On Monday the 18th of November 2013, Fullnoise.com.au were lucky enough to be invited out to the Australian press launch of the all new 2014 Yamaha YZ250F.
Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to ride one of the most anticipated motocross bikes that have been launched in the past few years, myself (Aaryn Minerds) and Mat Cox headed to Toowoomba in Queensland for an introduction to the new Yamaha machine on Sunday night before heading to the Eco Valley track just outside the heart of the Toowoomba city centre to spend a day riding the new quarter litre blue thumper.
There is no doubt that there has been a lot of hype around the 2014 YZ250F with it's radical new design which based on it's big brother the YZ450F, with the biggest features on the 2014 YZ250F being the new reversed cylinder, 4 valve fuel injected engine along with a new chassis with the emphasis all being on Mass centralisation.
While the motor is obviously the biggest change for the new bike as Yamaha move to a fuel injected engine for the first time on their 250F in 2014, the bike from the ground up is completely new, with only a handful of parts from 2013 carrying over to the new model.
While we could sit here and type every new feature on the bike and have you reading for the next half an hour, we think it is easier if we let Yamaha Australia's Scott Bishop and GYTR Yamaha Racer Jay Wilson take you through the new 2014 Yamaha YZ250F features in the below video. For those wanting read the specifications on the new 2014 Yamaha YZ250F CLICK HERE
As mentioned above both myself and Mat Cox were on-board to see first hand what this all new bike from Yamaha was all about. Myself representing the clubman / C Grade Vet rider while Coxy a former top 20 national supercross and motocross contender was on hand to give a better insight on how the bike reacted for the expert level rider.
As for how the pro riders found the bike, well we left that up to the Yamaha Factory riders and with every single current factory Yamaha rider from both the Motocross teams and Off-Road teams on hand, we have plenty of opinions on how the 2014 bike compared to the 2013 model bike that won everything before it in 2013, including the Australian MX2 Motocross Championship, the SX Lites Supercross championship, the under 19s Australian Supercross championship, and both the outright and E1 classes at this years Australian Off-Road Championships (AORC) and the Australian Four Day Enduro.
Read below as Myself, Coxy and a couple of Yamaha Factory Riders give our thoughts on the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F. THE VENUE:
Before we get to far into the review, just a little regarding the venue used for this years event.
The Venue for this years Yamaha YZ250F launch was the Eco Valley circuit located just outside of Toowoomba in Queensland, the same venue used for round nine of the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
The track which is clay based was treated to a nice down pour of rain the night before the launch, leaving us with a tacky and near perfect surface to review the new Yamaha. The track really did offer a little bit of everything for the riders, from long fast up hill and down hill straights, a host of jumps, some off camber corners, some deep ruts and everything in between.
In total there were ten bikes on hand for the day which proved to be plenty as we were able to grab a sweet looking blue YZ250F first thing in the morning and keep hold of it until it was time to pack up mid afternoon. Ride time was plentiful and we certainly clocked up as many hours as our bodies would allow us to!