roots nicely. The X takes big hits with little stress. The only
complaints came from riders who tip the scales over 185
pounds. They need stiffer springs, both fore and aft, but
other than that, the YZ250X suspension hits the mark nearly
• The new front brake is a huge improvement. The larger
270mm rotor improves the power, and it retains good feel.
The Dunlop AT81s work well in rocky, traction-less terrain
and can still hold a line in more intermediate dirt.
• Thanks for the O-ring chain. It only required one adjustment and little maintenance. The 50-tooth rear sprocket
worked well gearing-wise, but plumper pilots preferred one
tooth larger. While the sidestand appears a little cumbersome, it worked perfectly and was never offensive
• It needs a larger fuel tank! Carbureted machines
don’t really get good fuel economy, and the X is good for
35 miles, maybe, in thick dirt or sand. For some reason,
Yamaha did not equip this bike with handguards. This
makes no sense to us. And, finally, if you plan to ride on any
off-road trail that requires a spark arrestor, you’ll have to
buy one since it comes with a straight-through MX muffler.
The rear brake is strong and progressive. The new front stopper features a larger 270mm rotor and is a huge improvement. A
wide platform at the peg is nice, and the kickstarter requires simple, basic athletics to gain fire.
2017 YAMAHA YZ250X