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2014 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison Photo Gallery

See how the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F holds-up against rivals in the class in the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison photo gallery. Read the full report in the 2014 250 Motocross Shootout.

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By the seat of our pants we would have claimed the 2014 YZ250F would be the king of the dyno charts, but to our surprise it is not.
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On MotoUSA’s DynoJet 250i the Yamaha spits out a second-best 37.2 horsepower at 12,200 rpm. It also gets the silver medal in the torque category with 18.72 lb-ft at 8700 rpm.
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The YZ250F’s monster motor rocketed it to a win in the Holeshot test, covering the 125 distance in 3.146 seconds at 43.3 mph just a ahead of the Kawasaki. Roll-on performance was mid-pack with a 2.275-second blast from 15 to 40 mph in a distance of 93.3 feet.
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In the 250cc class power is one of the most important factors for being successful on the track, and now the YZ250F’s mill is one of the best on the block.
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While the shrouds have gotten wider due to the airbox being at the front, the extra girth is hardly noticeable.
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One thing Yamaha didn’t change on the YZ250 was the suspension. The Tuning Fork Company bucked the trends of single function and air forks, opting to continue with its KYB Speed Sensitive forks and we applaud the decision.
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2014 Yamaha YZ250F Dyno Chart
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MotoUSA 250 Motocross Shootout Torque - 2014
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MotoUSA 250 Motocross Shootout Horsepower - 2014
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In the transmission, clutch and gearing subjective scoring the Yamaha once again jumped to the front of the pack.
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The clutch pull is light despite the stiffer springs for 2014, which are meant to combat fade.
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Tipping the scales at 235 pounds with a best-in-class 2 gallons of fuel puts it as the second lightest MXer in the test.
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Gearing is spaced appropriately for most tracks and the shifting action is much improved from the previous model.
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In the braking scoring the YZ was second only to the KTM. The front brake has a very smooth yet powerful engagement that had excellent feel.
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Before the votes and scores were tabulated it was obvious Yamaha hit a home run with the 2014 YZ250F. There was not a doubt in anyone’s mind which machine would be the winner of the 2014 250 motocross Shootout, and the numbers don’t lie – the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F is the winner.
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Our team unanimously rated the Blue Bomber’s engine as the best for 2014. Right off the bottom the power hits hard and just pulls all the way through to the top end.