1997 RM 125 Good or bad?

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8/3/2018 3:47 AM

Couple clean 1997 RM 125"s locally... Thinking about picking one up....were they any good?

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8/3/2018 6:51 AM

i had a new 97 was a great bike, then i rode the honda, if you get it do not ride an hpp 125 you will end up buying one

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8/3/2018 8:49 AM

pete24 wrote:

i had a new 97 was a great bike, then i rode the honda, if you get it do not ride an hpp 125 you will end up buying one

That's what I figured, I had a 93 cr125 in 93-94... It was a great bike, fast & bulletproof.

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8/3/2018 1:28 PM

Great forks. Ask Jason Hogue (Kid Kawie?). He has that bike.

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8/3/2018 2:55 PM

I know the cr's rip, but you don't buy one just for the fact they are a fast bike. You get them because they remind you of a certain era/childhood.

Those 96-97 RMs are super unique with the upside down forks so if you are fan of Rm's I would get one.

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8/3/2018 3:37 PM

689 wrote:

I know the cr's rip, but you don't buy one just for the fact they are a fast bike. You get them because they remind you of a certain era/childhood.

Those 96-97 RMs are super unique with the upside down forks so if you are fan of Rm's I would get one.

I agree, you buy a bike for sentimental reasons. But, I must point out, you must be a youngster yourself to think the conventional forks are "upside down". The conventionals came first. So, technically, they are right-side up. Lol.

I'm just busting your balls. It was too easy on this one. tongue

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8/3/2018 5:01 PM

689 wrote:

I know the cr's rip, but you don't buy one just for the fact they are a fast bike. You get them because they remind you of a certain era/childhood.

Those 96-97 RMs are super unique with the upside down forks so if you are fan of Rm's I would get one.

your 100% rite, and im a known RM hoarder

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8/3/2018 11:26 PM

689 wrote:

I know the cr's rip, but you don't buy one just for the fact they are a fast bike. You get them because they remind you of a certain era/childhood.

Those 96-97 RMs are super unique with the upside down forks so if you are fan of Rm's I would get one.

RyanLester761 wrote:

I agree, you buy a bike for sentimental reasons. But, I must point out, you must be a youngster yourself to think the conventional forks are "upside down". The conventionals came first. So, technically, they are right-side up. Lol.

I'm just busting your balls. It was too easy on this one. tongue

Dam not sure how that happened. Mind you I managed to install a directional front tire incorrectly twice today laughing

My mates brother had a 97 RM125 with the 5th Dragon graphics kit. Me and my mate were always giving him a hard time because we thought it sounded like a sewing machine.

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8/5/2018 7:13 AM

They were good bikes back in the day. It was the bike of choice for a lot of privateers. Actually, all the 125's were pretty good bikes in '97.

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8/5/2018 8:00 PM

Had a 97 and it was a good bike. I remember it seemed to have a good mid range motor and was a bit meatier and easier to ride than the 96 (had one every year 92-99). Great suspension and really that 96+ style RM has a really modern feel. Can’t beat Suzuki handling and the 125 in the mid 90s was always a good bike.

I rode friends Honda’s too and they were good....but I never felt they were superior to my RMs or that I needed to ride red to beat anybody I couldn’t beat on a Suzuki.

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8/21/2018 3:34 PM

Had a new 97 rm125 after a 96 cr. The cr was faster but the rm brought my riding up a notch. The handling and suspension were so good. Later had a 97 250, awesome as well. Pulled many holeshots on both and never had a major mechanical issue with either.

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