Film: Simon Cudby
Words: David Pingree
The RM-Z450 is a great bike out of the crate and the choice of many top privateers who can select whichever bike they want to race. The RMZ is very capable in stock trim and doesn’t need a lot of modifications for most riders. It is comfortable, fast and turns as tight as you want it to. With that said, we wanted to try to make some improvements without throwing too much money at it. Most riders won’t need extra power from a 450 but if you are a heavier rider or you just like to flap off the back of the bike when you twist the throttle this kit is for you.
To affordably beef up the motor we went with a high compression Vertex piston, which adds a bit more Bottom-to-mid power. The Hot Cams stage-two cams help with the mid-to-top end power. A full FMF system with a Hinson clutch pack was the extent of our engine modifications. The stock Mapping was still ok to use, though you can play with different couplers to find the power delivery you like.
For the suspension we went to Race Tech to try and help with the front end of the bike mainly. Depending on how you ride, steering with the front, the rear or a little of both, the Suzuki can have a nervous feeling up front. I like a lot of feedback from the front so I really get along with the Suzuki front end but if you are having issues the folks at Race Tech have a good fix. With valving and spring rate adjustments they will get anyone comfortable in a hurry.
Race Tech feels that in stock form the RM-Z450 is extremely stiff causing a harsh feel. Gold Valves provide a plush feel for the small chop while providing excellent bottoming resistance. RT also put in the recommended rate RT Hi-Performance Springs to balance the bike properly. RT Springs are light-weight and treated to not sack out.
Tusk provided the rotors to add a bit of stopping power to our yellow machine. Our traction was courtesy of Dunlop and their latest line of racing tires and many of the finishing pieces were supplied by Works Connection. Those items include the titanium footpegs, front brake lever, hour meter, chain blocks, elite clutch perch and radiator braces. Works Connection products add a professional finish and also provide protection and performance that is unmatched.
Decal Works provided the very loud graphics and Moto Seat finished the bike off with one of their custom seat covers.
Nearly all of our key components and OEM parts were obtained from www.rockymountainatvmc.com.
Forged High Comp piston kit
Stage-2 intake and Exhaust cams
Top End gasket kit
Factory 4.1 RCT Ti Muffler with Ti header
Formed Silicone Coolant hoses
High Temp radiator cap
Oversized Typhoon front rotor kit
Tusk Typhoon rear rotor
Impact Complete wheel set
MX 51FA front tire
MX 51 rear tire
Fiber spring steel clutch kit
Billet clutch cover
Race Tech 951 279 6655
Re-valving of suspension
Front & rear sprocket
R1 Works Chain
Twin Wall 997 Bars
Dual Compound grips
Semi-Custom Graphics kit
Pre printed number plates backgrounds
Custom seat cover
Uni Filter 714-535-6933
Two-Stage Air Filter