Champ­ing at the BIT

Suzuki’s cham­pi­onship-win­ning RM-Z450 is now avail­able and ready to race out of the crate.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

In ex­cit­ing news for bud­ding mo­tocross and su­per­cross rid­ers, the 2011 model of the Suzuki RM-Z450 is now avail­able in Aus­tralia.

In 2007, the RM-Z450 be­came the world’s first mass pro­duc­tion mo­tocross mo­tor­cy­cle to fea­ture elec­tronic fuel in­jec­tion.

It was a ground-break­ing move which has seen Suzuki lead race fields around the world.

The RM-Z450 re­cently clinched the 2010 World Su­per­cross Cham­pi­onship with Ryan Dungey at the helm, the Amer­i­can claim­ing the Cham­pi­onship in his rookie year.

The 449cc, four-stroke, sin­gle­cylin­der, liq­uid cooled, DOHC, four-valve en­gine fea­tures the lat­est cylin­der head, pis­ton, crankshaft, throt­tle body, cam shafts and valve springs. Pi­o­neered by Suzuki in the mo­tocross cat­e­gory, the Elec­tronic Fuel In­jec­tion Sys­tem uses a re­versed throt­tle move­ment, which di­rects mist away from the valve to pro­duce more power and en­hanced throt­tle re­sponse.

The RM-Z450’s rigid, twin-spar alu­minium frame is ac­com­pa­nied by an ad­vanced sub­frame, link­age and rear swingarm, while the race-bred Showa sus­pen­sion pro­vides sharp han­dling, im­proved ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and max­i­mum trac­tion.

This po­tent pow­er­plant also fea­tures a five-speed, con­stant mesh trans­mis­sion and im­pres­sive brakes pack­age to pro­duce a racewin­ning pack­age.

Mo­tocross and su­per­cross rac­ers of the Suzuki RM-Z450 are also el­i­gi­ble to reg­is­ter for Suzuki’s Sup­port Rider pro­gram, of­fer­ing gen­er­ous con­tin­gency pay­ments on se­lected na­tional and state race se­ries.

Avail­able for a rec­om­mended price of $11,590, the 2011 Suzuki RM-Z450 sports an ag­gres­sive look, with eye-catch­ing graph­ics adorn­ing Suzuki’s tra­di­tional Cham­pion Yel­low/Black liv­ery.

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