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Old 10-02-2014, 09:24 AM
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Our Yamaha Rep was in the shop yesterday and he told us that they will have a competitive off road bike this year! It will be unveiled at the dealer meeting on Oct 14th. That is all he said.


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Will it be a YZ or YZf based bike????
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:12 AM
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He didn't say. Just that it will be a competitive off road bike that we should try and get a top racer on one.
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Our Yamaha Rep was in the shop yesterday and he told us that they will have a competitive off road bike this year! It will be unveiled at the dealer meeting on Oct 14th. That is all he said.

It would be nice if it was a YZX 300......YZ250 w/ a 300 Athena topend,
SSS forks, WR transmission, 18 inch rear wheel, skid plate, OEM Spark arrestor, at least a 2.5 + gallon tank! With updated 2015 plastic kit!
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I have heard the rumors also, its a 4 stroke. I'm guessing sort of a YZ250F based bike but not a heavy like the WR's. Suppose to be an XC set up.
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It would be nice if it was a YZX 300......YZ250 w/ a 300 Athena topend,
SSS forks, WR transmission, 18 inch rear wheel, skid plate, OEM Spark arrestor, at least a 2.5 + gallon tank! With updated 2015 plastic kit!
I agree.. but I'm not optimistic.
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It would be nice if it was a YZX 300......YZ250 w/ a 300 Athena topend,
SSS forks, WR transmission, 18 inch rear wheel, skid plate, OEM Spark arrestor, at least a 2.5 + gallon tank! With updated 2015 plastic kit!
I agree. I don't get why Yamaha hasn't bothered to make a version of the YZ250 into a competition off-road bike - bigger tank, six speed tranny, 18" rear wheel, off-road valved suspension, and maybe even a stator and lights? It seems a no-brainer. Not like it would eat into the WR450 sales, as I don't see any of those in woods or at the races.

I've never understood why the Japanese manufacturers have completely given up on the competition off-road bike segment. KTM has filled the vacuum, and it's opened the door for the smaller European brands. Is the market so small that the Japanese manufacturers just can't be bothered?
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I agree. I don't get why Yamaha hasn't bothered to make a version of the YZ250 into a competition off-road bike - bigger tank, six speed tranny, 18" rear wheel, off-road valved suspension, and maybe even a stator and lights? It seems a no-brainer. Not like it would eat into the WR450 sales, as I don't see any of those in woods or at the races.

I've never understood why the Japanese manufacturers have completely given up on the competition off-road bike segment. KTM has filled the vacuum, and it's opened the door for the smaller European brands. Is the market so small that the Japanese manufacturers just can't be bothered?
Add in one that can be registered in other countries and you'd be laughing. I know when I decided it was time to step up from my Blue 250F to a 2T my options were either ktm/gas gas, unless if I didn't want a registerable bike.
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Add in one that can be registered in other countries and you'd be laughing. I know when I decided it was time to step up from my Blue 250F to a 2T my options were either ktm/gas gas, unless if I didn't want a registerable bike.
I think Jakobi hit the nail on the head. Having a registered bike is a big deal anymore, appears to be world wide.
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My WRF 250 had a plate was nice but the Gasgas bikes are sooo much nicer . They would have to make some big changes to get me back . Plates can be had if you want one in the USA.
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