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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Racing Section => Topic started by: LoopSoosStroop on December 29, 2016, 12:30:09 pm

Title: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on December 29, 2016, 12:30:09 pm
Have not really read any real world actual owner feedback from riders in SA.

Do they work? Are they any good? I'm not going to do the Roof, but will do the occasional technical WIld West or Dewildt ride, with a trip or two to Lesotho each year.

I want one because:

1. Yamaha
2. 2-stroke
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: Rossdog on December 29, 2016, 12:52:00 pm
I know of guys who have ridden them and tested them for magazines. Feedback was mostly good, and apart from the obvious lack of an electric starter, the consensus was that a heavier flywheel was needed. It was engineered more for GNCC type racing rather than enduro, i.e. faster flowing terrain rather than very technical.

I like them, and would consider buying one. To change the flywheel is not a mission, and Yamaha SA have brought out a prototype electric starter conversion..

Otherwise just get a YZ that has already had a WR conversion done. They can be picked up cheap, and you can put the new plastics straight on to give it a more up to date look.
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: Bill the Bong on December 29, 2016, 08:22:23 pm
Friend of mine has one.  Stable but turns real well.  Hangs with my KTM 300 on top end.  Makes better traction.  Small ergo's for a 6'3 guy.
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on December 30, 2016, 08:27:45 am
Friend of mine has one.  Stable but turns real well.  Hangs with my KTM 300 on top end.  Makes better traction.  Small ergo's for a 6'3 guy.

Thanks Bill

Is he keeping it? Any mods done?
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: Bill the Bong on December 30, 2016, 10:12:06 am
Keeping it.  He had heavier springs fitted but the valving was kept standard. 
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: Sithe on January 02, 2017, 07:45:56 pm
Wasn't Blake Gutzeit riding one at the Roof last month? He finished top 5
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: Buff on January 02, 2017, 09:27:02 pm
I have 2 mates that ride them. Brilliant bikes but they're not enduro bikes straight out the crate. Like Ross mentioned, they're more suited to offroad open terrain but can be modified with a bit of cash. They're certainly better than a stock YZ250 but 1st and 2nd remain too tall for the heavy technical stuff and you need to increase the weight on the flywheel. The kickstart is not really that big an issue unless you're into hectic technical riding. The small tank is a PITA though.
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: Pom17 on January 13, 2017, 12:01:24 pm
I have 2 mates that ride them. Brilliant bikes but they're not enduro bikes straight out the crate. Like Ross mentioned, they're more suited to offroad open terrain but can be modified with a bit of cash. They're certainly better than a stock YZ250 but 1st and 2nd remain too tall for the heavy technical stuff and you need to increase the weight on the flywheel. The kickstart is not really that big an issue unless you're into hectic technical riding. The small tank is a PITA though.

Listen to the man, great bike if you doing flowing terrain and keep the technical riding to a minimum.

And dont listen to stuff like, this guy rode one and he finished the roof gold with it. That is irrelevant, those guys work on entirely different budgets and is in an entirely different league than the normal weekend warrior. The 250X is an offroad racer and not an enduro bike no matter how much money you throw at it. Yamaha is on the right track with this bike, but they still need a few updates before it will be on par with the European bikes when it comes to enduro riding
Title: Re: Anyone actually own a YZ250X?
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 13, 2017, 04:11:10 pm
Hats off to anyone who can consistently ride a kickstart-only bike in extreme technical terrain. Not for the energy wasted, but for the difficulty when you stall on a very steep mountainside. My battery failed while on holiday recently and I rode for 5 days without the e-start and it was a real PITA.