Another YZ250F test ride
Posted November 27, 2000 - 06:20 PM
took it out to Sunrise Cycle Park in the Mojave Desert on Sunday. The
elevation is about 2900', and the temps were perfect, around 65-70, with
He was very generous to let me and other friends ride it and speed up
the break in process, especially to soften the forks which had a lot of
stiction. He and I both weigh about 165, and we set the sag to about
100mm from about 90mm stock. Ken is a Senior Novice level rider and he
is coming off a '98 YZ400F. I am a Senior Expert rider, and have raced
the last three YZF's.
Before we rode it, we got out my untrustworthy digital bathroom scale
and made our best effort to get an accurate measure of the bike's
weight. We determined, to our surprise, that it is close to 225 pounds
ready to ride without gas.
My first riding impression was that it felt light, handled great, and
had OK power. I thought it had more power everywhere compared to a 125,
and I had no trouble keeping up with them. When going through the
midrange, the motor would change pitch when it "came on the cam". To
me, it sounds like a wailing Ferrari, thus the "F". This bike
definitely has a unique sound compared to the big F. It didn't seem to
rev out as high as I thought it should, and it seemed to go flat on the
top end. It would also make a rude sound like a bleating goat when
revved high. Another 250F there made the same kind of popping sound,
like floating the valves or hitting the rev limiter. A friend, who
rides a '98 YZF, rode it and strongly suggested that it was lean and
needed a bigger main jet. It comes with a 175, so we installed the 180
that it comes with, and it greatly improved the power. Unfortunately, I
was already undressed by then, and only rode it in the pits. I strongly
suggest that others experiment with bigger main jets in this bike.
We did occasionally have some starting difficulties, which I suspect may
be related to the jetting. Time will tell.
After my first brief ride, we decided to back out the fork compression
all the way and the shock compression four clicks from stock. This made
the fork very supple and the suspension was very plush and balanced yet
resisted bottoming well. Awesome.
If we continue to improve this bike through fine tuning, I may have a
difficult decision between it and a '01 YZ426F. I think the main
disadvantage this bike will have in vet racing is the starts, but it
should be able to maintain real good lap times. It is very easy to ride
and I felt immediately comfortable on it due to my three years on
YZF's. The gear ratios are very close and overall gearing is very low.
You have to row the gear box like a two stroke, with two shifts up and
two shifts down on most straights.
This bike would make a poor desert or off road bike, only because of the
gearing. I think it would top out at a very low speed. The WR would be
fantastic off road. The motor has sufficient torque, more than a 125,
and less than a 250. It wheelies when on the gas hard, like coming out
of turns. I would not hesitate to get a WR for woods work.
Happy trails (or motos),
Posted November 28, 2000 - 07:39 AM
Posted November 28, 2000 - 02:39 PM
Posted November 30, 2000 - 06:53 PM
Much like back in '98, when I rode the YZF twice and had to have one, I am now smitten with this machine, and have to have one. The 426 will be sold as soon as I get the 250F. I'll miss the awesome HP and torque, but I can do just fine with the 250F. I may suffer on the starts, but right now I just don't care. The only drawback that I can see is that I wouldn't recommend it for riders who are much heavier than me, and I am around 165.
Today I called some dealers, found a good deal on one, and put down a deposit. I should have it in around two weeks. If you want one, you better get after it quick!
Posted December 01, 2000 - 03:20 AM
Posted December 01, 2000 - 06:28 AM
I picked mine up last night.
I have only riden it around the yard in the dark, It was still a blast!!!!
This thing feels like a bicycle compared to my yz400. I probably won't ride on the trails until I get all the "hare scramble" equipment installed. It will see it's first race in your "back yard" at the Hangover 100 on the 1st. I've gotta go now, All this talk about my 250F has given me a "woody".
[This message has been edited by GNCCYZ400 (edited 12-01-2000).]