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2021 Yamaha XT250-Yamaha’s mid-level dual sport motorcycle

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     The Yamaha XT250 packs a reliable punch. It is powered by a 249cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine. The suspension duties are handled by a nonadjustable 35mm conventional fork, while the shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

     With its estimated fuel mileage of 76 mpg and its 2.6-gallon fuel tank (2.4-gallon for the California model), the XT250 can cover a decent amount of ground on a single fill-up.

     Last year was the 40th anniversary of the first Yamaha XT250, and the 2021 Yamaha XT250 returns with no changes. An inexpensive motorcycle with an MSRP of $5199, which has held steady for several years, the XT250 is about simplicity, reliability, and friendly performance.

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GO ANYWHERE DUAL-SPORT

With an electric start and a low seat height, the light, nimble and reliable XT250 is built to go wherever you go. On or off‑road.

YAMAHA XT250 TOP FEATURES:

1. Advanced Long-Travel Suspension

Long-travel suspension and more than 11.2 inches of ground clearance live under a seat that’s only 31.9 inches from the ground.

2. Modern Fuel Injection system

The XT250’s fuel injection system offers a smooth throttle response and easy starting in nearly all conditions.

3. Convenient Electric Start

Electric start makes firing up the 249cc four-stroke effortless.

4. Dual Disc Brakes

245mm front disc and 203mm rear disc brakes combine to deliver superb stopping power on both paved and unpaved surfaces.

YAMAHA XT250 ENGINE:

1. Reliable Four-Stroke Motor

249cc air-cooled four-stroke with 9.5:1 compression makes for great on-and off-road performance.

2. Modern Fuel Injection system

The Yamaha XT250’s fuel injection system offers a smooth throttle response and easy starting in nearly all conditions.

3. Advanced Cylinder Design

Light and powerful forged pistons inside a plated cylinder help dissipate heat more efficiently, increasing both performance and durability.

4. Responsive Power

A light crankshaft provides quick, responsive power.

5. Speed Transmission

Wide-ratio five-speed transmission provides maximum power and performance in a wide range of terrain and conditions.

6. Efficient Intake Design

XT250’s straighter intake tract improves performance.

7. Convenient Electric Start

Hassle-free push-button electric starting adds extra convenience and reliability.

8. Trail-Ready Chassis

The engine is mounted high in the frame for incredible 11.2 inches of ground clearance.

9. Low Maintenance Engine

An automatic cam chain tensioner means minimal maintenance and longer engine life.

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION OF YAMAHA XT250:

1. Strong, Compact Frame

A semi-double-cradle steel frame achieves a lighter, nimbler feel through greater mass centralization. Greater lateral and torsional rigidity and reduced weight of the lower frame parts help produce light, stable handling.

2. Advanced Long-Travel Suspension

The front fork has 8.9 inches of travel to soak up the rough stuff, both on- and off-road while an aluminum lower triple clamp keeps the weight down.

3. Nimble Steering

The maximum turning angle of the handlebar is 51 degrees-almost like a trials machine. Combined with a short wheelbase of only 53.5 inches, the XT250 has a super-tight turning radius for excellent maneuverability.

4. Linkage-Style Shock

A rear shock provides 7.1 inches of wheel travel through a progressive Monocross® linkage system for a smooth ride.

5. Dirt-Ready Wheels

21-inch front and 18-inch rear aluminum wheels are extremely durable and reduce unsprung weight for enhanced suspension performance and handling.

6. Generous Ground Clearance

11.2 inches of ground clearance means you’ve got serious off-road capability.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

1. Advanced LCD Instruments

     The multifunction digital LCD instrument panel with cool green background lighting is easily visible day or night. It also removes unnecessary weight from the handlebar for light, precise handling.

2. Extended Fuel Range

The stylish gas tank holds a full 2.6 gallons for long-range riding.

3. Comfortable Saddle

The long, thick seat creates a balanced riding position for optimal movement and comfort.

4. Protective Fenders

The durable and wide front fender is designed to keep mud and dirt off the rider when exploring off-road.

5. Passenger-Ready

Frame-mounted passenger foot-pegs provide two-up riding capability.

6. Bright Illumination

Enduro-style, 60/55-watt halogen headlight features a cool 133mm lens for excellent visibility at night.

7. Dual Sport Lighting

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Flex-mounted turn indicators offer great durability against breakage.

8. Fork Protection

Durable fork boots help prevent rocks and debris from damaging fork sliders.

9. Forest-Friendly Exhaust

A spark arrestor makes the XT trail-ready.

10. Modern Battery

Dependable, low-maintenance battery.

Yamaha XT250 Specs:

General table:

Engine: Air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder
Displacement: 249cc
Bore x Stroke: 74.0 x 58.0mm
Horsepower: N/A
Torque: N/A
Transmission: 5-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Rake: 26.4°
Trail: 4.2 in.
Front Suspension: 35mm conventional fork, nonadjustable; 8.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Preload and rebound damping adjustable; 7.1-in. travel
Front Tire: 2.75-21
Rear Tire: 120/80-18
Wheelbase: 53.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gal., 2.4 gals. (CA model)
Claimed Wet Weight: 291 lb.

Yamaha XT250 Engine:

Engine Type: 249cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke single; 2 valves
Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Bore x Stroke: 74.0mm x 58.0mm
Transmission: 5-speed; multi-plate wet clutch
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Final Drive: Chain
Fuel Delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI)

Chassis:

Suspension / Front: 35mm telescopic fork; 8.9-in travel
Suspension / Rear: Single shock, adjustable preload, and rebound damping; 7.1-in travel
Tires / Front: 2.75-21
Brakes / Front: Single disc, 245mm
Brakes / Rear: Single disc, 203mm
Tires / Rear: 120/80-18

Dimensions:

L x W x H: 84.6 in x 31.7 in x 45.7 in
Seat Height:   31.9 in
Wheelbase: 53.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle):    26.4°
Trail: 4.2 in
Maximum Ground Clearance: 11.2 in
Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gal / CA model, 2.4 gal
Fuel Economy: 76 mpg
Wet Weight: 291 lb

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About the author:  Michael Parrotte was the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, and a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, Sparx Helmets. In addition, he is the founder and owner of AGV Sports Group.