yellow side panels that have replaced the white units from last year. The RM-Z250 also receives BNG (Bold New Graphics), which are the spitting image of last year’s motif (with gray and black accents instead of red and black). Q: WHAT CHANGES DO WE WISH SUZUKI WOULD HAVE MADE TO THE RM-Z250 FOR 2014? A: It’s hard to knock a bike that is so well equipped in stock trim; however, there are several annoying flaws that we would like Suzuki to address. (1) Clutch. The clutch system cannot handle the load of the engine. At the very least, Suzuki should install stiffer clutch springs. ( 2) Hot-start lever. Suzuki is the only manufacturer to still use a hot-start lever, and the plastic lever will break the first time you tip the RM-Z250 over. ( 3) Overheating. Trade the stock 1.1 kpf radiator cap for a higher-pressure cap ( www.cvproducts.com) to prevent the RM-Z250 from boiling over. ( 4) Bolts. Maybe it’s just us, but we round off more Suzuki bolts than all the other brands combined. Q: HOW FAST IS THE 2014 SUZUKI RM-Z250 ENGINE? A: The answer depends on the rider; however, all skill levels agree that the RM-Z250 engine is a winner. Beginners, Novices and Vets: The meaty power is more than enough to catapult a rider of this level to faster lap times and improved performance. The RM-Z250 is relatively easy to ride. Flubbing a corner isn’t a death sentence. Intermediates and Experts: You might think that because the RM-Z250 is perfect for slow riders it wouldn’t be sufficient for highly skilled throttle twisters. Wrong! The good spread of power caters to those who live above 10,000 rpm. It’s true that the RM-Z250 will lose ground to the Kawasaki KX250F and KTM 250SXF, but the Suzuki is much easier to keep on the pipe than the 250SXF. And, with the addition of the lean coupler, an adept rider will have no trouble sticking with the green and orange bikes. Q: WHAT SECRET TUNING TRICK DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RM-Z250? A: It takes 30 seconds to change the power characteristics of the RM-Z250—and it is free. Does this sound too good to be true? Suzuki provides each 2014 RM-Z250 owner with two optional mapping couplers, aside from the stock (white) coupler. Confusingly, Suzuki includes another white coupler. Here’s the breakdown: Lean coupler (white): It’s easy to differentiate the lean coupler from the stock coupler, although they share the same hue. Simply locate the back of the coupler. If you see wires extending out of one plug location and returning to another, then you’ve found the lean coupler. The stock coupler doesn’t have any wiring.
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