The used YZ250 engine was rebuilt with a Wiseco crank,
Pro-X piston and Hinson clutch, but it wasn’t ported.
The Tusk front wheel was outfitted with a Braking oversize
rotor to bring our 2015 YZ250 brakes up to modern standards.
Xtrig’s ROCS triple clamps aren’t split to provide flex, but to
ensure maximum purchase on the fork tubes.
aluminum free pistons. FTI also re-valved the SSS Kayaba
components for our weight and skill level.
For the trimmings, FTI Racing mounted affordable
Tusk wheels, a Cycra Powerflow plastic kit, CV4
goodies, Sunstar chain and sprockets and, as a final
touch, Armored Graphix did the YZ250 in blue-and-yellow.
MXA took the completed Yamaha YZ250 to North
Carolina’s Center Road motocross track. The dirt looked
like chocolate cake with Reese’s Pieces mixed in. It was
prepped deep, allowing our smoker to form long ruts
in the turns and straights. The YZ250 engine sang its
way through the manicured dirt. The engine was crisp,
with the FMF pipe giving it a throaty feel when popping
the fresh Hinson clutch out of the corners. The minimal
engine braking on the two-stroke made it easy to carry
speed through the loamy corners.
The stock Kayaba SSS YZ250 suspension is highly
rated, but the rear shock likes to move a lot, and the
forks can be high-strung. As stock components, we love
them, but there is room for improvement. FTI’s finishing
touches slowed the travel down and kept it higher in
the stroke for a more planted and stable feel. The forks
didn’t dive in corners, and the rear never bounced back
at us. The FTI setup was a confidence booster.
This bike was not built to set the world on fire. It
is an average bike for the average mortal man. It is
affordable, cheap and easy to maintain, and this
YZ250 is just about as much fun as you can have on
two wheels. ❏
MXA SUPPLIER CONTACTS
FMF Racing: www.fmfracing.com
Armored Graphix: www.armoredgraphix.com