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Yamaha Raptor 250

2009 Yamaha Raptor 250

You know you’re doing something right when the ITP Quad Cross series creates a whole new racing class for your model alone. So it was with Yamaha when the sanctioning body behind the ITP Quad Cross Championship series announced that this season will include a 250cc air-cooled class for both professionals and amateurs to compete in. Okay so perhaps it has something to with the fact that the series title sponsor just so happens to be Yamaha but we like to think that the demand from racers choosing to campaign the new Raptor 250 was strong enough to warrant such a decision as well.

While the Pro and Expert class will allow for unlimited modifications, the amateurs will be expected to keep their machines relatively stock. Here’s perhaps the biggest news: While the class has clearly been designed to cater to the Raptor 250, it has been structured where 250cc is the displacement limit which means hordes of 2-stroke Blaster hold outs will again have a class to compete in (with a whole bunch of new competition to boot).

We’re hoping this decision will inspire similar moves by track owners and race promoters across the country. For more information on the Quad Cross Series, head over to: www.itpquadcross.com

For more on the Raptor 250, continue reading.

In less than a year, the Yamaha Raptor 250 has managed to resurrect the 250cc air-cooled class of sport ATVs while simultaneously revolutionizing the notion of the entry-level machine. Sadly, in recent history there was a bleak period in the sport where 250cc four-strokes were considered the epitome of the performance model in each of the manufacturer’s ATV line (Honda 250X, Kawasaki Mojave, Suzuki Quadsport 230).

Sometime within the last decade, thanks to increases in 4-stroke power output – displacement, 250cc engines became bolted to automatic transmissions and were delegated as entry-level machinery. Typically overly heavy, mechanically simplified, and updated quite seldom, things were looking quite stagnant in the class. That is until Yamaha announced that the predecessor to the Blaster would not only look a lot like it’s larger Raptor siblings, but come equipped with many of their performance features as well.

Yamaha Raptor 250
Yamaha Raptor 250

A 5-speed manual transmission, wide pegs, full disc brakes and minimal seat padding managed to leave the other 250s behind in the dust. Then we rode it! With nearly a year of saddle time logged onto our test steed, the Raptor 250 has proven itself quite reliable and don’t think we’ve been babying it either.

Coming in at around 50 pounds below the next lightest 250, the Raptor reminds its rider constantly that it likes to be thrown hard into corners. Thanks to nimble geometry and decent suspension travel, wheelies and doubles are certainly a possibility fresh from the showroom. Like the Blaster before it, the Raptor 250 can be viewed as a peppy little ripper for beginners looking to take the path to performance or the perfect platform for backyard tuners to develop into a fire-breather.

Now, thanks to the Quad Cross Series’ decision to start a new class for riders looking to race their Raptors, we imagine the aftermarket will take note and begin pumping performance enhancing products to the masses.

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Yamaha Raptor 250
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Yamaha Raptor 250
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