First Look: 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250
This just landed in our mailbox. Dig in!Suzuki Announces 2014 RM-Z Motorcycles
BREA, Calif. – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) continues its introduction of 2014 vehicles by announcing the 2014 RM-Z450 and RM-Z250. The company recently announced the expansion of the Suzuki Boulevard cruiser line.
For 2014, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 feature updated ECM ignition programs that improve starting, as well as race-inspired Champion Yellow-and-black graphics to best fit each bike’s high-performance character. These upgrades show Suzuki’s continued commitment to the already-strong performance of its RM-Z450 and RM-Z250, facts proven in part by Cycle World magazine’s repeat acknowledgement of the RM-Z450 as Best Motocrosser in 2011 and 2012. And in 2013, both the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 was chosen by Transworld MX as their bikes of the year. The RM-Z450 was also selected as the class-leader by RacerX.
“By delivering these refinements for 2014, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 will continue to lead their classes,” said Derek Schoeberle, Product Media Relations Manager for SMAI. “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 2014 RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 retain the “Champion Approved” features and performance that have lead racers nationwide to select yellow motorcycles as their racing equipment. For years, top racers have chosen to ride Suzuki, including Yoshimura Suzuki rider James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael, whose RCH Racing team competes on Suzuki RM-Zs.
With endorsements like that, Suzuki proves that choosing an RM-Z is the best decision a racer can make. Amateur and pro racers nationwide are increasingly opting for Suzuki RM-Z motorcycles; both the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 continue to increase their share of race entries each of the last four years. Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. will soon announce its detailed race-support offerings for the coming season.
Suzuki pioneered MX fuel-injection with the 2008 RM-Z450, and it quickly became the first fuel-injected motorcycle to win the AMA SX Championship. Suzuki motocross bikes are renowned for superior on-track handling, as well as the company’s industry-leading race support. By offering more contingency-reward money than any other manufacturer, and giving racers bikes that help them win, Suzuki will remain the right choice for motocross racers, whether that’s Ricky Carmichael or the young rider who is striving to be the best.
The 2014 RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 are expected to begin arrive in dealership in July.For more information, visit www.suzukicycles.com
2014 Suzuki RM-Z450
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.
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
2014 Suzuki RM-Z250
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-Z250's agile looks.
Two couplers are included for quickly adjusting the fuel setting to suit the riding conditions. One is for a richer fuel setting than the stock setting and the other is for a leaner fuel setting.
Riders can change the fuel setting to suit the best riding conditions by simply connecting either coupler.
The 249cc, 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC engine, with a compact and lightweight design, powers the RM-Z250's championship-winning performance.
Through feedback from factory racing, the piston and piston pin is developed using Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis.
The crankcase reed valve has been revised for more efficient lubrication. The new oil strainer has a stronger magneto to capture contaminants from the engine oil. Together these changes contribute to better throttle response and smoother power delivery.
The advanced battery-less fuel-injection (FI) system features a 44mm throttle body with progressive throttle linkage and a 16-bit computer. The fuel injection system uses a unique capacitor-assisted starting system and is powered by a durable, lightweight magneto-generator after starting.
The aluminum cylinder with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating is built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer.
The muffler body uses conventional bolts in end cap instead of rivets to simplify the replacement of the glass wool packing in the muffler.
A new ECM with higher processing performance and a new high power ignition coil optimize combustion efficiency for increased roll-on performance.
The RM-Z250's cooling efficiency is increased thanks to a redesigned radiator fin and revised water hose routing, making the bike's high performance power output more stable, even in the most demanding conditions. RM-Z250's also features a new by-pass hose routing to simplify occasional radiator maintenance.
FI indicator (optional part: 36380-28H00) has hour meter function, indicates how many hours engine running.
The transmission design achieves a smooth yet solid shift feel. The method of fastening the sprocket attains a quick shift feel.
Smart chassis design details include footrest brackets shaped to help prevent mud clogging.
The front fork spring pre-load and damping force are fully adjustable, allowing wider range of settings.
The Separate Function front Fork (SFF) from Showa, separates the spring and damping tasks. The right leg holds the spring, while the left leg incorporates the cartridge assembly to manage damping. This results in reduced friction, increased absorption performance, and weight saving.
Race-inspired disc rotors and Excel aluminum rims are standard equipment.
Renthal aluminum Fatbar is standard equipment. It has more strength and less vibration than aluminum straight handlebars
To maintain the RM-Z's renowned handling performance, each bike's rear suspension features a Showa Piggyback shock with setting changes and adjustments to best match with the increased engine performance and front forks changes. The design allows enhanced suspension performance for a wider variety of riders.
The frame and seat rail have been refined for optimized rigidity balance. The result is an ideal balance of nimble handling and stability.
The gripper seat has projecting cross-shaped patterns on its red top surface to provide additional grip.
Engine:249cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Bore Stroke:77.0mm (3.0 in) x 53.6mm (2.1 in)
Fuel System:Fuel Injection
Ignition:Electronic ignition (CDI)
Overall Length:2170 mm (85.4 in)
Overall Width:830 mm (32.7 in)
Overall Height:1270 mm (50.0 in)
Wheelbase:1475 mm (58.1 in)
Ground Clearance:345 mm (13.6 in)
Seat Height:955 mm (37.6 in)
Curb Weight:106.5 kg (235 lbs)
Transmission:5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive:Chain, DID520DMA4, 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:100/90-19 57M, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity:6.5 L (1.7 US gallons)
Color:Champion Yellow / Solid Black