It’s more than a little ironic that Yamaha
, the company that ushered in the modern era of four-stroke dirtbikes and contributed to the sounding of the death knell for two-stroke motorcycles
, has recently unleashed the best new two-smoker we’ve ridden in a long time. TheYZ250X
is the company’s first two-stroke off-road racer in nearly two decades, and it’s a winner right out of the crate.
Yamaha has been hard on the gas when it comes to producing intriguing off-road-specific motorcycle models during the past two years, and off-road fans have been introduced to some truly great machines.
Yamaha began its recent domination in 2015 when it surprised cross-country racing fans with the amazing YZ250FX, a bike so good that it earned an honorable mention in our Best Dirtbike of 2015
honors. But Yamaha didn’t stop there. It also released a long-anticipated, WR250F
, boasting the company’s latest motocross engine technology in the form of its fuel-injected, rearward-inclined four-stroke Single.
For 2016, Yamaha has been even more aggressive, releasing two all-new off-road four-strokes based on the YZ450F
: the WR450F
. These models were logical next steps in Yamaha’s retooling of its off-road arsenal.