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2014 MXA 450 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT: THE EASIEST TO READ AND MOST ACCURATE SHOOTOUT YOU’LL EVER READ

Let’s get this out of the way first. Although every bike in this shootout is designed to do the same thing, they aren?t all alike. In fact, they are completely different. You?ll have to take our word for it, because it’s unlikely that the five major motorcycle brands are ever going to give you brand-new machines and unlimited time to get used to them. But, they did offer that to the MXA wrecking crew?and we are here to tell you that you can?t just pick your favorite color and live happily ever after. Ea…

MXA’S 2014 SUZUKI RM-Z450 MOTOCROSS TEST: IT’S A ONE TRICK PONY, BUT OH WHAT A TRICK

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 SUZUKI RM-Z450 BETTER THAN THE 2013 RM-Z450? A: No. Unless the new yellow side panels are able to harness the power of Krypton’s red sun, this bike is a carbon copy of last year’s bike. There is one mechanical change that we will get to later, but it doesn?t do anything for performance (and Suzuki only confused us about what it did by changing their version of how it performed ). No big deal because it doesn’t do anything that you would ever notice anyway. Q: DIDN?T SUZUK…

THIS MUCH WE KNOW! MXA’S GUIDE TO SHOCK LINKAGE LENGTHS

One of the simplest and most common tuning tips is swapping out shock linkages. Going to a longer link not only moves the starting point of the shock travel higher into the rising-rate stroke, but it also lowers the rear of the bike. The combined effect is a bike that sits lower, especially when you raise the forks in sync with the lower rear end, and stays higher in its shock stroke. This is an especially good mod for riders on the cusp of having to go to the next stiffest spring rate (or for bikes tha…

2014 SUZUKI RM-Z250 & RM-Z450: MODEST, VERY MODEST, CHANGES HIGHLIGHT THE 2014 ZOOKS

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450.   For 2014, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 feature updated ECM ignition programs that improve starting, as well as race-inspired Champion Yellow-and-black graphics to best fit each bike’s high-performance character. 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450.   ?By delivering these refinements for 2014, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 will continue to lead their classes,? said Derek Schoeberle, Product Media Relations Manager for SMAI. ?These products are proof that manufacturing and selling cate…