Forum QNA: 2019 250 Shootout

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12/12/2018 6:56 AM

Hello all! Pretty simple in here, if you have a question about the test itself, fire away. If you have a question to a specific test rider about their opinions, I'm here of course (Michael Lindsay) and our other editor Sean Klinger, Shelby Paget and Joe Carlino are regulars on the forum as well, while the other testers (Chris Hay, Zach Peddie, and Kusti Manninen) they're but a text away for me. I can forward on those questions and see if I can wrangle up an answer.

Btw, here's the link to the article, in case you haven't seen it: https://www.vitalmx.com/features/2019-Vital-MX-250-Shootout,6335

Lastly, we're curious what you, the reader, think of the actual Shootout. Too long, just right, too short (I doubt that, ha)...and what the context in which we cover it. We appreciate any feedback you might have.

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12/12/2018 7:51 AM

No dyno's again just like the 450's? Was it the same issue you had in the 450 shootout? Kinda bummed about that. Its a great way to compare the power of each bike in the shootout.

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12/12/2018 8:07 AM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

No dyno's again just like the 450's? Was it the same issue you had in the 450 shootout? Kinda bummed about that. Its a great way to compare the power of each bike in the shootout.

In this case we couldn’t get all the bikes at the same time to do a dyno day.

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12/12/2018 8:18 AM

The Forum QNA link at the end of the article just opens a new web page of the article and not the thread.

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12/12/2018 8:30 AM

In this case i feel like you didnt have the suzuki long enough to do a proper test let alone a shootout with 6 riders with it. Damned if u do damned if you dont include it i understand that

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12/12/2018 8:54 AM

yz133rider wrote:

In this case i feel like you didnt have the suzuki long enough to do a proper test let alone a shootout with 6 riders with it. Damned if u do damned if you dont include it i understand that

I asked each rider in the test what it would’ve taken to move the Suzuki up (the one start rated it sixth), they all said further days of testing in stock trim wouldn’t have helped its rating. And I personally full agree from my own standpoint.

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12/12/2018 9:08 AM

Sucks that you guys only got the Suzuki for one day.

Michael, thank you for including so many different skill levels for the shootout. It's nice seeing what an average Joe(pun intended) thinks about everything. Having ridden with Joe a few times it's great to hear his opinion on the bikes having seen his riding. I've seen Shelby's videos on IG so at least I have a good idea of his speed as well. I enjoy hearing a regular guys opinion compared to nothing but new and old pros since what they look for and like isn't what most guys would want. I understand it can be hard to get the average guy to translate what they feel into words, but this is a huge reason I always pay more attention to the Vital shootouts vs anyone else.

Thanks for always doing an awesome job with the shootouts and for having normal guys involved!

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12/12/2018 10:51 AM

Do you have the settings for the TPST map? Is this the same as the connected response map on Yamaha’s website?

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12/12/2018 12:50 PM

How come the bike scores don’t match how the riders individually ranked them?

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12/12/2018 1:38 PM

moto671z wrote:

Do you have the settings for the TPST map? Is this the same as the connected response map on Yamaha’s website?

Trying to get it right now.

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12/12/2018 1:44 PM

nytsmaC wrote:

How come the bike scores don’t match how the riders individually ranked them?

Something didn't get moved over correctly from my build out area, it's corrected now.

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12/12/2018 3:43 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/12/2018 3:46 PM

For the yz250f and yup
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And don’t neglect changing the “position “ settings. Many people are just changing the “value” numbers.

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12/12/2018 4:04 PM

MXA says Suzuki makes more power than the KX

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12/12/2018 4:29 PM

TP map, I’ll add it to the article.
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12/12/2018 5:42 PM

How was the reliability of bikes?
How long did you ride or race them?

We’re they tested under any racing conditions?

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12/12/2018 6:09 PM

holeshot413 wrote:

How was the reliability of bikes?
How long did you ride or race them?

We’re they tested under any racing conditions?

No reliability problems, most bikes ended the test with an additional 12-15 hours over where they started the Shootout. No races were performed during this Shootout.

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12/12/2018 10:52 PM

moto671z wrote:

Do you have the settings for the TPST map? Is this the same as the connected response map on Yamaha’s website?

The TP map is really good! The WiFi tuner is the future of mapping for me, I love to mess around with bikes and that is the ultimate gadget!

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12/13/2018 7:54 AM

swtwtwtw wrote:

For the yz250f and yup
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And don’t neglect changing the “position “ settings. Many people are just changing the “value” numbers.

Thanks for the help with my map on my '19 yz250f last weekend! I was one of those that didn't know to change the "position" settings. Runs really really good now.

I have 12 hours on mine and it is the best bike I have owned to date.

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"Who cares about what other people think"

12/13/2018 9:29 AM

TP map is great...I originally only entered the numbers and failed to changed the rpm ranges...fixed

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12/13/2018 2:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/13/2018 2:44 PM

Kind of surprised to see you guys rate the Honda so low this year compared to last year when the bike seemed to be an overall improvement from 2018. Was it because the bike was all new last year so everyone was just more excited about Honda finally producing a competitive 250?

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12/13/2018 3:16 PM

BRG11 wrote:

Kind of surprised to see you guys rate the Honda so low this year compared to last year when the bike seemed to be an overall improvement from 2018. Was it because the bike was all new last year so everyone was just more excited about Honda finally producing a competitive 250?

Well, the Honda got second last year and fourth this year, but if you look at the added scores...second, third, and fourth were basically a point apart from each. Last year the KTM beat it and the '19 KTM was just as good if not improved, the Yamaha jumped up to the winning spot with a big list of improvements and then the '19 Husky was fairly improved too. But it was super close between the Honda, KTM, and Husky.

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12/13/2018 7:19 PM

Michael you mentioned going up to a 110/90 rear on the Yamaha since the motor was so strong. Are you planning on giving it a try? What about a 49t or 51t spricket change for either a long winded 2nd gear or a meaty 3rd gear?

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12/13/2018 7:25 PM

ML512 wrote:

Well, the Honda got second last year and fourth this year, but if you look at the added scores...second, third, and fourth were basically a point apart from each. Last year the KTM beat it and the '19 KTM was just as good if not improved, the Yamaha jumped up to the winning spot with a big list of improvements and then the '19 Husky was fairly improved too. But it was super close between the Honda, KTM, and Husky.

With that said do you think you can go wrong with any of the bikes? It seems like you can just pick a color in the 450 class and you’ll probably be happy with it. For a non racer weekend warrior novice would it be that much more beneficial to buy the Yamaha over the KTM or the Honda over the Husky, etc...? Since the bikes all seem good these days it’s looking like a personal preference choice over a performance choice.

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12/13/2018 10:25 PM

Mike McCutcheon wrote:

Michael you mentioned going up to a 110/90 rear on the Yamaha since the motor was so strong. Are you planning on giving it a try? What about a 49t or 51t spricket change for either a long winded 2nd gear or a meaty 3rd gear?

I run 110 on all 250s once the shootout is over. I understand why the Japanese OEMs soec their bikes with 100s but I really wish the YZ250F came with that 110 stock and a wider rear rim, like the KTM or Husky.

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12/13/2018 10:28 PM

BRG11 wrote:

With that said do you think you can go wrong with any of the bikes? It seems like you can just pick a color in the 450 class and you’ll probably be happy with it. For a non racer weekend warrior novice would it be that much more beneficial to buy the Yamaha over the KTM or the Honda over the Husky, etc...? Since the bikes all seem good these days it’s looking like a personal preference choice over a performance choice.

I still believe that a specific bike in this group will suit a user more than the other five and improve their experience. For every guy will it be the winner? Naw, but based on what we collect it seems the Yamaha would be considered the most rounded bike and suit the largest amount of riders. But at that, I think every bike in this test could be the best bike for a certain rider and that’s why I implore anyone to read each section, other Shootouts, and learn all they can.

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12/13/2018 10:58 PM

Thank you ML for the tire size info. I intend to do the same.
I have a 2019 YZ250F, Is it important to have the wider 450 rim with a 110 or is the difference in handling not noticeable to the average rider?
I’m wondering if a 110 mounted on the stock rim would affect the tire profile and height, causing more tire flex/roll when leaned over and accelerating plus a little taller gearing.
I’m probably overthinking this....

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12/14/2018 7:26 AM

Mike McCutcheon wrote:

Thank you ML for the tire size info. I intend to do the same.
I have a 2019 YZ250F, Is it important to have the wider 450 rim with a 110 or is the difference in handling not noticeable to the average rider?
I’m wondering if a 110 mounted on the stock rim would affect the tire profile and height, causing more tire flex/roll when leaned over and accelerating plus a little taller gearing.
I’m probably overthinking this....

The rim size will effect the tire profile a bit, make sure you 110/80-19 instead of a 110/90-19. The 90 is taller and feels really tall on the smaller rim size.

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12/14/2018 9:50 AM

To me the Honda sounds like the perfect bike besides the motor. I currently have a 16 Yz250f and had a 14 Crf250r before. I never had an issue with the Honda motor before and still wouldn’t, even compared to the potent yz motor. With that said is the Honda motor that bad that it wouldn’t be worth it. Also I ride a lot of sand which is why I’m concerned.

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12/14/2018 1:41 PM

Naanak wrote:

To me the Honda sounds like the perfect bike besides the motor. I currently have a 16 Yz250f and had a 14 Crf250r before. I never had an issue with the Honda motor before and still wouldn’t, even compared to the potent yz motor. With that said is the Honda motor that bad that it wouldn’t be worth it. Also I ride a lot of sand which is why I’m concerned.

Honda motor is really fun and fast, but going from bike to another it takes a while to get used to. Also the ergonomics and ease of turning are best in class!

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12/14/2018 4:16 PM

Mike McCutcheon wrote:

Thank you ML for the tire size info. I intend to do the same.
I have a 2019 YZ250F, Is it important to have the wider 450 rim with a 110 or is the difference in handling not noticeable to the average rider?
I’m wondering if a 110 mounted on the stock rim would affect the tire profile and height, causing more tire flex/roll when leaned over and accelerating plus a little taller gearing.
I’m probably overthinking this....

ML512 wrote:

The rim size will effect the tire profile a bit, make sure you 110/80-19 instead of a 110/90-19. The 90 is taller and feels really tall on the smaller rim size.

Haven't ridden 250f's since 2008, but who still makes a 110/80? Last time I looked it didn't seem like many still made them.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @hammerfamily_4 & @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals