Racing the 2010 Suzuki RM-Z250
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I just had my first ride on Suzuki’s retooled ‘10 RM-Z250 during the REM Motocross races Saturday at Glen Helen Raceway. I raced it with the bar-bashing young buck 250 Novice class and I was stunned by just how dialed it is out of the crate. (Find more about it in the 2010 Suzuki RM-Z250 First Ride
Having ridden 450s exclusively as of late, I wasn’t initially impressed with the power of its fuel-injected engine. It’s so smooth and runs so flawlessly that it almost feels slow. But once the gate dropped in my motos I was surprised by how much power the engine doles out—especially in the midrange—which really helped when motoring up some of the steep climbs at Glen Helen. Top end power felt good too although the engine doesn’t rev out quite as far as you’d expect from a 250F. It’s almost a moot point though because all you have to do is upshift and you’re right back in the meat of the power.
The chassis also had me a bit confused at first. It’s so dialed that initially I mistook it for being lackluster. But regardless of how hard I pushed it always remained stable and never did anything peculiar. While it takes a bit more effort to steer than other 250Fs once turned it tracks excellently and is perfectly balanced front-to-rear—even in the whooped out braking bump sections. Ergonomics were relatively neutral and not that cramped even for my six-foot height and the brakes and clutch all worked flawlessly.
Normally after you spend a day racing a bike you have a general idea of what could be better or improved. And other than the fitment of different suspension springs and valving based on your riding ability or weight, the RM-Z250 doesn’t need much. Just toss on some Dirt Digits
preprinted number backgrounds, top off the gas tank and you’re ready to race—it’s that good.
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