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Yamaha Announces 2020 Lineup of Cross-Country Motorcycles

Posted on June 4, 2019 by The Dirt Bike Guy.

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its complete lineup of 2020 cross-country motorcycles specially designed for Hare Scrambles and Grand National Cross-Country (GNCC®) races, including the all-new YZ125X two-stroke motorcycle, as well as a newly redesigned YZ250FX.

"Yamaha’s cross-country lineup builds on the unmatched
success of our motocross designs, using industry leading technology to provide
uncompromised performance for the tight, technical terrain of Hare Scramble and
GNCC racing,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “With
the introduction of the all-new YZ125X and newly redesigned YZ250FX, Yamaha
offers even more variety to meet the demands of cross-country racers and
enthusiasts alike.”

Also returning to Yamaha’s 2020 cross-country lineup is the two-stroke YZ250X, and four-stroke YZ450FX, translating Yamaha’s YZ450F flagship motocross performance to the woods with cross-country enhancements.

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become one with their machine to make them the best riders possible – putting
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All-New 2020 YZ125X: Level-Up Your Performance

Designed to be the perfect step up to a full-size cross-country
machine, this lightweight two-stroke is the pinnacle of performance on the

An all-new model for 2020, the Yamaha YZ125X is optimized
for the unique demands of Hare Scrambles and GNCC racing. It sports Yamaha’s
Power Valve System-equipped (YPVS™) 125cc, liquid-cooled, two-stroke,
reed-valve-inducted engine, combined with a six-speed transmission tuned for
smooth, wide, and controllable power character across the rev range. This
backwoods racer is built on an ultra-lightweight aluminum frame carefully
engineered for the perfect balance of rigidity and flex.

Cross-country performance of the YZ125X is optimized with
model specific digital CDI ignition settings, new power valve shape, open
timing, open duration, as well as a new cylinder head combustion chamber shape,
all of which are focused on creating broad power delivery that suits off-road
terrain and a wide range of rider skill levels.

The 2020 YZ125X is further equipped to endure the punishing
terrain of cross-country racing with durability and comfort-enhancing features
including a sealed O-ring chain, a standard side stand, and fuel tank petcock
with reserve position. Fully adjustable, industry-leading KYB® speed-sensitive
spring-type suspension has been tested and tuned specifically for the needs of
cross-country racers. Enduro-specific Dunlop® Geomax AT81 tires with an 18-inch
rear are ready to head straight to the races thanks to taller sidewalls for
improved comfort and reduced pinch flats. A large 270mm front disc brake
coupled with high-performance pad material offers outstanding machine control
and performance, with exceptional stopping power and controllability for tight
wooded trails.

The all-new 2020 YZ125X will be available from dealers this
month in Team Yamaha Blue for $6,699 MSRP.

New 2020 YZ250FX: Your Power. Your Way.

This cross-country racer has all the features to win
including the smartphone power tuner app that adjusts the bikes settings to
your style and the track.

The 2020 YZ250FX is an out-of-the-box Hare Scrambles and
GNCC competition machine. Based on the championship-winning 2019 YZ250F, it
features Yamaha’s revolutionary front-intake, rear-exhaust, liquid-cooled, DOHC
four-stroke power plant with an added sixth gear, wide ratio transmission, and
a range of cross-country upgrades. Yamaha’s latest generation, aluminum
bilateral beam frame delivers strength, lightness and durability for the tight,
technical terrain of cross-country racing while still providing optimum
stability in fast sections. The bike also features improved electronics
including a compact, center mounted electric start system powered by an
ultra-lightweight, four-cell, lithium-ion battery to minimize restart delays
mid-race and add convenience everywhere else.

All-new bodywork on the YZ250FX is slimmer than ever, giving
the bike a compact, nimble feel and easing rider movement across the machine in
tough terrain. Fully adjustable, industry-favorite KYB suspension is
specifically tuned for off-road racing and combined with Dunlop MX3S tires with
18-inch rear to deliver excellent comfort and durability in harsh conditions.
Additionally, the YZ250FX is equipped with performance and convenience
including four-position rubber-mounted handlebar clamps, a side-stand, wireless
connectivity with the Yamaha Power Tuner App, and new for 2020, a
handlebar-mounted map switch to adjust preselected engine maps on the fly.

The 2020 YZ250FX will be available from dealers in September
in Team Yamaha Blue for $8,499 MSRP.

2020 YZ450FX: Power, Tuned to Perfection

Built for cross-country domination with electric start and
smartphone power tuner app that adjusts the bike's settings for various rider
styles and track conditions.

The 2020 YZ450FX utilizes Yamaha’s distinct reward-slanted
cylinder, 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine design, complete with rear
exhaust and forward-mounted intake system all working together to deliver class
leading power and controllability for cross-country racing. Its bilateral beam
frame and engine mounting position optimizes the machine’s rigidity balance,
resulting in improved cornering ability and traction, while industry-leading
KYB suspension is specifically tuned to provide comfort and performance in the
toughest of off-road conditions. Rider convenience is also a priority in the
YZ450FX with enhancements including Yamaha’s ultra-lightweight electric start
system for effortless restarts under pressure, wireless connectivity with the
Yamaha Power Tuner app for precision tunability directly from a smart phone and
a handlebar-mounted map switch to choose between user defined engine maps on
the fly.

The 2020 YZ450FX will be available from Yamaha dealers in
August in Team Yamaha Blue for $9,599 MSRP.

2020 YZ250X: Two-Strokes, One Goal

Engineered with all the reliability and durability you've
come to expect from Yamaha, this 2 stroke was made to win cross country races.

Yamaha’s 2020 YZ250X delivers classic two-stroke performance
to cross-country racing. Its lightweight aluminum frame together with
specifically tuned KYB spring type forks and rear shock provide unmatched
handling performance and comfort in GNCC style conditions. The 249cc,
reed-valve inducted engine, mated with a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission is
race-ready. Based on the YZ250 motocross model, the YZ250X features a revised
compression ratio, exhaust port, power valve timing, and model specific CDI
unit for improved trail performance. All these features are focused on creating
a wide, controllable power character along with light, nimble, and precise
handling ideal for cross-country racing.

The 2020 YZ250X will be available from dealers this month in
Team Yamaha Blue for $7,599 MSRP.

Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency

All 2020 YZ-X and YZ-FX models are once again eligible for
Yamaha’s bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, with nearly $5 million
for Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in off-road motorcycle racing. YZ riders
can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a 10% rebate on
GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45
credit on

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, visit

Source: Yamaha press release

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