2018 YAMAHA YZ250F
REPORT CARD #3
Low-end: A+ This engine has the
best low-end in its class. The snap-
py throttle keeps your finger off the
clutch and makes for an easy bike to
ride for the masses.
Midrange: A This engine has a
great midrange hit that is easy to
find and gives you that extra boost
whenever you need it. It makes the
powerband fun and playful.
Top-end: C The downfall of having a powerful low-to-mid engine is
that it will rev through its powerband
quickly. You need to short-shift the
YZ250F to keep the power moving
Over-rev: D When you rev this
engine out, it falls on its face. You
have to shift this bike or all the
weight will move forward and the
rear end will dance around. Yamaha
should at least try to make the over-
rev flat. It would make rider mistakes
easier to recover from.
Torque: A This engine gets up
Clutch: B You would think the low-end power would be tough on this
clutch. For a Japanese-made bike, it
can take a beating.
Overall powerband: C We love
the bottom-to-midrange power, but it
revs throughout the power too quickly without any over-rev to bail it out.
Shift points need to be perfect to use
its power efficiently.
Overall usability: A Every test
rider loves to ride this bike due to its
exciting engine characteristics. The
YZ250F engine is like the guy who
gets along great with everyone. No
one ever has anything bad to say
Notes: This YZ250F engine has
lots of personality but lacks charac-
ter. Everyone loves riding this bike
because it has a fun, usable power-
band, but it is hard to get the most
out of it with the lack of top-end. Lazy
riders will not like racing this bike,
but they will like riding it.
Ergonomics: B This is the widest
bike in its class. The wide radiators
make it feel bulky. Some riders didn’t
mind the wide-load feel, but most do.
Everyone, however, wishes it were
Turn in: C Many testers put more
weight on the front end to get into
the corners better by raising the forks
in the clamps a few millimeters from
stock. You have to use more rider
input to get into the corner with the
YZ250F than any other bike.
Apex: C If you aren’t locked in the
corner with good body position, then