We hear the words “rigidity balance” a lot when talking about chassis, but that isn’t marketing speak – there really is a balance of flex and stiffness which has no easy answer. When you stiffen one thing, it puts more pressure on something else. This is the case on the YZ250F with its new stiffer frame sections by the footpegs. Beefing up this area, as well as changing the engine mounts for more stiffness, transferred more energy to the forks which, in turn, got stiffer fork tubes, yet a lighter spring rate. This all sounds confusing, but Yamaha is chasing that elusive carrot of a precise handling bike with comfortable yet high-performing suspension without giving up compliance and stability. Did they do it? Well, one day isn’t enough to definitively say, but we think the YZ250F is now a bit easier to turn and has a light, nimble handling feel that makes the bike feel flickable and overall, less heavy. It also felt more responsive to rider input when changing lines at the last minute.