Suzuki introduces the 2010 RM-Z250 as the first quarter-liter motocrosser to be powered by a fuel-injected engine and so makes sure that this model continues the tradition started by its bigger brother, the RM-Z450 , a model which was also the first in its class to feature fuel injection a couple of years back. Not only the engine is now fed through a revolutionary system, but it also revs higher and it is now more compact. With a redesigned frame, updated brakes and suspension, this bike qualifies as a championship-winning machine. We shall wait and see if things turn out as claimed by Suzuki.
Suzuki made sure to miss no aspect when improving their RM-Z450 motocrosser for 2010 due to the revolutionary stance that this dirt bike has in the collective mental ever since 2007, when it came out as the first fuel-injected production bike. Suzuki claims their new engine is now more powerful and offers better throttle response, while the also new chassis is supposed to sharpen steering and improve control. We have no reasons to doubt that so far, but we must say we expected the new model year to weigh less, not 1 kg more than the previous generation one. It seems that not all aspects have been covered after all.
Given the fact that the motorcycle press has long shown the reverse-cylinder 2010 Yamaha YZ450F and, implicit, destroyed the maker’s element of surprise regarding this model, Yamaha has come up with a video showing James Steward as the inside man answering to ridiculous rumors heard by Yamaha employees, including Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and James Toseland.
The video is supposed to create some buzz about this new model and to announce the launch date – September 8th.
Those who have been saying that Suzuki is losing ground in the off-road field can start eating their words (at least partially) because the Japanese manufacturer has launched an all-new model for 2010 – the RMX450Z. Based on the RM-Z450 competition model, the new addition is a slightly more docile four-stroke dirt bike to take both on the track and on the trails. It retains the 450cc engine and brings the benefits of electric starting and those of a headlight out where Suzuki riders would have previously struggled with the DR-Z400S . Bikes such as the Honda CRF450X , Yamaha WR450F and Kawasaki KLR450R can already start worrying.
During a hill climbing competition, a motorcycle rider dropped his machine in the attempt to reach an even higher point on the hill and the bike started tumbling down towards the public. It unfortunately crashed into five spectators, but none of them was seriously injured.
They say “when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” but it seems that rider Chris Birch simply couldn’t conform to the habits of royalty during the Stowe House photo shoot. The fact is that it is aimed to promote Saturday’s X-Fighters event at Battersea Power Station and, to be honest, we really don’t think there could be a better way of doing that without getting arrested.
Chris Birch’s invitation to tea at the Buckingham palace was honored in probably the strangest possible way in history.
Riding your dirt bike on the sand dunes is a good choice for a first experience, but it can also turn out being a total disaster if you’re not prepared for the jumps that you plan to make in order to impress your friends. This guy not only hurts himself, but also risks the cameraman’s life when letting go of the bike with absolutely no sense of responsibility regarding the well being of those around him.
Thanks to the good reflexes of the cameraman (the guy wearing a white singlet) nobody apart from the rider was hurt.
For 2010, Husqvarna worked to deliver a new motocross range that is composed from models characterized by more engine performance and better handling, while also being more reliable and weighing less. The new Husky TC450 is the first example in that matter as it was derived from the racing machines of Husqvarna’s World Championship Teams.
Yamaha has released a video explaining the modifications done to their quarter-liter motocrosser of latest generation, the YZ250F. The bike now features a bilateral beam frame, while the engine now benefits of new valve train, carburetor and exhaust.
Overall, the new 2010 Yamaha YZ250F is supposed to offer a new riding position, handle sharper and deliver a more power with less noise. Sounds tempting to me!
This may not be the latest commercial that Yamaha made for their dirt bike lineup, but it sure is the most inspiring seen yet. Looking at it, most riders feel like gearing up and hitting the dirt on whatever model they got and that’s precisely what I’m planning to do now.