2008 Suzuki RM-Z 250 here soon
Suzuki has released advanced details of its exciting 2008-model RM-Z250 motocross machine, due to arrive in Australia next month.
Suzuki has released advanced details of its exciting 2008-model RM-Z250 motocross machine, due to arrive in Australia next month. Featuring a lightweight and powerful 249cc, four-stroke engine coupled with a strong, lightweight aluminium chassis, Showa suspension and an array of high-performance components, the RM-Z250 is a pack-leading Pro Lites racer. The latest version of this awesome motocrosser features a wide range of modifications, including developments to the engine, frame, suspension and brakes, plus striking new graphics.
“Built on the impressive platform of the 2007 Suzuki RM-Z250, the new 2008-model incorporates a number of key developments to ensure it will be the one to catch on the racetrack,” Perry Morison, General Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia said.
Powered by a compact, 249cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine, Suzuki’s latest RM-Z250 is further improved with a redesigned piston profile for less mechanical resistance, to deliver exhilarating performance. The composite-plated, aluminium-alloy cylinder offers increased durability, optimum engine cooling and operating temperature with a forged, two-ring piston designed for maximum oil retention and minimal wear. Using cam profiles selected to supply a wide powerband with strong outright power, the RM-Z250’s exhaust port has been newly designed to enhance the power output at mid-to-high rpm. An automatic decompression system means kick-starting the RM-Z250 is easy.
For easier clutch operation, the hot starter has been relocated to the right-hand side of the handlebar just like Ricky Carmichael’s championship winning RM-Z450. New clutch judder springs have also been added to improve feel for clutch lever operation. Incorporating two ignition maps, the AC-CDI ignition system automatically increases engine idle speed to reduce engine brake effect, while the ignition timing and rev limiter are set for optimum high rpm and over-rev performance. Newly equipped with a Keihin FCR38MXS carburetor with bat-wing type air guide plates result in better mid-to-high power output while improving low throttle opening response.
The twin-spar aluminium-alloy frame – based on the championship winning RM-Z450 – now offers even better rider manoeuvrability through a revised chassis. Modified to reduce weight and improve shock absorption, the 47mm inner tube, Showa inverted, twin-chamber, cartridge-style front fork offers 22-way compression damping, 20-way rebound damping and 300mm of wheel travel, delivering even more agile handling for racers. The Showa rear shock absorber comprises a newly designed damper case and modified internal structure for a better controlled feel and increased bottoming resistance. Race-inspired front and rear brake wave-rotors provide better cooling performance and increased mud deflection in muddy conditions.
The 2008 RM-Z250 rides on Dunlop tyres with lightweight aluminium rims. Titanium serrated footpegs offer low weight, maximum strength and improved grip in all riding conditions. Renthal tapered aluminium handlebars with a Renthal-labelled handlebar pad are included as standard, reducing vibration and increasing rider feel. Set to stand out from the pack, Suzuki’s distinctive Champion Yellow livery incorporates aggressive new graphics for 2008, while the new gold-plated drive chain and axle blocks give a full factory look.
The RM-Z250 is expected to land on Australian soil in October, at an SRP of $9,990 (inc GST).
SUZUKI RM-Z250K8 Specifications
ENGINE: 249cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC, 4-valve
BORE X STROKE: 77.0 x 53.6mm
COMPRESSION RATIO: 13.4:1
FUEL SYSTEM: Keihin FCR38MXS
LUBRICATION: Semi-dry sump
IGNITION: Digital AC-CDI
FINAL DRIVE: #520 chain
OVERALL LENGTH: 2,165mm
OVERALL WIDTH: 830mm
OVERALL HEIGHT: 1,260mm
SEAT HEIGHT: 955mm
GROUND CLEARANCE: 350mm
WHEELBASE: 1,465mm DRY WEIGHT: 92kg
SUSPENSION FRONT: Showa telescopic, cartridge-type, 16 compression & rebound settings, 300mm of wheel travel
REAR: Showa link-type, spring preload fully-adjustable, 16 compression & rebound settings, 310mm of wheel travel
BRAKES FRONT: Single hydraulic disc
REAR: Single hydraulic disc
TYRES FRONT: 80/100-21
FUEL CAPACITY: 7.0 litres
COLOUR: Champion Yellow No.2