In a pair of carefully-timed press releases, Ducati announced it will part ways with MotoGP star Valentino Rossi at the end of the season and Yamaha announced it has signed Rossi to a two-year contract. The arrangement had been in the works for some time now and the two manufacturers had reportedly wanted to wait […]
2013 Yamaha XT250 Receives Fuel Injection
The Yamaha XT250 dual sport is getting a fuel injection system for the 2013 model year, replacing the previous model’s 33mm Teikei carburetor.
Apart from fuel injection and new graphics, the only other changes are a new TCI ignition system in place of the 2012 model’s CDI ignition, and a slightly larger gas tank (2.6 gallons versus 2.4 gallons on last year’s model). The 249cc air-cooled SOHC engine and five-speed transmission remains unchanged.
Suspension is still provided by a 35mm telescopic fork with 8.9-inches of travel and a swingarm with rebound-adjustable monoshock with 7.1-inches of travel. Braking is provided by 245mm front and 203mm rear disc brakes.
The new fuel injection system adds a slight boost to fuel economy with Yamaha claiming the 2013 XT250 gets 76 mpg compared to the 2012 model’s 73 mpg claim.
The 2013 Yamaha XT250 will be available this month for $5190 in white with blue graphics. This represents a $100 increase from the carbureted 2012 model (in contrast, Kawasaki raised the price of its Ninja 250R by $200 for 2012 but still isn’t offering fuel-injection for the U.S. version. Just saying.)
Yamaha also announced a number of other returning models for 2013, with just color and graphical updates from their previous model year versions. These returning models include the YZ450F,YZ250F, YZ250, YZ125, YZ85 motocross bikes, the WR250F off-road bike, the WR250R dual-sport, the Zuma 125 and Zuma 50F scooters and the Star V-Star Custom cruiser.