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2012 Suzuki RM-Z 450/250 Launch (Video)

2012 Suzuki RM-Z

For 2012, Suzuki returns with its iconic motocross machines – the RMZ 250 and RM-Z 450. The American moto-media got a taste of the machines this summer, with the Australians having to wait until later months.

Here’s a short video of Suzuki Motocross Coach Luke George as he takes us behind the scenes with the Rockstar Motul FIM Motocross team before the RM-Z models are released to the Australasian motorcycle media.

As for the performance of the Suzuki RMZ450, one only has to look to Ryan Dungey’s performance in 2010; that year, he became the first rookie to take both the AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross championships.

Due to performance obviously up to par, Suzuki didn’t want to change too much on the RMZ450 for 2012. But there were some subtle changes for weight reduction and additional power, and some styling enhancements.

The 2012 Suzuki RM-Z 450 features a fully-adjustable Showa inverted front suspension, fuel injection, and the four-stroke, liquid cooled motor.

And when it comes to putting this power to the ground, the RM-Z450 features a lightweight, twin-spar aluminum chassis and swingarm. The 2012 RM-Z450 also meets AMA noise limits (94db) without affecting engine performance.

And with each year, the RMZ250 continues to get more powerful and lighter, and 2012 is no exception. The 2012 Suzuki RM-Z 250 features a fully-adjustable Showa inverted front suspension, Suzuki Fuel Injection, and powerful four-stroke liquid-cooled four-valve 250cc engine that produce balanced, effective power with strong mid-range torque and responsive acceleration for impressive performance on the track.

For high-speed traction and handling on rough tracks, the RM-Z250 features a slim, twin-spar aluminum chassis and swingarm.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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