Why did we really choose this one? We already covered the TVS RTR 300 FX, so, why a Suzuki RMX now? First of all, these two are different motorcycles even when they might look more or less similar. Secondly, While the RTR 300 is an Indian product ridden by an Indian rider, the Suzuki RMX 450 has been used by India’s number 1 rally racer, CS Santosh. Reasons big enough for us to give this motorcycle attention.
Our man CS Santosh won the 2015 Desert Storm on this motorcycle and also participated in the grueling Dakar Rally in 2016 with Suzuki. Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish the rally due to certain technical issues.
What this tells us about the motorcycle is that it is not your conventional dirt or a Motocross bike, it is a far more capable machine which is designed to run on possibly the most challenging terrains in the world (off-roading could be an understatement) nonstop for hours challenging both man and machine.
Motorcycles like this one are some of the most purpose-built motorcycles in production and there are some key differences between an Enduro motorcycle, as in Suzuki RMX 450, and a Motocross bike.
The RMX 450 is based on the RM-Z450 featuring the same engine with modifications that affect (increase) low to mid-range torque and revised 5-speed gearing. There is also a separate coolant reservoir tank so that the engine performance over grueling tarmac remains consistent and reliable by not getting overheated.
The chassis is a twin spar unit, lightweight and made of aluminium alloy. It is made with both cast and extruded technology to employ both of their benefits. The aluminium alloy swing-arm is also derived from the RM-Z450. This gives the RMX excellent handling characteristics. Also, at the front, there’s a dedicated space which houses an ultra compact, but information rich, speedo console which can be considered for two modes – standard and sport.
While the Sport mode displays Timer, Average Speed, Tripmeter and Tyre Diameter correction, the Standard mode displays a slightly different information with Speed, Time, Two trip meters and Voltage. On a special note, the tyre diameter allows for precise monitoring of the speed and the distance. Lastly, the RMX 450 comes with both the kick start and the electric start so that the rider will always have one of the ways to start the motorcycle thereby avoiding the situation of push-starting the motorcycle. This particular RMX of CS Santosh also has a larger fuel capacity of 17 litres.
Clearly these motorcycles are not sold in India, but as we can see with professional racers like CS Santosh and Aravind KP, there can be a good future of such motorcycles in India. Who knows, we might have more people into such sports if these motorcycles are actually available for people to buy and experience them.
As of now, one of the only few places that can bring any luck for someone looking to buy such a motorcycle is OLX. So try it out.
And last but not the least, we would like to thank CS Santosh for spending is valuable time for us and giving a good peek into his own career and the motorcycle.