And there it is, after ten long years we finally have an all-new Suzuki RM-Z450 to drool over. Today, the Suzuki World GP team made a livestream announcement covering their 2017 MXGP and MX2 teams. Amongst these announcements was a self-labeled “all new Factory RMZ-450WS” which is rumored to be the factory version of the 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450, and that’s exactly what it was. Check out the recorded version of the livestream below to check out the whole team or if you want to jump straight to the new 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450WS, go to the 58 minute mark of the broadcast and enjoy.
Based solely on looks alone, the new RM-Z450 underwent a massive facelift with aggressive styling that mirrors the RM-Z450WS that the MXGP race team ran. Blue accents run from the top of the seat cover continue through to the updated, now plastic, fuel tank, and return to Suzuki’s yellow and blue race team color roots. The entire shape of the bike is updated, with the carbon fiber-stye accents on the shrouds that immediately draw your attention in. Black wheels and bronze colored fork tubes and shock bladder tie it all in together. As a bike that was often called out for its dated looks, the 2018 RM-Z450 rolls off the production floor with a very race-inspired facelift this year. What really matters, however, is performance and handling, and that’s what Suzuki aimed to improve with this updated model.