MXA’S RAW VIDEO OF A FACTORY MECHANIC’S DREAM YZ250 TWO-STROKE
We released our detailed test and video on Factory mechanic Jon Mitcheff’s Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke a while back, but wanted you to enjoy the sweet sounds of a very unique bike without the talking or music. It was a windy day out at Glen Helen and the tracks were ripped deep — but we had them all to ourselves. Why do we like the bikes of the mechanics better than of the stars? The personal bike of a factory star’s mechanic is often a hidden gem. Why? These mechanics have access to unobtainable parts. They possess the know-how to put the perfect machine together and the wherewithal to properly set up the bike to the nth degree. With this in mind, the MXA wrecking crew went looking for the double whammy—a bike that was once owned by a factory rider but had been bought and rebuilt by a factory mechanic. You can’t get much better than that. We found our double whammy via Ivan “Hot Sauce” Tedesco and Jon “Throttle” Mitcheff—and the YZ250 that they shared (although not at the same time or in the same condition).