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2011 Suzuki RM-Z250 Comparison Photo Gallery

We were glad to have the 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250 show up this year for the 2011 250 Motocross Shootout. Read the full details in the 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250 Comparison article.

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The MSRP rises by $100 but it only takes a couple laps to know that the RM-Z is ready to fight for its place at the top of any shootout.
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Like the Honda, this is a bike that has a great all-around package.
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Narrowly edging the Kawasaki in peak horsepower (36.64 HP) and a second-highest torque output have it the best combined engine score from the dyno.
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No matter the track, the RM-Z has what it takes in the muscle department.
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The Suzuki is a carver. It loves to turn inside lines or rail an outside berm.
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Chassis-wise, the last batch of updates brought thicker lower frame tubes and a new swingarm.
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2011 Suzuki RM-Z250 Comparison
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Suzuki gets knocked is on the scales, and even though it feels extremely light, the digital readout came up with 223.5 pounds – almost two pounds more than the next heaviest.
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It has just a touch of nervousness in the front end at speed, but not nearly to the degree that it used to.
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The twin-spar aluminum frame is the narrowest of the group and contributes to extremely agile flight characteristics and sharp handling on the ground.
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Stylish riders tried to hog the Suzuki during photo shoots because it’s a thrill to toss around.
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Spring and damping rates on the 47mm Showa fork were adjusted in 2010.
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Our two slower riders liked the Showas the least, our intermediate loved them and our fastest guys were just lukewarm.
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The RM-Z pulls even our heaviest up Glen Helen’s mighty hills with ease and allows for sloppy shifting with a very wide delivery.
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We struggled at times with the Showa fork, but in general the Suzuki impresses everyone who throws a leg over.
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The engine on this machine feels as if the factory team had their fingers around it before being brought out to the track.
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The Suzuki is the most unique ergonomically. It’s noticeable right away that you sit on top of the bike with a very firm and flat seat.
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The fork held it back, but Suzuki's shock is magic. There is minimal headshake from the front end.