the next key to building a good bike.
A poorly suspended bike wreaks
havoc on the overall package. We
have tested plenty of fast bikes that
were downgraded in the shootout
rankings due to inferior suspension.
Lastly, handling is an important part
of the package. Poor handling,
especially in conjunction with
atrocious suspension, can turn a
rocket ship into a dud.
We should mention that there is
no such thing as the perfect 250
four-stroke. It doesn’t exist. Why?
MXA test riders know that one
rider’s preference is another’s
problem. So while test riders might
like certain aspects of a given bike,
they have to decide for themselves
if they are willing to sacrifice other
traits (brakes, clutch, weight, etc.)
to benefit from one element alone.
The MXA wrecking crew has tried
to provide a fair description of each
bike’s positive and negative qualities.
From there, the choice is up to you.