TWO-STROKE TUESDAY | WE TEST THE 2001 YAMAHA YZ250
QUESTION ONE: IS THE 2001 YAMAHA YZ250 ENGINE FAST?
Not only is it fast, but it’s smooth. Not only is it smooth, but it’s broad. Not only is it broad, but it’s crisp. Not only is it crisp, but it’s flexible. Not only is it all those things, but it’s more.
Yamaha is the first motorcycle manufacturer to figure out that it’s not how much power you make, but how you make it. And, more importantly, not how big your peak number is, but how much breadth the powerband has. Oh, by the way, the 2001 Yamaha YZ250 makes 44.5 horsepower–that puts most of the competition to shame.
You don’t have to go for broke to ride the 2001 YZ250. It has rheostat-style power. Dial in whatever throttle setting floats your boat and sail off into the distance.
QUESTION TWO: IS THE ‘01 ENGINE BETTER THAN THE ‘00?
It sure is! But don’t be fooled into thinking that it is eye-watering, white-knuckle, cloud-of-dust faster–it’s not. It’s just crisper in the middle and better on top. It does not…