Suzuki RM-Z450 Review: "Friendliness that coexists with high power performance" by Takao Aoki

Suzuki RM-Z450 Review: “Friendliness that coexists with high power performance” by Takao Aoki

Having 450 teams for a motocross racing can be overwhelming. This model’s engine pickup is extremely sharp, and since one part of its suspension was designed with rigidness for the big jump of a top rider, a normal rider who enjoys riding as a hobby cannot enjoy riding on this model.

I suppose there are a lot of people who think so.

However, that doesn’t apply to the 2016 RM-Z450. The strut response of the engine is certainly sharp, but its power doesn’t abruptly rise up. It would steadily rise from a low rpm range so it would make the rider feel relaxed.

This model is very powerful in that you can pass through a wheel track that you cannot overcome with the ZM-250, and roads with rough mud when accelerating as if nothing had happened.

That reliable running performance would make the rider feel at ease, and as a result, it would lead the rider to simply ride around the course without getting exhausted.

Of course, you cannot exhaust the accelerator to a higher rpm. As for the response I felt when I slipped on a corner and failed to balance on one gap, this kind of feeling that only exists in a 450cc was relieving and that recover gave me the chills.

I did not give up after that. When I kept myself a little bit calm and carefully rode on it, I was able to appreciate the greatness of its power, and I was able to bring out the charm of this monster machine.

I believe it’s not only intended for racing; even fans can use it as well. Friendliness and high performance coexist in the 2016 RM-Z450.

â–  5 Star Rating
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★
Design: ★★★★
Integrated Performance: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★

Takao Aoki | Motorcycle Journalist
He became a motorcycle journalist after becoming member of the editorial department of a motorcycle journal. He is an expert in domestic and foreign motorcycle culture and has experienced doing coverages in
America, Europe, as well as in Africa and Southeast Asia. Through the knowledge he personally acquired from MX Race activities and ample touring overseas, he has been making commentaries about motorcycles from
his own point of view. He is currently taking part in various media such as motorcycle journals, general magazines and the web.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)