MXA VIDEO: WE TEST THE 2023 SUZUKI RM-Z450

MXA VIDEO: WE TEST THE 2023 SUZUKI RM-Z450

In a perfect world, the Suzuki world lose at least 10 pounds, add electric starting, get rid of the weird BFRC shock, design a totally new engine (not just because the current engine is the slowest in the class but because this powerplant has lost consumer confidence), build a clutch that maximizes power (instead of slip), and find engineers and test riders who prioritize balance over partial fixes. Suzuki has the know-how to build a world-beating RM-Z450, but Suzuki has spent the greater part of the last decade watching its competition pull away with new technology.

No one is deluded into believing that the 2022 Suzuki RM-Z450 is the best bike on the race track, but it offers a ridable, raceable and enjoyable bike for someone who wants to get in on the motocross experience without having to file for bankruptcy. As it sits, it is still the best bargain in motocross, but only if you get the suspension dialed in and leave everything else alone.

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