Suzuki 2008 QuadRacer R450
Invitational Press Ride
2008 Quadracer R450 lineup.
Brea, CA – July 13, 2007 – The 2008 QuadRacer
R450 was presented to the North American media
for riding, scrutiny, and a whole lot of fun
this week. The press ride was held at none other
than Digger Doug Gust's Salem, Wisconsin home.
Doug's house also doubles as a complete quad
testing facility and training center, which made
this venue a perfect choice. Using Doug's home
was made even more meaningful as Gust, a
multi-time champion and racing icon, helped
develop the QuadRacer at this very facility.
The new 2008 QuadRacer R450 features over 100
changes. There are over 50 changes alone in just
the chassis area. Suzuki engineers worked hard
to make the best even better. The refinements in
total make for an even better machine as
evidenced by the collection of editors, test
riders, and racers on the challenging Gust
The all new ECM Logic and Ignition Control
System and reshaped cam profiles were instantly
evident upon riding the new QuadRacers The new
ECM monitors throttle position (TP), engine RPM
and the transition rate of both the Throttle
Position (TP) and the Engine RPM. It then
determines the optimum Fuel Injection Volume and
Spray Timing, along with the optimum ignition
timing that improves acceleration. Across the
board, everyone who rode the yellow test
QuadRacers, noticed this marked improvement in
increased engine output, especially in the low
to mid rpm range. There were also gearing
changes and a new countershaft to improve
Doug Gust testing the new '08 Quadracer.
Next up were revamped suspension settings
with new Kashima coating that reduce friction
and allow for a definite smoother performance.
The 2008 suspension is supple yet firm giving
the riders even better steering input and a much
smoother ride. The '08 QuadRacer soaked up both
large hits and stutter bumps with ease. The
smoother ride was also enhanced with a trick
"gripper" seat cover, new rubber mounted bars
and new tires with a larger diameter.
Digger Doug was pouring on the praise for the
new QuadRacer, "The ‘08 QuadRacer is
unbelievable. Over a hundred changes and you can
really feel the difference. The power is
unbelievable, the suspension is way better, the
seat has a great feel, everything is in tune
with a rider's comfort and control. It's a lot
like my race bike."
Gust went on to comment about the actual
on-track performance, "It was amazing. I was out
there doing all the jumps on my track on a stock
bike. I've been racing quads for 20 years and
that is something I've never ever been able to
do. Now, I can do it on this new 08."
When asked what riders are going to notice
most about the '08, Doug answered: "That's easy
– the suspension and the power. It's even more
race ready than before."
Gust poses with new '08 quads on his
Doug's teammates agreed. Chad Wienen said,
"Suzuki took a lot from what they learned from
the '07 racing quads and put it into the
suspension, motor and transmission of these new
bikes. With these improvements, they are even
more raceable as a stock ATV, as well as a great
all around sport ATV. I know I could go race a
stock '08 and do really well."
WPSA Series points leader Dustin Wimmer said:
"What I noticed most was that the suspension is
a lot better – softer a lot of the way around
but still able to absorb the big hits. Also, it
has much better low end power. Tires are also a
lot better. The rubber mounted handlebars and
seat are really nice...the seat is a lot like
our race seat. The new Engine Management System
will help people out on the dry slick tracks.
All around, it's just faster, smoother with
better handling. I like it a lot."
Suzuki, always working to make things better,
brought along a contingent of engineers to join
in the fun and answer technical questions to the
The new bike will be available in August and
will come in yellow, white and a new limited
edition black model.