Small bore single-cylinders are increasingly popular; they’re inexpensive to run and they’re also fun to ride. So it’s good news that Yamaha has just introduced two new lightweight 250 singles, but alas, only in Brazil.
Modelled after the firm’s Super Ténéré 1200 adventure tourer is the XTZ250 Ténéré.
It’s not as high-tech as its full-sized cousin, rolling on a double-cradle steel tube frame and powered by a 249 cc air-cooled, two-valve single based on the humble XT 250 engine. But the engine is fuel-injected, producing a modest 21 hp.
Wheels are 21-inch front and 18-inch rear and tires are street-friendly Pirelli Scorpions. Yamaha has also fitted the Ténéré 250 with a 16-litre fuel tank, which is titanic by 250 standards.
Unfortunately, Brazilians must dig deep into their pockets to buy the Ténéré 250, which retails for a hefty R$12,900, or about $7,800 CDN. In comparison, the 2011 XT250 retails for only $5,899 over here.
Also new is the Fazer 250 naked bike, using the same fuel-injected single and similar steel chassis, though rolling on smaller 17-inch wheels. Seat height is 805 mm (31.7 in) and claimed wet weight is 153 kg (337 lb).
We think that both these machines would likely make great urban runabouts if they were to come to Canada – and at a reasonable price. Yamaha?