2018 Suzuki RMZ450

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2/13/2018 5:38 PM

So for the guys who have one or have rode one. What’s your thought on it so far? Post some pics up of your ride.

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2/13/2018 6:29 PM

I've been on Suzuki since '96, I went from the '17 RMZ450 to the '18 and it's a much better bike. I added a Ride Engineering link and once you get the bike balanced the suspension is superb. Also ditch the stock front tire for a Dunlop, Pirelli or Michelin.Photo

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2/13/2018 6:32 PM

ThreeFiveSix wrote:

I've been on Suzuki since '96, I went from the '17 RMZ450 to the '18 and it's a much better bike. I added a Ride Engineering link and once you get the bike balanced the suspension is superb. Also ditch the stock front tire for a Dunlop, Pirelli or Michelin.Photo

Any issues with the rear shock?

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2/13/2018 6:37 PM

Has anyone ever NOT liked their Suzuki?

It's typically cheaper than the rest. It's a great bike. It's won a ton of championships since RC started riding one.

Yet it's not the best selling bike. Biggest complaint is "resale value".

Very odd IMO.

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2/13/2018 6:38 PM

WE NO A OLDER KID THAT BUYED THIS SUSZUKI AND ALSO TRY MY DADS BIKE AND HE SAY THE ALL NEW SUSZUKI GOTS MORE POWER THAN THE 2012

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2/13/2018 6:48 PM

coastlinecascot wrote:

Any issues with the rear shock?

None, I really like it. It does feel more lively than the older model.

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2/13/2018 6:54 PM

Ive only ridden Suzuki but i have a 2013 rmz 250 super reliable...the chassis is really solid. Way cheaper than the others bike . if you get a pipe and your suspension revalued and new shock its pretty dang good. Dont know why more weekend warriors dont get them

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2/13/2018 7:23 PM

I avoid Suzuki's from buddy's who never made fifty hours before issues. Anecdotal personal evidence would suggest even kawi are better imo. 80 hours on my 14 yz450f, 1 oil change. Starts on a couple kicks like it always did, flatout rips. Not even a loose spoke ever lol. I go over the spokes on my 17 crf450 every ride, as it's necessary. Bottom line, I think everybody has a buddy or two with a Suzuki story lol. Like, one buddy's coolant nipple came out the head!?! Lol toast in minutes. 11 rmz450. The hose was still clamped to the nipple lol. No thanks pass

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when in doubt, pin it out

2/13/2018 7:27 PM

Jabroni wrote:

Has anyone ever NOT liked their Suzuki?

It's typically cheaper than the rest. It's a great bike. It's won a ton of championships since RC started riding one.

Yet it's not the best selling bike. Biggest complaint is "resale value".

Very odd IMO.

I don't get the whole resale argument. Typically, the bikes are priced lower than other manufacturer bikes when new especially if you buy a model year late in the year (yet still new). So ya, they sell for less after being used, but they were bought for less when new. In terms of "value" (being what you get based on what you pay), Suzuki is a very good value IMO. Rock solid reliability and very good performance. Yes, the technology may not be what some of the other manufacturers are rolling out, but they are still great bikes. I think they fit a niche market where riders can get a new bike at a lower price point than the other manufacturer bikes, yet it is still a very capable machine along with great reliability.

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2/13/2018 7:33 PM

gsxr6 wrote:

I avoid Suzuki's from buddy's who never made fifty hours before issues. Anecdotal personal evidence would suggest even kawi are better imo. 80 hours on my 14 yz450f, 1 oil change. Starts on a couple kicks like it always did, flatout rips. Not even a loose spoke ever lol. I go over the spokes on my 17 crf450 every ride, as it's necessary. Bottom line, I think everybody has a buddy or two with a Suzuki story lol. Like, one buddy's coolant nipple came out the head!?! Lol toast in minutes. 11 rmz450. The hose was still clamped to the nipple lol. No thanks pass

1 oil change in 80 hours? Please do not sell your bikes to a close friend.

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....

2/13/2018 7:40 PM

-Had great luck w/ my ol 15' Zuk- had about 80 hrs on it before I did the 1st Top End. Original piston looked perfect. No issues what so ever.

Kinda miss it actually. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

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1988 RM250
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2/13/2018 7:46 PM

BobPA wrote:

1 oil change in 80 hours? Please do not sell your bikes to a close friend.

^ This. Or anyone for that matter.

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2018 CRF250R

2/13/2018 7:49 PM

I love my 14 rmz450. Easy to ride on a track. Looking at an 18. Just worried about the rear shock for mx. Heard it has a wollow feel to it.

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2/13/2018 7:53 PM

coastlinecascot wrote:

I love my 14 rmz450. Easy to ride on a track. Looking at an 18. Just worried about the rear shock for mx. Heard it has a wollow feel to it.

ENZO

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2/13/2018 8:04 PM

Over 50 hours and loving it.

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

2/13/2018 8:12 PM

ThreeFiveSix wrote:

I've been on Suzuki since '96, I went from the '17 RMZ450 to the '18 and it's a much better bike. I added a Ride Engineering link and once you get the bike balanced the suspension is superb. Also ditch the stock front tire for a Dunlop, Pirelli or Michelin.Photo

I’m a Yamaha guy but that is one bad looking scooter!!!

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2/13/2018 8:22 PM

gsxr6 wrote:

I avoid Suzuki's from buddy's who never made fifty hours before issues. Anecdotal personal evidence would suggest even kawi are better imo. 80 hours on my 14 yz450f, 1 oil change. Starts on a couple kicks like it always did, flatout rips. Not even a loose spoke ever lol. I go over the spokes on my 17 crf450 every ride, as it's necessary. Bottom line, I think everybody has a buddy or two with a Suzuki story lol. Like, one buddy's coolant nipple came out the head!?! Lol toast in minutes. 11 rmz450. The hose was still clamped to the nipple lol. No thanks pass

80 hours on 1 oil change..... so, so sad. Poor bike,whatever the brand.

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2/13/2018 8:26 PM

Lubed your chain yet?

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2/13/2018 8:51 PM

The rmz450 engine is solid reliable and makes great bottom end, I always swapped out clutches to aftermarket after having them go out on many Suzukis I've owned.... The oil looks loads better once i did that mod.

Things I didn't like are crap brakes, and expensive parts. As for resale, it's bad. Real bad, not only do you loose more, you end up dealing with real low ballers and bottom feeders. I decided to keep my 2015 and let it gather dust to save the hassle.

The biggest complaint on my 2015 was poor starting despite the engine upgrades, and it would flame out at the worst times. If you wanna trouble shoot the efi, good luck finding someone that can change the maps.

I've had 5 Suzukis, loved them all and still own 2, but my eyes aren't blind to their shortcomings.... just like they aren't blind to the shortcomings on the huskys

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2/13/2018 9:14 PM

I know two dudes who bought '18 RMZ 450s and had them sold or up for sale within five months. One went to a CRF 450, another to a KTM 350 FWIW.

My last one was a '12, I ended up selling it because I didn't like the weight.

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2/13/2018 9:44 PM

My buddy Tucker just got one last week, he is coming from 17 Ktm what broke in half on him. So far he is really happy with it . I did not ride it yet but bike feels slim when u siding on it . On close up the finish is not like Honda but the welds on frame are cleaner than mine 18 yami. Bike is sort of older technology but nothing wrong with that. One thing I don't like , the engine doesn't have oil window or dipstick , u mast take bolt out of clutch cover to check engine oil. He put some heavy springs in and likes the suspension, no complaints on the shock. He likes the power, good low end . He is a pretty fast vet rider over 50.

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18 YZ450F
16 Yamaha YXZ 1000R
17 Yamaha MT-10 FZ-10 165 Hp RWP
06 CRF450X street legal supermoto
06 RM250 smoker
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2/13/2018 10:30 PM

gsxr6 wrote:

I avoid Suzuki's from buddy's who never made fifty hours before issues. Anecdotal personal evidence would suggest even kawi are better imo. 80 hours on my 14 yz450f, 1 oil change. Starts on a couple kicks like it always did, flatout rips. Not even a loose spoke ever lol. I go over the spokes on my 17 crf450 every ride, as it's necessary. Bottom line, I think everybody has a buddy or two with a Suzuki story lol. Like, one buddy's coolant nipple came out the head!?! Lol toast in minutes. 11 rmz450. The hose was still clamped to the nipple lol. No thanks pass

dadofagun wrote:

80 hours on 1 oil change..... so, so sad. Poor bike,whatever the brand.

I laugh at goons who don't get 80 hours and change there oil every couple. Checked before last ride def time, by no means is it terrible. I do use motul lol. But yeah the things bullet proof. I change the oil on the 17 crf every 3 hours lol the Yamaha will walk it no probs. Love that bike

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when in doubt, pin it out

2/13/2018 10:47 PM

gsxr6 wrote:

I avoid Suzuki's from buddy's who never made fifty hours before issues. Anecdotal personal evidence would suggest even kawi are better imo. 80 hours on my 14 yz450f, 1 oil change. Starts on a couple kicks like it always did, flatout rips. Not even a loose spoke ever lol. I go over the spokes on my 17 crf450 every ride, as it's necessary. Bottom line, I think everybody has a buddy or two with a Suzuki story lol. Like, one buddy's coolant nipple came out the head!?! Lol toast in minutes. 11 rmz450. The hose was still clamped to the nipple lol. No thanks pass

dadofagun wrote:

80 hours on 1 oil change..... so, so sad. Poor bike,whatever the brand.

gsxr6 wrote:

I laugh at goons who don't get 80 hours and change there oil every couple. Checked before last ride def time, by no means is it terrible. I do use motul lol. But yeah the things bullet proof. I change the oil on the 17 crf every 3 hours lol the Yamaha will walk it no probs. Love that bike

80 hours is crazy! I’d never go more than 5-6. My oil gets dirty after 4-5 on my 14 yz. I paid way too much for the bike to chance not changing $8 worth of oil. But to each their own right?

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
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2/13/2018 11:44 PM

dadofagun wrote:

80 hours on 1 oil change..... so, so sad. Poor bike,whatever the brand.

gsxr6 wrote:

I laugh at goons who don't get 80 hours and change there oil every couple. Checked before last ride def time, by no means is it terrible. I do use motul lol. But yeah the things bullet proof. I change the oil on the 17 crf every 3 hours lol the Yamaha will walk it no probs. Love that bike

mattyhamz2 wrote:

80 hours is crazy! I’d never go more than 5-6. My oil gets dirty after 4-5 on my 14 yz. I paid way too much for the bike to chance not changing $8 worth of oil. But to each their own right?

It’s not crazy. I’ve made my case on this already tho. Dont care to again. It’s like arguing religion or politics. Nobody has any interest in chsnging their beliefs on the topic.

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Definition: A loser, poser, lame-ass. One who talks the talk, but could never walk the walk.

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Usage: Slang

2/13/2018 11:47 PM

Bruce372 wrote:

The rmz450 engine is solid reliable and makes great bottom end, I always swapped out clutches to aftermarket after having them go out on many Suzukis I've owned.... The oil looks loads better once i did that mod.

Things I didn't like are crap brakes, and expensive parts. As for resale, it's bad. Real bad, not only do you loose more, you end up dealing with real low ballers and bottom feeders. I decided to keep my 2015 and let it gather dust to save the hassle.

The biggest complaint on my 2015 was poor starting despite the engine upgrades, and it would flame out at the worst times. If you wanna trouble shoot the efi, good luck finding someone that can change the maps.

I've had 5 Suzukis, loved them all and still own 2, but my eyes aren't blind to their shortcomings.... just like they aren't blind to the shortcomings on the huskys

Makes me wonder what Suzuki coupd ever do to really regain some market share or be a “must have” bike.

These 5 things should be standard on any bike these days:

- programable EFI
- electric start
- hydraulic clutch
- quality brakes
- easy access air filter

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Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: A loser, poser, lame-ass. One who talks the talk, but could never walk the walk.

One who talks shit and doesn't back it up, but rather ends up eating their shit in return. A fuckin 'tard.


Usage: Slang

2/14/2018 3:44 AM

Bruce372 wrote:

The rmz450 engine is solid reliable and makes great bottom end, I always swapped out clutches to aftermarket after having them go out on many Suzukis I've owned.... The oil looks loads better once i did that mod.

Things I didn't like are crap brakes, and expensive parts. As for resale, it's bad. Real bad, not only do you loose more, you end up dealing with real low ballers and bottom feeders. I decided to keep my 2015 and let it gather dust to save the hassle.

The biggest complaint on my 2015 was poor starting despite the engine upgrades, and it would flame out at the worst times. If you wanna trouble shoot the efi, good luck finding someone that can change the maps.

I've had 5 Suzukis, loved them all and still own 2, but my eyes aren't blind to their shortcomings.... just like they aren't blind to the shortcomings on the huskys

I had the same issue with stalling on my 2012. Clutch was horrible, put a rekluse manual in and it would still " creep" . It ran good for the most part but i just did not get that warm fuzzy with that bike at all. I had graeme do the suspension, put full fmf, vortex ecu, clutch , front brake of course and some other small things. It only lasted a few months in my garage. It was extremely clean and i only got $2600 for it.....lol

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2/14/2018 3:52 AM

Jabroni wrote:

Has anyone ever NOT liked their Suzuki?

It's typically cheaper than the rest. It's a great bike. It's won a ton of championships since RC started riding one.

Yet it's not the best selling bike. Biggest complaint is "resale value".

Very odd IMO.

Lotsa purchase justification goes on


. Quite simply it appears they changed a lot, but it wasnt changed well enough to drag it out of its multi year cellar dweller position, and no matter how much Manny sings its praises there are overall better bikes for most.

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2/14/2018 3:53 AM

gsxr6 wrote:

I avoid Suzuki's from buddy's who never made fifty hours before issues. Anecdotal personal evidence would suggest even kawi are better imo. 80 hours on my 14 yz450f, 1 oil change. Starts on a couple kicks like it always did, flatout rips. Not even a loose spoke ever lol. I go over the spokes on my 17 crf450 every ride, as it's necessary. Bottom line, I think everybody has a buddy or two with a Suzuki story lol. Like, one buddy's coolant nipple came out the head!?! Lol toast in minutes. 11 rmz450. The hose was still clamped to the nipple lol. No thanks pass

This is why I don't buy used bikes. Even if I have to stretch financially or make sacrifices to buy new. Refuse to deal with this kind of shit.

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2/14/2018 5:06 AM

10 hours on my 18 so far and I love it.

Initial report from me right out of the box and onto the track... felt like a suzuki to me, I didn't have to change my riding to suit the bike. It felt just like the earlier models just thinner at the mid-frame area. I set the sag at 105mm and I thought the shock did a decent job however I thought it could be better.

Sent the suspension out and had everything revalved and sprung for my weight and added a link. The feel I couldn't get with the shock in stock form I have now after a revalve and a link. Motor wise, real feel seat of the pants feel....

My experience with suzuki has been great as far as reliability goes. Normal maintenance done on every machine I have owned at normal intervals. Truth be told, the model I had the most trouble with was the 04-06 RMZ 250.... and even then that wasn't terrible. Like i stated in another thread a few weeks back, every model has stuff they do well and stuff they don't, and i mean that from both the engineering standpoint and from the track standpoint. It comes down to the owner, how they ride the bike, the maintenance that is performed and what feel they are after.... to each their own

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2/14/2018 5:43 AM

Mine creeped with the clutch in even after putting a full rekluse manual torq drive. Not sure why but it does effect rideability as mine stalled way too often.

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