most outdated brakes in the class.
Notes: This is a middle-of-the-road
chassis. It does nothing bad and turns
exceptionally well but gives up stability at speed. If your number-one priority is cornering, this bike is for you.
Forks: C The standard air pressure
of the forks is way too stiff for most
riders. Once we found a good psi
setting, we went softer on compres-
sion as well. Good luck getting to the
clickers that are underneath the han-
dlebars. They are a nuisance.
Shock: B We like the shock.
Balance: B Once we lowered the
air pressure in the forks, the balance
of the bike was great.
Gearing: A Stock gearing is the
best gearing for the bike.
Maps: B The RM-Z250 has three
different maps with two of them
being plug-in couplers. Each map is
useful in some way.
Noise: A It purrs like a kitten.
Tires: D The Dunlop MX52 front
tire is not good. This tire is a left-over
tire from three years ago. It takes
away from how awesome this bike
Price: C For the most dated bike,
it should be the cheapest. It is not. At
$7749, it is the second cheapest.
Weight: D At 226 pounds, the
RM-Z250 is the heaviest bike without
an electric start.
Rank in class: Sixth place ❏