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ON THE RECORD: 2004 HONDA CR250 VERSUS YAMAHA YZ250


Time has a way of blurring the rear-view vision of motocross fans. What’s better a 2004 Honda or 2004 Yamaha? We not surprised that you don’t know the correct answer

MXA’S WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP PRO CIRCUIT YAMAHA YZ125RV


On MXA’s 2020 Yamaha YZ125, we wanted a no-frills race bike. We only wanted to change the stuff that needed changing, work on the items that needed help and replace the parts that we knew could be better

MXA’S RYAN VILLOPOTO YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE REPLICA VIDEO


Mitch Payton gave us Ryan Villopoto’s engine specs and his special YZ125RV works pipe which is now available to buy

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF 2020 YAMAHA YZ250X CROSS-COUNTRY


One caveat: if you buy a YZ250X and port the cylinder, mill the head and add an aftermarket pipe, you might as well have bought a YZ250 and saved the money

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


Yamaha is back with their YZ250 two-stroke. No, it hasn’t changed. Yes, we’re still testing it

MXA’S ULTIMATE YAMAHA YZ125: SMUGGLED IN FROM AMSTERDAM


This is the engine package that Yamaha’s sponsored riders use in European EMX 125 and the Yamaha Cup 125 races. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Sadly, it’s not sold in America

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2006 YAMAHA YZ250


Our prescription? Pop one Yamaha YZ250 under your fanny and kiss the four-stroke doldrums goodbye

YAMAHA YZ250X TWO-STROKE: WHAT’S IT GOOD FOR?


The Yamaha YZ250X two-stroke is a half cross-country, half motocross model

MXA TECH SPEC: 10 THINGS ABOUT THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


It was an Edison light-bulb moment back in 2006 when Kayaba switched the YZ250 forks from 70-percent position-sensitive damping to 90-percent speed-sensitive damping. It became the Holy Grail of motocross suspension

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125X CROSS-COUNTRY


Yamaha dabbles in the off-road market with the YZ125X. It can be used for motocross or cross-country, but compromises had to be made for both

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2005 YAMAHA YZ125


One of the best production smokers made

INSIDE JODY’S PERSONAL YZ250 TWO-STROKE BUILD


What one man did to his six-year-old-old smoker. Why would an MXA editor want a 2014 Yamaha YZ250 when he could just race MXA’s 2020 YZ250?

FIRST LOOK! 2021 YAMAHA TWO- & FOUR-STROKE MOTOCROSS MODELS


The big focus for the Yamaha engineers was updating the 2021 Yamaha YZ250F— here are the changes they made to all their motocross bikes

FIRST LOOK! 2021 YAMAHA OFF-ROAD & TRAIL MODELS


We snuck in a bunch of other 2021 Yamaha models while we were at it. Check them out!

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE CHAD REED’S 2004 YAMAHA YZ250


In 2004 Team Yamaha asked MXA to ride Chad Reed’s Supercross-winning Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke — That was a day to remember

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ250


“I was excited because I really enjoy the bike, but confused about why MXA was testing a bike that hadn’t changed in 14 years” —Josh Mosiman

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE


The 2020 Yamaha YZ125 a great all-around dirt bike in spite of Yamaha’s backwards priorities

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE THE LAST WORKS 125 TWO-STROKE


Brett Metcalfe’s Yamaha of Troy YZ125 was the last of the breed — and he was the last of the Mohicans

MXA’S 125 HOT-ROD PROJECT BIKE SHOOTOUT: THE THREE BEST TUNERS KICK OUT THE JAMS


Jamie Ellis, Dean Dickenson & Mitch Payton put our KTM, Husky & Yamaha 125s on remedial speed therapy — with video and something called “words”

TWO-STROKE TUESDAY | FIRST YEAR OF THE ALUMINUM YZ250 FRAME


Yamaha spent millions of dollars on the development of the most advanced two-stroke motocross bike in motocross history at the exact moment when two-stroke sales hit the dumpster

FIRST RIDE ON THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE: A TIMELESS WORK OF ART


Could we complain? Yes, but we’re not going to

ON THE RECORD: 2004 125 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT


The MXA wrecking crew rounded up the five prime contenders and put them through their paces. Here is what we learned about the 2004 tiddlers

MXA’S 2020 KTM 125SX VS. 2020 YAMAHA YZ125 UNSHOOTOUT


Well, actually a “real shootout,” but of two machines that don’t have an actual class to race in—yet are very popular

MXA VIDEO: TWISTED DEVELOPMENTS’ YZ125 FROM MXA’S HOPPED-UP 125 SHOOTOUT


The first of three special 125s that we built as a unique shootout that tested not only the basic machines, but the approach of different tuners

WE RIDE THE LAST FACTORY 125cc TWO-STROKE


We test Brett Metcalfe’s 2005 Yamaha of Troy YZ125 when it was the only smoker left on the track

SWORDS OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS: WEAPONS OF BRADSHAW, VILLOPOTO, TEDESCO & PASTRANA


The personal two-stroke race bikes of the stars of the past — they could race anything they wanted, but they prefer two-strokes

TWO VS. FOUR SHOOTOUT: YZ250 TWO-STROKE VS. YZ250F FOUR-STROKE


You asked for it! A YZ250 versus YZ250F shootout like no other — read it to learn why

MXA’S 2020 YAMAHA YZ125X FIRST RIDE VIDEO


We tell you what you need to know about the off-road tailored YZ125 two-stroke

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2020 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


It may not have changed much between 2019 and 2020, or 2006 and 2020 for that matter, but sometimes a Golden Oldie shouldn’t be messed with

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2019 SMOKERS


Looking for a smoker? You came to the right place. This is MXA’s performance guide to the 2019 two-strokes (which in most cases means the 2020 two-stroke models also)

MXA RACE TEST: 2019 YAMAHA YZ85


Just how much has the Yamaha YZ85 changed over the last 17 years — very little for the first 16, but a lot in 2019

YAMAHA DT-1: THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO MOTOCROSS


The wild and wacky story of how Yamaha got into the dirt bike business and the cast of characters that made it a success

MXA RESTORES A 2005 YAMAHA YZ250 BACK TO FIGHTING FITNESS


Do you know what the best-selling motocross bike on planet earth is? Wrong. It is used Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke

MXA RACE TEST: 2019 YZ250X CROSS-COUNTRY


The YZ250X isn’t the best 250cc two-stroke offroad racer or the best 250cc two-stroke motocross bike—but it might be the best all-around 250 two-stroke for a guy who wants to do it all

FIRST LOOK! 2020 YAMAHA YZ250, YZ125, YZ85, YZ65 TWO-STROKE MODELS


2020 Yamaha smokers!

FIRST LOOK! 2020 YAMAHA OFF-ROAD YZ125X, YZ250X, YZ250FX, YZ450FX MODELS


Yamaha release the YZ125X two-stroke as an all-new model for their off-road lineup

MXA RACE TEST: 2019 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE


The closest thing to a time machine that we can find. It takes you back to 2006 and brings you back to the present in a flick of the throttle

MXA RACE TEST: 2019 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


The 2006-2019 Yamaha YZ250 is a remedy for the four-stroke doldrums — pop one Yamaha YZ250 under your fanny and kiss the doldrums goodbye

MXA’S 2006 YAMAHA YZ125 TEST


In 2005 the YZ125 sold 28 percent more bikes from the pervious year which allowed Yamaha to spend R&D money to make the 2006 YZ125 even better

BEST TWO-STROKE DIRT BIKES FROM 1980-2000


Did you own any of these 125cc or 250cc winners throughout the two decades?

MXA RACE TEST: 2018 YAMAHA YZ65 JUNIOR CYCLE


You have to ask yourself, “What would Aristotle do?” Because that is the key to success in finding brand loyalty from 50cc to 450cc

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO | 2019 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


Underneath the YZ250’s clothes it’s virtually the same bike since 2006. Although we still have just as much fun riding it

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2000 YAMAHA YZ250


The 2000 Yamaha YZ250 was a seamless blend of usability

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2007 YAMAHA YZ125


In 2007 the YZ125 earned the 125cc Bike of the Year award ten times in 11 years (losing only once to the KTM 125)

MXA RETRO TEST | WE RIDE JOHN DOWD’S 1998 MXDN YZ250


The dream team of Jeremy McGrath, Ezra Lusk and Jeff Emig were injured so Ricky Carmichael, John Dowd and Doug Henry were chosen to race the 1998 MXDN in England and we got to ride all their bikes

WE RIDE L.A. SLEEVE’S YAMAHA YZ300 “RIP & GRIP” BIG-BORE KIT


AMA Pro racing will never give the two-stroke a fair shake in the political milieu of Supercross and the AMA Nationals. And that is where the story might have ended, but this is a do-it-yourself sport

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO | 2019 YAMAHA YZ250X TWO-STROKE


If it’s a two-stroke we will ride it. Doesn’t matter if it is on a motocross track, GNCC terrain, hill climbs, or wide open down the back alley

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2001 YAMAHA YZ250


Yamaha was the first motorcycle manufacturer to figure out that it’s not how much power you make, but how you make it.

WE RIDE A FACTORY MECHANIC’S 2013 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


You might think that the best bikes to aspire to ride are those of the factory stars. Wrong! The best bikes to ride are those owned by the factory stars’ mechanics

WE TEST THE 2005 YAMAHA YZ250


Yamaha spent millions of dollars on the development of the most advanced two-stroke motocross bike in motocross history at the exact moment when two-stroke sales hit the dumpster

FIRST LOOK! 2019 YAMAHA YZ250, YZ125 & ALL-NEW YZ85


We have been waiting 17 years for a new Yamaha YZ85, and it is finally here! As for the YZ125 & YZ250, they are identical as the 2018 models, save for BNG

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2018 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE RAW


This is the raw sound of what a 2018 Yamaha YZ125 sounds like at full tilt at Glen Helen —without any big bikes in the way

MXA MOTOCROSS RACE TEST: 2018 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE


Make no mistake about it; motocross bikes are expendable, throw-away, obsolescence-prone machines—but we love this 12-year-old bike

MXA MOTOCROSS RACE TEST: 2018 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE


We love this bike—the problem is, we don’t love racing this bike unless it is against other YZ125s or older smokers, but not KTM 125s

2018 YAMAHA YZ65 | MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO


For this First Ride video of the 2018 Yamaha YZ65, we get our MXA mini test rider on the all-new mini ripper to give you a first impression of the bike

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS IRON: 1985 YAMAHA YZ490 TWO-STROKE


The fact that Broc Glover won the 1985 AMA 500 Championship on this bike was testament to his talent

FIRST LOOK! 2018 YAMAHA YZ65 (UPDATED PHOTOS)


Yamaha unveiled an all-new YZ65 youth motocross bike at the San Diego Supercross. It features an all-new engine, chassis, suspension, bodywork and more

8 CHANGES TO MAKE YOUR 2007-2010 YAMAHA YZ250 GREAT


We take a Yamaha YZ250 2-stroke, fix its flaws to make it one great machine. We made it more powerful, handle better and stop sooner

ON THE RECORD: MXA’S 2004 250 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT


Back when all the Japanese manufactures still made their wonderful two-stroke dirt bikes. This is an RM250 vs. YZ250 vs. CR250 vs. KX250 vs. KTM brawl

MXA’S YAMAHA YZ134 vs. YZ144 BIG-BORE CHALLENGE


Bigger displacement the better, right? Wrong