2017 Suzuki RM-Z450

First Impressions: 2017 Suzuki RM-Z450

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While it's true that Suzuki's RM-Z450 features the same plastic it did nine model years ago, it's often forgotten how many parts and updates it's actually received over the years. While it may look similar to the 2008 model, it's different and comparable at the same time. It's received been through three chassis in that time, three forks, swingarms, engine upgrades, etc. In the end though, its biggest downfall and positive are that it still feels similar to the 2008 model. While other manufactures have gone to radical engine layouts, new geometry, and more, the RM-Z450 has retained a feel and characteristics that are easy to learn and ride with. With a chassis that's known for its cornering prowess and an easy to ride, broad power package, the RM-Z can bring out the best feeling for some riders. On the other side, the Showa SFF TAC fork can also bring out the worst comments from some as there can be struggle with the setup. All-in-all, we've seen at the pro level that the bike can still be quite dominant with the right parts added, but how will it fair in production trim against the flock of new and updated 17 models? Considering this 17 RM-Z450 has only received visual changes (which we will admit was step in the right direction compared to some of the last few years of color usage). With the 2017 450 Shootout coming soon, it'll be interesting to see which testers the RM-Z can win over with its memorable layout in the face of the newest technology.


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Suzuki RM-Z450
Model Year
Engine Size
Engine Type
Engine Displacement
Bore x Stroke
96.0 x 62.1 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Fuel Injection
Electronic Ignition (CDI)
5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive
Chain, DID520MXV4, 114 links
Suspension Front
Inverted telescopic, air spring, oil damped Showa SFF TAC
Suspension Rear
Link type, coil spring, oil damped Showa
Brakes Front
Disc brake, single rotor
Brakes Rear
Disc brake, single rotor
Tires Front
80/100-21 51M Bridgestone M403
Tires Rear
110/90-19 62M Bridgestone M404
Overall Length
2190 mm (86.2 in)
Overall Width
830 mm (32.7 in)
Overall Height
1270 mm (50.0 in)
Seat Height
955 mm (37.6 in)
1495 mm (58.9 in)
Ground Clearance
325 mm (12.8 in)
Fuel Capacity
6.2 L (1.6 US gallons)
Curb Weight
112 kg (247 lbs)
Single cylinder
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