The YB150’s smaller wheel dimensions make it considerably more agile. A bonus in two ways: 1) younger and slighter build first timers will find it more manageable, and 2) you quickly discover what effect counter steering has when the front tucks or washes out. The YB250’s taller front wheel, longer wheelbase and extra eight kilos of weight give a slightly heavier and stable feel at the bars, which means it doesn’t track and bang off the smaller ruts and lumps so easily.
Suspension is best described as good value; front fork stanchions are titanium nitrided, travel length is acceptable and any adjustment is noticeable. What you have to remember is the SMC bikes are not outright competition machines, but toe in the water-type off-road bikes without the expense of full blown motocross tools.