YAMAHA YBR250 (2009-on) Review

Published: 15 June 2009

"Friendly, practical and swift enough to have some fun"

Yamaha YBR250

"Friendly, practical and swift enough to have some fun"

  • At a glance
  • 249cc  -  21 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  260 miles range
  • Insurance group: 5 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • £3,799

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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

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Equipment 2 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA YBR250 (2009-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Easy rider

01 February 2011 by westinch

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... Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £3,799
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 21 bhp
Max torque 15 ft-lb
Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Tank range 260 miles
Specification
Engine size 249cc
Engine type 2-valve, single
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 138kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Non-adjustable
Front brake 1 x 282mm disc
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 100/80 18 in
Rear tyre size 130/70 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2009 – Imported into the UK in limited numbers

Other versions

None

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