Tested: 2020 Yamaha YZ250

Yamaha YZ250 99.6kg 39.8bhp While the KTM group shares its chassis technology between its two-stroke and four-stroke platforms on Husqvarna and KTM, the YZ250 is a totally different machine to its four-stroke siblings. It has its own frame and different plastics, while the engine remains the glorious 249cc smoker developed in

Tested: 2020 Yamaha YZ250F

Yamaha YZ250F 101.4kg 37.7bhp The YZ250F is also unchanged for 2020, apart from graphics. But it’s still a solid bike that got the all-new treatment last year with revised plastics, chassis, engine and electronics. After years of using the reverse cylinder head and rear-canted motor, Yamaha really does have its engineering

Tested: 2020 Suzuki RM-Z250

Suzuki RM-Z250 101Kg 36.8 bhp After many years of minimal changes, the RM-Z250 has revived Suzuki’s presence in the the MX2 class  as it uses the bodywork and chassis of the latest 450, twin-injector engine and KYB suspension. But that 250 was new last year, so for 2020 Suzuki has limited itself

Tested: 2020 KTM 250 SX

KTM 250 SX 95.7kg 42.6kg KTM’s 250 SX continues to get developed every year. Unlike its enduro EXC sisters, it retains a carburettor. But everything else it is in line with the SX-F range. The 250SX’s motor has been designed for mass centralisation and has an anti-vibration countershaft. As on the Husqvarna,

Tested: 2020 KTM KTM 250 SX-F

KTM 250 SX-F 99.4kg 39.9 bhp The KTM is one of the reasons behind Jorge Prado's almost unbeaten run in the MX2 world championship. The engine drives hard everywhere and its precision is beyond reproach. For 2020, the KTM 250SX-F is largely unchanged, but the bike is machine all others have

Tested: 2020 Kawasaki KX250

Kawasaki KX250 100.9kg 37.60bhp After the all-new KX450 came out a year ago, here is a whole new KX250. The engine has been redone with a whole new valve train, a larger 44mm throttle body and reposition twin fuel injectors. Power is up by 3.3bhp. Kawasaki also updated the chassis, with a

Tested: 2020 Husqvarna TC 250

Husqvarna TC 250 96kg 42.7bhp Is a 250 smoker uncompetitive in MX2? Ask Mattia Guadagnini, who ran among the factory four-strokes in the deep sand of Riola Sardo in the opening Italian International this year. The TC250 is a modern, well-sorted bike. It has the ergonomics and chassis of the FC250, combined

Tested: 2020 Husqvarna FC250

Husqvarna FC250 100.1kg 40.70bhp The Husqvarna FC250 is essentially the 2019 model, except for new graphics and the new air-box cover designed to improve air flow. The bike does come with premium like a Magura hydraulic clutch, ProTaper handlebars and Brembo brakes. Traction control and different engine maps are controlled by

Tested: 2020 Honda CRF250R

Honda CRF250R 102.3kg 36.9bhp This first year of a new decade is an important one for the Japanese manufacturers in the MX2 class, and Honda is no exception. The mighty Honda has modified the CRF250R for the third season in a row, with new head, piston, camshafts and porting, new exhaust

Which 125 two-stroke is best for 2020?

MotoHead got together with Italian magazine X-Offroad to put all the new 2020 model bikes up against each other to see which is best. This year there were 18 bikes in total from Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha, across the MX1, MX2 and 125 classes. Once again there is