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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

With no roadster to fill the void in Yamaha’s range between a learner 125 and something like an 80bhp XJ6, the Japanese firm have decided to bring the YBR250 in to the UK as a limited run. It’s friendly, practical and swift enough to have some fun - plus it's 33bhp licence-friendly too.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

If you’ve stepped up from a restricted 125, you’ll notice a healthy dose more ‘big bike’ acceleration and enough top-end go to be able to cruise along a ‘real’ motorway speeds on the Yamaha YBR250. The power delivery from the 21bhp, 249cc single-cylinder motor is smooth and easy to get along with. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The YBR250 is one of the easiest machines you’ll find to ride anywhere. It has a very natural, spacious riding position and all the controls are light and simple to use, from the clutch to the throttle to the gears. There’s a good view out of the mirrors and over the traffic, the steering is light enough to let the YBR250 nip in and out of town traffic, and the seat is low enough for shorter riders to get both feet down on the floor at junctions.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

Built down to a price, you won’t find any bells and whistles here, the YBR250 is pretty basic. Compare and buy parts for the Yamaha YBR250 in the MCN Shop.

Yamaha YBR250 (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,799
Dealer used prices
£2,570 (2009) - £3,060 (2010)
Private used prices
£2,310 (2009) - £2,750 (2010)
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Engine size 249 cc
Power 21 bhp
Top speed 90 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Styling-wise the Yamaha YBR250 is very ‘belt and braces’ but it has an air of city style about it, and a few nice touches thrown in for good measure too, like the like swoopy tail unit and tank scoops, and the faired-in rear lights. Build quality is on the budget side, but the engine should go on forever.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The YBR250 doesn’t have the presence or the power of the 33bhp race-replica Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but it comes in at £500 cheaper. Just like other ‘big bike’ Yamahas, the YBR250 comes with a two-year warranty, one year’s RAC cover and the first service for free. Find a Yamaha YBR250 for sale


Insurance group: 5 of 17

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Model History

2009 – Imported into the UK in limited numbers

Other Versions



Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 21 bhp
Max torque 15 ft-lb
Weight 138 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 249 cc
Engine specification 2-valve, single
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Front brakes 1 x 282mm disc
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 100/80 18 in
Rear tyre size 130/70 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Easy rider


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    Primarily a great bike for zipping through the traffic, but it's still at home on twisties. Cheap to buy and cheap to run too...

    01 February 2011


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