The pieces of the puzzle that make the YZ250 tick


GYTR nickel-plated exhaust GYTR muffler

You simply can’t have a two-stroke without a pipe and muffler on it. The GYTR system added some aggression and excitement to the already impressive power of the YZ. I prefer it like this; if I wanted a bike that was tame, I wouldn’t be on one of these things. Bring on the arm pump!

270mm oversized rotor and bracket

This made the biggest difference to my enjoyment on the YZ250 so far. Riding both the 450 and 250 two-stroke, I tend to overshoot turns or come in way too hot and forget about the lack of engine braking for the first few laps. The 270mm GYTR disc made an absolute world of difference — it’s freakin’ awesome the amount of power you can get out of the brakes with a standard hose.

50T alloy sprocket

The standard gearing on the Y2250 works pretty well for the majority of riding I do. I mainly enjoy grass-track riding, so it’s got heaps of legs for the straights but still pulls nicely out of turns. Plus the alloy sprocket is way lighter than the standard steel version and looks way cooler.

Alloy rear disc guard

The standard plastic disc guard is pretty flimsy and Damien lost the one from his WR pretty quickly. So the GYTR alloy product is not only a lot better looking; it’s also better for longevity and protecting your disc.

Billet clutch cover

A billet clutch cover is the absolute coolest of cool. The GYTR model is used by heaps of race teams around the world and is an impressive bit of gear. It takes a lot of riding to wear one of these out, whereas a standard one lasts about three laps before it looks crappy.

Pivot clutch lever Pivot brake lever

I’m a big fan of pivoting brake and clutch levers, though it’s taking me a bit longer to get used to these. They are more of a square shape than I’ve used previously, but still very cool. Each ride I’m more at home with them.



The black Pro Taper contour handlebars are very, very cool looking. I chose the YZ high bend as they seemed to be the flattest of the range and so far I’m pretty darn comfortable with them.


The full-diamond single layer Pro Taper grips are well suited to me. I don’t like having layers and layers of rubber between my hand and the bars, so these work well and despite their soft nature have lasted well.


The standard pegs on the YZ are too small. I went for the Pro Taper 2.3 platform footpegs and haven’t looked back. These are totally customisable and offer a much better footing for your boot. The YZ is a busy bike to hang on to, so it’s important to have good grip with your feet and keep them planted on the pegs. I can’t say a bad word about these.

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