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Is A 1998 Rm125 A Reliable Race Bike ?

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I'm looking into some Rm125's and i'v come across a 1998 Rm125 fairly cheap around my price range 🙂 and before i go ahead and buy it I wanted to know if i would be able to race this bike ?, also i am looking at putting heaps after market parts on the Rm125, This Rm125 will be raced by a minor.

 

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The bike being older than the rider kinda answers the question.

 

If you want reliability, you'll likely have to spend more in rebuilding the RM from A to Z

than buying a much newer bike in the first place.

 

On any used or older bike, a few things that need to be checked & replaced if you want a reliable race bike:

 

Engine refurbished, top and bottom, reeds

Suspension fluids, bushings, seals, nitrogen charge (also that the spring rates a suited to the rider's weight)

Wheel, chassis, suspension, and linkage bearings

chain, sprockets, roller, slider, guide

brake pads

clutch

throttle and clutch cables

 

also consider the spare parts availabilty for an 18 year old bike.

 

Not saying you need a brand new bike to race,

but it's no fun if the kid can't finish a race due to constant breakdowns or

having to sit out the rest of the season due to a blown engine.

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The bike being older than the rider kinda answers the question.

 

If you want reliability, you'll likely have to spend more in rebuilding the RM from A to Z

than buying a much newer bike in the first place.

 

On any bike, a few things that need to be checked / replaced if you want a reliable race bike:

 

Engine refurbished, top and bottom, reeds

Suspension fluids, bushings, seals, nitrogen charge

Wheel, chassis, suspension, and linkage bearings

chain, sprockets, roller, slider, guide

brake pads

clutch

throttle and clutch cables

 

also consider the spare parts availabilty for an 18 year old bike.

 

Not saying you need a brand new bike to race,

but it's no fun if the kid can't finish a race due to constant breakdowns or

having to sit out the rest of the season due to a blown engine.

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I would find a newer yz, the older rm's had weak transmissions, the cr had no balls, and the kx was decent all around, Due to the fact Yamaha still makes 125s I would go with them, a 2005+ I believe is the year, feels similar to a 2015-2016

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