Yamaha used its powerful heritage and developed, based on other successful motorcycles, a machine that would satisfy the riding needs of one certain category of riders: street riders who also enjoy some dust from time to time. It is introduced as the all-new Yamaha WR250X, a bike which promises to deal with any kind of terrain and any kind of competition.
Yamaha started to put the bases of an off-road motorcycle empire known as the YZ series in 1974 when the first YZ model was produced. The bike featured aluminum alloy fuel tank, 28mm Mikuni round slide carburetor, and a five-speed gearbox. The ignition supplied was CDI (Internal Rotor).
That very first model year was very close to the MX125 model offered the same year with the exception of a few items like color, fuel tank, chrome bore cylinder, and ridgeless aluminum rims.
Following the line’s evolution, we will reach this very same day and notice that Yamaha offers the YZ250 motocross bike. This motorcycle inspired the creation of the all-new WR250X but is this all?
Of course it isn’t! Yamaha also offers the WR250F model, a bike dedicated to riders who favor finesse over brute force and prefer to go off-road. The Yamaha WR250F is one of those magic bikes that make you feel like a better rider and I am sure that the WR250X has an appropriate behavior.
I wrote a bit on these two bikes because, if you had any contact with them, the new WR250X will surely attract you, but most important, they formed the starting point of this all-new motorcycle.
I mentioned early on this review that the Yamaha WR250X can handle any kind of competition but what I didn’t mention is the fact that it doesn’t have any competition. As Yamaha doesn’t forget to remind is that this machine is not an enduro, supermoto, or a sportbike. It has the qualities of an enduro bike, it is supermoto-inspired, and it does behave like a sportbike but it doesn’t completely fit in any of the categories
You will probably tend to correct me and mention the Kawasaki KLX250S, Suzuki DR200SE but these are off-road bikes that feature street legality, not street bikes with off-road abilities, like the Yamaha.
Have you ever imagined a multitude of elements taken right out enduros, supermoto machines or sportbikes blending in perfectly and forming one perfectly good looking motorcycle? I believe you did. And if you choose Yamaha parts, there is a small chance that your dream had come true.
Why am I saying this? Because the description I made earlier fits perfectly to the all-new Yamaha WR250X. The bike also incorporates a slim, steel fuel tank which is shaped with knee gripping in mind, while the general ergonomic layout is designed to accommodate the rider properly and make him feel like part of the bike.
That is surely the whole purpose.
All that great looking plastic is covered with Team Yamaha Blue/White paintjob and the overall appearance is strongly improved. Oh, let’s not forget the supermoto spoke 17-inch wheels, aggressive front fork and high-orientated exhaust. This is what gives the bike its unique note and these are probably the features that will attract customers.
The only thing that I don’t like and is related to this motorcycle is that it will enter production in January 2008. What I most love and I bet you do so too, is the MSRP of only $5999 for which this bike will be offered. Truly amazing is the fact that it will be like buying three different machine gathered under a single name: Yamaha WR250X
Yamaha has a reputation for smashing through boundaries and taking it to the extreme. They did it with the legendary YZF-R1 and they’ve done it again with the WR250X. The WR250X is a no-compromise Supermoto based on Yamaha’s winning WR-F and YZ-F racers, born for extreme fun on city streets.
It features a 10,000 rpm engine, aluminum main frame and race suspension that rule the city and take your riding skills to new heights.
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