2020 Suzuki RM-Z250

A 250cc four-stroke motocrosser with stiff suspension and a rigid chassis.

RM-Z250 front right
2020 Suzuki RM-Z250Suzuki

Heavily updated in 2019, the Suzuki RM-Z250 returns for 2020 with only color and graphics updates. While the new black-and-blue packaging looks great on this yellow motocrosser, the stiffly set up KYB AOS (Air-Oil Separate) fork and KYB shock, combined with a fairly rigid chassis, result in a firm ride bordering on uncomfortable for riders who weigh less than 190 pounds. Upside is, the Suzuki corner easily. The engine offers good low-end and midrange power, but signs off at higher rpm; short-shifting is a necessity. It’s also worth noting the RM-Z250 is one of only two models in this class that still come with a kickstarter. Thankfully, the engine starts fairly easily.

So, while this Suzuki doesn’t offer the best package straight off the showroom floor, it has room for improvement with aftermarket modifications. Overall, it’s still a very good motorcycle. “With some suspension work, the Suzuki could be a good racebike,” tester Allan Brown wrote about the RM-Z250. “It won’t be the fastest but, because it’s easy to ride, has a comfortable cockpit, and corners well, you just might find yourself going faster on the stopwatch than you expected.”

RM-Z250 right side
2020 Suzuki RM-Z250Suzuki

2020 Suzuki RM-Z250 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $7,899
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder
Displacement 249cc
Bore x Stroke 77.0mm x 53.6mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.5 in.
Rake 28.7°
Trail 4.9 in.
Front Suspension 48mm fully adjustable; 12.2-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 11.8-in. travel
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 100/90-19
Wheelbase 58.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 1.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 233 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 37.3 in.
Dry Weight 237 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 36.4 hp @ 12,200 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 18.3 lb.-ft. @ 9,300 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A