YAMAHA TT250R (2004 - 2005) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£60|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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
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.
|Engine type||4v single, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||9 litres|
|Rear suspension||Preload, compression|
|Front brake||Single 245mm disc|
|Rear brake||200mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||120/90 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||47 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||£60|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||19 bhp|
|Max torque||14 ft-lb|
|Top speed||71 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||15 secs|
|Tank range||90 miles|
Model history & versions
2004: Yamaha TT250R launched.
2005: Yamaha TT250R discontinued (but continues on sale in the US).
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA TT250R (2004 - 2005)
2 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA TT250R (2004 - 2005) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£60|
Version: 1994 Open Enduro
Annual servicing cost: £60
Mine is the earlier white "Open Enduro" - basically the same as the one reviewed here, but with a digital speedo and a metal tank. Torquey motor, handling will get through almost anything off-road. Starter motor clutches eventually go, but can be replaced fairly easily.
For a dedicated trail bike, this is very plush. Brakes are mild, as they should be. Handling is great off road. On road, knobbly tyres with low pressure are a major limitation. I've ridden about 7 hours in a day several times.
The engine is a peach! It pulls strongly from about 2000rpm, so you rarely need to change gear if you have to slow for an obstacle or for ruts. Faster than you would expect on the road, although I don't know the top speed.
Very simple bike, not much to go wrong. Copes well with being dropped several times a day. Almost no corrosion after 20 years.
Petrol consumption is very low - I've seen about 70mpg across country. Service cost low because it's a simple engine, and you don't do many miles on a trail bike. Chain and sprockets are the biggest regular outlay. Oil should be changed every 1000 miles as it only takes 1L.
By design, this is a minimalist bike. The fanciest thing on it is a locking petrol cap. Less weight, less to break. I use Maxxis Cross IT tyres, which are road-legal knobblies.
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. www.ttr250.com 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 www.longwayroundbrittany.co.uk.