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2011 Yamaha YZ250 SRA Grand Prix Race Test Photo Gallery

We race the Yamaha YZ250 to see how the last remaining Japanese two-stroke performs. Check out the full story in our 2011 Yamaha YZ250 SRA Grand Prix Race Test.

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Reduced engine braking during deceleration is a hallmark trait of Yamaha’s YZ250.
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With its peaky powerband the Yamaha YZ250 isn’t the easiest bike to launch compared to a four-stroke.
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In the air and on the ground the YZ250 feels agile and is simpler to maneuver.
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The YZ’s peaky powerband can make it more challenging to ride on slippery terrain.
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The Yamaha YZ250 responds best when the rider carries momentum and keeps the throttle pegged.
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Even against 450 four-strokes the smaller 250cc two-stroke engine delivers an high level of power even up Glen Helen’s near vertical hills.
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In terms of sheer excitement you’ll be hard pressed to find another bike more fun to ride than a Yamaha YZ two-stroke.
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Grand prix racing is a mix of motocross and off-road and is well suited to two-stroke dirt bikes.