I bought my nephew a 1997 RM125 a few months ago. I have the engine torn down right now for a full rebuild and I also noticed that it needs is a clutch cable (burned through where it rested against the pipe). 1998-2000 RM125 clutch cables are cheaper than one for a 1997 on RMATV. Most parts are listed as 1996-2000 for these bikes but I can't find anywhere why the cable is just listed as 98-00. I spent a lot on this bike already for him so I need to save money where I can . But if it won't fit I am not wasting money on it even if it is less expensive.