2015 Suzuki RM-Z250: The only
updates were BNG. The rear rotor guard
and case guards were changed from
white plastic to black, and the bar pad
was black instead of red. The seat cover’s
red stripe was changed to gray.
2016 Suzuki RM-Z250: The 2016
Suzuki got the 80 changes to the piston,
rings, exhaust, valve stems, oil ring and
crank diameter. The forks were swapped
from Showa SFF to Kayaba PSF- 2 air
forks. Launch control was added, and
the frame got a taller head tube, stronger
frame cradle, redesigned webbing in the
main spars and new mounting points for
2017 Suzuki RM-Z250: The yellow
rear fender returned after four years of
black, and the seat cover got a yellow
stripe replacing the gray stripe that had
been on the RM-Z250 since 2015.
Q: WHAT DO WE HATE?
A: The hate list:
(1) Brakes. Every manufacturer, save
for Suzuki, switched to oversized front
brake rotors in order to keep KTM’s
awesome Brembo brakes in sight. The
RM-Z250 has the weakest brakes on the
showroom floor. To add insult to injury,
we experienced overheating issues with
the rear brake.
( 2) Clutch. What clutch?
( 3) Engine. This was a solid midrange
engine five years ago. Not anymore!
( 4) Launch control. The day that
skilled riders need to detune the slowest
250cc four-stroke in order to get off the
gate is the day they need to take up
( 5) Tires. Although Suzuki’s R&D
department has been asleep at the wheel,
Dunlop’s hasn’t. Tires have come a long
way since the MX52 was considered the
Q: WHAT DO WE LIKE?
A: The like list:
(1) Aesthetics. Thankfully, the era of
the ugly black rear fender is behind us.
( 2) Cornering. There’s no bike in the
250 class that can hit corners with more
precision than the RM-Z250. It’s confi-dence-inspiring.
( 3) Couplers. We love plug-ins and
prefer the white plug-in.
( 4) Suspension. We like the idea of
low-pressure air forks like the RM-Z250’s
Kayaba PSF- 2 forks. Low-pressure forks
have a single air chamber that only
requires 35 psi instead of the TAC forks’