RM125..to buy or not to buy

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2/15/2018 7:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/15/2018 7:24 PM

Thinking about picking up a 125 to mess around with but looking to stay under 2k. Is this a decent bike for the price? Is an 03 to old? https://rockies.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2003-suzuki-rm-125-great/6497921882.html

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2/15/2018 7:32 PM

I don't know anything about '03 RMs, but if that thing runs as good as it looks, $1700 sounds like a steal.

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2/15/2018 7:33 PM

Sully wrote:

I don't know anything about '03 RMs, but if that thing runs as good as it looks, $1700 sounds like a steal.

Yeah I don’t know anything about two strokes in general. Owned newer 4 strokes my whole life

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2/15/2018 7:37 PM

I had an 03 rm 125 back in the day!!! Bike corners like its on rails. You just have to keep dancing on the shifters more than you would most 125’s.

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2/15/2018 7:38 PM

Clean bike!

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2/15/2018 7:43 PM

Ya, that's a fair price. We picked up an '04 last year for $1500 with the suspension done and aftermarket exhaust. Bike had low hours. I'd say $1500-$1700 is definitely a fair price for the bike. You'll have a lot of fun on it. Great bikes.

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2/15/2018 7:46 PM

TbonesPop wrote:

Ya, that's a fair price. We picked up an '04 last year for $1500 with the suspension done and aftermarket exhaust. Bike had low hours. I'd say $1500-$1700 is definitely a fair price for the bike. You'll have a lot of fun on it. Great bikes.

Perfect thanks. I’m thinking about picking it up since it’s super clean and looks like a solid bike

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2/15/2018 7:52 PM

04-07 was the latest and greatest RM 125. By getting an 03, you'll be missing out on the updated power valve scheme and con rod length, the updated shock linkage, fork upgrades (like the bigger base valve), and you'll be stuck with a really unfortunate peg mount (which means you'll basically be limited to the IMS brand pegs).

The RM, no matter the year, is very narrow between the legs, very mountain-bike like, very exciting power band (if you weight less than about 165).

If you're looking for peak 125 performance, I'd hold out for the 04-07. But if you're just looking for a good bit of 125 fun, the 03 is fantastic. The later models very rarely pop up for sale, so you might be holding your breath for some time.

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2/15/2018 8:21 PM

if it's as clean as it looks (minimal paint rub, clutch cover barely scratched), with what bikes are going for that's a good deal!

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2003 CR250R - 2006 KX250 (freessshhhh)

2/15/2018 8:28 PM

There is absolutely no question...I would buy that SOB tomorrow if it was local. Seriously , even though I have a new 125 sitting here , I would buy that thing in a heart beat. $1700.00 is a steal on that bike!

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

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2/15/2018 8:29 PM

Jake_CR250R wrote:

if it's as clean as it looks (minimal paint rub, clutch cover barely scratched), with what bikes are going for that's a good deal!

Yup thats what I thought. Its super clean.

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2/15/2018 8:42 PM

jeffro503 wrote:

There is absolutely no question...I would buy that SOB tomorrow if it was local. Seriously , even though I have a new 125 sitting here , I would buy that thing in a heart beat. $1700.00 is a steal on that bike!

I AM! Haha...pretty excited. First 125 I’ve ever owned. Rode a 250 at 14 then hopped onto a 450 at 16 and I’ve been on one ever since

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2/15/2018 8:52 PM

jeffro503 wrote:

There is absolutely no question...I would buy that SOB tomorrow if it was local. Seriously , even though I have a new 125 sitting here , I would buy that thing in a heart beat. $1700.00 is a steal on that bike!

TheOriginalPancakee wrote:

I AM! Haha...pretty excited. First 125 I’ve ever owned. Rode a 250 at 14 then hopped onto a 450 at 16 and I’ve been on one ever since

You won't regret it man , if it's in as good of shape as it looks. I mean obviously check things out before you buy it.....but other than that , just prepare yourself for a learning phase in the sport. Some guys don't give it enough time and ditch the 125's to soon. If you take your time , learn it....I swear out of the 35 years of racing in this sport , the 125's are the best training tool you will ever get your hands on. I kick myself every day I ride mine , wishing I would have tried it sooner. Just be ready for the feeling of " Oh my god , this thing is slow and it sucks ".......don't think of it like that. Think positive , and think " If I can get this thing moving on the track at a descent speed....I can get anything moving at a descent speed! "

Just remember that , and most of all , have a lot of fun while doing it!

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

2/15/2018 9:41 PM

This may sound silly, but anytime that I look on Craigslist for a used bike, the first thing I look at is the surroundings, and second is how the adds description is worded. Get that bike Mr. !!

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There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear.

2/15/2018 10:24 PM

If you need a lawn mower, dudes got two ...
just say'n.

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2/15/2018 10:29 PM

One thing to consider, is OEM parts availability. Not even sure why, because my 07 450 trans has 4 new gears in it, but I checked recently, and 4th main and countershaft gears are NLA. Not good, and this bike is only 11 model years old. I’ve heard before, that Suzuki is the worst on parts retention.

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2/15/2018 10:53 PM

Looks clean! Offer him $1,500devil

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2/16/2018 2:21 AM

Yeah that is a no brainer, I had an 03 and it was a good bike> Yeah the 04 onwards is better, but that thing is too clean to turn down. It's still a cracking bike.

That stinger tip silencer is cool af too!

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@russ_69

2/16/2018 3:31 AM

I had a 03 before upgrading for a 250 smoker. That Suzuki was great. You could literally put it anywhere on the track. Very light and nimble bike. I sure do miss it

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2/16/2018 3:36 AM

Raced one back in 2003, and it was a fantastic bike - for that price I would pull the trigger. Looks and sounds like a good deal to me..

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2/16/2018 5:11 AM

Gixxxerboy wrote:

I had an 03 rm 125 back in the day!!! Bike corners like its on rails. You just have to keep dancing on the shifters more than you would most 125’s.

I agree with the shifting comment. I've had all 4 Japanese 125's around that year and the Yamaha was by far the best IMO. I didn't have to clutch it nearly as much as the rest.

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2/16/2018 6:05 AM

Snap

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2/16/2018 6:21 AM

Get it
Build it up
Ride it

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

2/16/2018 6:29 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/16/2018 6:46 AM

Last 125 I rode was an 84 RM125 back in the day & it was all top end or nothing. I do remember Suzuki improving the line in the early 2000's. That bike looks like it's been in a time capsule & would be a good buy if your looking for an economical alternative on a 125.

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

2/16/2018 6:41 AM

That is a free bike. You can ride it for years and still sell it for what you paid. Great bikes, super light, thin, corners like it is on rails and stops on a dime. And again, it's free.

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2/16/2018 8:17 AM

One of the best handling bikes out there on tight stuff.
My experience with the early 2000's RM's is that they stock clutch baskets are butter ad groove quicker than other MFG's. 2nd gear has a tendency to wear prematurely, so it it starts to jump out of gear when accelerating hard, you probably have worn gears. I've really only heard of 2nd gear wearing mostly.
Buy it and ride the heck out of it.

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2/16/2018 8:33 AM

First new bike I bought was an 02 RM125. Ive had six bikes since and that RM remains my second favorite. That bike did more for making me a better rider than anything else.

IMO, its in the top 3 best turning bikes ever produced. In bowl turns that could be squared off, that thing made you look and sound like a hero, WFO at all times.

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2/16/2018 8:40 AM

Looks like pure fun on wheels, let us know how it goes.

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2/16/2018 8:41 AM

I had a 2001 and 2004 new, and now have a 2006 RM144 and a 2008 RM125. There isn't a bike out there that handles as good IMO (and I own a brand new KTM 150sx).

The bike you found looks great, but if you can find one, the 2005-2008 bikes are the best of the bunch. Stronger motors (powerjet carb came out in 2005), better brake systems (front is routed like a Honda and rear has master cylinder built in), and better suspension (47mm Showa forks and different suspension linkeage). The motor from 2004 onwards is commonly known as a KTM clone, which is a good thing.

Clutches and gearboxes are weak, but a Hinskon basket and an undercut/polished transmission takes care of that. These are superb little bikes and they are a piece of cake to work on, with cheap parts aplenty on eBay. Do it.

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2/16/2018 9:22 AM

I have a 02 right now that I bought as a basket case. I have about $1,000 in it and I love it. It isn't as clean as that one, but it is a woods bike so i am not as concerned about looks. I would say that bike it worth the money by the looks of it. I expect to get $1,500 for mine this summer and it isn't that clean.

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