2009 Yamaha XT Review


If you don't know whether to buy a bike for off-roading or one that's better suited for the daily in-town commute, then the 2009 Yamaha XT has you covered on both counts. Equally at home on pavement and gravel tracks, the Yamaha XT250 offers fuel efficiency and dependability, thanks to its strong, four-stroke engine and wide-ratio five-speed transmission.

The Yamaha XT is an easy rider for almost any experience level. With its class-leading low seat height of just 31.9 inches, the Yamaha XT250 is very accommodating to shorter riders, yet comfortable for taller riders just the same. The low center of gravity afforded by the low seat height improves maneuverability, while making it easy for the rider's feet to sit flat on the ground when not driving. Its spongy telescopic front suspension and Link Monocross rear suspension are long-travel ready, and with more than 11 inches of ground clearance, you'll have no problem making tracks through any terrain without worrying about bottoming out. Plus, thanks to its 245mm front disc brakes and its 203mm rear discs, your braking power will prove superior on any type of surface.

The 2009 Yamaha XT250 features a powerful, air-cooled, single overhead cam (SOHC), two-valve, four-stroke, 249cc engine that's known for delivering predictable torque across the entire rpm range. The bike's 74mm forged piston ensures immediate throttle response and exceptional durability.

Starting the 2009 Yamaha XT250 is a breeze with its maintenance-free CDI ignition. The push-button electric start ensures reliable starts, even in the colder months. The bike's steel exhaust system is quiet and configured to meet all current EPA emission regulations, and the bike has built-in spark arrestors for safe off-road riding through heavily forested areas.

Weighing in at 270.6 pounds (dry) the 2009 Yamaha XT250 is one of the lightest, most compact models in its class. It has frame-mounted passenger foot pegs and passenger handrails for two-rider convenience, along with a handsome instrument panel that gives the rider instant access to the most important information he needs to know, such as the speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock, and a number of indicator lights. Also, with its generous 2.6-gallon gas tank and a reported fuel economy of 73 mpg, you'll be driving quite a while between fill ups.

New For 2009

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2009 Yamaha XT Specs

  • Model:XT250
  • Engine Type: 249cc, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 74mm x 58mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.51:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 73 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 53.5 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 270.6 (dry)
  • Tires (Front): 2.75 x 21
  • Tires (Rear): 120/80 R18


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Key Competitors For The 2009 Yamaha XT

  • Honda CRF250R
  • Suzuki RM-Z250
  • Kawasaki KX250F