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Ok, enough about the

Ok, enough about the preparation for our ride, what were the bikes like – and what would you choose? Well, we were in for a big surprise. Since the 450 and above four-strokes hit the showroom floor, they have built a fearsome reputation for serious power and for being a handful to ride to full potential – few riders can get the most out of them, and they hover just out of the mainstream when it cames to buying a one bike for use as a racer and other kinds of riding, especially the more technical stuff. Remember that we have not included the many two - stroke models in this feature – we’ll save that for another time. The less powerful 250 and 350 four strokes have become became a viable alternative and are extremely popular for good reason. The Yamaha 250FX: You can feel that the Yamaha 250FX is derived from an MX Machine. It is a pity that we did not manage to grab a WR on the day, but thanks to electronic wizardry, Yamaha has managed to tone the bike down quite a bit. This particular bike was bought because the rider felt that a modern 450 was just too much. The softer WR was just not quite racey enough. The modern 250’s are just as fast as the 450’s of just a few years ago and they are significantly lighter and more nimble. Some of the riders on the day took a while to get used to the racehorse like power – it’s like an eager pony just dying to open up. It has very direct input from the throttle which took the owner quite a long time to get used to. Some of the riders commented on the suspension and handling – nothing really negative – but it all came back to specific bike setup for the individual – so when you do buy your bike, spend a bit of time with someone knowledgeable (beware of bench racers), and set the bike up for what you need. It can be quite complicated, see our feature elsewhere in the mag about suspension. The comment was passed that this 250 would be a real handful in the rocks, but the owner has been riding in the Berg and came back grinning from ear to ear. It is just an awesome package, and its’ pedigree shows in the fact that Brett Swanepoel put it into third place in last year’s Roof of Africa race. A little expert care and attention with the set up would make this bike one of the best you can buy. 26 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT multi dirtbikes.indd 26 2016/02/21 11:48 AM SSS 1602

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