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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

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The new Yamaha mill isn’t revolutionary, but it is better than last year’s powerplant.
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Good suspension and brakes make it possible for hard acceleration at the start of downhill sections.
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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.
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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.
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The Yamaha is more than willing to stay in a rut. Stability through turns is exceptional.
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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.
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Wider footpegs are always a bonus. This year they are 55mm across.
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Yamaha has found a good balance and distribution of weight on the YZ250F.
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Last second line changes to avoid this chopped-out rut were easy and predictable.
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Piru MX has a lot of different style corners and elevation changes, but the stock gearing felt comfortable for both of our riders.
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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.
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The new Bridgestone tire combo helps the Yammie stick in the turns. The bike is easy to change directions with.
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Can you guess Alvin’s favorite song? 'I like to whip it – whip it good!'
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Maneuverability is at a premium on the 250F. Alvin’s short stature fit right into the cockpit without any problems.
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If the Yamaha does anything it’s inspire confidence in the rider. Even our less experienced tester felt invincible.
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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.
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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.
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Piru is definitely a good track for 250F machines, and the Yamaha felt right at home.
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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.
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Bridgestone has found a winner with its new 404 rear tire.