It is hard to resist the urge to bring an old Suzuki RM125 back to life. Our $700 2006 RM was a labor of love. You don’t have to spend the kind of cash we did on ours, but you can follow our steps to get any old bird flying again.
The MXA wrecking crew likes the Yamaha YZ450F, especially the suspension and hard-hitting, high-rpm powerband, but we had lots of quibbles with the rest of the bike. With the help of Doug Dubach and Joe Gibbs we set out to fix the bulky size, cranky handling and odd feel. It only took 20 steps.
When Broc Glover (above), Chuck Sun, Danny Laporte, Robbie Reynard, Jeff Stanton and Jeff Matiasevich decided to race again—we had to be there (even though it was in Italy). Plus, we sent Dennis Stapleton to a foreign country to race (no surprise there) and went to the “Day In The Dirt” too.
Do you remember when Nathan Ramsey won a 450 Supercross? Sure you do. It was 2002. He was the second-ever four-stroke rider to win (after Doug Henry five years earlier) and the first ever winner on a CRF450.
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If you had subscribed to MXA, the March 2016 issue would have been placed in your mailbox by the reliable hands of a uniformed agent of the U.S. Government. And you should want to subscribe so you could read all the details of the the TM450FI-MX, Yamaha YZ125, Husky FC350, Yamaha YZ450FX offroad bike and find out how much money we spent making a 10-year-old RM125 two-stroke new. Or, you can wait for these tests to appear on the internet…in a couple months. Your choice.
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