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2008 Yamaha YZ250F Intro Photo Gallery

Yamaha stayed low-key with its new YZ250F, but we think the small changes add up to a better machine in 2008. Check out our 2008 Yamaha YZ250F First Ride

The new Yamaha mill isn’t revolutionary, but it is better than last year’s powerplant.
Good suspension and brakes make it possible for hard acceleration at the start of downhill sections.
We were happy that the motor was perked up a little, but we’re skeptical that it’s enough to make it stand out in the Lites class.
The Kayaba fork is great at handling the lighter, smaller rider. Once the rider’s size and speed start to increase, the KYB front could stand to be a little stiffer.
The Yamaha is more than willing to stay in a rut. Stability through turns is exceptional.
We were hoping to see the shorter silencer on the 250F as well, but we’ll have to see how it works on the big-bore YZ-F before getting too disappointed. As it is, the existing can is fairly unobtrusive and respectable.
Wider footpegs are always a bonus. This year they are 55mm across.
Yamaha has found a good balance and distribution of weight on the YZ250F.
Last second line changes to avoid this chopped-out rut were easy and predictable.
Piru MX has a lot of different style corners and elevation changes, but the stock gearing felt comfortable for both of our riders.
The added compression gives the 2008 version a little better snap through the lower rpm and midrange. The performance gains are most welcome exiting corners.
The new Bridgestone tire combo helps the Yammie stick in the turns. The bike is easy to change directions with.
Can you guess Alvin’s favorite song? 'I like to whip it – whip it good!'
Maneuverability is at a premium on the 250F. Alvin’s short stature fit right into the cockpit without any problems.
If the Yamaha does anything it’s inspire confidence in the rider. Even our less experienced tester felt invincible.
Braking on the YZ-F is one of its many strong points. We had no trouble getting slowed down at the bottom of Piru’s steepest hill.
We take our testing seriously so any suggestive communication between riders is prohibited. Alvin is clearly out of line with his use of the banana.
Piru is definitely a good track for 250F machines, and the Yamaha felt right at home.
In reality, not a lot was done to the 2008 YZ250F, but the black engine case covers and new graphics help set it apart from older models.
Bridgestone has found a winner with its new 404 rear tire.