I rode last weekend. Took my 2002 YZ250 out first. Love that bike and 2 strokes. So, came back in and took the new bike out.
Took a while to adjust, but the ergos were spot on. Felt very comfortable on the bike. I was a little worried about jumps. I didn't have a feel for the sound and gearing, plus, I didn't want to endo if I chopped the throttle. The suspension felt great. After a few more times out on the track, I was getting pretty comfortable. Love the traction coming out of corners. Finally got more comfortable not shifting so much. Figured out how it handles in the air and I like it.
Finally, I uploaded the TP 2.0 v3 map using my phone. That really changed the low end of the bike as well as giving it a bit more hit. Not sure I need the hit, but I liked the low end delivery better than stock.
For the last laps of the day, I took the 2-stroke back out. The bike felt smaller and lighter, but I realized that it didn't fit nearly as comfortably and I actually felt cramped. I also was having trouble figuring out the jumps again. The new bike ruined this one for me.
In short, I really like the new bike on the track. I haven't ridden it on trails, but I can see that I may still prefer the 2002 for slower speed woods riding.
When I made the move from 2t to 4 and felt some of the same stuff riding them back to back, especially on the jumps. While I never air it out enough to need brake stabs on the 2t, it was nice to be able to just chop the throttle on the 4 stroke.
After a full day on the YZF, the CR felt really light and free-wheeling. The lack of engine braking was super obvious. It’s amazing how “lazy” you can be on the thumper and still be as fast ( or spodely as the case may be). Different animals for sure.
I’d love to see someone develop an modern, injected 2stroke. There should be a lower cost option available, it’s getting insanely expensive to be in the sport.
congradulations on the new YZF! One of these days Im going to be able to order a new bike and all the trick parts! Thats a dream that will come true. Hard work will win. Dont think I'm compaining that I cant do it now. Im not. Sooner than later I'll be doing the same1.