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Track Tested | Dunlop MX53 Suzuki RM-Z250



In celebration of their all-new MX53 tire, Jay Clark and Dunlop built up a special Suzuki RM-Z250 with all sorts of trick goodies to sit on display at the launch. Fortunately, Jay gave the Swapmoto Live crew the opportunity to ride the RM-Z250 and see how the special machine felt on-track. We had our buddy Alex Ray gear-up, spin some laps on the MX53 Suzuki, and then sit down with us and talk about how the machine felt compared to the stock RM-Z250. Check out what A Ray had to say about the MX53 Suzuki RM-Z250!


For the new MX53 Intermediate to hard pack tire launch Jay Clark thought he would make a show stopper of a bike for the SML crew to pound out some hard laps on. The Suzuki RM-Z250 is known for it’s lack of power, when compared to other bikes in the same class, so Jay immediately installed a Vertex High Compression Piston Kit and FMF 4.1 Muffler to open up that quiet powerband. Following the improvements to the motor, Race Tech had their hand in fixing the harsh reality of the stock Suzuki forks by installing their softer spring. In between fixing the two greater lacking characteristics of the RM-Z250 they littered the bike in trick hardparts, such as the Supersprox sprocket, Renthal bars, Works Connection levers, and Scar Ti footpegs. And just like that, Jay Clark turned a machine that frustrated many riders into a powerhorse that hooked-up, while still handleing in the iconic Suzuki way. Look below for a complete parts list on this build and be sure to check out the all-new Dunlop MX53 tire. 
Vertex Pistons                  
High Compression Piston kit  (ring, pin and clips)
FMF Racing  
Factory 4.1 RCT Ti Muffler 
UFO Plastic  
Full FLO Yellowplastic kit 
Rear Sprocket
Front Sprocket 
  DeCal Works                                     
Semi-Custom Graphics kit                    
Pre printed number plates backgrounds                
Race Tech 
Suspension set up with softer fork springs
Dunlop Tire
MX53 Front  80/100-21
MX53 Rear   100/90-19
Works Connection
Elite Perch
Factory II  Stand   
Front & Rears brake cap s
Front Brake Lever
Chain Blocks 
Rotating bar clamp
Steering stem nut
604 Fat Bars 
Hinson Clutch Components             
Fibers, steels, springs and outer cover
VP Fuel 
U4.4 Fuel mixed with Pump 
Uni Filter
Air Filter  
                         Moto Seat                                 
Custom Cool seat cover
Titanium Footpegs  
Chase Curtis

Chase Curtis is an avid motocross and MTB rider, and he has been editing moto videos for a mere two years. He's also the Swapmoto Race Series on-site photographer and reporter. When he finishes college, he will join the SML staff full time.

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