You might say that Suzuki was innovative, and progressive, when it introduced the 2000 Suzuki DR-Z400E. For its day, it was an impressive off-roader. Perhaps, not a race ready machine off the showroom floor, but a capable all-around bike that could be made competitive.
Model year 2000 was a long time ago, however, and Suzuki has been lagging a bit when it comes to four-stroke machinery designed for serious off-road competition. For 2010, Suzuki has announced the RMX450Z, however, which quickly gives the Japanese manufacturer a race ready weapon that will be available soon on dealer showrooms.
Suzuki already had the fuel injected motor in its motocross weapon, the RM-Z450. Borrowing, or mimicing, several of the features available on the motocross machine, the new off-roader features fully-adjustable suspension, an aluminum frame, and enduro-specific features such as wide-ratio five-speed transmission and 18 inch rear wheel. In addition, digital instrumentation and lights grace the off-roader.
MD Readers Respond:
- Don’t forget Suzuki’s awesome original RMX – the 250 two-stroke offered until 1998.
I had a ’97 w/ a variety of mods including a Moto Pro suspension. What a terrific bike.
Sold it and moved up to a modded DRZ400. Another neat bike but way porkier than
I would guess this new RMX is more in the spirit of the original versus the DRZ.
The DRZ just didn’t have the suspension needed to truly cut it in serious off-road stuff.
Just my 2 cents. I’m a big Suzuki fan but defected to Honda w/ a CRF450X.
(Doesn’t appear the new RMX has the button – BUMMER).
Regards and Happy 4th Steve