2015 Yamaha WR250F & YZ250FX First Look

October 16, 2014
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Yamaha brought along two new off-road motorcycles to the 2014 AIMExpo, an updated WR250F and YZ250FX. Both bikes are powered by the same rearward slanted engine found in Yamaha’s YZ250F motocrosser, though each has been tuned to tackle specific types of off road riding – enduro and trail duty for the WR250F and Hare Scramble/GNCC-type racing for the YZ250FX. Each of the new mounts also uses the same frame and body work as the YZ250F. The 2015 WR250F will carry a $7990 price tag and the YZ250FX will price at $7890. Both machines will be available in December 2014.

One notable point of difference between the two new mounts and the YZ250F is the transmission as the WR250F and YZ250FX each get a wide ratio, six-speed gearbox. The WR250F comes with a forward positioned straight intake and a high positioned airbox, as well as a radiator fan, skid plate and electric start. The LED headlight and taillight are new and the muffler has been designed for enduro/trail riding. It comes with the same KYB fork and shock as the YZ250F, but the settings have been tweaked for it’s use as a trail bike and the 10.6 inches of travel are nearly two inches less than that of the YZ250FX and YZ250F. The WR250F has a 21-inch front, 18-inch rear wheel set-up.

The YZ250FX is an amalgam of elements from the WR250F and YZ250F. In addition to sharing the six-speed transmission, the YZ250FX also rolls on an 18-inch rear wheel, features a new side stand and electric start. The FX has the same exhaust as the YZ motocrosser, as well as the same brakes, rear shock and fork. The suspension has been tweaked a bit however to meet the needs of cross country racers.