2018 Suzuki RM-Z250 On the Way

2018 Suzuki RM-Z250.

The updated for 2018 Suzuki RM-Z250 is on the way, with the first bikes set to land in Aotearoa in the coming weeks.

For the coming year the RM-Z250 has received a minor update to bring it up to par with the stunning new looks of the 2018 RM-Z450, which stole much of the development R&D focus for the 2018 Suzuki MX range.

Notable updates to the 2018 model are the blue additions to the graphics kit and the seat, mimicking those we saw last month when the covers were pulled off the RM-Z450.

We all know Suzuki are the masters of fine tuning over long periods of development, and the RM-Z250’s engine is no different, having been refined over the years to offer stellar mid-range power and torque is enhanced while maximum power is maintained. Power delivery is smoother and linear for easier control. 

Up front springing duties are taken care of through a 48mm KYB PSF2 Suspension system to give riders total control over the suspension settings. Unlike other manufacturers which have already moved back to oil springers, the RM-Z250 sticks with air-springs, for now… Riders can adjust both air forks with one balanced air pressure setting from a hand-pump. Compression damping is adjustable while rebound damping force is both high- and low-speed adjustable.

Out back the latest design KYB rear shock absorber is connected link style to the swingarm via re-shaped cushion rods and spacers. The nitrogen-charged, piggyback style shock features a new top-mounted integral adjuster system for easy adjustment of the high- and low-speed rebound, and high- and low-speed compression damping force adjusters. Spring preload can be precisely tuned via a threaded collar on the main shock body.

Like the 450, there’s also Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) so you can nail that launch. The latest, three-stage version of S-HAC fitted to the 2018 RM-Z250 adjusts the ignition map for the initial moment of launch, then re-adjusts timing for the time the motorcycle moves through the starting gate area, then another adjustment is applied during the longer primary acceleration period.

By plugging in either of two additional fuel-setting couplers (still not handlebar mounted button, we might be waiting for 2019 for that), riders can opt for a richer-than-stock or leaner-than-stock fuel setting to make the most of any riding conditions. Included with the bike, these couplers can be easily plugged in trackside.

Suzuki New Zealand say the first shipment of the new look RM-Z250 will be hitting dealer floors in roughly mid-August, with pricing to be announced in the coming weeks.

2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 Revealed

Suzuki have pulled the wraps off the all-new RM-Z450, and all we can say is WOW!

Not only does the 2018 RM-Z have an absolutely killer new look, there are some serious changes under the shrouds and new blue additions to the bodywork. The frame has had a redesign and is now more rigid and lighter, the Showa forks (like many in the industry) have gone back to springs and oil, and there’s even more power squeezed out of the 449cc DOHC engine thanks to a lot of tinkering to the airbox and injectors.

Then there’s the electronics, with the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) also getting an upgrade and now gives riders three different settings to choose from.

All in all it is a massive step forward for Suzuki’s MX1 machine and we can’t wait to get our hands on it when it finally arrives in the country in September.

But we’ve only just scratched the surface here, so for the detailed analysis, grab the next issue of DRD – on sale July 10!


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