2018 SUZUKI RM-Z250
REPORT CARD #6
Low-end: B This is the best part of
the powerband. It has good response
and charges hard off the bottom.
Midrange: C The midrange power
is short-lived and falls off fast.
Top-end: F At 38. 35 ponies, this
engine has the lowest peak horsepower in its class. It gives up the ghost
early on in the rpm range.
Over-rev: F This engine has no
over-rev. It doesn’t fall on its face too
much, but you have to short-shift to
get the most out of the engine.
Torque: B This is the engine’s biggest helper. Without it, the RM-Z250
would have to be classed as a play
Clutch: D The weak engine tears
up the weak clutch.
Overall powerband: D Test riders thought that half the powerband
was missing. It starts off strong, but,
just when you think it is going to take
off, it signs off.
Overall usability: B This is the
easiest bike for any rider to get the
most out of. It just doesn’t have that
much to give. But, for entry-level riders, this is the easiest bike to ride. It
has its place in the market, but no
serious racer would be crazy enough
to buy one. It has a serious performance disadvantage.
Notes: We want to like this
engine—we really do. It can be fun
to ride, and it feels like you’re going
really fast, but that doesn’t last long.
The 2018 RM-Z250 engine needs to
be used as a doorstop. This engine
isn’t in the same league as its current
Ergonomics: B Everything feels
good, but nothing feels special.
Turn-in: A Everyone loves the
way this bike gets into a corner. It is
effortless. If you have the stock MX52
front tire on it will push, but remem-
ber, it is the tire, not the chassis.
Apex: A It is hard to mess up.
Corner exit: A It’s like you don’t
even have to try.
Overall turning: A This is the
best-turning bike in its class. It has
been for years. We love it; however,
the great turning takes away from
Line selection: B It gets you
where you need to go.
Planted feel: C It has a tendency
to dance around a bit at times.
Overall feel: B Nobody had any
big complaints about the feel of the
bike, mostly because the bike is not
powerful enough to negatively affect
Brakes: D These are the worst,