TESTING THE 2019 YZ250F, NEW BIKE PRICES: THE WRAP

TESTING THE 2019 YAMAHA YZ250F

The 2019 YZ250F is faster, heavier and has electric start.

We’ve been testing the 2019 Yamaha YZ250F for about three weeks. We agreed not to publish any early testing impressions in order for Yamaha to give other publications and media outlets a chance to ride the bike. I have a personal interest in this bike because it’s usually the bike I race most often in a given year. I resist using the word “favorite.”

The 2019 YZ250F at Perris Raceway with Pete Murray.

It wasn’t a shootout winner in 2017 or 2018 because it lacked the top-end power to compete at the expert level, but it was still the best for novices and old guys like me. It had the best low-end power and suspension. Now it’s been redesigned with electric start and a new frame straight off the 2018 450. Here are the main take-aways.

POWER: The new motor is a brute through the middle. It feels like it has a big-bore kit. Way down low, it might not have the same torque as last year’s bike, but that was just trail-riding power. You never let the revs drop that low in race conditions. On top, it seems like the new YZ stops early, even though I know that’s not true. The redline is around 14,000 rpm. It’s just that the bike is making more and more power all the way up to that point, so you hit the rev limiter all the time. It’s hard to force yourself to shift when the bike is still gaining power.

The Yamaha is smaller feeling but gained some weight for 0219.

SUSPENSION: On paper, Yamaha says that the new fork and shock are stiffer. They don’t feel stiffer. That’s good, because last year the bike was a little over-sprung for younger (smaller) riders. The suspension is plush.

HANDLING: Some riders complain that the 450 isn’t great in turns, but they have no issue with the 250. It turns well for everyone, despite sharing a frame with big bro. It doesn’t feel especially light. It gained 5 pounds according to our scale (weighed without fuel). Last year it was 222 pound. Now it’s 227, while the KTM is 218. The fuel tank is smaller than last year’s, so wet weight figures will be misleading. It’s also a little cramped for me. I’m about 6’1″ with knees that don’t bend, and the seat-to-footpeg distance is closer. Smaller riders should be fine.

POWER TUNER: The smartphone app that Yamaha offers for EFI adjustment is awesome. This year, there’s a switch on the handlebar that lets you choose between two different maps on the fly. This makes testing much easier. If you’re a 450 guy, you might be a little confused by this. The same switch is a launch assist on the big bike.

These are the maps that Yamaha has already figured out. The one called “Hard Hitting (Loamy)” on the left actually makes better power than the standard map. Everyone liked it. The middle one had a much softer hit and riders didn’t hit the rev limiter as often. That isn’t because it allows more revs; it doesn’t. It’s just that the power peak happens earlier, so you have already shifted into a taller gear by then. This map wasn’t bad, but everyone liked the additional power of the standard and hard hitting maps. The map on the left was kind of a dog. Yamaha says it provides a linear hit, but let’s be real. All 250Fs have a very linear power delivery already. The full test will be in the October, 2018 print edition of Dirt Bike.

THE VIDEO

Click on the image above to see the first ride video of the 2019 Yamaha YZ250F.

NEW BIKE PRICE LIST

Each year I compile a list of new dirt bike prices and put them all in one place for a quick comparison. This year’s list is almost complete. There are still a few bikes like the Yamaha WRs, Cobras, TMs and all the adventure bikes that haven’t been announced, but here’s what I have so far. For last year’s list of 2018 prices, click here.

BETA

2019 Beta RR Dual-sport

 

BETA 125 RR (TWO-STROKE): $7999
BETA 200 RR (TWO-STROKE): $8399
BETA 250 RR (TWO-STROKE): $8699
BETA 300 RR (TWO-STROKE): $8899
BETA 350 RR-S (DUAL-SPORT): $10,299
BETA 390 RR-S (DUAL-SPORT): $10,399
BETA 430 RR-S (DUAL-SPORT): $10,499
BETA 500 RR-S (DUAL-SPORT): $10,599

GASGAS

2019 GasGas EC300

GASGAS XC200 (TWO-STROKE): $7999
GASGAS EC200 (TWO-STROKE): $8199
GASGAS XC250 (TWO-STROKE): $8799
GASGAS EC250 (TWO-STROKE): $9099
GASGAS XC300 (TWO-STROKE): $8999
GASGAS EC300 (TWO-STROKE): $9299
GASGAS TXT80 RACING (TRIALS): $4999
GASGAS TXT125 RACING (TRIALS): $7299
GASGAS TXT250 RACING (TRIALS): $7899
GASGAS TXT280 RACING (TRIALS): $7999
GASGAS TXT300 RACING (TRIALS): $8199

HONDA

The 2019 Honda CRF450L.

HONDA CRF450RWE: $11,499
HONDA CRF450R: $9299
HONDA CRF450RX: $9599
HONDA CRF450L (DUAL SPORT): $10,399
HONDA CRF450X: $9799
HONDA CRF250R: $7999
HONDA CRF250RX: $8299
HONDA CRF150R: $5099

HUSQVARNA

Husqvarna TC125

HUSQVARNA FX450: $10,449
HUSQVARNA FX350: $10,299
HUSQVARNA TX300  (TWO-STROKE): $9599
HUSQVARNA FE501 (DUAL SPORT): $11,299
HUSQVARNA FE450 (DUAL SPORT): $11,099
HUSQVARNA FE350 (DUAL SPORT): $10,899
HUSQVARNA FE250 (DUAL SPORT): $9899
HUSQVARNA TE300i (TWO-STROKE): $9899
HUSQVARNA TE250i (TWO-STROKE): $9699
HUSQVARNA TE150 (TWO-STROKE): $8499
HUSQVARNA FC450: $9999
HUSQVARNA FC350: $9799
HUSQVARNA FC250: $9099
HUSQVARNA TC250 (TWO-STROKE): $8299
HUSQVARNA TC125 (TWO-STROKE): $7299
HUSQVARNA TC85 19/16 (TWO-STROKE): $6199
HUSQVARNA TC85 17/14 (TWO-STROKE): $5999
HUSQVARNA TC65 (TWO-STROKE): $5099
HUSQVARNA TC50 (TWO-STROKE): $4299

KAWASAKI

Kawasaki KX450

KAWASAKI KX450: $9299
KAWASAKI KX250: $7749
KAWASAKI KX100 (TWO-STROKE): $4599
KAWASAKI KX85 (TWO-STROKE): $4399
KAWASAKI KX65 (TWO-STROKE): $3699
KAWASAKI KLX140G: $3699
KAWASAKI KLX140L: $3399
KAWASAKI KLX140: $3099
KAWASAKI KLX110L: $3399
KAWASAKI KLX110: $3699

KTM

The 2019 KTM 350SX-F.

KTM 500EXC (DUAL SPORT): $11,199
KTM 350EXC (DUAL SPORT): $10,799
KTM 250EXC (DUAL SPORT): $9799
KTM 450XC-F: $10,599
KTM 350XC-F: $10,499
KTM 250XC-F: $9,499
KTM 300XC-W TPi (TWO-STROKE): $9899
KTM 250XC-W TPi (TWO-STROKE): $9699
KTM 150XC-W (TWO-STROKE): $8399
KTM 300XC (TWO-STROKE): $9499
KTM 250XC (TWO-STROKE): $9399
KTM 450SX-F: $9899
KTM 350SX-F: $9699
KTM 250SX-F: $8999
KTM 250SX (TWO-STROKE): $8199
KTM 150SX (TWO-STROKE): $7399
KTM 125SX (TWO-STROKE): $7199
KTM 85SX (TWO-STROKE): $5899
KTM 65SX (TWO-STROKE): $4999
KTM 50SX (TWO-STROKE): $4299
KTM 50SX MINI (TWO-STROKE): $3799

SHERCO


SHERCO SE-F 250 RACING: $9300
SHERCO SE-F 250 FACTORY: $10000
SHERCO SC-F 250 CROSS COUNTRY: $9900
SHERCO SE-F 300 RACING: $10,000
SHERCO SE-F 300 FACTORY: $10700
SHERCO  SC-F 300 CROSS COUNTRY: $10600
SHERCO SE-F 450 RACING: $10200
SHERCO SE-F 450 FACTORY: $10900
SHERCO SE 125 RACING (TWO-STROKE): $8400
SHERCO SE 125 FACTORY (TWO-STROKE): TBA
SHERCO SC 125 CROSS COUNTRY (TWO-STROKE): $8600
SHERCO SE 250 RACING (TWO-STROKE): $9200
SHERCO SE 250 FACTORY (TWO-STROKE): $9800
SHERCO SC 250 CROSS COUNTRY (TWO-STROKE): $9600
SHERCO SE 300 RACING (TWO-STROKE): $9300
SHERCO SE 300 FACTORY (TWO-STROKE): $9900
SHERCO SC 300 CROSS COUNTRY (TWO-STROKE): $9700
SHERCO X RIDE 290: $7600

SUZUKI

 

Suzuki RM-Z450
2019 Suzuki RM-Z450

SUZUKI RM-Z450: $8949
SUZUKI RM-Z250: TBA
SUZUKI RM85 (TWO-STROKE): $4199
SUZUKI DR650S: $6599
SUZUKI DR-Z400S: $6749
SUZUKI DR200S: $4649
SUZUKI DR-Z400SM: $7349
SUZUKI DR-Z50: $1749
SUZUKI DR-Z125L: $3299
SUZUKI RMX450Z: $8999

YAMAHA

The 2019 YZ250F

YAMAHA YZ450F: $9299
YAMAHA YZ250F: $8199
YAMAHA YZ250 (TWO-STROKE): $7399
YAMAHA YZ125 (TWO-STROKE): $6499
YAMAHA YZ85 (TWO-STROKE): $4599
2018 YAMAHA YZ65 (TWO-STROKE): $4599
YAMAHA YZ450FX: $9499
YAMAHA YZ250FX: $7999
YAMAHA YZ250X: $7499
YAMAHA XT250 (DUAL SPORT): $5199
YAMAHA TW200 (DUAL SPORT): $4599

FULL GAS SPRINT ENDURO

Ryan Sipes took the win at round five of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series. You can watch him do it here.

 

See you next week!

–Ron Lawson

 

 

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