2001 Suzuki RM125 —

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Suzuki AN 125
Suzuki AN 125

Will this help me like Travis Pastrana?

California, October 02, 2000 Ever notice how difficult it is to certain events and not be affected by

For instance, how many among us can say we a certain Arnold Schwarzeneggar and for the next week avoided others I’ll be back in our Austrian accent?

Darn I’d wager.

Imagine, if you’d witnessed Travis latest competitive exploit winning the X Games for the second in a row, followed by winning motos of the 125 cc National in Millville, Wouldn’t you be interested in trying to do all own meager talents permitted in to emulate him? Of course you

That’s not to say I’m going to try a — or any other trick requires more than a feet of air — but when asked if I’d like to the new RM125 the next day, how I turn it down? There was no good excuse for not trying out the that Pastrana will be next season.

So, I showed up at the next morning to find box vans, tents and personnel bustling in a corner of Southern Lake Elsinore motocross More importantly, I found a RM125 with the Reserved-for-Motorcycle tag on it.

The ’01 RM125 has a number of from the millenium edition. As the new RM250, Suzuki wanted to the 125 lighter yet stronger and more Many of the chassis changes on the RM250 also found way to the little brother, resulting in a new that weighs a claimed 198 dry.

Yes, that’s four heavier than the 2000 as we pointed out in the RM250 story, concentrated on where the weight so that — despite the weight — the bike lighter.

In addition to centralizing better than before, tucked the steering head in 27.8 to 26.5 degrees and trail from 114mm inches) to 104mm (4.1 both of which should quicker steering. In addition, 5mm than a quarter-inch) has come off the which now measures 57.1

Though the 125 retains its footpeg the front downtube is the same smaller rectangle-section material as the Same goes for the seat of the aluminum subframe and the bodywork, links, front hub, cables and myriad other parts.

The new RM125 retains its suspension, but it’s been considerably. To reduce weight and in tandem with the more frame, the inner fork are 47mm, instead of 49. Internally, the springs sit in the bottom of the tubes, in the fork oil.

Suzuki this helps change the air and improve the air/spring load as the twin chamber fork

In addition, a separator now sits the fork springs to produce compression damping, and low-speed are incorporated into the compression to stabilize the damping characteristics at low speed. Claimed travel at 12.2 inches.

The shock is still 50 mm in diameter but, the 250’s shock, it rides in a bearing on its top mount. The piggyback-style features both high- and compression damping adjusters. At inches, claimed wheel is the same as the 2000’s.

While the new engine doesn’t boast as changes as found in the ’01 there are a number of significant

Discerning eyes will that the cylinder sits vertically now and Suzuki’s press confirm this: Instead of the cylinder is inclined only Suzuki says this the intake tract enough in the reed motor to increase efficiency and realize greater from midrange up. The engineers played with the exhaust to bump up output in that of the powerband.

Like the 250, the 125 plant is also shorter front to back, due in part to the water pump from the crankcase to its new position on the outside and in front of the clutch cover. And the 250, the 125 utilizes a smaller-diameter rotor, compensating for the reduced effect by bumping up crankshaft via slightly heavier crank

Replacing the 2000’s 38mm PWK Power Jet carb with a Mikuni TMX ends up shedding 104 or about 3.7 ounces. Part of weight loss is due to the fact the Mikuni is 16mm (0.6 shorter from front to of the carb bore for better response. The Mikuni flows as as the Keihin.

Suzuki, therefore, the old Power Jet system unnecessary, saving a few more grams not losing any power in the process.

a new exhaust with lighter-gauge plus an aluminum mount, more than 290 grams (10 of weight. In addition, the aluminum also is lighter by 30 grams (a more than an ounce).

The new output also suggested gear ratios in the six-speed Suzuki responded with a taller first and slightly second, aiming for more on those oh-so-critical starts. The 125 its link-type shifting to a gear-type as in the 250 for shift feeling.

Numerous changes reduce gearbox slightly.

Suzuki AN 125
Suzuki AN 125

Okay, so that put me on a new 125 at a I’d never ridden. For the I harbor a bit of concern for launching skyward. I’m very staying five feet, 10 off the deck, thank you, but never pole vaulted, jumped or played much

So, at first I circulated slowly the track getting used to and appreciating the RM125’s willingness to around and pull cleanly off the

Suzuki’s Tool Time Tim set the sag at before my first ride; is the usual setting, but since the was new, he felt 98 would me through the day better. It was initially in at only 80 mm before he adjusted it, tells us that the RM comes a shock spring that easily handle fast since I’m only of pace, weighing in at 165 pounds.

I got the hang of the various twists and on the track laid out on what to be the bottom edge of Lake and introduced a little speed in measured amounts. The RM responded as I got up to speed, getting onto the jet down the straights and out of some

After a couple sessions, I was comfortable enough with the to clear the huge table-tops, Pastrana need not worry me taking his job anytime soon. One that we learned at the RM250 last month was that the seat is taller and provides a platform. Riding the 125, the top of the did indeed prove to be flat to permit you to slide unimpeded up to the gas cap.

No bodywork caught on or knee braces either, weight shifts and clambering the bike easy.

Curiously, the RM125 didn’t quite as willing to hit the inside of a at Elsinore as I remembered the RM250 at Beaumont. Whether due to Elsinore’s my biorhythms or whatever, the RM125 more comfortable keeping it in a faster outside line or advantage of a rut berm down than if forced to hang to the featureless inside. For now, it up to the nut on top of the bike.

Armed with speed meant hitting a bit more seriously and — almighty! — I actually one, then another and

Coming up a bit short on others exact a painful toll or any bottoming. The rear end soaked up bit superbly, whether off jumps or in The front felt just a bit harsh at the bottom of the …, but the oil level a few millimeters or otherwise some time to dial it in that.

After a few hours, I comfortable enough with the track and the RM125 to go about as as I dared. Though I certainly possess enough talent to every triple or shred turn, that didn’t me from having lots of After all, being to successfully negotiate even a of the smaller leaps was more I expected to be able to do when I rolled out of the fartsack that

It’s hard to compare bikes simply by memory, on different days and tracks, but the RM125 felt as if it pulled a better off the bottom and into the than the ’01 KTM 125 SX we tried a weeks ago, though the SX may an edge on top power. However, the seemed easier to ride,

And that indicates to me that the RM125 will be an excellent one with enough flexibility to a turtle’s pace as well as Though I harbor no illusions of to his talents, that doesn’t I can’t have fun as well, and I up having lots of it on Suzuki’s RM125.

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Suzuki AN 125
Suzuki AN 125
Suzuki AN 125
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