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
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!