Much likes the 2016 Yamaha YZ450F the the 250F gets a few small updates for 2016 with the focus for the 250F being a centred around the powerplant. Updates include a revised the piston , a lighter piston pin with DLC coating, a new oil spraye, a new crankshaft balance and counter balancerand a new ECU setting for increased pulling power and of course the 60th anniversary Yellow colour option.
Moving across all three bikes in the Yamaha 250F range at Gum Valley it became apparent that there was one easy way to describe moving from the WR onto the FX then again onto the YZ250F and that was each bike gets more powerful and the suspension a little stiffer across the range.
For a 250F straight out of the create the Yamaha continues to impress with its overall engine performance. Producing great power from the bottom all the way through while still maintaining a predictical feel to it.
For myself the Yamaha always takes a little time to adjust to coming from another brand as it does have a bit of a unique feel to it. As I have said many times in the past, the new generation YZF's do feel a little wide across the front when you first sit on them, but once you are out riding it is not noticable at all and to be honest the biggest thing to get used to in the sound of the air being sucked into the engine from airbox that is positioned right under the fuel tank.
Since we first rode the new generation YZ250F back in 2013 I personally have been a big fan and the bike has continued to move forward in the right direction over the past two years and is proving to be a popular bike at the grass roots level and is finding plenty of success on the world and national stage in the Pro racing ranks.
Like most of the bikes in the range, we only spent a little time on the 2016 YZ250F at Gum Valley with all riding aboard the race bread machine complteted on the motocross track. As with every time I have thrown a leg over the small bore Yamaha MX bike, I was left wanting to spend more time aboard one and it is a bike that is on the top of my list of a bike I would like to spend a year racing aboard.
Overall Yamaha have every base covered for the small bore dirt bike rider in 2016. From the road registable WR250F that is sure to be a favorite in the bush, the race inspired FX that will suit the rider looking for some middle ground in the Off
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