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Suzuki RMX450Z 2010

Submitted by on March 20, 2012 – 2:06 amNo Comment

The RMX is indeed pretty much an RM-Z450. The fuel injected 450 engine is based on the motocross version, albeit with milder cams, some EPA mandated intake and exhaust neutering, and the prerequisite electric starter. The transmission ratios are wider than the RM-Z, but still reasonable for singletrack and moto use. The frame is based on the 2009 RM-Z frame, which Suzuki factory test riders preferred over the 2010 RM-Z frame for its flex characteristics.

The suspension components are the same as the RM-Z, just with more off-road appropriate valving and spring rates. Compared to the typical Japanese ‘enduro’ bike the RMX is a very serious offering. Going by specs alone you can tell Suzuki was targeting serious weekend trail riders who like to mix up their woods rides with some motocross and cross-country seat time. Sounds good so far!

Everything on the bike is tucked in well – it has a skid plate, radiator overflow tank, a back up kickstarter, a quick access airbox, minimal lighting and a kickstand. It’s even got a digital trip meter with a low fuel light. The bike shares the same small alloy fuel tank as the RM-Z. The Internet is full of people crying about the bike’s short range. That depends on how you use the bike. On the East Coast, and with the proliferation of ‘new school’ enduros with gas stops closely spaced together, the gas tank size might be a non-issue. We loved the slim ergos and think they are well worth the trade-off in trail riding range…sort of. We got around 30 miles to a tank of fuel, riding hard. Thankfully the aftermarket is working on bigger tanks for the cross-country and trail-riding crowd.

Anyway, all the enduro gear added a lot of weight to the RMX. It’s about the same weight as other bloated enduro four-strokes, 272.3 pounds. That’s about 25 pounds heavier than the RM-Z motocrosser. Some of that weight can be carved off quite easily for racing, and the battery and electric starter can be even removed without affecting the operation of the engine or fuel injection system. The RMX kick starts pretty easily too, so maybe that isn’t as silly an idea as it sounds.

otomaps.com source article: www.netcarshow.com www.motorcycle.com www.roushperformance.com

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