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.
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.
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.
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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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.