2012 rmz250 or 2012 crf250. Confused :(
Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:04 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:14 PM
What made me decide on the Suzuki was I went into the dealer and got to ride them around the lot, and I liked how light the bike felt. I'm also a taller person and the RMZ seemed to be better for someone 6ft tall.
I honestly haven't got to ride it a lot, I work to much, but I don't think I could have got a better bike. Sometimes it's a bitch to find neutral, but that's only if you really heat up the engine. Another thing is she's kinda hard to start when hot if you cant get a good kick in, like if you're in an awkward position or on the shorter and lighter side. And a minor complaint is the black plastics, it's ridiculously easy to scratch them, just get some Armor All tire foam, it costs like 4 bucks where I live and spray that on the plastics and tires of course, after you wash it, and she'll look like you just rolled her off the showroom floor.
What I love about it is the suspension, it comes stiffer than most stock and that's what I like... Honestly the bike sometimes feels like it rides itself just railing it around corners. The bike has PLENTY of power, I out pulled an older 06 yz450 on it on a 1/4 drag, three times in a row, and on the track you can seriously pull power out of anywhere in the rpm range.
This should go with any bike you buy, but be sure to change the oil and clean the air filter, and filter your gas the fuel pump in the gas tank is known to get clogged.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:26 AM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:03 AM
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:39 AM
RMZ. Go for it. Now!
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:30 AM
2006 CRF250 (3 yrs)
2009 KX450 (10 months)
2008 CRF250 (1.5 yrs)
2011 KTM 350 SXF (1 yr)
2012 RMZ 250 (13.5 hrs in 4 months and counting)
My favorite bike considering everything: 12 RMZ250.
Honda is great in many ways. But I could not get mine to corner 1/2 as good as my RMZ. Is the new chassis better? No experience. Magazines have mixed opinions. But no one has mixed opinion about the RMZ cornering.
You can't fix chassis issues (easily). It is my starting point.
Kawi: awesome motor. Feels big, wide, and bulky. It's in their DNA. Does not matter the year or 250. Cornering is less than fun also.
Again, not a good starting point.
KTM: awesome motor and chassis. However, the suspension was too mushy. Finally, I don't like heavy complicated machinary for a MX bike. E-start, FI horror stories.
As stated, all bikes have weak points.
I chose mine based on the first priority: light weight chassis that makes cornering heros out of average riders like myself (Vet intermediate).
It just so happens all other factors are also great. Especially the stiff suspension. Mine is starting cold and hot in 1-2 kicks consistently.
You will be hard pressed to find FI reliability problems on this forum (unlike others).
Fit and finish is Honda like. Ergos are Honda + better for me (6 ft).
My bike looks nearly new after 13.5 hrs of moto including GA orange clay and OH mud. Clean up is a breeze and all components look great.
Not sure if the metals will stand up as Hondas do. What I can say is I don't see much on RMZ engine problems, plastic, frames, fasterners, and others seem good.
Yes, RMZ has a transmission reputation.
However, there are lots of info on this forum to prevent and I expect they have made some process improvement for 2012.
Time will tell for me.
Either bike will be a great choice.
Help the economy and go have some fun.
Edited by Honda574, 28 April 2012 - 10:41 AM.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:10 PM
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:04 AM
wont be disappointed,
Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:10 PM
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