2009 250F Motocross Shootout Scorecard

JC Hilderbrand | December 8, 2008
Final Scoresheet 2009 250F MX Shootout
(10-point must system 10=1st, 8=2nd, 6=3rd, etc)

Objective (out of 10 possible)

2009 250F MX Comparison Horsepower Chart
The peak horsepower numbers are all within a single pony, but these 250 4-strokes have very different attitudes on the track.

Horsepower/Torque:
1. Honda – 10
2. Kawasaki – 8
3. Suzuki – 6
4. Yamaha – 4

Base Price:
1. Suzuki – 10
2. Kawasaki – 8
3. Honda/Yamaha – 6

Track Subjective (out of 50 possible)

Engine:
1. Honda – 44
2. Kawasaki – 40
3. Yamaha – 30
4. Suzuki – 26

Brakes:

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1. Honda – 44
2. Suzuki/Kawasaki – 34
4. Yamaha – 28

Suspension:
1. Yamaha – 44
2. Honda – 40
3. Kawasaki – 28
4. Suzuki – 28

Handling:
1. Yamaha – 38
2. Honda/Kawasaki – 36
4. Suzuki – 30

Transmission, Clutch, Gearing:
1. Honda – 42
2. Yamaha – 36
3. Suzuki – 32
4. Kawasaki – 30

Ergonomics:
1. Yamaha – 40

2009 250F MX Comparison Torque Chart
Suzuki makes the most torque, but all of our riders noted that the RM-Z needs different gearing in order to take full advantage of it.

2. Honda – 40
3. Kawasaki – 36
4. Suzuki – 24 

For My Money: 
1. Kawasaki – 40
2. Honda – 36
3. Yamaha – 36
4. Suzuki – 26

Appearance:
1. Kawasaki – 44
2. Honda – 42
3. Suzuki – 28
4. Yamaha – 26

Overall Combined (Out of 420 possible – First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Honda – 340 (4)
2. Kawasaki – 304 (1)
3. Yamaha – 290
4. Suzuki – 244

Return to the 2009 250F Motocross Shootout.

JC Hilderbrand

Off-Road Editor| Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

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