Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Honda all bring potent 250 Motocross machines to the table, but which bike will come out on top in our 2007 shootout? Check out how 2007 Suzuki RM-Z250 did in our 2007 250F Motocross Shootout.
- The 2007 Suzuki RM-Z250's aluminum frame is 2.4 pounds lighter than the steel version which plays an integral part in keeping the tank-empty weight to a skimpy 217 lbs.
- The seat wasn't the only soft component on the RM-Z. Back when Suzuki and Kawasaki were collaborating on the 250F project, Kayaba suspension was bolted on to keep things smooth.
- Riders can get a stout grip on the bike using their legs. A roomy cockpit not only lets the rider move around easily, but the neutral ProTaper handlebars encourage rider mobility.
- The RM-Z carries on the Suzuki tradition of quick handling.
- I forget, did we mention that jumping the RM-Z250 was a lot of fun?
- The steering geometry on the RM-Z isn't the most aggressive in the bunch, but almost. With 27.2 degrees of rake and 4.5 inches of trail, only Yamaha has a more acute angle at 27.0 degrees.
- We were happy to find that while the Z450 can sometimes be shaky, the 250 gives plenty of confident feedback. A couple testers thought the front end had a tendency to wash at times, but we attribute most of that to tire selection.
- Suzuki came roosting into 2007 with its all-new RM-Z250. We knew this would be a gamer from the minute we first rode it at the press intro.
- Sometimes a bike can feel heavier than it is, but not the Suzuki.
- This bike likes to sing but projects its moto lyrics at only 96 dB at race pace.
- Jumping is fun on the 2007 Suzuki RM-Z250.
- The RM-Z cranked out a max horsepower of 34 at 11,200 rpm - 200 to 300 above any of the others.
- Huff catches some air of the 2007 Suzuki RM-Z250.
- The Showas' ability to eat up holes and chatter around the track made it a favorite for riders who prefer a sponge-like setup, but overall we'd like to see a little more bottoming resistance to make it a better all-around performer.
- Suzukis will be Suzukis. Even though it's new from the ground up, the RM-Z still feels familiar. The chassis and handling were a strong point.
- The suspension is extra-plush on small hits, but faster riders will want to consider stiffer springs - bottoming was a problem four our speedsters.
- The Z250 is a real rocketship, at least in the sense that it revs to the moon.