I expected so much less when I got this bike, and I've quite frankly been amazed in the year I've owned it. It's genuinely hard to put a finger on a comparable bike on the market today but if I had to compare power delivery, handling and suspension, the best comparison would be a KDX 220 engine having mated with a 2019 Husqvarna TE250 rolling chassis.
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Mine's plated and street legal, and it's very the only two stroke I've ridden that's completely comfortable on road at 55mph, but handles completely like a dirt bike off road and in single track.
Quality overall is pretty on par with the Japanese big 4, parts are easy to get factory direct, and there's a good amount of factory or aftermarket upgrades for the bike. In 30 years of dirt biking, there's no question that this is one of the best handling bikes I've owned.
Power delivery isn't quite on par with a 250 given that it's only a 225, but it's plenty comparable to others in the 200 class and manages to scoot all 250lbs of me around as fast as I can ride. I'd think it's only a matter of time before these guys start popping up in more enduro races.
I've owned many dual sport two strokes throughout the years, anywhere from a 2005 KTM 300 to this older 1996 WR250Z.
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The bike is extremely powerful, and I am perfectly capable of keeping up with my friends on their 2015 Beta 300's in the single track. It'll go wherever I take it, and despite being 20 years old, can hang with the boys without an issue.
Unlike the YZ, the power is extremely manageable in single track, and has good usable power before the powerband.
It utilizes the 1993 YZ250 engine, arguably the best YZ engine to date, but with different porting.
Suspension is excellent; stiffer motocross suspension, and doesn't feel dated.
The tank is a bit wide given it's size, but not significantly more than an oversized tank on a 300.
The only complaint on this bike is it's transmission. Though it's a "wide ratio", by today's standards, it's more of a "semi-wide ratio". In 14/48 gearing, I'm capable of about 50-55mph cruising just as the power valve opens, but would have to scream it to go any faster, and not something I would do over a long period of time.
The carb is notoriously hard to jet and I just upgraded to a Lectron.
Overall a very solid bike.