Bike Test: 1996 Suzuki RMX 250 Motortrend

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Bike Test: 1996 RMX 250

You can still go mild or wild, now conventional forks

It’s some time since we at Trail Rider had a chance to a leg over Suzuki’s championship-winning Quite frankly, since the RMX has largely unchanged since its debut, it was hard to get excited yearly refinements and BNGs. For however, Suzuki has done more than improve an albeit competitive off-road

For one, the entire 1996 RM line, including the RMX, followed KTM’s lead in the to conventional slider forks. twin chamber units are on the RM, while the RMX gets a unique slider cartridge-type fork.

To cut to the this fork works at least as good as the new Marzocchi

On top of that seemingly earth-shattering from Japan, front end are just the tip of the iceberg on the RM250. It out, the ’96 RMX lags along minor updates to last engine, while the ’96 RM gets a new motor right down to the

It used to be that when you to hop up your RMX, all that was was a little browsing through the year RM parts fiche. is not the case for Suzuki’s ’96 quarter-liter as you’ll have to revert to the ’95 RM bin for help.

However, look for the ’97 RMX follow with the new motor that dimensional changes (longer cylinder reed induction (vice case reed), an water pump design moves the pump and impeller the cases for better crash completely redesigned clutch linkage and a fully removable

“Commence salivating”

Any way, history. The new fork is enough to our interest, and with a little from local dealer Toussaint of Mt. Holly Suzuki/Kawasaki, we a fresh from the factory ’96 and carved out a test session the aid of a couple of local test enduro wunderkind John and pro MXer/off-road hero Joel

The ’96 RMX comes well-equipped right your dealer, for either racing and/or trail perhaps even a bit over We’re talking here the EPA legal exhaust system includes a clunky double-walled and heavy, power sapping silencer/spark arrestor.

Rounding out the RMX performance strangling, the airbox is with a bulky cover/induction Nothing new here.

On a more note, the new conventional slider end is graced with bellows-type boots (while the RM comes roost guards), complete plastic fork underhang and a front disk protector as Enduro goodies like a odo, a wide ratio speed transmission, heavyweight plastic rear disk and guards, an o-ring chain, gallon fuel cell, coil, headlight and tail leave woods hounds to howl about.

From a maintenance and reliability zerk fittings are found on all linkage pivot points, and a RM-esque, two ring piston the engine. Rounding out the package, foot pegs that (in looks, anyhow) expensive pegs machined from stock bolster this rider interface. In a nutshell, bike is loaded.

The Test

For our session, we left the RMX totally and made no changes to jetting, or exhaust hardware.


The motor an easy starter, even in the 40 temperatures of late November. the choke on, it maintained a steady during warm-up, although it have hinted of richness and the to load up. Warmer temperatures likely demand a turn of the or otherwise leaner jetting, should be no problem on the familiar PJ38 carb.

For initial suspension setup, the compression adjusters were set at 13 out from full hard and had an range of 18. Interestingly though, we the adjustment range and only up with 15 clicks. Similarly, rebound was set at 12 clicks from damping while the advertised 18 detents conflicted with our 23 measured.

Out back, shock was set at 14 clicks out from full (range 21 clicks advertised, 25 measured) and shock rebound set at 12 out full damping (range 21 advertised, 26 clicks measured). we didn’t remember to check the sag out on the trail. Afterward, when we did get to measuring it, the sag (with our sorry, butts on the saddle), was found to be a 120mm.

Had we had more time, we have liked to crank the sag to something closer to 100mm and go some more. No doubt would do nothing but improve was found to be already fine action.

Without any hand other than the stock guards, our tight woods was severely limited. However, it was that this is where the ’96 RMX excel, with lively low end and a good linear power Of course, whenever the terrain up, the motor either required clutching or just signed The stock motor just loses its breath at higher in open country.

Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250

Fortunately, the clutch pull is down the lightest in the business. A to the Suzuki engineers, it’s that a clutch pull light doesn’t lead to slippage problems.

After a short period of riding the bone stock, we made our change of the afternoon, discarding the lid. This immediately motor response, especially in the from low to mid range. Not to say that it is with other 250cc bikes in this trim, but it suggest that completion of the (a.k.a. delegalization) would few riders jonesing for more

This well known replacement drill includes an pipe and silencer for more and top end, coupled with a to a thinner RM head gasket raises the compression ratio to low end bark. Everybody who races an RMX this switch, and it is a completely bike with the high-performance installed.

“The suspension set up as was most plush, down in the chair range.”

Initial compliance was such the fork would easily to the smallest of bumps, roots or This made woods a cinch, allowing tree without fear of deflections. this apparent softness we not bottom either end, with Dengler showing off his MX tricks.

Likewise, the RMX managed whoops competently, without any kicking or swapping, and proved to be stable at speed.

If we could one complaint, it was a slight tendency to into turns. We attributed to a little lightness on the fork damping, perhaps compounded by the sag setting out back. Surely a sag coupled with some with the fork compression would take care of any complaints.

Bulkier riders, might have to consider springs, whereas lighter might find everything fine. If you’re familiar KTM’s Marzocchis, the RMX fork is more compliant than fork during the initial yet retains significant bottoming Bottom line, the new conventional fork works great, and are matched to the rear shock

No doubt, the ’96 RMX will provide an working package that few could complain about.

Wrap It Up

The ’96 RMX will likely be the year of this, the first of the model line. Characteristic that run, this RMX continues to provide a well platform in EPA legal trim. Top will no doubt loathe the to quietness, and the resulting added of aftermarket pipes, silencers and RM gaskets.

However, any level-headed would agree that should be the default, rather the other way around, in today’s climate. If you want to leave it the ’96 RMX provides spirited performance, than adequate for trail that should prove competitive in nearly all novice or class contests. Either the RMX can be easily molded into a top

Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250
Suzuki RMX 250

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