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2014 Yamaha YZ250F Quick Ride Photo Gallery

See photos from MotoUSA's quick spin on the pre-production YZ250F in the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F Quick Ride photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F Quick Ride.

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Yamaha stuck with its proven KYB SSS Speed-Sensitive System suspension for 2014, now on both the 450 and 250 MX platforms.
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Ditching its carbureted past, the 2014 YZ250F now has a fuel injection system with 12-hole injector and 44mm throttle body.
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"The new YZ250F has enormously improved in the motor department, gaining a lot of power in the mid-range and top-end," says MotoUSA tester Chris See.
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The YZ250F's Single retains the 77mm bore and 53.6mm stroke from the previous model year, but the reversed engine layout flips the intake to the front. As a result, the airbox and filter have been relocated to where the fuel tank normally rests.
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The rear-facing engine and air intake configuration relocate the 2.1 gallon fuel cell to under the seat, and the exhaust header wraps around the engine.
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Thanks a repositioned fuel cap, the 2014 YZ250F is easier to slide around on during motos.
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The rear KYB shock has been retuned and the reservoir position has been flipped to accommodate the wrap-around exhaust.
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Rather than turn to air forks like others in the class, the 2014 YZ250F retains the KYB Speed-Sensitive System suspension. The front forks have a more rigid outer tube, though, and a new coating on the inner surface.
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Chris See got along with the base braking package, unchanged from the previous model. "I wish the rear was a bit stronger," says See. "You really had to mash on the pedal to get it to stop when it got hot."
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Brakes out front were unchanged from the previous model, but according to See it wasn't a problem. "You can really grab a handful of brake and not worry about the front end tucking."
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Though he had limited time on the bike, See feels the 2014 YZ250F is a definite improvement over the previous year's model.
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"The bike feels rather wide compared to the 2013 model, but only in the tank area," explains See. "The rear end of the bike feels average size."
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The 2014 YZ250F felt high in the rear when coming into corners, like it didn't want to settle in ruts. Our tester took out a half turn on the high-speed compression on the shock, which helped alleviate the sensation.
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Due to such a short ride, our tester wasn't able to tweak the suspension settings as much as he'd have liked.
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"The bottom is average to most of the current 250 models, but it really does come alive in the mid-range," says See. "It was a pleasure to get into the loamy berms and have it pull you out in a wheelie."
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The 2014 YZ250F will retail for $7940 and will be offered in Yamaha Blue/White (as tested) and White/Red colorways.