Yamaha decided not to update the YZ250F so it feels familiar in our 2011 250 Motocross Shootout. Read the full details in the 2011 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison article.
- With 35.33 horsepower and 18.76 lb-ft of torque, it falls below all but the Honda in peak output.
- The YZ is dead-stable and it’s by no means a slug through the corners, but it doesn’t have the agile feeling that some other bikes do despite a significant weight advantage.
- The top triple clamp has two handlebar mounting holes and the posts are reversible for multiple options, and pushing the ProTaper bars forward helps open things up.
- It was a tough year for Yamaha in the shootout, and what makes it even tougher is that this is still a great bike – one that has character not found on the EFI machines.
- In a class full of high-technology bikes, this 250F feels a little dated.
- Last-place rankings for handling and ergonomics were a pair of black eyes for the YZ-F, but the real nail in its coffin is that engine.
- Yamaha is the originator of the 250F class but there weren’t any changes for 2011 aside from new colors for the YZ250F.
- Our lightweight pro-level tester thought the Kayabas were the best.
- We like that the YZ-F is the most affordable at $7150.
- Opinions varied about the new white radiator shroud.
- Yamaha still makes use of its bilateral-beam aluminum chassis which was also introduced a year ago, but more notably it’s the only manufacturer in this test that still uses a carburetor.
- Taking a look at the horsepower and torque curves, the Yamaha is in the mix or better than all of the bikes except KTM until the 8000 rpm mark.
- Other bikes can pull longer in each gear which pays off on straights or heading for jumps.
- That carburetor is good for more than just power delivery as the mechanical system is much lighter than EFI. The YZ250F is easily the lightest at 216.5 pounds (tank empty).
- We couldn’t detect the extra plushness that’s expected from Yamaha’s KYBs.
- Most riders had issues with the small handlebars and somewhat cramped rider cockpit.