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2008 Yamaha WR250X Intro Photo Gallery

Yamaha is looking to corner the market for small-displacement performance dual-sport motorcycles. We test rode Yamaha's two new motorcycles in the high deserts of So Cal. Check out our 2008 Yamaha WR250X First Ride

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We think that for riders who are getting back into motorcycling these bikes will be fun, economical and practical, and the X is a particularly good way to get into the casual supermoto scene.
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All things considered equal, the 250R will do more off-road and manage street duty better than the X will master dirt.
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A high/low beam halogen headlight also increases the safety factor.
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The seats and rider layout are comfortable on both machines for lengthy stints on your rear and the standing position is agreeable as well.
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Because the bike doesn't have a monster motor, riders are able to focus on other aspects of riding supermoto like corner speed, body positioning, line selection and braking.
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Clamping down on the oversized front brake gave excellent stopping power and we were still braking deeper into the corners by the time our day was finished.
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The real highlight for us was the oversized front brake.
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Those new to supermoto will appreciate how the WR250X makes a rider focus on technique in order to go fast.
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Handling on the 250X is light and nimble, despite its claimed weight.
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Top speed isn't the 250X's forte, but that's part of what makes it so fun on a track.
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Spring rates are identical to the R front and rear in the suspension department, and steering geometry is slightly sharper with the X as a result of the smaller wheels.