WHICH BIKE MAKES THE MOST LOW-END HORSEPOWER?
Measured at 8000 rpm, the 2015 Kawasaki KX250F
wins the low-end horsepower category. It’s a bit shocking
that the Honda CRF250, with its powerband focused so
low in the rpm range, didn’t win, but it was a close
second. It was the only bike aside from the KX250F to
WHICH BIKE MAKES THE MOST MIDRANGE HORSEPOWER?
Not surprisingly, the Yamaha YZ250F was the strongest
bike at 10,000 rpm at 37. 61 horsepower. It was followed
closely by the Kawasaki KX250F at 37. 21 horsepower.
Those were the only two bikes to amass 37 ponies at this
range. It’s interesting to note that they also finished first
and second in MXA’s “2015 250 Four-Stroke Shootout.”
The rest of the pack followed fairly closely behind, with
the Suzuki RM-Z250 sucking wind at 36. 29 horsepower.
Note that the Honda CRF250 is still holding strong, but it
will fall on its face as the rpm climb.
29. 63 29. 69
break the 30 horsepower barrier at that rpm range. The
weakest bikes at 8000 rpm were the Husqvarna FC250
and KTM 250SXF. You’ll see later that these engines do
their best work at a much higher rpm. The 250SXF performed the worst at 29. 28 horsepower.