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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Yamaha TTR250 is a hardy wee beastie. As an undemanding, unfussy enduro bike for newer riders it excels, with a never-say-die single cylinder motor that has just enough pep for muddy fun. Now deleted from Yamaha’s range the Yamaha TT250R is still a sound used buy providing you don’t have to go too far on the tarmac.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Yamaha TT250R's DOHC motor claims just 19bhp, but you can eke a little more out of it by removing the restrictor in the header pipe and trimming the snorkel in the air box. As it is the plucky Yamaha TT250R is about as friendly as they come and it’s as dependable as daylight. There’s also a screw by the throttle linkage under the tank that limits throttle turn. Slacken it off, adjust the cable for more turn and retighten it.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The one downside to the Yamaha TT250R is its height. At 895mm only six-footers will be able to get their feet flat on the floor. There are lowering kits available for the Yamaha TT250R, but it’s sometimes easier to simply fit the thinner seat from a pre-2000 bike. The off-road handling is easy, the brakes predictable and the simple chassis and suspension inspire confidence. The Yamaha TT250R's not quite so assured on the road, but it’s adequate.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha TT250R comes with electric start as well as a kicker, a truly poor headlight and woeful handguards as standards. There are a few big bore Yamaha TT250R kits available, but it’s kind of missing the point and it only ever knackers the reliability.

Yamaha TT250R (2004-2005)

Detail Value
Engine size 249 cc
Power 19 bhp
Top speed 71 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Yamaha TT250R is so simple that things rarely go wrong. Just watch the flap that covers the shock – lose that and the damping rod quickly gets dirty and pitted, quickly compromising the seals.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

As an introduction to off-roading the Yamaha TT250R is tough to beat, but you might soon find you could do with more oomph. Honda’s two-stroke CRM (also now deleted), especially the AR model, is supremely good and more capable. And any mechanical breakdowns will be much more expensive to fix on the Yamaha TT250R. Find a Yamaha TT250R for sale


Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

2004: Yamaha TT250R launched.
2005: Yamaha TT250R discontinued (but continues on sale in the US).

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Top speed 71 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15 secs
Max power 19 bhp
Max torque 14 ft-lb
Weight 113 kg
Seat height 895 mm
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 249 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression
Front brakes Single 245mm disc
Rear brake 200mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 120/90 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought my bike to have a go at Greenlaning, which by the way is alot of fun. Make sure you join the TRF though. I picked this bike because it seemed good on paper from what I had read. It is light and very easy to ride although it is a tall bike and I am not, but I can manage. The gearing has been lowered but it will still do an indicated 85mph on the road, it has also been unrestricted although this was already done when I purchased it. is a very useful website for anyone with this bike or if your interested to know more about this bike. I can get 110 miles before switching to reserve and it is suitable to commute on as I have and the first owner of my bike used to. The engine is a cracker and the gearbox is perfect to change up or down at any speed on or off road. I thoroughly recommend this bike. On a different note if you are interested in touring Brittany by bike but have never been before check out

    12 May 2010


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