Crazy switch to the Suzuki RM-Z 450. I had to get a “big 5” bike so there were more product testing options for PPS Moto. Honestly Honda was on the top of my list. I have had good luck with them in the past. I didn’t get a Honda though, no one could sell me on those air forks, maybe I’ll take another look in a couple of years. I bought a Suzuki. The only brand bike I’ve never ridden, mainly because I didn’t want air forks, but also because everyone always talks about the horrible build quality of these bikes. I want to find out for myself if this hear say is true. With the bike problems I always seem to have, it can’t get much worse. I put an hour meter on the Suzuki, so we’re gonna find out just how unreliable these things really are. I had ridden an ’08 and ’13 RM-Z 450 before buying this and liked them both, obviously they weren’t set up for me, I thought with a couple adjustments they’d be great.
Don’t worry, the TM MX 250 is still around I will continue to test and review products for this bike as much as possible.
My first ride on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z 450:
My first day of riding the 2013 Suzuki RMZ 450 went better than expected, but I wasn’t expecting much. Most of the day was spent just trying to get a feel for the four stroke (I’ve spent the past five years two strokin’). The first thing I noticed about the RMZ 450 is how cramped it felt. Second, the power is always there, you turn the throttle and the bike takes off. Monster Mountain was a fun track, I never charged it hard, but had fun with the ruts and excellent track layout/ elevation changes.
Day 2 on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z 450:
Day two I got to ride on my type of dirt — sand at Atmore MX. Lack of activity through the winter was catching up with me and I was definitely sore from the first day of riding. The bike was still cramped, but I felt more comfortable with the ergonomics and handling of the bike. Still not feeling awesome on the bike. There was just something about the way both ends of the bike were working in certain situations that wasn’t working for me. Then there were also points, mainly in a couple specific corners, where I felt awesome on the bike. I got a chance to ride a KTM 350 and I’m not sure about lap times, but felt much more at home on the KTM than my bike.
Day 3 on the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z 450:
Didn’t get to do too many laps at Sand Mountain MX due to my front axle nut falling off (I know how the hell does that happen?). By this point I was so sore I wasn’t really upset, I was beat. Here I still wasn’t feeling any flow. The track was slick and rough and it was somewhat difficult to carry speed and find good lines in the corners. Just not feeling at home on the bike. I think I liked the bike, but the long hiatus from four strokes was definitely affecting me. This is the hardest time I’ve ever had getting used to a bike. Currently chaulking that up to the four stroke switch.
I need to make some room so I feel less cramped up on this thing. I got higher bars and mounts and lower pegs. In my next Suzuki RMZ 450 report I’ll let you know how they worked out.