RM-Z450 since it received fuel injection is gone. The bike
pictured has Showa air forks. Our sources also say that
Showa components will be standard issue for 2018, with
the big news being all-new mechanical spring forks that
feature compression- and rebound-damping adjustments on
both sides. The powerplant looks surprisingly similar to our
2017 test bike’s, and there are no visible signs of updates,
not even an electric start. Word around the pits was that
Kojima’s bike had increased power, all due to the new intake
boot, airbox and throttle body, possibly produced by Mikuni.
We did notice that the water pump and oil-filter covers have
a different shape but couldn’t get confirmation as to why.
This bike is definitely high on our priority list to swing a leg
over in the coming months.
We give you a glimpse into the future
Photos by Q.C.