Spend £400 in the same showroom and you’ll get a Yamaha MT-03 – a bike with fantastic handling, a faster motor and more equipment. Yet the barely-cheaper WR250X is barely capable of rounding a corner without the over-soft, long travel suspension pitching back and forth making the whole motorcycle feel like it’s heading for the hedge. Decent Bridgestone BT-090 tyres are the only thing keeping you upright.
The Yamaha WR250X is certainly perky enough given its small capacity – the modern water-cooled engine is derived from the YZ-F motocross range. Even a rider stepping up from a 125 would tire of the lack of speed – little more than 80mph is available. Stick to town and the short gearing is handy for slicing through traffic. Open roads are a bore though.
The Yamaha WR250X is nicely put together – the alloy frame and cycle parts look great, and the whole motorcycle is well styled. The understressed engine shouldn’t give any problems, but as with any small-capacity single it’ll be worth keeping an eye on the oil level – small engines, with low oil capacity that get thrashed can easily run out of oil.
For £3000 you might forgive the Yamaha of it’s shortcomings – but when Yamaha price the WR250X at the same level as a 600cc roadster it’s very hard to recommend it any way. If you want a supermoto, buy a decent one with a proper engine and suspension. If you want a 250, buy a Kawasaki Ninja 250R – it’ll be a far better use of your cash. Find a Yamaha WR250X for sale
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You should expect more for the money. There’s a wavy brake disc and a Brembo calliper (only a cheap two-piston sliding affair), Excel wheel rims and a digital dash with basic information, but that’s it. The seat is uncomfortable, there’s no wind protection or even basic storage space and the cycle parts lack the adjustability to tune out the unacceptable handling deficiencies. Compare and buy parts for the Yamaha WR250X in the MCN Shop.