Motocross is going through a dynamic shift in suspension technology. Concepts that were way ahead of their time—like the Fox Air Shox and Factory Forx from the mid-1970s—are now viable options due to progress in technology and manufacturing. Two of the latest suspension systems that have made headlines are Showa’s Separate Function Fork (SFF) as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Dynasties aren’t created in just two years, but in the ultra-competitive world of motocross, back-to-back wins must feel like an eternity. Once again, Suzuki’s RM-Z450 proved to be the pick of the litter, backing up its 2011 performance with another exceptional display in ’12, despite being unchanged. Key to the RM-Z’s success is its class-leading [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Best Motocrosser: Suzuki RM-Z450 – Ten Best Bikes 2011 Suzuki’s MX/SX title winner gets another trophy.
After Yamaha’s YZ450F toppled the Honda CRF450R last year, all bets were off. Now, it’s anyone’s game at the starting gate. This year, Suzuki put all the pieces together to make the RM-Z450 the most-well-rounded MXer of 2011. Previous RM-Zs steered beautifully, but their less-than-perfect suspension action held them back. For 2011, Suzuki not only [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Let’s face it: Not everyone buys a motocross bike to be a champion. Working-class folk ride mostly for fun. Suzuki is hip, and its goal when redesigning the RM-Z450 was to create a balance between ultimate performance and fun weekend riding. That’s one of the reasons Suzuki’s engineers equipped the new 450 with electronic fuel-injection [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)