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Blue Smoke, Web Impression: Yamaha YZ 125 And 250 – Dirt Rider

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2009 YZ250 and YZ125 intro was not really to show off the minimal changes, but to remind us how fun bikes are. They up their ’09 two-strokes and sent us out on a of Dreams’-like private track to throttles and stretch smiles. has to go down in history as the most bike intro ever on a manufacturer reaching its goals.

pingers are loads of fun, and if been on a straight-gas diet for too you probably forgot the incredible of the YZ250 (you don’t a fuel injection system to your adrenalin) or the magical of the YZ125.The changes are hardly mentioning: a switch from the 739 front tire to the Dunlop (actually, that’s worth a a switch on the YZ125 to the 200-gram Dunlop 756G rear (from the 756), an aluminum brake hose holder model was steel), a DID gold and a new seat cover. What is is that the bikes are here at

Yamaha is the lone Japanese who still believes in their They should, they to have hit their development perfectly, getting the bikes to a of performance that leaves room for improvement… seemingly. Who where these bikes go if they got some R-D dollars.

But now the smokers are just fighting to alive. Yamaha wants to producing and importing these but business usually comes passion in a big corporation, so the future of amazing bikes is in your more than in the hands of the at Yamaha.The competition these face on the tracks is from the displacement (and cheater KTM models, but the competition they on the showroom is from all the shiny new and 450cc four-strokes that are all the development as well as marketing

The modern four-… race are incredible, and likely offer lap times than these but there are lot the mixed-gas racers do better. Dropping in: A two-…’s center of gravity (and no gyroscopic effect of cams and a cam makes them feathery to lay into a rut compared to their counterparts. Laying over power: The same reasons lay over easier gives less tendency to want to up once on the gas in a turn.

Throttle EFI 450s are getting there, but the connection your right has to an arsenal of ready-to-charge horsepower on the is still unmatched. Weight The bikes weigh less their four-… competitors, but not so. The feeling once on the track, makes the difference dramatic.

are light on their feet. The specifically, feels lighter you can imagine a full race ever could. And the low-weight makes these bikes a to ride as well as less – so you’re having more for longer. How’s that for the most out of your track fee?

More powerful power: The is fast and abrupt on these The YZ250 is no bike for a beginner You need to have good control and a good dose of before you climb on the YZ250, there is no hesitation when you the corral gate open and let the out.

Flickability / flight The smokers’ light feeling into more bike when airborne. If you’re going to whip a bike, be one of these. Mud: Two-strokes to repel mud packing onto the better to better keep light feeling when the are packing on mud mass to their feel. Rev without guilt: the rev limiter on a two-… just reaching the rpm where the power off (sometimes pretty rapidly).

no catastrophic engine failure in future if you like to scream bike around the track. won’t last too long at the rev and with 450 four-strokes, the rider won’t last too long those powerful engines at steam. Starting: No starting no need to find neutral the bike’s hot – just kick it and go.

Maintenance: The YZ are reliable bikes, but all require routine maintenance. are more intimidating than are complicated, and there’s no reason to them, but a simple two-… makes the learning curve more gradual for new riders, and work much quicker for wrenches. It’s a topic of but generally two-strokes are cheaper to than four-strokes.

Drive wear: You chain and sprockets last longer without the of four-… torque. Teacher: require more precise selection. You will be shifting YZs much more frequently their four-… competition.

is good for developing riding and also a lot of fun. Some love the ‘one gear for the track’ of the 450s. Those won’t appreciate grabbing as fast as your left and left hand can manage on the YZ. a thrill.

Riding a slower bike to its potential is more rewarding riding a more powerful at a fraction of its.Hey! What’s the love letter to the YZs? If are so superior, why are the four-strokes taking

One ride on a YZ125 and you’ll be for a week.

Jimmy Lewis lb./Expert “The YZ250 is so and responsive I’m convinced people 450s over it not because need a faster bike, but they need a more bike. This 250 does what you tell it to do, and I mean now. Want a factory 450 its light weight and sharp Here it is, dirt cheap and maintenance free.

The 250 is a thrill but the 125 saddle was where I spent of my day. The bike feels and is just too much fun. I half way through the day that I actually steer the bike my eyes. If I looked somewhere, where I went.

Everyone says get a 125 to learn to and I always assumed they for shifting and keeping momentum, but this bike was teaching me to ahead. If you ride for AMA points, I’m sure your sponsors the most say in what bike you but if you’re buying your own (and maintaining it) you really consider spending a year or two on a while you still can.”

Peterson 5’10″/160 lbs/Vet

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