2003 suzuki rm250, good buy or pipe dream

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8/13/2021 5:12 PM

Looking to pick up a bike to start riding again, been interested in the rm250 2t. Any trouble I should expect owning this machine? Like are cylinder or cranks hard to come by? I know they are unsupported but is there enough aftermarket support to carry it on for a few years?

Should I buy a rm250 2 stroke

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Some people are so poor, all they got is money

8/13/2021 6:00 PM

If you ride like Travis Pastrana, probably not grin For us mere mortals it would be fine though imo

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8/13/2021 11:08 PM

Life’s short. Buy the dirtbike.

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8/14/2021 1:01 AM

Do it man, lots of nice RM's about and the price still seems right, hasn't jumped like the Honda / Kawi prices have.

The sensible option if you want a Jap 250 is still the YZ, but since when was any of this sensible haha, so if you've got a connection to the yellow ones then get it done 👍 Friend of mine's Dad has one, has ridden 250 2 Strokes forever, said his 06 RM250 was the best he's owned.

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8/14/2021 1:18 AM

I’d aim for a 05 or 06 rm250

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8/14/2021 4:49 AM

Don’t think cylinders are particularly easy to find but they are awesome bikes and handle incredibly well..I’m riding an 01 right now and aside from the fact that you can’t get good pegs for it (you don’t have that problem with the 03) I have it working really well..

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8/14/2021 5:40 AM

I would look for 04 and newer.

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8/14/2021 10:00 PM

DPR250R wrote:

I would look for 04 and newer.

^^yup, this.. I helped a buddy with his 2003 RM250, and turns out that's kind of a bastard year for them.. lots of things are either 2003 specific, or were improved in 04+.

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8/14/2021 10:17 PM

I had an 03’ RM 250. Great bike! Get the suspension done, v-force reeds, pipe, and let’er rip.

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8/15/2021 5:35 AM

I’d look for a yz just because everything is readily available

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8/15/2021 6:32 AM

Get something newer

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8/15/2021 11:27 AM

I had too many conversations with God in the air on my ‘03.
Tended to light off on me at the worst time. I now have an ‘04 and could not be happier! What a difference a year makes. Photo

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8/15/2021 4:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/15/2021 4:27 PM

‘04-‘08 is the years I’ve owned. The ‘03 as mentioned, is a bastard year bike and parts are sometimes impossible to find.
Although I didn’t have any issues on mine, the transmission gears are a weak link. I had a brand new set of tranny gears and sent them out for a hardening treatment. It was only about $250, I was already into it and didn’t want a failure. The gears are getting harder to find too….

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8/15/2021 7:00 PM

tobz wrote:

I’d aim for a 05 or 06 rm250

The '06 is what you want. I have an '04 as well and the 2006 is just a much better bike overall- especially the power delivery.

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