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 Post subject: Question for YZ250 riders
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:35 pm 
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I've been thinking about buying another bike. I've got the XR400 for plonking around and I'm rebuilding the 200EXC (which I will keep forever).
So, for something different, I'm thinking about a YZ250X. I got to ride one the other day, and was impressed with the suspension and nice linear power. It felt real smooth.

BUT, I started thinking about the differences between the YZ and the YZX. The suspension of the YZ can be revalved, the engine can be tamed with an X CDI, flywheel weight, and good tuning.

That leaves the difference between the transmissions. The X has (I think) the YZ 1st and 2nd, and something similar to a WR with 3rd, 4th & 5th.

My question is:
Do you YZ250 owners have any problems with the gear ratios here in the tight southeast trails? I'm not concerned about top speed, I want a bike with plenty of smooth bottom-end and torque.
Do you change the final gearing for trail riding or like with the SORCS series?

My thinking is, if the tranny, with some possible final drive changes, would work just fine,the engine mod and suspension revalve would be pretty easy. Plus you can find a lot of left over models and good used YZs a good bit less than the YZX.

Just thinking out loud. So tell me about your YZ experiences on the trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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Loving mine. I think it's up a tooth or 2 in back, like you said, and it's good. I haven't been in anything OMG tight, but plenty of single track and lugs good enough I had to make myself quit using the clutch so much. I was using it out of habit, once I realized that, I was a lot smoother.
With that said, I haven't read or heard anyone with anything bad to say about the X. I like the kickstand idea myself, nut I'm lazy. ::smirk::

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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Don't forget the X will come with an 18" wheel if you ride over a lot of roots & rocks.

Is fuel capacity the same?

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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cbob wrote:
Don't forget the X will come with an 18" wheel if you ride over a lot of roots & rocks.

Is fuel capacity the same?

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Correct, the X does come with an 18" rear (which is something a lot of YZ riders add).

The fuel capacity is the same, however the X has a "reserve" so you will get a heads up when running low on fuel.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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Buy an X

You can spend the time & money to get a regular YZ250 to close to what an X will be like stock, but there's no way I would do that.
I have my standard YZ set up strictly for woods but wouldn't think about buying another YZ since they released the X. The X would defiantly be the way to go.

There is only 3 thing the X needs
1- Bark Busters
2- Skid Plate
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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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wes_#10 wrote:
Buy an X

You can spend the time & money to get a regular YZ250 to close to what an X will be like stock, but there's no way I would do that.
I have my standard YZ set up strictly for woods but wouldn't think about buying another YZ since they released the X. The X would definitely be the way to go.

There is only 3 thing the X needs
1- Bark Busters
2- Skid Plate
3- 3 gal tank


Yeah, the X is pretty much ready to ride straight from the dealer. That's probably what I am going to do. I guess it depends on how many projects I have going on when it's time to buy.

How does the gears in your YZ work for you & the type riding you do?

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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2nd, 3rd, & 4th are perfect for woods use.
Only thing I wish is for 5th gear to be geared higher for the open stuff so the bike could stretch it's legs without revving so high. Not really that big of an issue except for every now & then you'll wanna grab another gear & find there isn't one. Mainly an issue you'd only find on really fast 2-track & road sections (somewhere like Hatfield-McCoy, etc.)

1st gear gets you rollin, after that 2nd gear is so spot-on that you'll only drop back to 1st for the tightest of trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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Thanks wes. That's good info.

Converting a YZ is still a possibility, especially if a really good deal comes up. It's not like I am racing, just trail riding at this point.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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You can go this weekend and try the X.......


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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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cjclubby2 wrote:
You can go this weekend and try the X.......


Thanks!
Yeah, a friend emailed me and mentioned the demo rides at Highland Park. Unfortunately, I have other plans.

However, I have ridden the X already. Someone offered to let me ride their's at a riding park.
It was nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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Awesome. That's exactly the reason I'm going......to try the X. I at least want a quick pass on one before I buy it. I'll be there Sunday.


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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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cjclubby2 wrote:
Awesome. That's exactly the reason I'm going......to try the X. I at least want a quick pass on one before I buy it. I'll be there Sunday.


I was impressed when I rode it. The suspension was nice, real nice. The power was smooth, very linear.
The bike felt light.

I would already have one, but I'm kinda waiting until I get my KTM finished. Cause I know when I get it, I won't be working on the KTM much.

The seat height is just a little higher than my 200, but I can get used to that.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for YZ250 riders
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cjclubby2 wrote:
Awesome. That's exactly the reason I'm going......to try the X. I at least want a quick pass on one before I buy it. I'll be there Sunday.


Hey, after your ride Sunday, let me know how you like it. I will be interested to get your take on it.

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