ON RECORD | WE TEST THE 2001 SUZUKI RM125
This test is from the 2001 February issue of Motocross Action Magazine.
QUESTION ONE: IS THE 2001 SUZUKI RM125 FASTER THAN THE 2000 RM125?
If it wasn’t Suzuki would have wasted a lot of money designing an all-new engine. The 2001 is faster than the 2000, but that wouldn’t be too hard to accomplish — the 2000 engine was fun to ride but produced very little horsepower. And by very little we mean about two horses less than the class leader.
The 2001 engine is still fun to ride, but now makes horsepower–not as many ponies as the fastest bikes in the class, but darn close. Over the years Suzuki resisted the urge to jump on the Yamaha YZ125 powerband wagon. They stayed their course. What is the RM125‘s niche? Rev over grunt. To make the most of the RM125 powerband you have to be comfortable living at 12,000 rpm. The 2001 RM125 has almost limitless rev.
QUESTION TWO: WHAT’S NEW WITH THE RM125 ENGINE?
What isn’t? Here’s the short list of changes: (1) The engine cases have been downsized. (2) The water pump is back on the outside of the engine. (3) The cylinder sits at…