2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 | First Look Review

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

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Suzuki continues to roll out new 2014 models, the latest arriving in the motocross segment. Suzuki has updated its championship-winning RM-Z 450 for 2014, the dirt bike receiving revised ECM ignition programs that improve starting, and some new bold “Champion” Yellow and Black graphics.

Derek Schoeberle (Product Media Relations Manager for SMAI) says:  “By delivering these refinements for 2014, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 will continue to lead their classes.

“These products are proof that manufacturing and selling category-leading motorcycles takes more than just one year. A combination of superior development, proven craftsmanship, and ongoing owner support helps Suzuki, its dealers and its riders earn multiple championships.”

The Suzuki RM-Z 450 has evolved throughout the years due to testing by some of top stars of Supercross and Motocross, including James “Bubba” Stewart and Ricky Carmichael, who is co-owner of RCH Suzuki Racing.

Following are all the official highlights and specs of the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450, which will arrive in dealerships in July. Suzuki hasn’t released a price, but expect to pay around the same price as the 2013 model – $8,699.

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 Features:

  • ECM ignition program has been changed for improved starting performance.
  • Stylish two-tone radiator shrouds with new aggressive graphics and yellow number plate accentuate the RM-Z450’s agile looks.
  • The piston pin has Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment, for less friction and increased durability.
  • Intake cam timing and amount of lift has been modified for smoother power delivery and control.
  • Aluminum cylinder with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating, built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer.
  • 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.
  • Redesigned muffler internal parts, bottom-to-mid range power and torque are increased, resulting in improved performance without losing top end. The new muffler body now uses conventional bolts in end cap instead of rivets to simplify the replacement of the glass wool packing in the muffler.
  • The muffler body uses conventional bolts, instead of rivets to simplify the replacement of muffler’s glass wool packing.
  • For quick fuel adjustment setting to suit riding condition, two couplers are enclosed. One is for rich and another for lean fuel setting compared to stock setting. Riders can change fuel setting to best suit the riding conditions by simply connecting either coupler.
  • 449cm3 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve fuel-injected engine developed to deliver phenomenal idle-to-redline performance
  • Through feedback from factory racing, the piston, piston pin and connecting-rod are developed with the use of Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis.
  • The newly designed piston, piston pin and connecting rod are developed with use of Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis. The new piston is 13 percent lighter without any compromise to strength and rigidity.
  • 5-speed transmission enables precise gear shift operation.
  • 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 2 inches of wheel travel, delivering maximum traction.
  • Front fork spring pre-load is adjustable, allowing a wider range of settings
  • Renthal Aluminum Fatbar is standard equipment. It has more strength and less vibration than Aluminum straight handlebars.
  • Race-inspired waved disc rotors and Excel aluminum rims are standard equipment.
  • Gripper seat, with projected cross-shaped patterns on red-colored top surface to provide additional grip.
  • Riders can now track engine-operating time and better manage maintenance intervals using the optional FI indicator (Part no. 36380-28H00).
  • Latest version of Separate Function front 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.

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 Specs:     

  • Engine: 449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
  • Bore 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)
  • 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: 113 kg (249 lbs)
  • Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
  • Final Drive: Chain, DID520MXV4, 114 links
  • Suspension Front: Inverted telescopic, coil 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)
  • Color: Champion Yellow / Solid Black