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General => General Bike Related Banter => To Buy or Not To Buy => Topic started by: Ratt on September 20, 2013, 02:15:44 pm

Title: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 20, 2013, 02:15:44 pm
I have a guy that wants to sell his RM 250

I don't know much about them  :-\

It needs a clutch (theres tension when you pull the lever, but it doesnt take)
Needs sprockets and chain (not a major)

How is parts availability and how reliably are they? I know they eat plugs, but what else do I have to worry about?
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: ZK1 on September 20, 2013, 02:18:05 pm
What model is it? And what does he want for it?

And just to make sure, its the 2T right?

Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 20, 2013, 02:26:53 pm
2 T yes. Year I don't know, he doesnt either. Not old ones and not new shape if that helps.

I must make a offer, he bought a quad for some reason and wants to sell th RM to fix the quad
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: ZK1 on September 20, 2013, 02:55:42 pm
To be honest, the year model will help in determining the price to offer.

Things to look out for is the following:

Wheel bearings

Linkage bearings, if you pick the bike up at the rear just before it leaves the ground you will hear it make a clack noise, you will also feel it.

Forkseals

Maybe take the tank off and see how clean the bike is under the tank and check if the airfilter is clean. You need to clean it before every ride.

You can also take the pipe off and look into the barrel from the front, you can then turn the motor with the kickstarter till you see the piston and see if it as any scratches. If it does, it might be because of piston slap or a dirty motor.

This is what my bike looked like when I sold it for R27 000.00 (2007 KX250)




Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 20, 2013, 03:08:14 pm
Youre kx never left the showroom floor  :biggrin:

The motor runs beautifully

I'll try to take some pictures over the weekend, maybe that will help.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: ZK1 on September 20, 2013, 03:25:47 pm
He he he!

I wasn't the fastest rider, But it was the cause of 3 shoulder ops and a few shoulder dislocations  :imaposer:! BUT I prepped it before every ride!!

Looks awesome at the track till the first lap. ha ha.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 20, 2013, 09:48:52 pm
Okay, on closer inspection I found that the frame has been powder coated not so long ago. Vin number must be under the paint somewhere.

Needs the 2 white covers in front by the fuel tank, apparently a 98 to 2001 model according to my friend who rides a RM.

Didn't get time to check bearings and seals. Got a photo, will upload as soon as I get pc time
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 21, 2013, 02:27:40 pm
The photo, it's missing the covers on the tank  :-\ How hard is it to find suzuki parts????
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Dux on September 22, 2013, 08:16:54 pm
That looks early to mid 90's , phone the dealers with frame number , they can then tell you the year model . But the bottom line is that it is an old bike , power valve problems were common on these models , replacement parts are about R8000 , so be very careful .
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: SmuGS on September 22, 2013, 08:30:35 pm
Check that the power valve is ok too, If it drops the power valve it stuffs up the piston and rings too..
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 22, 2013, 09:50:04 pm
Check that the power valve is ok too, If it drops the power valve it stuffs up the piston and rings too..

 ??? where do I look for that??
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Etienne2T on September 22, 2013, 10:32:40 pm
The photo, it's missing the covers on the tank  :-\ How hard is it to find suzuki parts????

That thing is prehistoric, do yourself a VERY big favour, and walk away, far, far away.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Dux on September 23, 2013, 09:14:28 am
Check that the power valve is ok too, If it drops the power valve it stuffs up the piston and rings too..

 ??? where do I look for that??

Inside the engine , agree with Etienne , rather walk away
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 23, 2013, 09:23:09 am
 :thumleft:

Thanx guys
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Rough Rider on September 23, 2013, 09:29:29 am
This is how a RM should look  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg) (http://s850.photobucket.com/user/Jake_KXF/media/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 23, 2013, 09:32:37 am
This is how a RM should look  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg) (http://s850.photobucket.com/user/Jake_KXF/media/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg.html)

If I could afford it yes  :thumleft:
Nice bike  :ricky:
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Rough Rider on September 23, 2013, 09:41:43 am
This is how a RM should look  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg) (http://s850.photobucket.com/user/Jake_KXF/media/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg.html)

If I could afford it yes  :thumleft:
Nice bike  :ricky:


That is the beauty of these 2007/8 Jap 2t bikes, you can pick up a beaut for nearly no money.

If you are patient you can pick up 3 KX250/RM250 etc for the price of one KTM 300. And the 300 does not exactly run away from them. 
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Etienne2T on September 23, 2013, 09:43:15 am
This is how a RM should look  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg) (http://s850.photobucket.com/user/Jake_KXF/media/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg.html)

If I could afford it yes  :thumleft:
Nice bike  :ricky:


That is the beauty of these 2007/8 Jap 2t bikes, you can pick up a beaut for nearly no money.

If you are patient you can pick up 3 KX250/RM250 etc for the price of one KTM 300. And the 300 does not exactly run away from them. 

 :lamer: :lamer: :lamer: :lamer:

Yes, lets also compare track racing cars with rally cars while we at it.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Rough Rider on September 23, 2013, 09:53:05 am

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 :lamer: :lamer: :lamer: :lamer:

Yes, lets also compare track racing cars with rally cars while we at it.
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I think you are missing the point Etienne.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Bensien on September 23, 2013, 09:56:02 am
This is most likely a 1989- 1991 model. It is worth nothing . I bought a 1993 KX250 that appeared to be in a much better state than this one. I canít sell it for half of what it cost to get it running properly. For the money I could have bought an almost new bike.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Rough Rider on September 23, 2013, 09:57:19 am
This is most likely a 1989- 1991 model. It is worth nothing . I bought a 1993 KX250 that appeared to be in a much better state than this one. I canít sell it for half of what it cost to get it running properly. For the money I could have bought an almost new bike.

I agree, I would not take that bike for free, you will just end up dumping it.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: trevo on September 23, 2013, 10:06:09 am
Picked up a 2008 RM250 for 21K a few months ago, just keep looking it is a buyers market
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 23, 2013, 01:11:12 pm
 :-\ I just got mindfucked. So I phone the guy and said the bike is bit old and parts are expensive he just said "okay, so R4000 is to much to ask for it then" I said hold on I'll think about it some more.

What you guys think? Could I sell the worthy parts easily if it is gonna cost too much to fix?
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Rough Rider on September 23, 2013, 01:43:05 pm
:-\ I just got mindfucked. So I phone the guy and said the bike is bit old and parts are expensive he just said "okay, so R4000 is to much to ask for it then" I said hold on I'll think about it some more.

What you guys think? Could I sell the worthy parts easily if it is gonna cost too much to fix?

I would not buy it for R4000.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Dux on September 23, 2013, 02:37:27 pm
Walk away , very far away , best free advice we can give you .

Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Dux on September 23, 2013, 02:40:51 pm
This is how a RM should look  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg) (http://s850.photobucket.com/user/Jake_KXF/media/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg.html)

If I could afford it yes  :thumleft:
Nice bike  :ricky:


That is the beauty of these 2007/8 Jap 2t bikes, you can pick up a beaut for nearly no money.

If you are patient you can pick up 3 KX250/RM250 etc for the price of one KTM 300. And the 300 does not exactly run away from them. 

Dave that is so true  :thumleft:
And there are also plenty good YZ250's around , just look at Buff's 09 YZ
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Ratt on September 23, 2013, 02:55:37 pm
Cool thanx  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Rough Rider on September 23, 2013, 03:33:21 pm
This is how a RM should look  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg) (http://s850.photobucket.com/user/Jake_KXF/media/DSC08839_zpse3939d30.jpg.html)

If I could afford it yes  :thumleft:
Nice bike  :ricky:


That is the beauty of these 2007/8 Jap 2t bikes, you can pick up a beaut for nearly no money.

If you are patient you can pick up 3 KX250/RM250 etc for the price of one KTM 300. And the 300 does not exactly run away from them. 

Dave that is so true  :thumleft:
And there are also plenty good YZ250's around , just look at Buff's 09 YZ

Donald; now that I have this one sorted I am really enjoying it; it took a jet kit, flywheel weight and some suspension work to sort it out.
Title: Re: Suzuki RM 250
Post by: Dux on September 23, 2013, 03:39:53 pm
There you go , nothing much a bit of work can't sort out  :thumleft: