First Impressions: 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 9

We're out at day two of our 2018 Suzuki intro at JGR's private motocross facility, but we snagged some quick thoughts from the first day aboard the all-new RM-Z450 for you to listen to. For the nitty, gritty tech specs, jump over to our First Look....and check back later in this area for more written thoughts after we wrap up day two.

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9 comments
  • mikebrownsound

    8/5/2017 9:30 AM

    Honestly this is why i like Lindsay , genuine guy who likes the deep technical aspect. Meanwhile over at MXA you hear Ecklund reading a script and constantly comparing everything to the KTM.

  • Markus123

    8/5/2017 4:47 PM

    Same here! Couldn't have said it any better.
    Great review and serious information about the BFRC shock.

    Really like the whole VitalMX work!

  • Underground

    8/4/2017 8:04 PM

    Thumbs up from me too. Appreciate the indepth review and feedback, especially on the feel of the new shock. For me it was easy to understand and get a feel for what you were feeling on the bike

  • mattyhamz2

    8/4/2017 7:57 PM

    Awesome job Michael! I enjoy how much more in depth your reviews are compared to others. I do have one question about the shroud design... toward the back of the shroud, around mid frame there is a pretty sharp point that points down. Do you see that ever being an issue with possibly catching the top of your boot on, or is it tucked away enough that I won't be an issue?

  • mxb2

    8/4/2017 2:57 PM

    Great review as always. Thanks. ML512

  • organdoner

    8/4/2017 1:22 PM

    Appreciate the honesty. I remember racing yz426's back in the day. So dang stink bugged, it always bothered me until race time when I could come up and under anyone else. Either way, Suzuki been on this project for a while. Henry miller on racerX made this bike look good and fast, almost sounds like a works bike not a stocker. I'm positive this bike will be a pipe and handlebars away from being perfect. This the only bike that can get me away from my 350 anytime soon

  • manandmachine

    8/4/2017 10:47 AM

    Great review Michael,

    I appreciate your candor about the RMZ in pointing out the areas that will require setting changes and so forth. I anticipate that a lighter engine with electric start would bring the bike to a more competitive weight and features with Husqvarna and KTM, but it was not in the budget for 2018.

    As one of the honest members of the media, you have one of the most difficult jobs in MX journalism and testing. A manufacturer or company invites you test their new machine, and then you ride it and give them the honest answer. The honest answer actually serves the manufacture better than pandering, but it does have to be a bit difficult. Ex. Thanks for in the invite, but your bike needs work.

    The stakes being that readers can sense when a tester is hyping a product to draw in an advertiser and you loose credibility, therefore they no longer read your report. On the other hand, you provide an honest review with negative aspects and the manufacturer or advertisers no longer invite you back.

    It's all about the delivery of the message and your craft at doing so is exceptional.

    I enjoyed the review.

  • ML512

    8/4/2017 11:27 AM

    Thank you, I really appreciate the words of encouragement for our work, I'm trying!

  • Aceofspades

    8/4/2017 8:59 AM

    Best reviewer in the business. Good job!