Although Suzuki’s RM-Z250 gets the BNG treatment for the second year in a row, the yellow 250 is still a favorite. Here’s why: 2015 Suzuki RM-Z250 First Ride.
- For the second year in a row the RM-Z250 gets the BNG treatment. Thankfully its price remains unchanged at $7399.
- The RM-Z is one of the best steering bikes made. Though in the rough stuff its suspension demands careful set-up to avoid instability.
- The RM-Z’s five-speed transmission has a short throw between gears. Although the gearbox feels sticky we like how precise engagement is.
- The RM-Z’s disc brakes are capable but could offer more feel and initial braking bite from the levers.
- The RM-Z’s engine is simple to light whether hot or cold. We also how easy it is to modify the powerband/fuel map with the ‘white’ and ‘gray’ plastic couplers.
- The RM-Z250 continues to employ a generation two separate function fork by Showa. The right leg houses a coil spring and the left leg the damping cartridge. The fork offers a wide range of adjustment (based on rider weight/speed) but a narrow set-up window.
- 2015 Suzuki RM-Z250.
- The RM-Z ergonomics are well proportioned and we love how light the bike feels in motion.
- The RM-Z’s snappy throttle response and thick mid-range make it one of the more versatile 250’s in the engine department.