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RICK JOHNSON’S 1984 YZ250: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

For this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday presented by Decal Works, we take a look at Rick Johnson’s iconic 1984 YZ250. This is the bike that he won the championship on that year, and it set the tone for things to come because it was a production-based bike. By 1984, Yamaha knew that some sort of production […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ85: FIRST RIDE VIDEO SERIES

The Yamaha YZ85 received some serious attention for 2022, making it the most eagerly anticipated mini in years. In 2019, it got a long list of motor upgrades, which was the first attention the bike got in 16 years. Now, the YZ85 has new bodywork and brakes, making it clear that Yamaha values the youth […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ125: FULL TEST

There are two ways to look at the 2022 Yamaha YZ125. Two-stroke fans will be ecstatic that Yamaha is showing new commitment in their world. A major Japanese manufacturer opened its corporate wallet to design a new two-stroke motor and make substantial changes to the bodywork, brakes and suspension. A two-stroke fanatic will say it’s […]

JEREMY MCGRATH’S YZ250: BEHIND THE BUILD

If you are a fan of Supercross and motocross and over the age of 25, you might remember watching Jeremy McGrath in the late ’90s and 2000 aboard his Chaparral Motorsports-supported Yamaha YZ250 dominating SX main events across the country. This team made history as the first non-factory team in the sport to win a […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Perception and reality have a love/hate relationship where the Yamaha YZ450F is concerned. Everyone claims to know that pro racing results aren’t the best criteria for picking your next motorcycle. But, pundits, posters and influencers take their toll. If you follow racing news and social media, you would think that the 2020 Yamaha YZ450F was […]

YAMAHA YZ250F PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The YZ250F platform has had a very successful 2021 season, receiving both media praises and winning a lot on the professional racing level. Well, that’s just not good enough for the Dirt Bike staff. We wanted more out of our Blue Crew test machine. This wasn’t going to be easy, but we teamed up with […]

RIDING THE 2022 YZ250 2-STROKE: THE WRAP

We have been riding the 2022 Yamaha YZ250 for a couple of weeks and it’s like falling in love with your ex-wife. This is a bike that we all were intimately familiar with but haven’t raced or ridden in a very long time. Other bikes were bigger news and needed testing, so the YZ250 has […]

NEW 2022 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE IN ACTION: RAW VIDEO SERIES

Dirt Bike Magazine was invited to test the new 2022 Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke but unfortunately the media has been asked by Yamaha not give any editorial review on this bike for another week. While the embargo remains in place we decided to at least let our loyal viewers enjoy some clips from our first day […]

RIDING YAMAHA’S NEW E-BIKES

Yamaha is one of those companies that’s different things to different people. For us, it’s all about motorcycles, for others, the company might be about music or snowmobiles. Now, Yamaha has been getting more and more serious about electric bicycles. The Yamaha YDX Moro and Moro Pro are legit electric mountain bikes worthy of head-to-head […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ450F : YEAR 22 VIDEO SERIES

The embargo is finally lifted and we can tell you our first impression of the 2022 Yamaha YZ450F. The Dirt Bike Magazine took the bike out to Fox Raceway and had several of our test riders hit the track to get feedback on the 2022 model. This bike returns with easy access air box, adjustable […]

STAR YAMAHA RE-SIGNS JEREMY MARTIN

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is pleased to announce that Jeremy Martin will return with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team for the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. The two-time 250MX Champion returned to the team this season and has shown strength as a title contender and a lot […]

YZ250F PROJECT: HARDWARE VIDEO SERIES

The Yamaha YZ250F is the most popular bike in the 250 class. It won our 2021 MX shootout and it’s one of the most successful bikes in Pro motocross. But all is not perfect in YZ land. The Yamaha has less top-end power than the KTM, Husqvarna, Kawasaki and Honda. What’s it take to bring […]

YAMAHA WR450F VS YZ450FX

Question: When is an off-road bike not an off-road bike? Answer: When it’s a Yamaha YZ450FX. The FX, along with a whole class of “closed-course competition cross-country” products, might be what we dirt bike enthusiasts consider off-road, but Yamaha has to call it a race bike, according to the EPA. Closed-course bikes aren’t required to […]

YAMAHA YZ250F PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The 2021 Yamaha YZ250F won our 2021 250 MX Shootout. It’s a great bike with excellent suspension and a good-solid power delivery. There’s only one problem. All the bikes in our 2021 250 MX shootout were great bikes with glowing attributes. In the 50-year-history of Dirt Bike Magazine, we never came out of a shootout […]

RIDING THE 2021 YAMAHA WR450F: THE WRAP

We spent much of this week testing various configurations of the 2021 Yamaha WR450F. The WR is a true-blue off-road bike, as recognized by the EPA. This year it got updated to the same platform as the current YZ450F, at least mechanically, but it’s a very different bike in terms of behavior. Making the WR […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

If you watched any of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro motocross series, you might think that the Yamaha YZ250F is the all-time horsepower king of the 250 class. The bikes ridden by Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper and the other Star Racing/Monster Energy team members were the fastest machines on the track, hands down. You gotta […]

OFF-ROAD YZ250 PROJECT: A PREMIX VIDEO

For this Yamaha YZ250 2-stroke project, we teamed up with Rado Bartovic at Dirt N Iron. The project originally started in post-communist Czechoslovakia back in the late ’80s and early ’90s with a then-young and very impressionable Rado. He grew up riding old CZs and Jawa street bikes, basically anything he could get his hands […]

2021 OFF-ROAD BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

The year 2021 comes in with the motorcycle world enjoying an unlikely rally. It turned out that people looked to dirt bikes to escape the ugliness of 2020. Amid pandemic and political uncertainty, motorcycles sold surprisingly well, leaving showrooms empty and riders wanting more. Thankfully, the 2021 models have arrived. Here ‘s a look at […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

If ever there was proof that pro-racing results don’t matter in the real world, the Yamaha YZ450F is it. It continues to be one of the best-selling motocross bikes in America. It continues to be wildly successful in the hands of local riders. It continues to be reliable, accessible and effective in the hands of […]

RIDING THE 2021 YAMAHA YZ250F: THE WRAP

If you watched any of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro motocross series, you probably think that the Yamaha YZ250F is the all-time horsepower king of the 250 class. That’s clearly true of the bikes ridden by Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper and the other Star Racing/Monster Energy team members, but on the production level it’s a […]