The 2024 YZ’s are here and in a big way. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the YZ lineup (introduced in 1974 with the iconic YZ250), the bLU cRU is offering a special 90’s themed colorway for all of the MX models, commemorating Damon Bradshaw’s stylish look in his prime. While that is pretty cool, we’re even more excited to see the both the YZ250F and YZ450FX receive a host of new updates very similar to the YZ450F’s updates in 2023.
The small bore motocrosser now uses the same updated frame and bodywork as its big brother. More compact and agile than before, the YZ250F is likely to be a more precise, better cornering machine if it’s anything like the 450F. Likewise, the bodywork is much slimmer and complaining about a “wide bike” shouldn’t be a concern (though we haven’t felt that way in years). As a result of the new styling, the intake path has been revised and Yamaha claims it boosts mid-high RPM power. The YZ450F saw noticeable improvements here so it wouldn’t surprise us if the 250F makes a leap in the top end as well.
Of course, the GYTR Power Tuner App is back and updated for ease of use for the consumer. Changing and developing maps, along with adjusting the new Traction Control, is much simpler than before, though you can still dive deep and create maps more in-depth like before.
KYB coil-spring components suspend both ends of the bike and have been a highlight of every Yamaha in recent memory.
The 2024 YZ250F will be available from dealers this October for $8,899 MSRP, and the above mentioned 50th Anniversary Edition livery for $9,099 MSRP.
Now matching the YZ450F, the cross country race bike shares the same platform with an updated chassis, engine, bodywork, and more. Per usual, the FX differs from the F with a 5-speed wide-ratio transmission, 18 in. rear wheel, larger fuel tank, kickstand, skid plate, ECU settings, and suspension settings. In addition, the FX features a 10mm lower seat height than the F — it’ll be interesting to see how this affects the handling in comparison to the F. They lowered the bike through the suspension, similar to what KTM/Husqvarna has done over the past few years, and it’s seen mixed reviews on if it’s better or worse.
The YZ450FX comes with a 2.1 gal fuel tank.
The 2024 YZ450FX will be available from dealers this October for $10,199 MSRP.
Additionally, the remainder of Yamaha’s Motocross and Cross Country lineup including the YZ65, YZ85 and YZ85LW, YZ125, YZ250, YZ450F, YZ125X, YZ250X, and YZ250FX return for 2024 with updated graphics and a new seat color.
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