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2009 SUZUKIS

First Look: The 2009 Suzuki Line-Up Suzuki will be the first major manufacturer to release its 2009 motocross models, with bikes arriving in dealerships mid-summer. There are very few changes to the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250, but that’s not surprising because the 2008 models were released very late in the season last year. The RM-Z450, in particular, arrived so late that it missed the major selling season. The 2009 version will have new centercases that are said to be free of the occasional breakage issue tha…

2008 RACE TESTSUZUKI RM-Z250

We don?t expect you to remember the intricate details of RM-Z250 development, which is why the MXA wrecking crew is here to help. Released in 2004, the RM-Z250 started off as a clone of the 2004 Kawasaki KX250F. Developed under the short-lived Suzuki/Kawasaki alliance, the RM-Z250 wasn?t just similar to the KX250F?it was the 2004 KX250F. The RM-Z shared the cranky handling characteristics, overheating problems and low-to-mid powerband of its green brother. In 2005, the green and yellow twins got …

2008 RACE TEST SUZUKI RM-Z450

From a human standpoint, you have to feel for Suzuki. For the 2008 model year, they decided to roll the dice on a fuel-injected 450cc motocross bike. It was a bold move; one that could insure their place as the most adventuresome of the Big Five. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was a massive increase in bike sales, fueled by the mystique of EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). There were risks, but it wasn?t a ?Hail Mary? pass. It was an aggressive marketing ploy to leapfrog to the front of the pa…

250 TWO STROKE SHOOTOUT: YZ250 versus RM250 versus 250SX

  My, how the mighty have fallen. Many years ago, an MXA 250 two-stroke shootout would have included bikes from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, CZ, Kawasaki, KTM, Husqvarna, Maico and Bultaco. Today, modern motocrossers only have three 250cc two-stroke choices (and one of those players has announced that 2008 is their last year in the class). Many racers have given up on two-strokes, but not the MXA wrecking crew. We grew up on them, and while we see the writing on the wall, we don’t want to go down without…

WE RIDE YOSHIMURA R&D’S SUZUKI RM-Z250:

Motorcycle test riders are a strange lot. The best are able to separate their personal peccadilloes from their professional responsibilities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the bikes that MXA test riders choose to race–when they are just racing for themselves. Take this year’s crop of 250cc four-strokes. Every MXA test rider voted that the Kawasaki KX250F was the best bike. Their logic was simple-the KX250F hit the hardest, pulled the farthest and was the fastest 250F of the bunch. In a class whe…

2008 Suzuki RM-Z450 Intro

Yesterday was the day that every magazine editor was impatiently waiting for – the arrival of the 2008 Suzuki RM-Z450. To say that Suzuki’s flagship motocross bike is all new for 2008 would be a severe understatement. There are very few parts that the 2007 and ?08 model share, such as the air filter and oil filter. Beyond that, the fuel-injected RM-Z450 was built from the ground up.   The MXA wrecking crew met with Suzuki personnel at Perris Raceway in southern California to sling a leg over t…

First Look: 2008 Suzuki RM-Z450

  New Features Hot start lever is relocated to the right hand side of the handlebar for easy operation while holding the clutch. Race inspired wave-rotors provide better cooling performance and increased mud deflection in muddy conditions. Gripper seat has been improved this year by adding projected cross-shaped patterns on the top surface to provide additional grip. New Engine Electronic Fuel Injection offers better roll on power and improved low-to-mid range power. KEIHIN throttle body specifical…

WE RIDE TRU TECHNOLOGIES’ SUZUKI RM-Z450

TRU TECHNOLOGIES EPITOMIZES THE ONE-MAN SHOP. RICH IS THE CEO, CFO, COO, JANITOR, INVENTOR, SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN, MOTOR GUY, WELDER AND CHIEF BOTTLE WASHER. The MXA wrecking crew is all about helping the little guy get a leg up. Yes, it is true that we spend a lot of time testing the products, pipes and hop-ups of the big aftermarket companies (the ones with the big-name riders), but you have to remember that when we first met them, they were little guys too. We like to dedicate time to guys who aren’t…

2007 SUZUKIS

RM 125  2007 RM125 Get ready for a shot of mid-range designed to help you blast past the competition. The RM125 has a wider powerband and more controllable power delivery than ever. Couple that smooth, strong power and refined suspension systems front and rear, and you’ve got the hottest one-two-five on the track. So get in on Suzuki’s winning tradition, with the 2007 RM125. RM-Z 250 2007 RM-Z250 The 2007 RM-Z250 is all new from the ground up and it is 100% Suzuki. The RM-Z250 features a compact, l…

WE RIDE PRO-CIRCUIT’S RC REPLICA RM-Z450

    THANKS TO THE AMA PRODUCTION RULE, AS FEEBLY ENFORCED AS IT IS, MOST FACTORY RACE BIKES ARE FINELY TUNED VERSIONS OF SHOWROOM STOCKERS. What’s the difference between a works bike and a stock bike? Cubic dollars. Big bucks. Massive infusions of loot. Moolah. Filthy lucre. Greenbacks. What does all that cash buy? You probably think that it buys exotic one-off parts. Not true. Most of the trick parts on a modern works bike are obtainable on the open market. Thanks to the AMA production r…

WE RIDE PIONEER’S BIG-BORE SUZUKI RM-Z475

  NAMED AFTER THE EMBARRASSINGLY SHALLOW MTV SHOW, WHERE CELEBRITIES SHOW OFF THEIR  HOMES, SHOES, CARS AND SPAS, THE “CRIBS EFFECT” HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT EVERY SOCIAL STRATA OF AMERICAN SOCIETY. Pssst! Wanna know a secret? Four-stroke buyers are bucks-up. They are better off financially than any group of motocross racers in the 35-year history of the sport. Suddenly, it appears as though everybody in America is rich?ostentatiously so. Modern racers are more than willing to spend beaucoup mone…

MXA’S 2006 RM-Z250 TEST

You’ve probably heard this story before, but we need to tell it as part of the background on MXA’s 2006 Suzuki RM-Z250 test. On August 29, 2002, Kawasaki President Masamoto Tazaki announced that Kawasaki and Suzuki were forming an alliance. The Kawasaki/Suzuki alliance is all about filling in product lines (by sharing machines) and lowering costs (by doubling their ordering capability for standard-issue parts).   In the first few years of the alliance, Kawasaki and Suzuki shared a large number of b…

MXA’S 2006 RM-Z450 TEST

Ricky Carmichael put an exclamation point on the 2005 Suzuki RM-Z450’s maiden voyage when he took it to the AMA 250 National Championship. But history has conclusively proven that “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” is little more than an old wives’ tale. In a sophisticated market, the product’s charms far outweigh its racing promotion. Previous Ricky Carmichael championship seasons on the Kawasaki KX250 and Honda CR250 were met with a collective yawn from the buying public (in fact, sales dropped on those …

SUZUKI REVEALS COMPLETE 2006 LINEUP

2006 SUZUKI RM-Z450 The RM-Z450’s entry into the world of 4-stroke motocross has met with great success. The RM-Z has established itself as the 4-stroke machine that handles like a nimble RM, but with the type of strong, tractable 4-stroke power that all riders appreciate. The RM-Z450 engine is based around an over-square bore x stroke design, with liquid-cooling, four titanium valves per cylinder and double overhead billet cams. Suzuki innovations include the Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS), which p…

SUZUKI RM-Z450 MAKES ITS DEBUT

All Japan MX Championship Sports Land Sugo, Miyagi Prefecture(Round 10 of 10) 1. Takeshi Katsuya Hon 1-3 2. Stefan Everts Yam 4-1 3. Kazumasa Masuda Suz…3-2 4. Yoshitaka Atsuta…Hon…2-4 5. Takesi Koikeda…Yam…7-6 6. Taichi Kugimura…Yam…5-11 7. Ryuichiro Takahama…Hon…6-13 8. Masaki Hiratsuka…Hon…12-10 9. Kuraudo Toda…Hon…15-8 10. Hisashi Tajima…Suz…14-9 11. Makoto Ogata…Hon…17-7 12. Manabu Watanabe…Yam…8-16 13. Takuma Kojima…Kaw…11-14 14. Takase Tanaka…Kaw…10-1…

SUZUKI DR-Z400 SUPER MOTARD

(Suzuki press release) The Suzuki DR-Z400S Supermotard is a DR-Z400S with custom specifications for the internationally popular supermoto racing discipline. Downsized, 17-inch wheels carry high grip 120/70 (front) and 150/60 (rear) tires. On-road cornering performance is enhanced. Power performance is boosted by an FCR carburetor and by a titanium muffler with a titanium-cone endcap. Plus, aluminum wheel rims and a black alumite finish on the outer tubes on the inverted forks combine performance benefit…

SUZUKI TO DEBUT RADICAL NEW RM-Z450

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       BREA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2003 – Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced it will debut its all-new prototype RM-Z450 four-stroke machine in the All-Japan MX series in October and will continue development in the World Motocross GP class in 2004 with a firm commitment to reclaim the world title with the new machine. Full details of the radical new RM-Z450 have yet to be revealed, but Suzuki promises that it will be a major step forward as Suzuki’s flagship …

2004 SUZUKI PHOTOS

2004 RM-Z250 The engine was designed by Suzuki, but the full package is being produced by Kawasaki. The compact 249cc, four-stroke, liquid cooled engine features a four-valve head (the valves are titanium). The cylinder is plated aluminum and houses a forged, two-ring piston. Carburetion is via a 37mm Keihin FCR (with hot start and throttle position sensor) The lubrication system is a semi-dry sump with separate oil chambers for the crank and transmission, but shared oil. Five-speed transmission. Titani…

2001 SUZUKI RM125!

Want to know what next year’s RM’s will look like (about six months before they release them)? Look no further. The 2001 RM’s will feature a totally new gas tank, new radiator wings, side panels, fender and front number plate. Insiders report that Kayaba will get the suspension contract for the 2001 RM250, but MXA’s spy photos reveal Showas on the 2001 RM125. Look for an external water pump, which will require new cases on both the 125 and 250. The 2001 engine is totally redesigned. The most noticeable …

MXA’S SECRET JETTING SPECS, 2003 And Back

We can’t tell you how to jet your bike. It’s a big world out there (and we don’t know you all that well). However, we can tell you what jetting we run in the MXA test fleet. Take into account that we race in a Mediterranean climate, near sea level, within sight of palm trees and never far from a Double Latte. We also run fresh 92-octane gas, work on our bikes every week, clean the filters, change pistons and rings regularly, are alert to pinging and haven’t changed oil brands in over a decade. This is t…