250 Four-Stroke Motocross Bike Comparison

The 2020 250 four-stroke motocross shootout.

Soon after the dust settles on the 2020 450 Motocross Shootout, the Dirt Rider test crew is at it again with the same manufacturers’ 250 four-stroke motocross bikes. The 2020 250F Motocross Shootout pits the Yamaha YZ250F, Suzuki RM-Z250, KTM 250 SX-F, Kawasaki KX250, Husqvarna FC 250, and Honda CRF250R against each other in an all-out battle for the top spot.

KTM 250 SX-F vs. Honda CRF250R vs. Suzuki RM-Z250 vs. Husqvarna FC 250 vs. Yamaha YZ250F vs. Kawasaki KX250
KTM 250 SX-F vs. Honda CRF250R vs. Suzuki RM-Z250 vs. Husqvarna FC 250 vs. Yamaha YZ250F vs. Kawasaki KX250Jeff Allen

We took delivery of each motorcycle and installed Factory Effex preprinted number plate backgrounds, then mounted Dunlop D404 street tires on the rear wheels for runs on our Dynojet dyno. Afterward, we switched to Dunlop MX33 soft-to-intermediate-terrain tires front and rear to ensure consistency in traction among the six competitors through the duration of the test. We then weighed each bike with a full tank of fuel and measured the seat heights.

Yamaha YZ250F vs. Suzuki RM-Z250 vs. KTM 250 SX-F vs. Kawasaki KX250 vs. Husqvarna FC 250 vs. Honda CRF250R.

The shootout began at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, for photos and videos, and the official test day took place at the now-defunct Milestone MX Park in Riverside, California, where each manufacturer was present to make any necessary adjustments to their respective bikes for each rider. The test team consisted of five riders ranging in ages from 21 to 49, abilities from novice to AMA pro, and weights from 125 to 170 pounds.

Read on to find out how the six bikes finished when the dust settled and the results were tallied.

2020 250F Motocross Shootout Dyno Comparison Chart
2020 250F Motocross Shootout Dyno Comparison ChartRobert Martin
Bike Weight, Full Tank (lb.) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seat Height (in.) MSRP
CRF250R 236 1.6 37.2 $7,999
FC 250 234 1.9 37.2 $9199
KX250 233 1.7 36.8 $7,799
250 SX-F 231 1.9 37.4 $9,099
RM-Z250 237 1.7 37.3 $7,899
YZ250F 237 1.6 37.0 $8,199