Every so often a model comes along that just does everything right. Yamaha’s Raptor 250 is one such model and without a doubt, it is the best ATV there has ever been for budding sport riders. It’s comfortable and the ergonomics are perfect for younger, smaller riders, it’s got a great, sporty look, the motor has enough zip to keep things exciting, it’s super reliable, and it’s easy to ride.
What makes the Raptor 250 special is that it’s a true sport machine. It’s got the racy lines, a front and rear suspension design similar to Yamaha’s YFZ450, chain drive, and a quick revving 249cc two-valve, four-stroke engine with electric start mated to a five speed gearbox with a manual clutch. There is nothing in its class like it, and nothing in its class that will outperform or out- handle it. With the Raptor 250, you could literally run circles around its competition until it either ran out of fuel or you became too dizzy to continue. In the air or on the ground, handling is very confidence inspiring.
From our experience the Raptor 250 has also been extremely reliable; keep fresh oil in it and a clean air filter and it will run forever. Maintenance tasks are also no problem since the air filter is right under the seat and the oil filter and dip stick are easy to find on the side of the motor. Chain adjustment is simple as well and features the same eccentric axle adjustment system of the YFZ 450 and Raptor 700.
You can’t help but have fun on the Yamaha Raptor 250. It’s pure riding enjoyment and easily, easily, easily the best 300cc Sport ATV of 2011. Even talking about one makes us want to head out for a ride.