2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd. (SMIPL) is all geared up for the 2018 Auto Expo in the country next month. The 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 has been confirmed as one of the 17 models that the company will showcase at the show.
The 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 comes under the Motocross range. The motorcycle is meant for off-road use only. Suzuki has not revealed whether they will launch the bike in the country, but their official statement bears the tagline ‘Expect the unexpected’. They have also revealed that two new products will be launched for the Indian market every year. The launch of the first product is most likely to take place at the expo.
Coming back to the 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450, it uses a 449 cc single cylinder 4-stroke DOHC engine with fuel injection and liquid cooling. The engine pairs with a 5-speed gearbox. Electronic package includes Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC). It is a selectable launch system which the brand has derived from the factory race bike to help riders’ accelerate optimally. There are three modes - Base Mode (Standard power launch), A Mode and B Mode. A Mode is suitable for hard surfaces or slippery conditions at the starting gate. The B Mode is for more aggressive launch and is ideal for experienced riders.
The motocross bike rides on upside down front fork with adjustable damping and a link-type BFRC monoshock with adjustable spring preload & damping force. Brakes include petal discs on both ends. If Suzuki launches the bike, it will most likely enter the country via the CBU route. The bike will rival Kawasaki KX450F and the Kawasaki KLX450R in the Indian market.