With roots that date back to the 1980s and the Yamaha Serow, the 2020 Yamaha XT250 remains relevant in the 21st century.Along the way, the 223cc motor grew to 249cc, although it retained its SOHC two-valve architecture, and it is still air-cooled. Other modern features such as fuel injection and dual disc brakes further keep the XT250 a usable motorcycle.
For the hardcore dual sport rider, Yamaha has the WR250R, which has a more sophisticated motor and chassis. The 2020 Yamaha XT250 is designed to keep the casual off-roader satisfied, and please everyone with ease of use (starting is electric) and low maintenance requirements. Suspension travel is under nine inches at both ends, making it possible for the XT250 to offer a seat height under 32 inches. Weight is a manageable 291 pounds.Commuters will enjoy the 76 mpg fuel consumption rate, as well as its agile handling in urban and suburban riding situations. The five-speed transmission is a bit limiting, though the broad powerband makes it work.Although the suspension action won’t allow you to go fast off-road, if you take your time, the 2020 Yamaha XT250 is capable of taking you almost anywhere that doesn’t require a monster hillclimb.
2017 Yamaha XT250 Specs
Bore x stroke: 74 x 58mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Valvetrain: SOHC, 2 valves
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 35mm forks; 8.9 inches
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!