Yamaha XT 250

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Yamaha XT250
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Parent company Yamaha Corporation
Production 1980–1990, 2008–present
Class Dual-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]
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Parent company Yamaha Corporation
Production 1980–1983
Class Dual-sport
Engine 4-stroke 249 cc air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 2 valves/cyl, 9.2:1 compression ratio
Top speed 75 mph (121 km/h)
Power 22 bhp (16 kW) @ 8600 rpm
Transmission 5-speed
Tires front: 3.00-21, rear: 4.60-17
Weight 270 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
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Parent company Yamaha Corporation
Production 1984–1990
Class Dual-sport
Engine 4-stroke 249 cc air-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder, 2 valves/cyl, 9.2:1 compression ratio
Top speed 69 mph (111 km/h)
Power 17 bhp (13 kW) @ 7500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Tires front: 3.00-21, rear: 4.60-17
Weight 271 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 gas tank.

Third generation[edit]

Third generation
Yamaha XT250 rear.jpg
2008 Yamaha XT250 [3]
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Parent company Yamaha Corporation
Production 2008–present
Class Dual-sport
Engine 4-stroke 249 cc air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 2 valves/cyl, 9.5:1 compression ratio
Top speed 76 mph (122 km/h)
Power 16.2 bhp (12.1 kW) @ 6980 rpm
Torque 12.9 lb·ft (17.5 N·m) @ 6480 rpm
Transmission 5-speed
Tires front: 2.75-21, rear: 120/80-18
Weight 291 lb (132 kg) (wet)

Having been discontinued in 1991 in favor of the Yamaha XT 350, 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.

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.