JULY 2015 / DIRT BIKE 53
There are 250 riders and there are 450 riders. It’s not like the old days when almost everyone grew out of the 125 class when they got their first razor.
Back then, it was just a matter of time, size and weight before you graduated.
Now, 250 four-strokes are a destination in and of themselves. There’s no shame
in staying in the 250 four-stroke class.
There are issues with life in the 250 class, though, especially if you’re a west-
ern off-road rider. Unlike in the east, where horsepower is rarely a deciding fac-
tor, southwestern races almost always have
horsepower-hungry sections. It might be
deep sand, a long start run or a steep
hill, but you can usually count on some-
thing that puts a 250 at a disadvantage
to 450s in the overall results. And whether
you’re in an official 250 class or not, everyone looks at
the overall results.
Building an off-road 250F that can
run with the big boys