Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2015
RM-Z250 BETTER THAN THE 2014 RM-Z250?
A: No. If you’re a glass-half-full type of person, then
you’ll be happy to learn that the 2015 RM-Z250 isn’t
worse than last year’s bike. Why? Suzuki’s engineers
copied the 2014 RM-Z250 blueprints line for line in 2015.
It is the exact same machine. Oh, don’t get us wrong;
there are a few aesthetic changes, but otherwise there is
no difference between the two models.
Q: THERE MUST BE SOME MAJOR
A: Please keep the laughter to a dull roar as we
point out the major differences between last year’s
RM-Z250 and the 2015 model:
(1) Seat cover. The seat cover is made of the same
material, only the red stripe in the middle of the seat has
been replaced by a silver one. Fancy.
( 2) Plastic guards. Do not be confused; Suzuki didn’t
change the shape or durability of its rear-brake rotor
guard or lower engine guards. Nope. Instead, the color
has been switched from white to black. Thrilling.
( 3) BNG. Bold New Graphics grace the RM-Z250,
although it will take a keen eye to discern the difference
between the two graphic styles. Awesome.
( 4) Bar pad. The RM-Z250 again comes with Renthal
FatBars, only the handlebar cover is now black instead
of red. Riveting.
Q: DO THE LACK OF UPDATES RUIN THE
A: It depends on whom you ask. We’ll play the
devil’s advocate and view the 2015 Suzuki RM-Z250 from
a multitude of angles; however, regardless of whether
you are a consumer, a competitor or an MXA test rider,
the RM-Z250 is a wounded duck flapping around in a
pond during open hunting season.
Consumers: From a consumer’s standpoint, there’s
no real advantage to buying a 2015 RM-Z250 when it’s
a carbon copy of the 2014 model. Even the scarecrow
from The Wizard of Oz can understand that it makes
more sense to scour dealership floors and buy last year’s
model for a fraction of the price. There’s no point in
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Repeat: Suzuki didn’t make any quality updates to the
2015 RM-Z250. That’s a shame. Fortunately the bike is
still good enough to be competitive, but it’s showing its