06 Rm 250 or 07 Yz 250

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9/15/2018 8:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2018 8:16 PM

Just looking for opinions, don’t wanna spend more than 2500. So I found these to models in my price range. I like them both, but leaning towards their YZ. It has the KYB SSS suspension, parts are cheaper and more readily available. But I had an 06 RM 250 quite a while back, and liked it very much. I also had an 09 yz250, liked it also. I’m a 48 year old former vet rider, and am doing this to ride with my son, who races 85s. Who knows maybe I’ll line up at the gate again. Just having a hard time deciding, any help will be appreciated, thanks


9/15/2018 8:31 PM

As long as you’re asking for opinions, I’d personally go with the RM 250. JMHO


9/15/2018 9:07 PM

I'd take the yz. I had an 07 RM250, then a 2012 250sx and now a yz. The yz is my favourite overall to ride and own


9/15/2018 9:13 PM

Both great bikes and have ridden both. I would go with the YZ based on the fact that yamaha is still making parts for it.


9/15/2018 9:43 PM

RM for sure if you like going fast in the turns and riding a shorter track. The Showas are good too. Throw some gold rims on it and be done.


9/15/2018 9:55 PM

I love my RM, but parts availability in the next few years would turn me towards the YZ if I was in your shoes.


9/16/2018 6:19 AM

thats a 12 year old suzuki, it needs every single part in the clutch, and the tranny has been fixed or needs it price out those parts, then buy the yz


9/16/2018 6:23 AM

I have owned quite a few RM's and absolutly loved them but if you're worried about parts availability I would definitely go with the YZ. Both will be really really fun to ride though.


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9/16/2018 8:06 AM

Have owned a couple of RM's & preferred the YZ's due to the stability of the chassis. As mentioned parts availability would be something to consider as well.


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9/16/2018 8:06 AM

Former vet rider? And now? Whats height, weight? A smaller fellow go rm, big dude yz.


9/16/2018 8:56 AM

Buy some plastics and rims for the YZ and tell the boys it's a 19.



9/16/2018 9:32 AM

Sorry, can’t embed because I’m on mobile, but here’s a video I did comparing the two. In short, they’re both very similar bikes and you’ll be more than happy with either one. Just because of parts cost I would lean toward the yz, plus I don’t really like having to keep up in maintaining a steel frame (unless you’re very sensitive you aren’t going to notice a difference between steel and aluminum on these bikes). The SSS is good, but not magical like the internet hype makes it out to be, it’s just another twin cartridge fork with good valving.

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9/16/2018 9:54 AM

RM all day long.


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9/16/2018 10:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/16/2018 10:40 AM

YZ. Fantastic bike and huge selection of parts and hop-ups both OEM and aftermarket.


9/16/2018 10:50 AM

Rm. My friend has a 06 with a fmf pipe and its friggin faster than my old 2014 ktm 250sx


9/16/2018 10:58 AM

My vote goes to the YZ.

My 06 RM was a rocket, but it was the most expebsive, unstable, and unreliable bike I've ever owned. Strongest stock 250 smoker engine I've ridden, but it constantly ate transmissions every 1-2 seasons. Parts were really expensive, and the bike generally wasn't as nice to work on as the YZs.

The high-speed twitchiness and false-neutrals over jump faces really killed my confidence when on that bike. Still makes me nervous to shift close to jump after so many years on that turd lol.

I think I ended up putting about $2k into Enzo revalves/springs and close to $3500 into transmissions over the years.

Just my $0.02


9/16/2018 12:56 PM

Having ridden RMs(and being from a Suzuki family), I am happy I chose the YZ for all of the listed reason before my post and more. I do not have a single reason to own the RM over the YZ and I would never look back.

Cost wise, the YZ is the obvious choice.


9/16/2018 1:05 PM

Yz! I love my 05


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9/16/2018 5:40 PM

I owned a 2005 RM250 and a 2006 YZ250, like them both but prefer the YZ for a few reasons...

- YZ has a better feeling clutch, consistent release and holds up better when abused. RM clutch's release point seemed less consistent and would squack at times.

- YZ may not turn as sharp as the RM but I prefer the more stable feel.

- Both suspensions are good but prefer the YZ set up.

- Parts availability is a biggie.


9/17/2018 10:54 PM

Well I went with the 06 RM 250, I appreciate all the input on the 2 bikes, but the guy selling the RM calls and says, hey dude I wrecked my truck, and I need cash now so it’s your lucky day. He knocked off another 400 bucks. So I couldn’t turn it down. Bike is in nice shape. Photo


9/17/2018 11:04 PM

Can't go wrong with the RM. Congrats man , and have fun with her!


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9/17/2018 11:07 PM

JM485 wrote:

Sorry, can’t embed because I’m on mobile, but here’s a video I did comparing the two. In short, they’re both very similar ...more

Thanks for the video I enjoyed it and great info,