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Manufacturer: Yamaha……..TOP
Model: XS250
Years Made: 1978 – 1983
Style: Custom
Engine Type:
248cc Parallel Twin
mm/ “
Weight: lb HP: 30
Top Speed: 85mph MPG: 85
New Cost: $1,299 (1978) – $1,499 (1981) – $2,199 (1983)
Average Used Costs:
Low $297 Medium $385 High $465



UMG Says: Gutless but simple motor combined with quick rust cycle parts. Crankshaft and gearbox problems after 30k when the head gasket often blows, motors could do 40k when they weren’t worth trying to fix. Chronic starting hassles, usually from a combination of hard to trace problems (killswitch, carbs, rotted wiring, dying ignition, etc)

UBG Says: Marketed as Yamaha’s alternative to the Honda SuperDream 250/400s, it lost out in many ways. Quick rot cycle parts and pipes, carbs that made starting a gamble at times didn’t help. Nor did the crank and gearbox box problems that arrived after 30k. There were several variations including an SE Custom version that lacked performance. The 400s are rare and neither the 250 or 400 are in the same class as the RDs.
C1 £500 C2 £300 C3 £150