It seems like when God said “Let there be light,”Yamaha was already making the 250. Okay, maybe not thatlong ago, but it has been since 1980 and I’ll bet a lot of folks reading this weren’t born yet. In 1982, Rambo rode one in First Blood. If it was mean enough to carry Sylvester Stallone, you know it was pretty awesome.
With a wide-ratio five-speed and an air-cooled 250 cc engine, the XT250 is a proper little dual-sport machine and with a little more attention to two-up riding than you might expect in an off-road -capable bike.
Yamaha got a new paint booth in 2016 for the XT250 that carries over to 2017. You can now get it shot in Mineral Blue instead of the Team Yamaha Blue/White that it’s had since 2014. It has come in some combination of blue and white since 2012 so you have to go all the way back to 2011 to find a red in the mix.
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