Opens carbs up to 38mm. After its beefy low-end surge, the Yammie pulled into a strong midrange blast that launched it from corner to corner with authority. In 1988, you had a lot of choices in the 250 class. Dymond had revitalized his career at Honda, after several tough years on the outdated Husqvarna machines. The bike garnered huge press for Yamaha at a time when they looked to be falling way behind their competitors. Any ZillaCash you earn is automatically applied to the next purchase, so you can sit back, enjoy the ride and feel the savings blow through your hair. It was smooth and progressive, with good track feel and a plush action.
Every piece of the bodywork, save the fenders, was all-new. . While it was the least powerful of the disc units available that year, it was still far superior to the drum it replaced. If you wanted to be weird and different, you bought a Cagiva. It picked up from the slightest crack of the throttle and featured hugely improved low-end power.
After their many struggles in the early part of the decade, Yamaha looked to be on the rebound in a major way in 1988. If you wanted the best suspension, you bought a Suzuki. Satin Black Die-Cast aluminum housing with a nylon throttle tube. Keep it a gear tall, carry you speed and throw roost on the others. After half a decade of also-ran status, the Y-Zed was once again a contender. Review the following guidelines to see how easy it is to maximize your rewards and put your ZillaCash to work for you. It came out of the hole hard, hooked up, and transmitted every ounce of power directly to forward thrust.
If you wanted the most horsepower, you bought a Kawasaki. Fitment Notes Universal Fit Parts fit a range of vehicles, and may or may not fit your current bike without modification. They were plush and well damped, with well sorted spring rates. Although its performance on the track never quite lived up to its amazing appearance, it was still an important bike for Yamaha, at a time when they looked to be falling far behind Honda and Kawasaki. The airbox was enlarged and the airboot reshaped for better air flow. Gone was the rubber-bandy chassis and quirky feel. If you wanted the best-built, you bought a Honda and wondered what happened to the horsepower you were promised.
The new seven-port cylinder was mated to a high compression head and fed by a 38mm Mikuni mixer. On the positive side, were its very good durability, high quality plastic and excellent ergonomics. On paper, they looked up to date and competitive; on the track, however, they left a lot to be desired. While the shifting was improved, it was still the least smooth of the big four and offered the wimpiest clutch. Its only flaw was its mediocre low-end, which made the big Kwacker boggy out of corners and harder to manage than the others.
For Yamaha, the early eighties were mostly an exercise in frustration. Most of the time, racing two-strokes still tended to be one-trick-ponies. After dominating for much of the seventies, the boys in yellow had gone into a slump after the retirement of their original monoshock racers. After dominating the power rankings four out the five previous years, Big Red took a major stumble. At a peak of 36. They were smooth on the chop, while still handling big hits well. In addition to the beefier frame, Yamaha reinforced the subframe, increased the diameter of the motor mount bolts and repositioned the rear swingarm pivot 5mm lower and 5mm farther forward to decrease chain torque.
It was fun, fast and brutally effective. Its airbox was the roomiest and with its side access, the easiest to service. Nineteen eighty-eight was a good year to go white and red. We have no relationship to the listed companies. In its place, was an all-new rear suspension system.
The new low-slung layout allowed the rider to slide much farther forward and better weight the front end in corners. In 1987, Yamaha had by far the worst suspension on the track. It was fast, tight handling, well suspended and beautiful to look at. The advantage of the conventionals was its more forgiving ride, while the inverted designs offered less axle underhang and reduced flex, at the cost of some comfort. Although the production shock was still built by Kayaba, its design was by Ohlins and its performance was better for it.
After delivering two titles in two years, he was surprisingly let go by Big Red. The ZillaCash rewards program is very straightforward - if you have a RevZilla account, you may already be taking advantage of ZillaCash rewards. With a hugely improved bike and a stable of hot young up-and-comers like Damon Bradshaw, Larry Ward and Mike LaRocco waiting in the wings, Yamaha looked poised to finally knock Honda off the top pedestal in motocross. The bike was big and burly in every dimension and truly felt like a 500. The stronger frame handled hard hits without a wimper and flexed far less than previous designs. In its place was a solid and confident platform from which to do business.