Yamaha XT250

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Yamaha XT250
ManufacturerYamaha Motor Company
Parent companyYamaha Corporation
Production1980–1990, 2008–present
ClassDual-sport

The Yamaha XT250 is a motorcycle made by Yamaha Motor Company.

Yamaha XT250 model year 2008. An offroad motorcycle rider passes through a creek and up a muddy hill

First generation[edit]

First generation
1981 Yamaha XT250.jpg
1981 Yamaha XT250[1]
ManufacturerYamaha Motor Company
Parent companyYamaha Corporation
Production1980–1983
ClassDual-sport
Engine4-stroke 249 cc air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 2 valves/cyl, 9.2:1 compression ratio
Top speed75 mph (121 km/h)
Power22 bhp (16 kW) @ 8600 rpm
Transmission5-speed
Tiresfront: 3.00-21, rear: 4.60-17
Weight270 lb (120 kg) (wet)

Released in 1980, this dual-sport motorcycle has been a staple of back roads and farms. One was ridden by Rambo in the 1982 movie "First Blood".[2]

It also featured in Season 4 of Knight Rider, as Reginald Cornelius III/RC3's bike.

Second generation[edit]

Second generation
ManufacturerYamaha Motor Company
Parent companyYamaha Corporation
Production1984–1990
ClassDual-sport
Engine4-stroke 249 cc air-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder, 2 valves/cyl, 9.2:1 compression ratio
Top speed69 mph (111 km/h)
Power17 bhp (13 kW) @ 7500 rpm
Transmission6-speed
Tiresfront: 3.00-21, rear: 4.60-17
Weight271 lb (123 kg) (wet)

Starting in 1984, this model had its top-end output reduced to 17 hp @ 7,500 rpm due to emissions control considerations.[citation needed] In addition, this model featured redesigned plastics and a more compact gasoline tank.

Third generation[edit]

Third generation
Yamaha XT250 rear.jpg
2008 Yamaha XT250 [3]
ManufacturerYamaha Motor Company
Parent companyYamaha Corporation
Production2008–present
ClassDual-sport
Engine4-stroke 249 cc air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 2 valves/cyl, 9.5:1 compression ratio
Top speed76 mph (122 km/h)
Power16.2 bhp (12.1 kW) @ 6980 rpm
Torque12.9 lb⋅ft (17.5 N⋅m) @ 6480 rpm
Transmission5-speed
Tiresfront: 2.75-21, rear: 120/80-18
Weight291 lb (132 kg) (wet)

Having been discontinued in 1991 in favor of the Yamaha XT350, this model was reintroduced in 2008 due to increased popularity of the 250 cc class.[4] The XT250 is branded the SEROW 250 in Japan. In 2013, the USA XT250 received a fuel-injected engine.

(For the origin of the name, see serow.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 Yamaha XT250 Specifications". xtreemedecals.com.
  2. ^ "Silvester Stalone On Motorcycle - 1982 Rambo I". free-riders-cafe.blogspot.com.
  3. ^ "Yamaha-motor.com". Yamaha.
  4. ^ Biker, Maxx. "Topspeed.com 2010 Yamaha XT250 Review". topspeed.com. Retrieved 30 October 2009.