Now I am sure there are many suspension tuners out there that may cringe at my basic look at the Showa SFF Air fork, but at the end of the day, I like most average blokes out there want to rock up to a track, roll the bike of the trailer or ute and start cutting laps. The SFF Air Fork can be easy to loose yourself in, try to make it as basic as possible and not play around with it to much.
As a good mate told me, you would not rock up to a track and each weekend and change the springs in your suspension, so why continuously play around with air pressures!
The big advantage of the Air fork is, you donâ€™t have to go spending money on a new fork spring once purchasing the bike, the inner air chamber can be adjusted with air, which until the government finds a way to charge us for it, is still free! The other advantage comes into play when you spend the winter months eating doughnuts and put on 10 or more kg or go on a massive health kick and loose 10kg or more, it is much cheaper to add or drop a little air out the inner air chamber than spend cash on a new spring.
Overall the 2017 Suzuki RM-Z 450 is a great bike, yes I might be a little biased as I have spent a couple of years now aboard a Suzuki 450, but they really are a proven bike that is well balanced, super easy to turn with more than enough power for 99% of the worlds population in stock form.
The bike for 2017 continues to come with the all the great standard features including the Rich and Lean fuel couplers which are more than handy especially in Australia where the air temperature can vary so much from summer to winter, the stock aluminium fuel tank, Renthal FatBars, with rubber mounted bar clamps Tool-less throttle cable adjustment, FEM analaysis piston design and DLC piston pin, gripper seat cover, O-ring chain which is a must for any modern four-stroke if you don't want to adjust your chain after every second lap!
Add that to the addition of the black wheels and triple clamps and the bike staying the same price again for 2017 at $10,999 RRP, the Suzuki RM-Z 450 is a great all round package that will suit the majority of riders out there in stock form.
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