The XT250 name dates back to 1980, and while the 2022 Yamaha XT250 is a more sophisticated dual-sport motorcycle, it retains the simplicity of its ancestor. Like the original XT250, the current model has an air-cooled, SOHC, two-valve powerplant. However, this third generation of XT250s features electric start, fuel injection, disc brakes, LCD dash, and linkage for the shock.The 2022 XT250 is capable of urban street riding, as well as casual trail duty. The non-adjustable fork has nearly nine inches of travel, while the rear wheel has just a bit over seven inches of travel, with the shock offering spring-preload adjustment to compensate for a passenger. That midrange wheel travel keeps the seat high just below 32 inches, which will be manageable for most riders, as the curb weight is under 300 pounds.
With over 11 inches of ground clearance on offer and an easily managed power delivery, patient riders can have plenty of fun off the pavement—just keep in mind that the street-friendly Bridgestone Trail Wing tires are not designed for serious off-roading.You can take the quiet, unassuming XT250 almost anywhere in town without drawing unwanted attention. That means fun on urban trails, and you don’t have to worry about curbs stopping you. Parking the compact motorcycle couldn’t be easier.The 2.6-gallon fuel tank and estimated 76 mpg give the XT250 a range of up to nearly 200 miles. The five-speed transmission and modest output of about 16 horsepower limit its highway capabilities, though it will work on roads with a 55 mph speed limit.The 2022 Yamaha XT250 is a fun and versatile beginner-friendly motorcycle, and its MSRP is just $5199.We have tested the Yamaha XT250.2022 Yamaha XT250 SpecsENGINE
Type: Single cylinder
Bore x stroke: 74 x 58mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Valvetrain: SOHC; 2 valves
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 35mm fork; 8.9 inches
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.