Yamaha Motocross Bikes: Articles, First Looks, and New Model Reviews

About Yamaha Motocross Motorcycles

The YZ450F is the top of the heap in the Yamaha motocross lineup. The YZ250F is a multi-time Cycle News shootout winner. For those looking for two-stokes, the YZ250 is a great choice and Yamaha also still overs the YZ125 two-stroke. For the younger riders, the YZ85 is the bike to get started in racing.

We’ve gathered all of our Yamaha Motocross Bike “First Looks” and full reviews right here for your reading pleasure.

Yamaha Motocross Bike News & Reviews

Cycle News Magazine 2024 Yamaha YZ125X Review
2024 Yamaha YZ125X Review

Thursday, June 20, 2024

2023 Cycle News Magazine Editors Bikes We Like
2023 Cycle News Bikes We Like

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Cycle News Archives Column Yamaha YZ125
Archives Column | Yamaha YZ125

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Cycle News Magazine 2024 250cc Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout
2024 250cc Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout

Monday, December 11, 2023

Archives Column | The Yamaha TT 500
Archives Column | The Yamaha TT 500

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Cycle News 2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review
2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Monday, October 30, 2023

Cycle News Magazine 2023 450cc Motocross Shootout
2023 450cc Motocross Shootout

Monday, March 13, 2023

Cycle News Magazine 2022 Bikes of The Year
Cycle News 2022 Bikes of The Year

Saturday, December 24, 2022

2023 Yamaha YZ450F Cycle News Review
2023 Yamaha YZ450F Review

Friday, October 28, 2022

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2023 Yamaha YZ450F First Look

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

2022 Yamaha YZ85 and YZ85LW Review
2022 Yamaha YZ85 & YZ85LW Review

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Cycle News 2022 250cc Four-Stroke MX Shootout
2022 250cc Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cycle News 2022 Yamaha YZ125 Review
2022 Yamaha YZ125 Review

Saturday, January 15, 2022

2021 Cycle News Magazine Bikes of The Year
2021 Cycle News Bikes of The Year

Friday, December 31, 2021

Cycle News 2022 Yamaha YZ250 Review
2022 Yamaha YZ250 Review

Saturday, October 16, 2021

2022 Yamaha YZ250F and YZ450F Cycle News Review
2022 Yamaha YZ250F & YZ450F Review

Thursday, September 9, 2021

2021 250cc Four-Stroke MX Shootout
2021 250cc Four-Stroke MX Shootout

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Cycle News 2021 450 Motocross Shootout
2021 450 Motocross Shootout

Thursday, December 10, 2020

2021 Yamaha YZ250F wheelie
2021 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cycle News 2021 Yamaha YZ450F Review
2021 Yamaha YZ450F Review

Thursday, August 20, 2020

2021 Yamaha YZ450FX
2021 Yamaha YZ450FX First Look

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Cycle News has a top-to-bottom assessment of the 2020 250cc four-stroke motocross field in its 2020 250cc Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout.
2020 250cc Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout

Friday, December 13, 2019

2020 450 Motocross Shootout | We brought the 2020 class of elite 450cc motocrossers into focus to determine the best of the bunch.
2020 450 Motocross Shootout

Sunday, October 27, 2019

2020 Yamaha YZ450F Review | Yamaha made numerous behind-the-plastic changes to the 2020 YZ450F that can’t easily be seen but can easily be felt on the track.
2020 Yamaha YZ450F Review

Sunday, October 13, 2019

2020 Yamaha YZ250F Review
2020 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

2019 450 Motocross Shootout
2019 450 Motocross Shootout

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The YZ450F got a major overhaul in 2018, which included an all-new frame, engine and electric starting. For 2019, Yamaha fine-tuned the bike even more and you can feel it on the track.
2019 Yamaha YZ450F | FIRST TEST

Friday, July 20, 2018

The 2019 Yamaha YZ250F is slightly heavier than before but it's not an issue on the track.
2019 Yamaha YZ250F: First Test

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cycle News throws a leg over the 2019 Yamaha YZ450F
2019 Yamaha YZ450F First Test

Friday, June 29, 2018

2019 All-New Yamaha YZ250F First Look
2019 Yamaha YZ250F First Look

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2019 Yamaha YZ450F Motocrosser First Look
2019 Yamaha YZ450F First Look

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Yamaha YZ65 2018 First Test
Yamaha YZ65 2018 First Test

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Yamaha YZ65 First Look
2018 Yamaha YZ65 First Look

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 250F Motocross Shootout
2018 250F Motocross Shootout

Monday, December 25, 2017

2018 Yamaha YZ450F First Test
2018 Yamaha YZ450F First Test

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2018 Yamaha YZ250F
2018 Yamaha YZ250F

Thursday, July 13, 2017

2018 Yamaha YZ450F First Look
2018 Yamaha YZ450F First Look

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 450 Motocross Shootout
2017 450 Motocross Shootout

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2017 250F Motocross Shootout
2017 250F Motocross Shootout

Saturday, November 26, 2016

2017 Yamaha YZ250F
2017 Yamaha YZ250F: FIRST RIDE

Friday, July 22, 2016

2017 Yamaha YZ250F And YZ450F

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 Yamaha YZ450FX
2016 Yamaha YZ450FX: FIRST RIDE

Thursday, February 25, 2016

2016 250F Motocross Shootout

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 Cycle News 450 Motocross Shootout
2016 450 Motocross Shootout

Friday, December 18, 2015

2016-Yamaha-YZ250F
2016 Yamaha YZ250F: FIRST RIDE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2016 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE
2016 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 250F Motocross Shootout
2015 250F Motocross Shootout

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 Yamaha YZ250: FIRST RIDE
2015 Yamaha YZ250: FIRST RIDE

Thursday, October 2, 2014

2015 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE
2015 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2015 Yamaha YZ250F: FIRST RIDE
2015 Yamaha YZ250F: FIRST RIDE

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014 Yamaha YZ250F Riding Impression
2014 Yamaha YZ250F Riding Impression

Friday, November 29, 2013

2014 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE
2014 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE

Thursday, July 25, 2013

As expected  the YZ250F gets long overdue motor update.
2014 Yamaha YZ250F: FIRST LOOK

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2014 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST LOOK
2014 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST LOOK

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2013 450 Motocross Shootout: Who Won?
2013 450 Motocross Shootout: Who Won?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2013 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE
2013 Yamaha YZ450F: FIRST RIDE

Wednesday, September 26, 2012