2012 Yamaha XT Review


No one ever said you need separate motorcycles for trail riding and street riding. And that’s precisely why the 2012 Yamaha XT exists. It marries the best of both worlds, leaving the choice of medium to the rider. Long-travel suspensions and high clearance assures the rider will have no issues when it comes to terrain.

The bike is nimble, the bike is quick. The center of gravity is more balanced than before, and this combined with a semi-double-cradle steel frame provides responsive handling and a lighter feel. A long, slender sat that rests at just below 32 inches off the ground creates a low profile that’s comfortable for trail or city riding. The XT comes with 245mm front disc and 203mm rear disc brakes, which combine to deliver superb stopping power no matter what surface you’ve ventured out on.

The engine in the XTR works well with the body, and most riders. A 33mm vacuum-type carburetor keeps the airflow up for excellent performance and throttle response, and a lighter crankshaft provides more responsive power. It’s not just a fun bike to ride, but it’s an easy ride, too. This versatile bike brings it all, with a seamless transition from asphalt to dirt and back again, so you can let your heart lead you. The bike will follow.

New For 2012

  • New model for 2012

2012 Yamaha XT Specs

  • Model: XT 250
  • Engine Type: 249cc air-cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 74.0 x 58.0mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC 4-stroke single
  • Induction: Teikei 33mm
  • Ignition: CDI
  • Transmission: 5-speed; multiple-disc wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gallons, 2.4 in Californa
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 73 MPG
  • Brakes (Front): 245mm disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 203mm disc
  • Suspension (Front): 35mm telescopic fork; 8.9-inch travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Swingarm with rebound-adjustable single shock; 7.1-inch travel
  • Wheelbase: 53.5 inch
  • Rake: Unavailable
  • Trail: Unavailable
  • Seat Height: 31.9
  • Curb Weight: 291 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 2.75-21
  • Tires (Rear): 120/80-18


  • Fused Ring Terminal: This Fused Ring Terminal harness (2-pin) accessory is suitable for use with multiple battery types. Compatible with OptiMate® battery chargers.
  • Alligator Clips: This alligator clip (2-pin) accessory can be used with multiple batteries. Includes a black quick-disconnect adaptor and is compatible with OptiMate battery chargers.
  • Ring Terminal Harness: This Ring Terminal Harness can be used with multiple battery types and is compatible with OptiMate® battery chargers. Image is of the bulk container for dealer display (25 per jar). See your dealer for individual quantity and pricing.
  • Slim Line Sports Horn: This loud, attention-getting horn is super lightweight and easy to install. Cover is weather resistant. 112dB/ 500Hz. Fits all Yamaha Sportbikes, Dual-Purpose motorcycles, Scooters, and Star motorcycles.
  • OptiMate 1 Battery Charger: Can be left plugged into any vehicle's 12-volt battery all season long. Charges all battery types. Comes standard with clip type lead and weatherproof permanent adaptor for quick and easy conect/disconnect. LED's for power on, charging, and charged battery states. Comes with a three-year warranty

Key Competitors For The 2012 Yamaha XT

  • 2012 Zero X
  • 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650
  • 2012 Husqvarna TE 250
  • 2012 Honda XR 650