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2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 Comparison Photo Gallery

See how the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 stacks up against others in the class in the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 Comparison photo gallery. Read the full report in the 2014 250 Motocross Shootout.

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In the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 First Ride article, we found the Suzuki still has what it takes to thrill despite the lack of changes. To be clear, Suzuki did update the ECU for easier starting and the graphics are changed, but we would say that is basically nil.
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In the engine department the Suzuki ranked lower than last year in the subjective category and was the least powerful on the dyno as well. Our 2014 unit churned out 34.95 horsepower and 18.02 lb-ft of torque.
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Braking was not one of the Suzuki’s strong suits this time around as the front binder’s feel is a bit mushy although the power was there. Grabbing a handful of the right lever would stop the RM-Z with authority but it always felt like there could be more there if the effort was firmer.
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So it seems the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 has begun to go backwards in the ratings, but it is still an excellent performer. It can turn quicker than most can think and it still is competitive in most riders’ hands.
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Suzuki has touted the 2nd generation SFF front-end as the next step in reducing friction and weight while improving bump absorption, but we found it was the least favorite of the test.
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The flighty fork also affected the handling score of the Suzuki with the crew ranking it at the bottom of the pack with the KTM.
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2014 MotoUSA 250 Motocross Shootout Torque
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2014 MotoUSA 250 Motocross Shootout Horsepower
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2014 Suzuki RM-Z250 Dyno Chart
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On the track our riders found the Suzuki’s mid and top-end power to be impressive, but the bottom wasn’t as strong as the KX250F or YZ250F.
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Nothing can turn under the yellow bike, even in the best of conditions. So if your home track has a tighter layout without chop and high speed sections the Suzuki is a weapon that can’t be denied.
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During our Holeshot and Roll-On testing the RM-Z250 fared about as well as it did in the power categories with a fourth place ranking in both shots down the start straight.
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Rowing through the gears on the Suzuki was precise and solid thanks to the transmission redesign in 2013. The lever feel is light and not one rider reported a missed shift during testing.
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The rider’s area of the Suzuki is roomy and would accommodate the taller riders better.
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On the MotoUSA scales the RM-Z250 weighs in at a second-heaviest 237 pounds with its 1.7-gallon tank full of fuel.