developed with our Factory Motocross teams, they’re set to launch race wins and careers, time and time again!

The 2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 features the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) system for dominant performance launching out of the gate on virtually any kind of track conditions. After you grab the hole shot, its exceptional power from idle to redline, remarkably crisp throttle response and incredibly precise handling let you dominate the competition. The RM-Z450 — when you’re serious about winning!

Adjusting the Showa SFF-Air fork on the RM-Z450 has never been easier! Download the SFF-Air Support app from Showa on your Apple or Android device to simulate the effect of various changes to your suspension and let this new tool help you find the best possible setting for your RM-Z.*

*Keep in mind that your first and primary source for settings and service information should always be the Suzuki Owner’s Service Manual, so this should be considered an additional help-aid for set-up.

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2016 AMA Motocross Champion

The 2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 features the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) system for dominant performance launching out of the gate on virtually any kind of track conditions. After you grab the hole shot, its exceptional power from idle to redline, remarkably crisp throttle response and incredibly precise handling let you dominate the competition. The RM-Z450 — when you’re serious about winning!







2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

49mm SHOWA SFF-Air TAC Fork

The most advanced fork in motocross, the SFF-Air fork is delivered straight from the factory race bikes. It consists of 3 air chambers that riders can easily adjust by using a hand-held air pump to quickly optimise the bike to the conditions, just like setting your tyre pressures. The three-chamber fork uses an Inner Air Chamber that handles the main suspension reaction force (spring-rate), a smaller Balance Air Chamber opposing the main reaction force, and an Outer Air Chamber that supports the main reaction force.


Set-Up Made Easy

Adjusting the Showa SFF-Air fork on the RM-Z450 has never been easier! Download the SFF-Air Support app from Showa on your Apple or Android device to simulate the effect of various changes to your suspension and let this tool help you find the best possible setting for your RM-Z.
*Keep in mind that your first and primary source for settings and service information should always be the Suzuki Owner’s Service Manual, so this should be considered an additional help-aid for set-up.


S-HAC

Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) is a selectable launch mode system derived straight from our factory race bikes. S-HAC helps riders takeoff from the starting gate for an early lead. S-HAC was first introduced last year on the MY15 RM-Z450, and now a refined version is available on MY16/17 RM-Z250 & RM-Z450. There are three modes riders can choose for the best option per their skill level and starting conditions.


Championship Proven Engine

For race-winning performance, a motocross engine needs to be durable, efficient and powerful. To win championships, that engine needs to come with the experience and know-how that you only get from Suzuki. The 449cm3, 4-stroke liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve fuel-injected engine packs the perfect combination of broad torque and arm-stretching horsepower perfect for today’s racer.


Factory-Inspired Piston

A motocross bike's single piston must endure an explosive environment and needs to perform with efficiency and durability. Through feedback from factory racing, the piston and piston pin were developed using Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis. The RM-Z450 piston pin has Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment, for less friction and increased durability.


The Best Chassis in Motocross

The RM-Z450 features a twin-spar aluminium frame and swingarm that has been developed and refined over the years to achieve the perfect balance between rigidity and flex. It's no secret that Suzuki RM-Zs are known as the best-cornering bikes in motocross.


Renthal Aluminium Fatbar

Fitted as standard equipment , the top-shelf Renthal aluminium Fatbar offers more strength and less vibration than standard size aluminium handlebars.


Rich & Lean Fuel Couplers

Riders can adjust the engine performance to suit varied track conditions. By plugging in either of two additional fuel-setting couplers, riders can opt for a richer-than-stock or leaner-than-stock fuel setting to make the most of any riding conditions. Included with the bike, these couplers can be easily plugged in trackside.

- New black anodized Excel aluminium rims are made specifically to withstand rugged racing environments, including Supercross, Motocross and off-road conditions
- Triple clamps are anodized black, complementing the gold fork legs.
- New competition inspired body panel colours, graphics and seat cover.
- New gripper seat, with projected cross-shaped patterns on its yellow top surface, aids rider control
- 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 has Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment, for less friction and increased durability.
- Lightweight, battery-less, motocross-use electronic fuel injection system with progressive throttle linkage makes for efficient power delivery.
- 12-hole fuel injector delivers a fine fuel/air mist for efficient operation.
- Aluminium cylinder with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating, built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer.
- Slim chassis design makes for a slim riding position, opening up the cockpit to allow the rider to actively take control of the machine.
- Showa piggyback-reservoir rear shock with 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, delivering maximum traction.
- Maintenance cap for fuel pump and plug for fuel hose are enclosed for ease of maintenance when customer removes fuel tank for maintenance purpose.
- The muffler body uses conventional bolts, instead of rivets to simplify the replacement of muffler's glass wool packing.



 

 

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Key Features

The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) is a selectable launch system derived from the factory race bike to help riders’ takeoff from the starting gate for an early lead. There are three modes riders can choose for the best option per their skill level and starting conditions

A Mode: For hard surfaces or slippery conditions at the starting gate. In this mode, S-HAC alters ignition timing at the moment of launch and the ride over the gate to reduce wheel slip to deliver a smooth take off. It also advances ignition timing during this sequence for stronger acceleration. After 1.2 seconds or when you reach third gear, the system shuts off and returns to normal ignition timing

B Mode: When conditions at the starting gate have better traction, and a more aggressive launch is desired. S-HAC will advance the ignition timing to allow increased throttle response and stronger acceleration off the line. The ignition timing alternation is in a similar sequence as Mode A, but with increased overall timing. One of three conditions will return the ignition to normal operation (whichever happens first): 1. After 4.5 seconds has passed since throttle opening 2. When you shift to 4th gear 3. When the throttle is closed

Base Mode: Standard power launch, no action required on the S-HAC switch

The SFF-Air suspension evolved from the SFF system but without a conventional coil spring resulting in reduced weight, increased inner tube diameter and damper rod/piston size. SFF-Air utilizes three tunable chambers so riders can easily adjust the spring rate with an air pump instead of changing out steel springs

Lightweight front brake caliper has reduced mass while still providing outstanding stopping force

 

Engine Features

449cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve fuel-injected engine delivers phenomenal idle-to-redline performance

The compact aluminum cylinder is finished with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer

The piston pin has Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment, for less friction and increased durability

Designed for motocross-use, the lightweight, battery-less, electronic fuel injection system with progressive throttle linkage delivers efficient power. A 12-hole fuel injector sprays a fine fuel/air mist for efficient combustion

For quick fuel adjustments to suit riding conditions, two couplers are provided. One is for rich and another for lean fuel setting compared to stock setting. Riders can change fuel settings in seconds by simply connecting either coupler to the wire harness

Engine starting is easy due to a long kick starter lever, refined internal gears, and decompression system that works precisely and efficiently

Cooling performance is efficient with hose routing that is balanced between the left and right radiators, and a high capacity coolant pump

 

Transmission Features

Refined 5-speed transmission enables precise gear shift operation. The transmission feel has been improved with a revised shift cam for accurate gear selection. Specialized machining processes increase the precision of the matching gears

 

Chassis Features

The frame has increased rigidity and reduced weight from previous generation RM-Z450

Slim chassis design creates a trim riding position, allowing the rider to actively take control of the machine

The SHOWA rear shock, with rising-rate linkage system, provides 12.2 inches of wheel travel and complements the SFF-Air fork

Race-inspired waved disc rotors are mounted to black EXCEL aluminum rims with stainless steel spokes

New black anodized Excel aluminum rims are made specifically to withstand rugged racing environments, including Supercross, Motocross and off-road conditions

The standard Renthal Fatbar is stronger and reduces vibration more than conventional aluminum handlebars

New competition inspired body panel colors, graphics and seat color

New color gripper seat, with projected cross-shaped patterns on its yellow top surface, aids rider control

Front upper and lower fork clamps are anodized black, complementing the gold fork leg finish





 

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8749 USD.

Engine
Engine 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Bore Stroke 96.0 x 62.1 mm (3.78 x 2.4 in)
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Starter Primary kick
Lubrication Semi-dry sump

Drive Train
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet multi-plate type, manual release
Final Drive Chain, DID520MXV4, 114 links

Chassis
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, air spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake, single rotor
Brakes Rear Disc brake, single rotor
Tires Front 80/100-21 51M, tube type
Tires Rear 110/90-19 62M, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.2 L (1.6 US gallons)
Color Champion Yellow No.2 / Solid Black

Electrical
Ignition Electronic Ignition (CDI)

Dimensions
Overall Length 2190 mm (86.2 in)
Overall Width 830 mm (32.7 in)
Overall Height 1270 mm (50.0 in)
Wheelbase 1495 mm (58.9 in)
Ground Clearance 325 mm (12.8 in)
Seat Height 955 mm (37.6 in)
Curb Weight 112 kg (247 lbs)

Warranty
Warranty No Warranty



 


 

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer CDN

Engine
Engine 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 96.0mm (3.8 in) x 62.1mm (2.4 in)
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Starter Primary kick
Lubrication Semi-dry sump
Ignition Electronic ignition (CDI)
Chassis
Overall Length 2190 mm (86.2 in)
Overall Width 830 mm (32.7 in)
Overall Height 1270 mm (50.0 in)
Wheelbase 1495 mm (58.9 in)
Ground Clearance 325 mm (12.8 in)
Seat Height 955 mm (37.6 in)
Curb Weight 112 kg (247 lbs)
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, DID520MXV4, 114 links
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, air spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 80/100-21 51M, tube type
Tires Rear 110/90-19 62M, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.2 L (1.6 US gallons)
Warranty
Warranty No Warranty





 

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Dimensions and Weights


Overall length: 2190mm (86.2in)
Overall width: 830mm (32.7in)
Overall height: 1270mm (50in)
Wheelbase: 1495mm (58.9in)
Seat height: 955mm (37.6in)
Kerb Mass: 112.0kg (246.9lbs)
Fuel capacity: 6.2litres (1.4 UK gallons)
Ground clearance: 325mm (12.8in)

Engine Specifications


Engine capacity: 449cc
Engine: 4-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC
Bore: 96.0 mm × 62.1 mm
Compression ratio: 12.5 : 1
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump
Ignition: Electronic Ignition (CDI)
Fuel system: Fuel injection
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh

Chassis Specification


Front suspension: Inverted telescopic, air spring, oil damped
Rear suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes: Disc
Rear brakes: Disc
Front tyres: 80/100-21 51M, tube type
Rear tyres: 110/90-19 62M, tube type

†Power and torque conversions to imperial units (in brackets) are approximate and included as a guide only.





 

2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing

Engine Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC
Starter Primary Kick
Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh
Front Suspension 49mm, SHOWA SFF-Air Triple Air Chamber (TAC) Fork
Rear Suspension SHOWA rear shock with high/low-speed compression damping plu
Front Brakes Nissin twin-piston caliper, 250mm wave disc
Rear Brakes Nissin single-piston caliper, 240mm wave disc
Fuel Capacity 6.2 LITRES
Colours Champion Yellow No.2 / Solid Black
Warranty N/A
Seat Height 955 MM
Length 2190 MM
Width 830 MM
Height 1270 MM
Wet Weight 112 KG
Wheelbase 1495 MM
Model Code RM-Z450L7

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