Wednesday, July 04, 2007

2008 Suzuki RM-Z450: The first fuel-injected motocrosser is here!


The fuel-injected Suzuki RM-Z450. "Mud in your eye...!"

While street bikes have had fuel injection for ages, you might be surprised to know that all motocross machines were still making do with carburetors. Until now, that is. The 2008 Suzuki RM-Z450 has just been unveiled and the bike gets electronic fuel-injection – a first for motocross bikes!

The RM-Z450 weighs only 102 kilos and is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder, 449cc DOHC engine with Keihin EFI. Fully adjustable Showa suspension units are used front and rear – 47mm forks at the front and piggyback-reservoir shock at the back. The bike also has an aluminium fuel tank (instead of the usual plastic...) and the EFI unit is mounted at the bottom of this tank.


Other manufacturers should be following Suzuki's example very soon. Bring on the EFI...

With the new EFI system, Suzuki claim better low- and mid-end power delivery and improved roll-on performance for the RM-Z450. Indeed, the bike marks the beginning of a new era in motocross engine technology – all other manufacturers are also sure to introduce EFI on their motocross bikes very soon...

Also see:
The mighty 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa
Pimp'd: Accessories for the Suzuki GSX-R1000
Suzuki GSX-R1000 vs KTM 125cc GP racer?!
Suzuki finally back on top in MotoGP!
Kevin Schwantz: The greatest Suzuki GP rider ever...
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