The 2004 Suzuki RM-Z is actually a special version of the RM standard bike that Japanese auto manufacturer Suzuki released for the 2004 model year. Placed just below the top-of-the-line RM 250 model, the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z is also referred to as the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z250.
As part of the RM family of bikes, the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z uses many of the components identified with the nameplate. However, what mainly sets the RM-Z apart from the other models is its designated use. Suzuki designed the RM-Z strictly for off-road riding, which entails driving on unpaved terrain like snow or rock.
Like its RM 250 counterpart, the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z has a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that displaces 249 cubic centimeters and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The bore and stroke is measured at 3.03 by 2.11 inches (77 by 54 millimeters), and four intake valves are placed on the engine’s lone cylinder. The Suzuki RM-Z relies on a kick starter for its engine ignition. For fuel, each bike uses a gas tank that can hold up to two gallons (eight liters).
Available only in Champion Yellow finish with a racing-inspired decal kit, the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z is made out of steel and covered with plastic. A skid plate is included for the bike’s underside protection. (This feature is missing on other RM variants.) However, just like its RM counterparts, the 2004 RM-Z is a standard bike. Thus it lacks features that include digital instrumentation, exterior lighting, storage space, and side mirrors. For seating, each RM-Z has a vinyl unit with enough space for just the driver.
For great stopping power--especially over all-wheel drum brakes--the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z has a 9.8-inch (250-mm) hydraulic disc brake at the front and a smaller, 9.4-inch (240-mm) one at the back. The bike’s suspension consists of a rather thick 1.9-inch (48-mm) inverted fork and a comparatively light twin-sided swing arm for ensuring a smooth and stable ride with the motorcycle.
Each 2004 Suzuki RM-Z has a length of 85.4 inches, a width of 33.1 inches, a height of 50 inches, and a wheelbase of 58 inches. The bike’s ground clearance is measured at 13.3 inches (338 mm), and the seat height is 37.4 inches (950 mm). Dry weight is estimated at 203.5 pounds.
The RM 250 version of the Suzuki RM series is still the peak of what the nameplate has to offer for the 2004 model year. However, in the event that you can't get your hands on one, the RM-Z is a great, less expensive alternative.