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RIEJU MARATHON 200 (2010-on) Review

Published: 11 January 2011

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Think of it as a modern-day version of the much-loved old Kawasaki KMX20"

RIEJU MARATHON 200  (2010-on)

"Think of it as a modern-day version of the much-loved old Kawasaki KMX20"

  • At a glance
  • 250cc  -  19 bhp
  • 75 mpg  -  158 miles range
  • High seat height (945mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £3,899

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Rieju’s new MRT200 LC is a road-legal enduro machine. Think of it as a modern-day version of the much-loved old Kawasaki KMX200. Powered by bored-out Yamaha YZR-R125 engine, the Spanish machine has lots of punch, is equipped with some top-notch parts and is genuinely good at tackling the dirt as well as the tarmac. It’s the perfect choice for new riders who want to get muddy. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

On tarmac the Rieju is fun, likes to wheelie, but is ultimately compromised by its soft, long travel suspension and off-road tyres, which wobble and move around if pushed hard. The seat is like a plank of wood and there’s zero wind-protection. Off-road it’s a different story - it’s hugely capable. It’s never going to compete with a proper competition enduro machine, but it’s more that good enough to learn your mud-plugging skills on. It’s light, easy to manage and has enough power to get up steep hills and over obstacles.

Engine 4 out of 5

Using a 19bhp liquid-cooled 183cc four-valve single-cylinder engine, produced by the same company who make all of Yamaha’s small capacity engines, the Rieju can be ridden on a restricted licence. It has a decent amount of punch, sounds throaty and the throttle response from the single carb is spot-on. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

There are some cheap touches on the bike, like the pillion pegs, just one mirror and the side-stand that flicks up as soon as you take weight off it. The engine should prove reliable as it’s a Yamaha unit and generally the cycle parts are high quality.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

What you’re getting here is effectively two bikes in one: a funky road bike and a machine that's genuinely fun off-road. It’s a lot of bike for the money and an excellent choice for new riders.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

For your hard-earned cash you get a steel beam frame, aluminium black-rimmed spoked wheels, ‘factory’ sponsor stickers, 40mm upside down Marzocchi forks, a fully-adjustable rear shock, Galfer wave discs front and rear, Domino handlebar grips, hand guards and an electric start. It also has pillion pegs, but rather you than me on the back of that razor thin and rock-hard seat. There’s a base model: the MRT200 LC Pro, which has non-adjustable suspension, lower seat height, no sump guard and plain colours for £300 less. Compare and buy parts for the Rieju MRT200 in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £3,899
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £44
Annual service cost -
Max power 19 bhp
Max torque 32 ft-lb
Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 158 miles
Engine size 250cc
Engine type 5v, single
Frame type Twin spar steel
Fuel capacity 9.5 litres
Seat height 945mm
Bike weight 98kg
Front suspension 40mm Marzocchi forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, fully-adjustable
Front brake 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper.
Rear brake Single disc with single-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 18

History & Versions

Model history

2010: MRT200 Introduced

Other versions

MRT125 & MRT50

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