’08 RM-Z450 verses an ’08 RM-250 — Rich’s StoryTwo Stroke…

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’08 RM-Z450 verses an ’08 RM-250 – Story

Up until last I had always owned two … bikes. Vintage Can-Am’s, PE’s as well as more RM’s were the only in my barn. The old ones were for racing and the newer ones for Hare Scramble racing and enjoying the ride.

For a very time a 1990 RM250 my barn home and for good it fit me like a glove and at the zing of its note many four met their match. Even 10 or 12 years newer ate its dust, I’m that a better rider for would have changed the some. But we are talking about that I knew so well I could ride them at in failing daylight.

1990 RM250

However, I could that the competition was gaining and it was time for an upgrade, so in late ‘05 I a used 2002 RM250. And put it did everything that the ’90 did only The fact that it started and that I could actually buy a new set for it from my local dealership was an amazing thing!

Once life was sweet and while I did my old steed, its replacement was upholding its end of the But then it happened.

2008 RMZ450

I won’t get into the of it all, but the end result was that was selling RM-z450’s at a very price last fall. Mix in the that I was finally financially to actually buy a “Brand New!” bike and you could see this one like a freight train. I had read all of the articles about how strokes can now handle as well as the two that their wider curves actually made easier to ride and be faster less effort!

A seven-hour trip in what had to be the Michigan snowstorm in January of ’09 was not enough to get me to change my mind.

My intent behind buying the 450 was I had spent many hours my ’02 RM250 engine and suspension to be sure that I would be to run with those 450’s. silencers, flywheel weights, RAD jetting, suspension work and it like I was never done. The 450 I would “only need” suspension work for me and my riding Once again I had read the and totally believed that it not need any engine work.

after carefully breaking it in for 5 I added up what I had done. 3 oil changes and 2 oil filters grab Yup, I did one 15 minute “heat when I got it and then I immediately the oil and the filter and clean both oil screens.

My reason for chaining the oil so was two fold, #1 was that I was planning on it for life! #2 engines really do put a lot of into the oil during the first few of break in and it was advised that I do “just to be sure”, plus I want to wipe out a $200 Oil change #2 came after 2.5 of engine time because I couldn’t use “good” oil, I had to stick with “break-in” oil I hit 5 hours. And that’s when I had to do the oil and filter change (plus screens), but at least now I could

really! ride it like I it! Remember back when you use to be to run a tank or two through your 2 and then you would declare it in??

Any ways, off to the trails I and now it was time to really lay down fast times. On that day I did a with a group of guys of which I had ridden with but all of them were KTM riders hated yellow (some KTM are just that way). Or it was that they hated the that last year a yellow RM250 dusted off … It must have sucked to get by a bike that you deem than yours.

Oh well, I out slow, just taking my getting use to the 450’s torque and it was a 40 mile wooded loop so was time to get aggressive. But it wasn’t before I started feeling and started to press forward. The was that I wasn’t catching It was hard to say but the old “you think going slower

when really are going faster” or ever those four guys keep saying to ring though my head. The was, I was just going


Then I started hitting the rev and for those of us that have done that before

umm a treat. The first time I thought that I just up my new scoot on it’s first ride. I had to settle back for a few minutes before I realized I had actually done, after I still didn’t like it but I got use to it. so, having your bike like it’s spitting bombs out the exhaust is not fun and even if you are the guy behind that bike.

to say I ate a lot of orange 2-… dust day.

The next 5 or 6 rides got easier and in some ways it got By then I had spent over on engine modifications, like a Commander 5 (PCV) and an FMF Power just to get it to pull better low and through the mid, plus the fuel mileage sucked. The PCV and the Bomb helped a lot but there was one that could never be come, weight.

My z450 was 20 pounds heavier than my and I felt every ounce on the the fact that the z450 is suppose to be one of the better handling 4 seemed strange. I hated to what a heavy and slow 450 would have felt

Around this time I training for a local Triathlon, so I had to think about my riding and I was doing right and wrong pounding out mile after in an effort to lower my bicycle and run The one thing that I kept back to was the thought that on my old I could flick it through and the trees like it was nothing, but the 450 was me, remember

most magazines agree the z450 is one of the better handling So I spent the next couple playing with the clickers ended in zero improvements and me feeling slow. And based on how my riding buddies were I was in fact going slower the year before.

Suzuki RM 250

In a nut shell was holding me back was that it like the 450 had a gas cap that weight 15 pounds, and it was fighting me around corner.

In late August another challenging ride I the 450 right next to my trusty ’96 and that’s when it all started to sense. Just sit back and at the design of any perimeter chassis bike. All of them have the gas tank sitting above the – nice and high.

My “older” as well as most any other 2 built in the last 20 years had a gas that wrapped around the and with about a gallon in the tank most of that gas was even with the spark On my 450 that entire gallon still be well above the by several inches. That to the fact that my 450 was already 20 pounds heavier and the fog started to

You see, while MX tracks and tracks can be redesigned to accommodate the and the extra bulk, even to the of offering them an advantage. My off-road trails have not in 20 years, with the exception of the re-route or fallen tree. I remembered that not that ago two strokes dominated all of the tighter series.

To the point where the factories not even race a four because the riders, even factory support, were slower on four strokes. when I put my 450 up for sale or trade.

Suzuki RM250

Two months I got an email from a guy that was in making a trade. He claimed to a 2008 RM250 that was not in good shape but was actually Jarrett’s practice bike and I’m Ricky Carmichael). We exchanged a few worked out a deal and met half Turns out that the bike was a very tricked out 2008 that had really once to Mr. Jarrett, confirmed by the Certificate of which had been signed off by the man “JJ”.

Checking it over it like a poster child for Connection, but the Hinson clutch and the fiber ignition cover, fiber pipe guard and the RG3 DLC suspension was just too cool to up.

That first ride was magic. I wish that I had able to directly compare bike “side by side”, I so let me just say this. Even the weight difference between the two is like 20 pounds, it’s that weight is mostly up on the 450 that it really feels like 25 or even 30 pounds

really. That weekend I the speed that I use to have on my old ’90 ’02 once had. Yes

I actually that I was faster on my ’90 RM250 the woods than I was on my ’08 z450.

As a the ’08 RM250 has low end power that of the other RM250’s had.  So so that I dare say that it hooks up on the very bottom end as as my 450. Plus my RM250 never flame out!  on the top end down a 4th or 5th gear straight the 450 was But flicking it through the woods me of my glory days and that it so good to be back on a two …, an and no less!

  If I had to do it over I would found either a left RM250 or saved a little bit and bought a KTM 300XC-We, but that’s story.

Suzuki RM 250
Suzuki RM 250
Suzuki RM 250
Suzuki RM 250

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