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2010 Suzuki RMX450Z Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

Suzuki introduces the new 2010 RMX450Z, a full-blown enduro bike destined to tackle extremely-challenging long-distance trails competition, day and night. After a two-year absence from the segment (the last offering was the 2007 DR-Z250), the Japanese manufacturer strikes back with a machine largely derived from its motocross queen, the 2009 RM-Z450.

Built on the RM-Z chassis, the new RMX450Z gets softer suspensions for easier riding in the woods, on steep terrain and over natural obstacles like rocks, mud and tree stumps. The Showa fork features rebound and compression damping, while the Showa shock allows for preload, high- and low speed compression, and rebound damping adjustments.

The 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine relies on a modified inlet tract along with revised cam profiles to increase low- and mid-rpm power. Meanwhile, the upgraded 5-speed gearbox boasts wider gear ratios than the RM-Z, with an ultra-short primary drive for tight spots and a long final drive for superior top speed.

Of course, the RMX450Z offers all the specialized equipment enduro riders look for, such as a powerful headlight and taillight, a compact, lightweight battery, a larger magneto-generator, an electric starter and kick-start lever, as well as a PVC skid plate to protect the engine.

Suzuki is making a strong statement with the new 2010 RMX450Z, its first enduro bike to offer high-performance fuel injection. The model will arrive in showrooms next spring at a base MSRP of $9,399.

Photo Credit : Suzuki