2016 Yamaha YZ250FX Review

By Todd Jarratt

Todd Jarratt on the 2016 Yamaha YZ250FX
Todd Jarratt on the 2016 Yamaha YZ250FX

For many years Yamaha produced the YZ250F for motocross racers and the WR250F for trail enthusiasts, but a gap remained between those two machines. In 2015, Yamaha resolved this issue, introducing the “in between machine” – the YZ250FX. Designed as a cross-country bike for those wanting to take part in motocross, enduro or trail riding, the 250FX takes on specific features from each of the YZF and WRF to provide a perfect all round motorcycle.

Chassis – The 2016 YZ250FX shares the same wheel axles and lightweight aluminium frame as the YZ250F, but features specifically modified engine mounts tailored to the off road environment. Additionally, the refined cross-country style bike also features a smaller diameter 18” rear wheel and supplements the YZF triangle stand with an attached aluminium kickstand, making trail park ups a breeze. Also, for those riders wondering about the positioning of the kickstand, it is held in a contactless position via a spring loaded mechanism and therefore will not cause any issues while riding.

Yamaha YZ250FX
Yamaha YZ250FX

Engine – The engine of the YZ250FX originates directly from its motocross sibling and therefore shares cam profiles, pistons specifications, and both exhaust and muffler designs. What sets the YZFX apart from the YZF though, is that it features an electric start and cross-country tailored ECU setting, making it far more trail friendly!

Suspension – The 250FX shares the standard 250F suspension package, but features its own slightly revised internal setting. It still provides the same exceptional bottoming resistance as the YZF, but has a more “cushioned” trail feel through the mid range of the stroke, which directly relates to its multi disciplinary purpose.

Josh Coppins on the YZ250FX
Josh Coppins on the YZ250FX

Transmission – One of the major alterations set for the YZ250FX specifically is the implementation of a wide ratio six-speed transmission – instead of the YZF based five-speed gear set. This six-speed transmission, paired with the 13:51 tooth sprocket ratio, provides a more usable and inviting setting for those riders taking to the trails.

Braking – The YZ250FX features the impressive YZF braking system, including the recently upsized 270mm front braking disc and powerful front brake master cylinder.

Yamaha YZ250FX
Yamaha YZ250FX

Graphic – For 2016, the YZ250FX comes in its standard “Yamaha Blue” graphic.

Cross Country Kit – For 2016, Yamaha have an optional Cross Country Kit available for the YZ250FX, which includes an aluminium bashplate; lights; horn; hand guards; and rear view mirror – making it the trail riders best friend, and available for recreational registration in Victoria.

Final Thoughts – If you are looking for a fast, race ready machine that could also be used on your local tracks and trails, the 2016 Yamaha YZ250FX is the bike for you. With the competitive race features being pulled from the YZF, mixed in with the kickstand and electric start from the WRF, as well as the optional Cross Country Kit available, this “in betweener” literally has something for everyone.

  • YZ250FX RRP including GST $11,499
Yamaha YZ250FX
Yamaha YZ250FX
2016 Yamaha YZ250FX Specifications
  • Engine – 250cc Liquid cooled 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve
  • Bore x Stroke 77.0 x 53.6 mm
  • Compression Ratio 13.5 : 1
  • Lubrication System Wet sump
  • Fuel Management Fuel Injection
  • Ignition TCI
  • Starter System Electric/Kick
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 7.5 L
  • Oil Capacity 1.1 L
  • Transmission Constant mesh 6-speed
  • Length 2165 mm
  • Width 825 mm
  • Height 1280 mm
  • Seat Height 965 mm
  • Wheelbase 1465 mm
  • Ground Clearance 325 mm
  • Dry Weight 106 kg
  • Wet Weight 112 kg with 7.5 litres of fuel
  • Frame Type Bilateral Beam
  • Suspension Front Telescopic fork, 330mm
  • Suspension Rear Swingarm, 318mm
  • Brakes Front Single disc, 250mm
  • Brakes Rear Single disc, 245mm
  • Tyres Front 90/90-21 54M
  • Tyres Rear 130/90-18 69M

For more details of the Yamaha YZ250FX head over to the Yamaha Motor Australia Website