2017 KTM 250 SX vs 2017 Yamaha YZ250 Showndown: The Apparent Result

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When we are talking about the main differences of 2017 KTM 250 SX vs 2017 Yamaha YZ250, they are getting obvious. From the terms of designs and technologies, you can tell that they are completely different despite the fact that they are both powerful and punchy units. But there are some facts that you should know about the bikes as well as the manufacturers so you can make a wise decision of which unit to choose.

 

About Yamaha

There is no doubt that the 2017 Yamaha YZ250 is a powerful and great bike. The problem is, it is an old unit – try a decade old – with a new face. The company doesn’t even bother to make major changes to it!

 

The YZ250 might be one of the most promising lines in the industry – 10 years ago. But with Yamaha trying to prolong its life without making a significant update is a big let down. Instead of spending more than $5000 for the bike, why not buying the secondhand YZ250 from ten years ago for the half price? It is a sure thing that you can get a quality and still running good bike with that much of money.

 

The thing is, Yamaha seems to forget that they need to update and come with the newest updates for this line. We get it that the bike is super impressive with all the good power, nice suspension, fun ride, and everything, but new technologies are coming every time and it is a sure thing that they need to produce something new that will make people go ‘wow’. Okay, they can be proud enough with the old-school YZ250 but will the pride enough to cover the sales numbers? Moreover, with the existing of tough competitors like KTM, it would be difficult for Yamaha to stay on the top of the game with an old item while KTM keeps on producing something new. And Yamaha definitely doesn’t want to left behind, right?

 

It doesn’t mean that the YZ250 is a bad bike. Not at all! In fact, it has been a loyal and great bike. But if Yamaha doesn’t do anything to keep it up, loyal fans and buyers may turn and go to KTM instead.

About the KTM

The company is smart enough by staying productive for their lines. Aside from the fact that they are producing four stroke and two stroke variants, they are also focusing on the small details. Yes, they are small on paper but they do play a huge role on the field.

 

Basically, they had produced the 2016 KTM 250 SX but since they were producing the 2017 model, they asked the reviewer to wait for the upcoming model. And the waiting didn’t disappoint at all, considering that KTM is able to deliver a promising feature and line. In terms of productivity and detailed focus, you can tell the difference between 2017 KTM 250 SX vs 2017 Yamaha YZ250.

 

The Basic Difference

Although the engine has been stagnant for decades, you have to admit that Yamaha has quite enough power with 47.10 hp and 30.6 Nm of torque. This arrangement is actually nice and fun, offering a wide powerband that is suitable for all kinds of settings and occasions. However, the KTM comes with 47.21 hp and 32.81 Nm of torque. If you think this is only a slight difference between 2017 KTM 250 SX vs 2017 Yamaha YZ250, you may want to rethink again. The KTM has a more power and punchier feel. When compared to Yamaha, the power on Yamaha seems subtle and ‘tame’ while the KTM is somewhat wilder and difficult to control.

 

It would be great if Yamaha can cut down the weight, considering that the KTM is able to deliver lighter bike with improved ability. Enough said, the current Yamaha is like an old and sluggish overweight man going against the slimmer young guy. Even with the blind eye you can tell which side is going to win in this 2017 KTM 250 SX vs 2017 Yamaha YZ250 battle.

 

It is a good thing that Yamaha still sticks to the SSS Kayaba suspension, and they shouldn’t have thought about changing it. KTM has decided to stick with the air fork AER design, which is a smart decision on their part. Yamaha doesn’t have to make a change on this part – they only need to make some improvements, and be sure to make smart and wise improvements.

 

KTM themselves are able to do some great updates, including lightened steel chrome frame, shortened wheelbase geometry, and also smaller (and lighter subframe). They are also making some updates to the chassis and suspension. With air fork and less sensitive rear brake, it is expected that the bike will deliver smoother and better outcome. Which one will you choose in this 2017 KTM 250 SX vs 2017 Yamaha YZ250 showdown?

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