2016 Yamaha YZ250X Review

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By Scott Rousseau

2016 Yamaha YZ250X

Editor Score: 89.0%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 10/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 5.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 8.5/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 89/100

It’s more than a little ironic that Yamaha, the company that ushered in the modern era of four-stroke dirtbikes and contributed to the sounding of the death knell for two-stroke motorcycles, has recently unleashed the best new two-smoker we’ve ridden in a long time. The YZ250X is the company’s first two-stroke off-road racer in nearly two decades, and it’s a winner right out of the crate.

Yamaha has been hard on the gas when it comes to producing intriguing off-road-specific motorcycle models during the past two years, and off-road fans have been introduced to some truly great machines.

Yamaha began its recent domination in 2015 when it surprised cross-country racing fans with the amazing YZ250FX, a bike so good that it earned an honorable mention in our Best Dirtbike of 2015 honors. But Yamaha didn’t stop there. It also released a long-anticipated, WR250F, boasting the company’s latest motocross engine technology in the form of its fuel-injected, rearward-inclined four-stroke Single.

For 2016, Yamaha has been even more aggressive, releasing two all-new off-road four-strokes based on the YZ450F: the WR450F and YZ450FX. These models were logical next steps in Yamaha’s retooling of its off-road arsenal.

The 2016 YZ250X was probably less of a priority for Yamaha, at least from a numbers standpoint, but the product of their efforts is one of the most entertaining bikes we’ve ridden in a long time. The 250X is a dream come true for Japanese off-road dirtbike fans who still prefer the sweet smell of premix.

The YZ250X builds on a Yamaha legacy of high-performance two-strokes that dates all the way back to 1961 when the company released its YDS2C two-stroke twin …read more

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