SUZUKI Announces 2012 RM-Z Machines for Motocross and Supercross

SUZUKI Announces 2012 RM-Z Machines for Motocross and Supercross

Suzuki continues to build on its class-leading technology with the launch of the new 2012 RM-Z motocross range which is now being announced across its global network of distributors and dealers.

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2012 Suzuki RM-Z 250

The machines reflect development through a long history of Suzuki’s motocross racing teams including current World MX1 Championship leaders Rockstar Energy Suzuki and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki teams that have won and continue to win numerous championships worldwide.

“These championship-winning motocross bikes represent years of fine-tuning, featuring advanced technology developed through Suzuki’s domination on race tracks around the world. We are excited to introduce these class-leading machines for 2012,” said American Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi.

The 2012 RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 boast many class-leading features including fully-adjustable Showa inverted front forks, Suzuki Fuel Injection and powerful four-stroke liquid-cooled four-valve engines that produce balanced, effective power with strong mid-range torque and responsive acceleration for impressive performance on the track. A slim, lightweight twin-spar Aluminium chassis and swingarm give the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 precise high-speed traction and unrivalled handling over tough tracks. The machines have also been updated with new styling and advances to make them the most lightweight, powerful and potent motocross machines to date.

2012 RM-Z450

The 2012 RM-Z450 is an open-class motocross machine that’s ready to dominate the toughest of tracks. As a racer, you need quick, laser-accurate steering and confidence-inspiring high-speed handling all in one package. And you want a high performance machine with a racing pedigree that makes it competitive right out of the crate. The RM-Z450 has been taking champions across the finish line ahead of the pack for years, fiercely competing across the globe from the World MX1 series to America’s prestigious AMA Supercross and outdoor motocross championships. It’s no secret that Champions Choose Suzuki!

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2012 Suzuki RM-Z 450

2012 RM-Z450 Features:

Key Features

  • The RM-Z450 meets a stricter AMA noise limit (94db) while keeping smooth engine output
  • Suzuki’s class-leading fuel-injection system uses technology derived from Suzuki’s championship-winning models. The RM-Z450, the first motocross bike to ever use fuel injection, has won both outdoor championships as well as a Supercross championship.

Engine Features

  • The RM-Z450’s 449cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, fuel-injected engine was developed and refined to deliver phenomenal idle-to-redline thrust.
  • The lightweight, battery-less, motocross-use electronic fuel injection system uses progressive throttle linkage for efficient power delivery.
  • A 12-hole fuel injector delivers a fine fuel/air mist for efficient operation.
  • The RM-Z450’s aluminum cylinder is treated with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating, and was built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer.

Transmission Features

  • A 5-speed transmission provides extra flexibility, offering gear ratios suited for various terrains and conditions.
  • The RM-Z450 has a link-type shifting system, which offers smooth transitions through the gears.
  • Chassis Features
  • The RM-Z450’s slim chassis design makes for a comfortable riding position, opening up the cockpit to help allow the rider to actively take control of the machine.
  • Class-leading 47mm Showa inverted forks provide optimum wheel travel and are compression- and rebound-damping adjustable.
  • A Showa piggyback-reservoir rear shock with high/low-speed compression damping adjustment and rebound damping and spring preload adjustments. The rear shock, working through Suzuki’s superlative rising-rate linkage system, provides 310mm of wheel travel, delivering maximum traction.
  • The RM-Z450’s twin-spar aluminum frame and swingarm was developed and refined for a highly optimized balance between rigidity and superb high-speed traction. The lightweight swingarm helps enhance terrain-traversing performance over bumps.
  • Race-inspired disc rotors offer enhanced cooling performance and efficient mud slinging.
  • A stylish two-tone radiator shrouds accentuate the RM-Z450’s agile looks.
  • The RM-Z450 comes with a gripper seat, with projected cross-shaped patterns on the top surface to provide additional grip.

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2012 Suzuki RM-Z 250

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2012 Suzuki RM-Z 450


Blake Baggett Overcomes First-Lap Misfortune to Receive Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award at Budds Creek

Blake Baggett Overcomes First-Lap Misfortune to Receive Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award at Budds Creek

Just one week after claiming his second overall victory in the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett has been awarded the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award for Budds Creek.

Looking for his third win in four rounds at Budds Creek, Blake Baggett hoped to reduce the deficit that faced him in the 250 Class standings. The sophomore rider started his day in Southern Maryland by posting the fastest lap in 250 Class practice.

In the first moto, Baggett came across the line in 10th place on the opening lap, eventually working his way into seventh at the finish. In Moto 2, a better start out of the gates put Baggett in contention to challenge at the front of the field. However, a crash on the opening lap dropped him to 34th at the line.

For the remainder of the next 16 laps, Baggett displayed impressive tenacity, working his way through the field in rough track conditions. With one of the deepest fields of talent in the history of the 250 Class, Baggett had his work cut out for him and ultimately passed 27 riders in the moto to post an impressive seventh-place effort and secure seventh overall for the day.

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Baggett passed 27 riders in the final 250 Class moto. Courtesy Simon Cudby/Racer X

While a win wasn’t in the cards for the day, Baggett made the most of his efforts and is still a player in the 250 Class championship.

Baggett will be presented with the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award at this Saturday’s pre-race riders meeting prior to the Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National, providing well-deserved recognition for his efforts in front of his peers.


Mulisha’s Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy Debuting “Ox” Brand SuperLite at LOORRS this Weekend

Mulisha’s Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy Debuting “Ox” Brand SuperLite at LOORRS this Weekend

Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy, Freestyle MX rider and Director of Metal Mulisha clothing, will be debuting the “Ox” brand SuperLite truck at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Race June 25th and 26th at Miller Motorsports Raceway.  In addition to the truck debut, this race marks Hagy’s debut and entry into off-road racing.

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The “Ox” brand SuperLite is a race team that has been started to honor the memory of Off-Road/Freestyle MX/Baja MX racer Jeff “Ox” Kargola. Kargola was establishing a promising racing career in the LOORRS series until his tragic accident in Baja April 29, 2011.  In the spirit of Kargola’s passion for racing, the “Ox” brand truck will race in his memory with close friend Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy in the driver’s seat.

“Driving the “Ox” truck is such an amazing opportunity for me to celebrate his life and continue his passion for this sport,” said Ryan Hagy. “I have been testing the truck at Glen Helen and I am focused on giving this race my all, just like Jeff always did.”

The “Ox” truck will be a sister truck to Kargola’s SuperLite race truck.  The design of the truck is inspired by Kargola’s new 2011 design.  Kargola’s sponsors, General Tire, Metal Mulisha, Boost Mobile and Method Wheels, will be sponsoring Hagy’s “Ox” race truck for the Miller Motorsports Race.

The doors and hood of the race truck will display the Jeff “Ox” Kargola logo that is featured on the Metal Mulisha Jeff “Ox” Kargola Memorial fund shirts, sold  at www.metalmulisha.com/ox, with all proceeds going to help support the San Felipe Hospital in Mexico.  Kargola’s race truck will be on display at the General Tire booth at the LOORRS races this season.

“Jeff had such an amazing attitude and passion for life. The “Ox” truck should inspire us all to live life to the fullest and make every day count,” said Dana Zamalloa, Marketing, PR and Communications Manager, General Tire.  “We developed this program as a way for him to still inspire people and keep “Ox” racing.”

Jeff “Ox” Kargola touched so many people’s lives with his vivacious smile and inspirational attitude towards life. His mission on this earth was not complete and his supporters are committed to keep his “Ox” brand as a symbol of living life to the fullest and continuing to inspire, encourage and help in areas that need our support and attention.  “Ox” is not just a logo, it’s a symbol of no regrets, passion, and taking advantage of what life has to offer.

For more information on Mulisha MMA athletes and news, visit the Metal Mulisha Facebook page or www.metalmulisha.com.


MA Legend Jeff Emig, Plus Musical Guest Ziggy Marley on “The Daily Habit” Tonight

MA Legend Jeff Emig, Plus Musical Guest Ziggy Marley on “The Daily Habit” Tonight

Airing Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 pm ET/PT and telecast several additional times, AMA motocross legend and commentator Jeff Emig is on the show. And you know him as “Shaun of the Dead” star and Scotty on “Star Trek,” Simon Pegg is here. The actor tells us about his book, “Nerd Do Well” and how to pick up girls at Comic Con. We welcome pro skater and Verizon team rider Omar Hassan.

TDH correspondents Alison Becker and Chris Fairbanks join the group to chat about the first-ever triple backflip on a BMX bike and the debate for porn in prison!? Jordan also takes the “Deadliest Catch” star, Captain Sig Hansen, on a dangerous tour of LA. Tonight’s musical guest on the Stride Sound Stage is Grammy-nominated, reggae royalty Ziggy Marley.

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Jeff Emig

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Pat Parnell, Jeff Emig, Omar Hassan, Chris Fairbanks and Alison Becker

“The Daily Habit” is FUEL TV’s first original daily series, telecast weeknights at 11:00PM ET/PT. “The Daily Habit” is the most exciting, current and buzz-worthy late night party on television. Kicking it with the hottest celebrities, action sports athletes and cutting edge musical acts bringing viewers unpredictable in-studio mayhem. Big talk. Big sports. Big tunes.


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