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Checking In On The Fullnoise.com.au Suzuki RM-Z 250

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The last time we checked in on our Fullnoise.com.au Suzuki RM-Z 250 we had just completed our first two races aboard our yellow terror.

Since completeing the 7th and 8th rounds of the 2014 AORC and the 2014 edition of the Hattah Desert race we have turned our attention back to the motocross scene incuding racing rounds three and four of the South Australian State Motocross Championships in the Vets B grade class.
We have a all new control center on our Suzuki RM-Z thanks to ODI / ARC and the guys from Lusty Industries.
Along with a couple of races we have hit plenty of practice days on the weekends we have spent at home and not chasing the national racing scene across the country.

We have also added a handful of new parts to our Suzuki, with the latest additions mainly coming from the great people over at Lusty Industries and another few products from the guys over at John Titman Racing.

The first change we made after Hattah was to unbolt the 47 tooth talon rear sprocket and replace it with another red Talon sprocket, though back to the standard 49 tooth.

Up front of the bike we have a all new control center thanks to a set of ODI bars in a countryboy bend, a fresh set of ODI V2 Lock On Emig Grips in a vibrant blue colour and a set of ARC levers.

At the same time we have taken off our R-Tech hand-guards for the time being, though we are sure they have been on and off the bike since a few times depending on where we have been riding.

It is the first time I have ran a set of the ODI Controlled Flex Technology bars and it did take a little while to get used to having a cross bar on my bars as it is the first time since 2004 that I have had a set of bars with a cross bar!

After a little playing around and trying them in a few positions, I found a sweet spot and am more than happy with the ODI bars. We will have a full review of the bars coming up in the near future.

As for the ODI V2 Lock on Grips, we still can't get enough of them and you can read a review we done on these grips recently by CLICKING HERE

For the second year in a row we will be running Funnel Web air-filters for 2014. The Funnel web filters stood up to the test in our 2013 KTM 350 SX-F and thanks to Lusty Industries will be relying on the Australian made filters to keep our engine dust free again this year.

With the latest updates fitted to our Suzuki it was time to head back to the race track for three and four of the 2014 South Australian Motocross Championships.

First up was round three being held at Caldecott Park in Keith, a track named after legendary SA dirt bike racer Andy Caldecott with the venue being used for state level motocross racing for the first time in over 30 years.



Rocking up to the event we were faced with a tough techincal track with the hard quarry base filled with sand to great a track with and ever changing surface that through up every thing from deep sand rusts to square edged rock hard braking and acceleration bumps.

The race also acted as our first official motocross race aboard our RM-Z with the bike pulling us through each race with improved results all day. At day's end we finished the day in 22nd overall in the B Vets class.

With three weeks between rounds three and round four of the state titles we were able to squeeze in a couple of rides between the two rounds and headed to Renmark full of confidence.

Unfortunately though the confidence was high, things were not looking great at Renmark with 24 hours of straight rain leaving the track a water logged mud bath early on Sunday morning.

With the track proving near impossible to get around for the states best riders, a decision was made to suspend practice with the club bringin the heavy equipment to scrape the mud off the track.

With a slightly narrower and altered track we finally set out for practice with the Suzuki hooking up to the red Renmark loam perfectly thanks to our MotOZ Terrapactor tyres.

Feeling good when the gates dropped on the opening race, our Suzuki powered us to a start well inside the top ten and things were looking great until turn three when my excitement got the best of me and I found myself on the ground! Picking myself up out off the ground and wipping the mud off the brand new set of Shift Strike race-wear that we have just taken hold off, I remounted in last place.
We were welcomed a a wet and sloppy Renmark track for the 4th round of the 2014 South Australia MX Championships
The track has started to form up nicely and the soft soil proved to be my liking and we were able to pick up a few positions during the race, picking off one rider at a time to finish with a season high 15th place finish!

Things continued to get better as the day went on though could have been better if it was not for a poor start in race two. A botched start in the second moto has us rounding the first turn in last position, but another ride through the field dodging some early race carnage see our RM-Z cross the line in 12th position.

Another good start in the final moto lead to another season best result, racing through for a tenth place moto finish that resulted in a 13th place overall result for the round and just one point off 11th place, a big improvement over the 22nd place result the previous round.

With another two races down, we are hoping to get in some more ride time in the coming weeks, but with the final rounds of the 2014 Australian motocross championship coming up in the coming weeks with the final round of the SAMX champs the week after the final round of Nationals at the point in time it looks like our next race will be on the 6th of September!

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