there is a chance the bike will stand
you up on the apex of the corner.
Corner exit: A If you make it
through the middle of the corner
smoothly, the exit is easy. The rear
end tracks like glue out of the corners
with the shock absorbing anything in
Overall turning: C This is not a
bad-turning bike, but it is the worst
in its class.
Line selection: C It can be hard
to find your line if there is not enough
weight on the front end.
Planted feel: A The rear end
tracks like glue; the front end is hit-and-miss.
Overall feel: C It is wide, doesn’t
corner accurately and there’s nothing
about the chassis that makes it stand
Brakes: D They will stop you, but
they won’t impress you.
Notes: It is a love/hate relationship
with the YZ250F chassis. We love the
suspension that the chassis is resting
on, but we have to be on top of our
game to corner the bike as well as
the class leaders. We don’t want to
work for it when we don’t have to on
Forks: A+ We love the Kayaba SSS
spring forks. These forks do nothing
wrong and work great for just about
Shock: A+ This is by far the best
shock in its class.
Balance: B You can find a balanced setup very easily.
Gearing: A This gearing is per-
fect for faster riders. Our slower Vet
testers went from a 50- to 51-tooth
rear sprocket to give it some more
Maps: B The YZ250F only has one
map, but you can utilize the easy-to-use GYTR mapping tool to give you
your desired result. Plus, we don’t
have much of an issue with the stock
Noise: D The reverberation from
the airbox sounds like boom-box
speakers. It is loud.
Tires: B We like the tried-and-true
Bridgestone 403/404 tire combo.
Price: A At $7699, the YZ250F is
the least expensive bike in its class.
Weight: C At 222 pounds, the
YZ250F is 4 pounds heavier than the
KTM 250SXF. And that’s without an
electric starter. Conversely, it is 4
pounds lighter than the CRF250.
Rank in class: Third place.