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      JUST IN!   04/24/2018

      HOW TO: 4-STROKE PISTON REPLACEMENT DONE RIGHT!

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    So far this bike is great out of the box, literally. I actually got it in the factory box. It feels like a bike that has an aftermarket pipe, proper gearing and breathes really good without making a single change. I did cut the screen out of the airbox but I don't think it made much of a difference. I think all the hype is because Yamaha finally put out a bike that was set up very well without having to modify anything.

    To be honest I expected more power after all the hype but I just got it broke in and need some more time on it. I was dreaming of replacing my 450 but I don't think that day has arrived yet. My 2010 YZ250F seems just as strong but I spent an extra $800 on it with aftermarket upgrades. My 2010 450 blows it away of course and makes me wonder what the hype was about this thing sounding like or feeling like a 450. That is completely false.

    I have only been to the track once and everything is still very stiff but the suspension and handling felt very good. Also rode some trails and dirt roads by my house for break in.

    This may be possibly the best all around stock 250F ever but it is just a 250F and feels very similar to any other well set up 250F. You just don't need to do much with it besides ride it and adjust your suspension.

    Update: After getting to ride the bike more I was surprised at the torque. It felt very similar to my other 250's, after they were properly set up, but it would throw me much further over jumps. I had to learn to back off a tad. Still, I loved the power of the 450 but my 2010 felt heavy and harsh so I found a 2014 barely used and bought it. The handling felt much better than my 2010 and now I ride it exclusively so I sold this 250 and bought back my 08 for a back up and woods bike.
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    Bike was set up terrible from the factory. After adding a full Yoshimura RS-4, a Moto Tassinari air box, taking screen out of air box and a 48 tooth rear sprocket it became the best 250 I had ever ridden to that point. I now have a 2014 YZ250F and I am still breaking it in. Power is extremely similar stock to my upgraded 2010 and the rest will have to be discovered after my broken wrist heals and my 2014 is broken in fully.

    Update: sold this bike and I miss it. If you have the same bike you will do yourself a major service by doing the mods that I did. Never have I seen a bike change so much after a few inexpensive mods. I could have kept this bike forever and been happy.
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    I hesitate to give anything a perfect rating but this is the best thing out there even though it is not perfect. The power of this bike is outrageous. With the new FMF full titanium exhaust on my bike it is over 60 HP and yet it is smooth and even deceptive. I did not realize how much power it had until I was in the air way over jumping jumps. At first it did not feel much more powerful than my previous 2010 YZ450F but once in the air I could seriously see the difference in power and torque. I was literally shocked how much I had to let off the throttle to not over jump 80 foot jumps even out of tight corners. It is almost effortless. My biggest problem at first was nose diving in the air because I had to let off the gas so much on the face. I had to learn to approach jumps slower to say the least. <br /><br />So far the suspension is fantastic just like every other stock Yamaha. It doubt I will even need to have it re-valved. My 2010 landed harsh on the forks even after re-valving but this one lands much better stock. I think it is because they have done a better job on the chassis and the balance. If I had to guess why my 2010 felt harsh it may have been because of trying to keep the front end from coming out of ruts by raising up the forks in the triple clamps. This 2014 is much better balanced and does not need to be raised up much at all. If I have one complaint it is that the stock front tire seems sub-par. At first the front end was diving and I had to let air out of the tire down to about 10 or 11 pounds to get it to stop. I read MXA's review and it said that they had the same issue and the tire was the culprit.
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    Bike is great other than feeling bulky and being so wide in the shrouds. It needed a little adjustment to get the front end to settle but was not to hard to accomplish.
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    Best trail bike around after a few minor adjustments. I did the power up mod by removing the air restrictor from the airbox, the spark arrestor from the silencer and then rejetting the carb. This totally fixed the bikes cold nature and added a lot more grunt. I also put race tech emulators in the front forks which kept them from bottoming out and collapsing over jumps and ruff terrain.
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    Needed some jetting, aftermarket pipe and air box mods but after that the bike ripped and is absolutely bullet proof. It has put me in the hospital a few times but I have never put it there.
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