2002 Suzuki Ozark 250 ATVConnection.com

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2002 Suzuki Ozark 250 ATVConnection.com
Suzuki AN 250

2002 Suzuki Ozark 250

Thinking back to the old Suzuki 250, I remember a slower but very stable ATV. The unit was basic all terrain transportation, not exactly produced with a sporty style in mind. That#65533;s all changed with the introduction of the 2002 Ozark; sporty is its middle name.

It has a new styling, great suspension and an engine transmission combination capable of point and shoot fun. The new Ozark is a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 246cc, air-cooled, SOHC engine. The new engine design borrows the old Suzuki LTF250F head and cylinder (top end) but that#65533;s really all that is the same.

A new bore and stroke of 66x72mm and a new piston with a larger crown to increase compression give the Ozark an impressive feel. The engine breaths through a 29mm Mikuni BS29SS carburetor, a single overhead cam opens and closes the valve sequence and a very efficient exhaust completes the airflow. Electric start with recoil back-up makes starting a breeze.

The suspension could turn out to be the most interesting of the Ozark#65533;s features. Plenty of shock absorbing travel and a soft comfortable ride proves the point. Suspension components consist of an independent double-wishbone coil-over dual-shock front suspension which delivers 5.5 inches of wheel travel and a single-shock swing arm rear suspension system producing a matching 5.5 inches of rear wheel travel.

What makes the suspension stand out in our minds is how a large rider could jump and ride very aggressively with out bottoming-out the suspension. At one point, our test rider wheeled off of a sand hill with a two-foot drop-off and did not limit out the suspension travel! We consider that to be a strong point considering our test-rider weighs in at 240lbs, over half of the 403lbs. claimed dry weight of the Ozark.


Suzuki AN 250
Suzuki AN 250

Controls are located in a rider friendly position; steering, braking, and shifting is all positioned in natural form. A rider feels like the machine has become part of their body and controlling the machine is never overbearing. Some of our favorite features were the foot pegs, which were integrated into the full floorboards and the adjustable foot shifter.

Lighting is done via handle bar mounted switch and has some of the brightest Halogen bulbs we#65533;ve ever seen. The lighting units use a multi-reflector backing, producing excellent night illumination. The same goes for the taillight, multi-reflective backing and very bright.

Other features include a temperature warning light and neutral selection indicator light. We would love to have a speedometer and trip meter as part of the basic package but that#65533;s an option. The unit has a sporty look with the raised front fenders and a seat covered fuel tank; but down under the body structure is a premium frame and well-protected under structure.

The Ozark is produced with a rugged steel-tube chassis featuring a wheelbase of 44.9 inches and a turning radius of 8.5 feet. The unit is only two-wheel drive but with 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a steel belly pan, aggressive terrain can be negotiated with ease. A day out in the field should be no problem with the new 250; plenty of rack space makes an all-day trip a prepared event.

Racks have a capacity of 20kg (44lbs.) front and 30kg (66lbs) rear. Don#65533;t think that the Ozark is just a shinny agile sport machine, the unit has the potential to work, a towing capacity of 330kg (728lbs.) is nothing to laugh at. The unit is tough; a steel front bumper with skid protection makes a handy place to mount a winch.

Suzuki AN 250
Suzuki AN 250
Suzuki AN 250

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