DB LONG LIVE THE DING OF THE RING
It doesn’t take much
Just about every good scenario
that we painted with the Suzuki
RM250 fits with the Yamaha YZ250.
There are some facets about the han-
dling that we like better (mainly the
suspension) and several that require
more input (cornering). But overall
you can almost throw a blanket over
the duo, as power, weight, ergos and
braking are near mirror images.
Our YZ250 has received very little
love, but it did cash in with an IMS
tank, a Pro Circuit Racing exhaust
system, and we’ve tested a number
of minor mods that do make a difference to the off-roader.
HERE’S WHAT WE LEARNED
• The IMS tank is nearly perfect. It
offers no weird bulges, carries about
a gallon more petrol, and is totally
• We fit on a plated Pro Circuit pipe
(mainly because we crushed the
stocker). The fit is excellent; we got a
solid performance gain through a
stronger mid range and more peak,
and highly recommend it.
• Because we’re on the constant
search for more bottom power and
increased tractability with a two-stroke, we found that the Moto
Tassanari V-Force Reed valve worked
incredibly well. The system seemed
to smooth out the response, empowered the bottom end, and transferred
well into the mid-range.
We know for a fact that this
machine can benefit from a lot more
than what we’ve put it through. We’ve
tested some of Am Pro’s GNCC
machines, and via strategic suspension mods, a steering damper and
focused bolt-ons, the off-road world
gets a little easier to tackle. We’re not
lazy; it’s just that we can’t stand the
idea of any downtime with the YZ250.
A Pro Circuit Platinum pipe makes for a
great spread of power. We tested a V-Force
reed assembly and gained a smoother,
enhanced pull, which is excellent for the off-roader.
We installed an IMS tank, loving
the slim lines and additional petrol
the fuel cell totes.