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2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z
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2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z Review

2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Serious performance for the trails...

Descended from the World Championship winning RM-Z450, the first motocross bike to feature fuel injection, the 2016 RMX450Z is designed for serious competition and off-road riders.

Its powerful and torquey 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine shares core technology such as fuel injection with the race proven RM-Z, but with modifications for more usable power across a wider range of conditions.

Its frame, suspension and bodywork are nearly all identical to the RM-Z450's - maintaining that model's slim, aggressive styling. Only changes to make the RMX450Z a superior trail machine have been made - maximum performance - no compromises.

That's like taking your hard-core motocross machine out onto the trail. Only better. Much better.

Powerful, torquey fuel-injected 449cc engine. Slim, aggressively styled chassis and bodywork. Electric starter. Full-function, two-mode instrument cluster. Enduro lighting. Additional chassis protection. Sharing core technologies with Suzuki’s Championship-winning open-class RM-Z450, the RMX450Z rewrites the rules for serious trail riders.

Rev up. When you’ve got a Suzuki off-road motorcycle, the whole world looks a little different. You start seeing trails, desert, and single-track everywhere you look. Even a rainy day just means more mud to play in. Expect loads of torque across a wide powerband with high-rpm muscle to spare.





2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Refined for Enduro

Suzuki has made minimal modifications to the all-conquering RM-Z450’s potent four-valve, DOHC engine for the RMX450Z. This lightweight engine features a modified inlet tract along with revised cam profiles to increase low and mid-rpm power. Wider gear ratios in the 5-speed constant-mesh transmission that work with revised primary and final-drive ratios are ideally suited for a broad range of conditions, from scaling steep hill climbs to high-speed fire trails. The addition of a coolant reservoir tank increases on-trail reliability, while a relocated filler cap improves access. Because the bush can be a rocky place, a high impact engine protector plate is fitted.


State of the Art Chassis

Suzuki’s light and effective aluminium alloy twin-spar frame construction is used in the RMX450Z, employing both cast and extruded sections for the utmost benefits of both: low weight, high rigidity, and high durability. The RMX450Z’s aluminium alloy swingarm is derived from the RM-Z450’s to maintain ideal balance, while the rear suspension linkage benefits from reduced free play. Its geometry combines the RM-Z series’ renowned turning-on-rails abilities with optimised handling performance that all serious trail riders and enduro racers want.


Instruments You Need

A durable, ultra-compact enclosure houses a full-function instrument cluster on the RMX450Z—and can be configured for two modes, standard and sport. The sport mode simplifies the display so the rider can concentrate on terrain; it shows the timer, tripmeter, average speed and tyre-diameter correction. In the standard mode, the display also shows speed, time, two trip lengths, and voltage. An integrated tyre diameter calculator allows precise fine tuning for different tires to ensure accuracy of the speed and distance displays. The RMX450Z also features a low fuel level warning light for confident off-road riding anywhere you go.


Electric Start

The bush is no place to wear yourself out kick-starting a bike, so the RMX450Z comes with an electric starter, energised by a compact battery centrally located to reduce its influence on weight distribution and balance of the bike. To charge the battery and power the RMX450Z’s lights, a larger magneto-generator is fitted. It’s a win-win situation.

- A larger magneto-generator is fitted to charge the battery and power the lights.
- Advanced fuel-injection system makes for extra-smooth power delivery, high fuel efficiency, superb reliability and reduced emissions.
- The airbox features a hinged lid for quick air-filter maintenance and better protection from dust.
- RM-Z450-derived, trail-ready suspension, using high-performance Showa forks and Showa piggyback-reservoir style rear shock.
- Motocross-developed seat, slim bodywork and low-profile aluminium-alloy fuel tank together compose a comfortable, ergonomical riding position.



 

2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Key Features

Fuel-injected engine is based on Suzuki's winning open-class motocrosser; the RM-Z450

Trail-ready features include an electric starter powered by a compact battery (plus kick-start back-up), a coolant reservoir tank and an engine protector plate

Enduro ready, full-function instrument cluster includes a low fuel level warning light

The airbox features a hinged lid for quick air-filter maintenance

Aluminum-alloy twin-spar frame with high-performance SHOWA fork and piggyback-reservoir style rear shock

Competition-developed seat and slim bodywork creates a controllable, ergonomic riding position

Racing-inspired graphics and colors include fork clamps that are anodized black, complementing the gold fork leg finish

Black anodized EXCEL aluminum rims are ready to withstand rugged off-road conditions

 

Engine Features

449cc 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected DOHC powerplant is based on the high-performance and reliable RM-Z450

Minimal differences as compared to the RM-Z450 motocross engine includes a modified inlet tract and revised cam profiles to increase low and mid-rpm power

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

A larger magneto-generator is fitted to charge the battery and power the lights. The increased mass also aids traction

Advanced fuel-injection system makes for extra-smooth power delivery, high fuel efficiency, and superb reliability

The airbox features a hinged lid for quick air-filter maintenance and better protection from debris

The coolant reservoir tank has a specially located filler cap for easy access

 

Transmission Features

Strong 5-speed transmission with wide gear ratios and primary/final drive ratios selected to suit various situations from steep trails to open terrain

 

Chassis Features

The aluminum-alloy twin-spar frame combines cast and extruded sections to achieve low weight with high rigidity and durability

RM-Z450-derived trail-ready suspension uses high-performance SHOWA forks with full adjustability

Aluminum, link-style swingarm is descended from the RM-Z line and uses a fully adjustable SHOWA piggyback-reservoir style rear shock

Rear suspension linkage geometry combines the RM-Z series' renowned turning-on-rails abilities with optimized handling performance for trail rides

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

High-impact, black plastic fork leg, plus rear brake rotor and caliper protectors shield these components from trail obstacles

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

Bright 35W headlight is smoothly incorporated into the front number plate

Trim, low-draw LED taillight is neatly tucked under the lip of the rear fender

The full-function, dual (sport/standard) mode instrument cluster is in a durable, ultra-compact housing






 

2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8999 USD.

Engine
Engine 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Bore Stroke 96.0 x 62.1mm (3.78 x 2.4 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Starter Electric with backup kick starter
Lubrication Semi-dry sump
Drive Train
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, DID520MXV, 114 links
Chassis
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil 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 110/90-18 64M, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.2 L (1.6 US gal)
Color Champion Yellow / Solid Black
Electrical
Ignition Electronic Ignition (CDI)
Headlight 12V 35W (H8)
Tail light LED
Dimensions
Overall Length 2185 mm (86.0 in.)
Overall Width 840 mm (33.1 in.)
Overall Height 1265 mm (49.8 in.)
Wheelbase 1485 mm (58.5 in)
Ground Clearance 320 mm (12.6 in)
Seat Height 950 mm (37.4 in)
Curb Weight 123.5 kg (272 lbs.)
Warranty
Warranty 6 month limited warranty*
Extensions *Extensions available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)



 


 

2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN

Engine
Type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Displacement 449cc
Bore x Stroke 96.0 x 62.1mm (3.78 x 2.4 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Starter Electric with backup kick starter
Lubrication Semi-dry sump
Ignition Electronic Ignition (CDI)
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, DID520MXV, 114 links
Chassis
Overall Length 2185 mm (86.0 in.)
Overall Width 840 mm (33.1 in.)
Overall Height 1265 mm (49.8 in.)
Wheelbase 1485 mm (58.5 in)
Ground Clearance 320 mm (12.6 in)
Seat Height 950 mm (37.4 in)
Curb Mass 123.5 kg (272 lbs.)
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil 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 110/90-18 64M, tube type
Fuel Tank 6.2 L (1.6 US gal)
Warranty
Standard Warranty 6 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty
* Extended Warranty availble through Suzuki Protection Plan (SPP)





 

2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

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2017 Suzuki RMX-450Z - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing

ENGINE SINGLE CYLINDER, 4-STROKE, DOHC, LIQUID-COOLED
STARTER ELECTRIC AND KICK
TRANSMISSION 5-SPEED CONSTANT MESH
FRONT SUSPENSION 47MM SHOWA INVERTED TELESCOPIC FORKS, FULLY ADJUSTABLE
REAR SUSPENSION SHOWA REAR SHOCK, FULLY ADJUSTABLE
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 6 MONTHS
SEAT HEIGHT 955 MM
LENGTH 2185 MM
WIDTH 830 MM
HEIGHT 1260 MM
WET WEIGHT 124 KG
WHEELBASE 1480 MM


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