WINNER: Suzuki Quadracer R450
Impressive horsepower, top-drawer com-ponents and incredible handling don’t always translate into a BIC Award.
This time, though, the 2008 Quadracer gets the BIC and the praise it deserves, not just from us but from all across the North American racing scene.
The dedication of Suzuki’s 450 engineering team is evidenced in the impressive advancements made to the new Quadracer, not the least of which is an improved and potent 450cc EFI mill.
Sweeping power modifications bring the 450 to race spec at an industry leading, ultra-low price.
Add to this an overhauled chassis and suspension package allowing riders to easily and precisely tune the QuadRacer to winning race conditions.
To win in a brutally competitive class you need cutting-edge equipment. To rise to sales success in an economy under pressure you need to be a bargain. The Quadracer R450 is both.
RUNNERS-UP: KTM 450SX, Can-Am DS 450
KTM: Adding to its already impressive XC model line, KTM is now fully tuned for closed track racing with the SX.
The Gucci-ness of the 450SX is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. It sports incredible suspension packages, big horsepower, an aftermarket caliber exhaust package and more tricked out aluminum bling than most pro level riders can afford.
This incredibly impressive ride is held back only by its fierce price tag.
CAN-AM: Entering a market this competitive can be difficult. Refusing not to compromise is even harder.
The DS is fighting a tough battle in a market flooded with high tech, impressive rides. Still, Can-Am refuses to give in and continues to refine the DS 450 and increase its awareness through factory-backed racing.
Offered in multiple packages for either XC or MX chores, the DS is hands-down the best handling and most responsive 450 in the industry.
Its superior frame technology and its inherent unsprung weight give DS riders a distinct advantage.