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Yamaha YZ250F


If there’s one bike that started a revolution it’s the Yamaha YZ250F. The YZ250F introduced modern four-stroke technology to the world and started a whole new class of racing. Against a field of 125cc two-strokes, the YZ250F quickly established its dominance and racked up a long list of “firsts” as a result. The rest of the motocross manufacturers were quick to follow with a 250F of their own. This sudden surge of technology and development changed the face of motocross and it all started with the impressive Yamaha YZ250F.
The 2011 Yamaha YZ250F ergonomics are well thought out and can accommodate a wide range of riders.
The Yamaha YZ250F is powered by a 250cc liquid-cooled Single. It is the only Japanese 250F to still use a mechanical carburetor.

These days the competition is much higher, but even though Yamaha doesn’t have a lockdown on the 250F market, the YZ250F still holds its own as one of the most popular machines. Yamaha has been able to change with the times as well and the YZ250F is by no means out of date. Yamaha switched to an aluminum chassis for the YZ250F but did so in a way that differs from a series of competitors’ clones. Combined with Kayaba suspension, the YZ-F has become known for its stable, planted feel and superior comfort. There’s nothing else that can soak up rough terrain like the Yamaha. On top of that, the Tuning Fork engineers tweaked the frame to help give the YZ250F even sharper handling, so now it has the best of both worlds.

Yamaha still uses a carburetor on the YZ250F but the transition to a fuel-injection system is anticipated in the immediate future. One of the things Motorcycle USA testers have always liked best about the smallest YZ-F is an abundance of low-end power. Riders are able to grunt out of corners thanks to specifically designed engine characteristics and matching exhaust components.

Aside from the excellent performance, Yamaha has dolled up the YZ250F with a host of top-notch components like wide footpegs, ProTaper handlebars and adjustable mounting in the triple clamp. Yamaha also continues to offer customers a choice of color with the YZ250F in the standard blue and white color scheme or a limited-edition version in black, red and white.
Yamaha YZ250F Motorcycle Reviews
2011 Yamaha YZ250F First Ride
Monday, September 20, 2010
Motorcycle USA samples the new 2011 Yamaha YZ250F motocross bike in this dirt bike first ride review.
2010 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Yamaha redesigned the chassis on its 2010 Yamaha YZ250F to become one of the best-handling bikes in the class.
2010 Yamaha YZ250F First Ride
Monday, July 27, 2009
Two days around the National-prepped Washougal Motocross Park on the 2010 Yamaha YZ250F was dirt bike heaven. The redesigned 2010 YZ250F is much different from older models, and from the newest batch of 250F MX bikes.
2009 Yamaha YZ250 2-Stroke Bike Test
Monday, December 08, 2008
The AMA now allows 250 2-strokes to run in the 250F division which has opened a whole new avenue for non-professionals.
2009 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison
Monday, December 08, 2008
They just don’t get any more well-rounded than this. The 2009 Yamaha YZ250F is so solid on every platform that it’s practically unshakable.
2009 Yamaha YZ250   YZ125 First Ride
Thursday, October 02, 2008
They're not dead - they're better than ever! We throw a leg over the 2009 Yamaha YZ125 and YZ250 and ride the last of the Japanese 2-strokes.
2008 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison
Monday, December 24, 2007
We set out to deck the halls with red, yellow, blue and green in a X-mas motocross extravaganza just for you - the 2008 250F Motocross Shootout.
2007 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison
Monday, March 19, 2007
Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Honda all bring potent 250 Motocross machines to the table, but which bike will come out on top in our 2007 shootout?
2007 Yamaha YZ250F First Ride
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Yamaha hopes to turn some heads with a new turning prowess. Handling was just one of the areas targeted for improvement on the 2007 YZ250F.
2006 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison
Friday, December 30, 2005
We could barely contain our glee when we finally got the bikes collected for MCUSA's 250cc 4-stroke shootout. We soon found that it was more than we could have hoped for.
2006 Yamaha YZ250F First Ride
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
After redefining the motocross world in 2001, Yamaha has redefined the YZ250F for '06 with a ton of changes that make the new model a serious force to be reckoned with in the world of 250Fs.
2004 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Yamaha once dominated the 250cc 4-stroke MX class, but with three new entrants for 2004 the fight for the top mx'er just got dirty.
2002 Yamaha YZ125 vs YZ250F
Friday, November 08, 2002
There's a rumbling in the air around motocross tracks, but it's not the kind of thunder created by nature.
Yamaha YZ250F Project Bikes
2010 Yamaha YZ284F Project Bike
Monday, June 07, 2010
Our friends at Jay Clark Enterprises took liberty with a 2010 Yamaha YZ250F and breathed some fire into the motor with a big-bore kit. Then they dolled up the rest of the bike to make it look just as good.
Yamaha YZ250F First Looks
2010 Yamaha YZ250F First Look
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Yamaha has made huge changes to the YZ250F for 2010, but not in the sense that you might have thought. Take a look at the redesigned Yamaha YZ250F motocross bike and wait for a full review.
2009 Yamaha YZ450F YZ250F First Look
Friday, June 06, 2008
Yamaha unleashes the specs for its 2009 lineup of YZ dirt bikes, featuring the YZ250F and YZ450F motocross racebikes.
2008 Yamaha Off-Road First Look
Friday, June 15, 2007
Big Blue rolls out the 2008 model lineup with relatively minor changes, but a whole new TT-R model.
Yamaha YZ250F Features
Racing GNCC with Am-Pro Yamaha
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Our Off-Road Editor landed a ride at the Motorcycle USA Snowshoe GNCC on one of the Am-Pro Yamaha practice motorcycles, but it wasn't what he expected in West Virginia.
Behind Sean Colliers YZ250F
Thursday, March 15, 2007
While the Star Racing/Lucas Oil/Yamaha riders talked to local papers and TV crews, Manager, Brad Hoffman, offered to take us through one of the team bikes! We chose Sean Collier's #42 YZ250F.
Yamaha YZ250F Dealerships