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I'm buying a bike finally. I'm 24, 5'9 155lbs. Never raced, my family couldn't afford it when I was growing up. Finally have enough money to get a nice bike. I've rode, just been a long time. Didn't know if this bike is ready to go or if there are some mods I should still do. Thanks

It's a 2012 Suzuki RMZ 250

It has an FMF full exhaust

Reynard mod suspension

Moto Tassinari air boot

Vortex oversized handlebars

I considered putting in a hi compression piston and a steering dampener.

Brand suggestions would be great!

It's a clean bike

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I wouldn't worry about high comp pistons and other mods. I'd be more concerned about all the bearings being tight, and greased. Brake pads have enough lining? Fluids fresh?

The most modified bike in the world can't win if it falls apart before the checkers.

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A bike being race ready just means that everything is in proper working order and the suspension is set up for your weight and dialed in. All the bolt on parts and such may make it a better race bike but thats a different story.

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thought it needed to be orange to be "Race Ready" ?

that's what I was thinking, but it's "ready to race"

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Before a race my checklist is somewhere along the lines of:

 

1) Oil Changed

2) Fresh air filter

3) Both brakes have enough pad, and fluid is good

4) Chain is lubed

5) Grips are in good condition

6) Double check all controls

7) Fuel, enough....alot.

8) Tire pressure

9) Triple check all controls

 

That's pretty much it for me I think.

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What about the suspension? It's set up for a 145 lb "pro" rider. I weigh about 160. I can take it to get it re set but is that a big deal? 15 lbs

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What about the suspension? It's set up for a 145 lb "pro" rider. I weigh about 160. I can take it to get it re set but is that a big deal? 15 lbs

 

If you can set the sag properly (#1 thing to do), you should be close enough on the springs.

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If you can set the sag properly (#1 thing to do), you should be close enough on the springs.

thanks! Are any of you familiar with any shops in Kansas or Oklahoma?

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thanks! Are any of you familiar with any shops in Kansas or Oklahoma?

check out john stallworth at jsr performance in Kansas. He is a badash when it cones to motor builds and porting

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If you can set the sag properly (#1 thing to do), you should be close enough on the springs.

Agree set the sag correctly.  Suspension for pro riders are usually set stiffer than for beginners, so the springs on the bike might be just right for your weight.

Look at getting an oversize front rotor.  Tusk makes a kit for $120.

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get the suspension set up for you and the only other thing it will need is maintenence

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