Now that you have the facts about the new YZ250X, we'll tell you how it works out on the trail: The first thing we noticed was how easily the X starts. No, it doesn't have an electric start, but the fact that it fired up on the first kick every time tells us that it doesn't really need one. Would it be nice? Yes. Is it a necessity? Not at all! (In fact, check out Dirt Rider's Facebook page for a video of us starting this bike by hand). At idle the bike is nice and crisp and has less vibration than other, oranger off-road two-strokes. If the YZ-X was lugged for an extended period of time we did notice that it had a tendency to slightly load up and need to be revved and cleaned out, but we didn't need to do that very often because we were having too much fun screaming around. The power off idle is softer than the motocross bike which, in turn, almost makes it feel stronger because it's more usable. Since this bike is shifted lower in the rpm, it almost feels as if a flywheel weight has been added because it pulls so smoothly into the midrange. As the power valve starts to open the bike begins to pull harder, but not with as much snap as the moto version. The X maintains a lot of traction as the power rolls on over a long rpm range, but it's still not four-stroke-like traction—sorry, folks, but some things never change. The real meat of the power is in the mid to mid/top of the rpm range; the power starts to fall at the very top of the rpm. Although this is a closed course-racing machine, we are a little disappointed that it wasn't equipped with a spark arrestor, which will be one of our first modifications so we can take it out to public riding areas.