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Yamaha: www.yamaha.co.za 2016 Yamaha YZ250X: The fact that Yamaha is offering an off-road two-stroke for the first time in over a decade is big news. Technically, there aren’t many differences between it and the MX model; just the wideratio five-speed gearbox, 18-inch rear wheel, suspension settings and kickstand. But, it represents a big change in the way Yamaha thinks about the off-road market. We tested it a month or two back – great fun to ride a very unassuming machine… 2016 Yamaha YZ250: Last year the old, faithful Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke motocross bike stopped looking so old. It got more modern body work as well as updated suspension. The fork is every bit as modern as that of the YZ450F, which is still just about the best in the world. The motor hasn’t changed in years, but is still powerful, reliable and cheap to own. The YZ250 is still a viable, competitive racebike to this day. 2016 Yamaha YZ125: This machine has been called the best-handling dirt bike of all time. Very high praise! When you mix suspension this good with a featherweight two-stroke 125 motor, magic things happen. The look and suspension got an update in 2015, but otherwise, you can trace this basic platform back to 2005. Yamaha YZ85: Yamaha still makes its mark in the 85cc racing world with the YZ85 every year, holding out against a sea of European bikes. In stock form it’s physically the largest of the three remaining Japanese 85s, and generally held to be the most competitive in stock form. It might struggle against a KTM in a power contest, but it sells for a bit less. 20 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT 2strokes.indd 20 2016/02/21 11:46 AM

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