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1983 Suzuki RM250
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1983 Suzuki RM250

Date Added March 21, 2000

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1983 Suzuki RM250 Reviews
beerbongisthewaytogo

Joined: 09/10/2006
Posts: 2
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Posted: Sep 10, 2006 3:35 PM   Back to Top
A great bike for playing (Score:1)
Power
Ok low end power, great rush in mid-top range. Mine had the '82 cylinder head and a ported cylinder
Ergonomics
Pretty good
Suspension, Front
Pretty much ok for its age
Suspension, Rear
as above
Brakes
Ok for drumbrakes
Comments
A great playbike! Bought mine for 1200sek(160USD) rode it for 2 years and never changed a part!
Rating
95
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psychoskipper
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Jun 2, 2002

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Posted: Mar 28, 2004 2:09 AM   Back to Top
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Power
poor low end, may be because of low compression (125 psi), it starts to pick up in mid range, top end is scary. Once I hit high rpms, this bike flies. May have an 82 cylinder head. Has Boyesen reeds and wiseco piston.
Suspension
Very very adjustable. Full floater system works great.
Brakes
Not bad for drums, a little weak, may just be old brake shoes at fault...
Comments
Awesome top end, great suspension, very good handling. Makes a good play bike. NOT FOR BEGINNERS. If you can pick one up cheap, go for it.
Rating
95
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DirtRiderRM250cc
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Location: PA


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Dec 21, 2003

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Posted: Dec 21, 2003 8:02 PM   Back to Top
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Power
The power is great for the year, not like the 82. But still very good!
Suspension
Front - forks are great and i like that you can adjust the air pressure.

Rear - Shocks are really good and have 3 different spots to adjust the shock.
Brakes
Front - They are very good expecially for drum brakes. I like drum brakes because you can ride in the rain without the brakes slipping alot, unlike disk brakes. I already did endos, stoppies(front wheelies)

Rear - good just like any other drum brakes
Comments
Not as much power as 82', but if you replace the cylinder head with an 82' RM250 cylinder head, as i did, u will have a quicker bike then the 82! I love these older suzukis and im 15 years old and i work on my bikes too. This old bike can run even with the new 250 2 and 4 stroke bikes!

This bike is great fun, if you find one, BUY IT!!!!!!
Rating
100
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James Strawn
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Jun 14, 2002

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Posted: Jun 23, 2002 1:05 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Very strong midrange with some top, but no overrev. Not the ripping, chainsaw-type power delivery of the '82, but probobally more viable for most riders. Very accessible, and therefore, very fun.
Suspension
Front: From 38mm forks in '82 to 41mm forks in '83. 41mm would remain the standard MX fork tube design for several years until the advent of upside down forks in the late eighties. Springs are soft for my 190-lbs weight. Works Performance and Factory Connection both offer very good kits for these forks.
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Rear: Full Floater rear suspension is undoubtedly the best of the first generation linkage suspension types. In fact, the only reason Suzuki's modern MX bikes no longer use this design is due to cost.
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Overall, the front and rear suspension is among the best (or is THE best) of its era.
Brakes
Well, they're drums. The front does an above average job for drum brakes; the rear is average.
Comments
Suzuki was a company on a roll with its releases in both the 125 and 250 classes for 1981-1983. These are today considered the prototype for the modern MX bike (liquid cooling, single shock, etc). In fact, Dirt Bike magazine recently enshrined the 1982 RM-250 in its Hall Of Fame.
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To get an idea of just how ahead of their time these 'Zuks where, take a look at the competition.
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Yamaha mounted the radiator for its 125 in 1982 on the triple clamps. Honda's Pro-Link rears were a mess until at least the late eighties, and Kawasaki released some of the ugliest humpbacked bikes imaginable (Kawis were not liquid cooled until 1983.)
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Keep in mind that the year 1981 saw Suzuki release a well integrated water cooling system AND an outstanding rear suspension-- simultaneously. This, in a beautifully styled package that still looks fresh now. It really took the other manufacturers until the mid-eighties to catch up.
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Many seem to agree that you cannot go wrong with any Suzuki of this vintage. I get offers for mine practically every time I take it out.
Rating
100
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donnelly
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Dec 20, 2000

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Posted: Dec 20, 2000 11:24 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Power on the 1983 RM250 was mellowed out a bit compared to the '82. However this is not a knock on the '83, the typical hard mid range hit that pulls smoothly into a good top end is very useable for the intermediate riders ability. Most motocrossers took the '82RM250 cylinder head and ran it on the '83 cylinder for a nice hop-up to the '83's more mellow hit.
Suspension
For the time that it was new-practically state of the art! The Full Floater rear end did a fine job on even the biggest jumps of its day. Front forks went to 43mm and with a little tuning are nice enough for even modern tracks. The '83 RM250 that I own now can handle any of the big doubles and tabletops that the modern bikes jump.
Brakes
The double leading shoe front drum is strong enough to pull stoppies! Rear drum is strong and progressive, with none of the immediate lock-up tendencies of its rival Yamaha YZ competition. Remember, we are talking drum brakes here, not discs so don't compare it to modern bikes. They are two different animals.
Comments
An easy bike to service due to the lack of a frame crossmember on the left hand side, its all nice and open and easy to service. If you find one of these classic Evolution M/Xers with low hours and you don't snatch it up--shame on you! Call me I'll buy it! You can never have too many of these early watercooled classics!
Rating
100
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