…a yamaha YZ250L… …in your shed.
…a YZ250L in your shed, yes, you do. You may not realise it but this Yamaha is what you’re waiting for.
should have in your shed. Of course, This is the section where we tell you what you You youneed, whichiswhy we’re telling you. you might not have realised what it is in which case feel free to drop us a line also may find the need to disagree with us– you a couple of option s–AY Z 250 L or with your suggestions. This time we’ve given howabout a kawasaki kx125?
Since the Japanese became serious about MX and started throwing money at it in order to win it wasn’t uncommon to hear tales of sixfigure sums for works machines. But by the beginning of the Eighties such extravagance was beginning to tell and Yamaha for one was feeling the pinch. So, for 1984 it shocked the world by fielding production models for the works team. Okay, these bikes would be well looked after by factory mechanics and there would be no shortage of parts but they were production based… This particular bike is owned by Westcountry Windings’ man Michael Simmons and is an American import, hence the colouring, or perhaps that should be ‘coloring’? Possibly because Yamaha wasn’t expected to do any good with a basic model up against the works stuff the eyes of the world was focused elsewhere.
Until, that is, Yamaha started winning. In the USA legend Ricky johnson gained his early success on this model and the world took notice. Cosmetically the 1984 YZ250L looked pretty much like a slightly freshened up 1983 model, –it suffered frame breakages and had power that wouldn’t last. However under the skin for 1984 some pretty radical changes had gone on. Liquid cooling had arrived afew seasons earlier in 1982 and this should have been a benefit but the power was unreliable compared with the air-cooled versions, the whole bike was too heavy For and didn’t go where the rider wanted. 1983, there was a‘ clean sheet’ design and steps were made to address the previous season’s problems. Newwater pump, better handling, more power, but still, reliability could be aproblem and frame breaking is not what you want when landing from some massive jump. As 1984 damned, it was clear Yamaha’ s of engineers had looked at every aspect the YZ and changed everything for the better. unlike the 1983 motor, which had alot of top-end power, the 1984 version had power lower down and wider spread, the idea being an easier bike to ride that would encourage the rider to go faster without an engine that would bog the machine down. Were there downsides to this the machine? Ye s, there were, apparently suspension wasn’t brilliant at the front… it was accused of suffering from underit damping and under springing. in truth was probably no worse than many other Still machines but it let the package down. such things are curable by suspension experts and the rest of the bike is good which is why we say ,‘ you need a 1984 YZ250L in your shed’.
Ahostofimprovements for1984 sawthe YZ250L become ‘Jack thegiant Killer’inthe MX world.
Rebuiltratherthan restored,the aimis to ride thismachine rather than look at it.