The comeback kid

Best Motocrosser: Yamaha YZ250F
BEST MOTOCROSSER of 2015 - Yamaha YZ250F
The absolute best knobby-shredding moto bike on the planet, regardless of displacement. After the gate drops, the only truth is the checkered flag. Read MoreCycle World

It was a vicious debate down to the last minute in 2014 as to whether the YZ250F or Kawasaki KX450F would take the prize. We went KX for all-out speed coupled with surprising rideability from a 450-class machine. But with that green 450 taking a step backward this year and detail refinements improving Yamaha's YZ250F, the tuning-fork bike gets a boost to the top spot. It doesn't hurt that the YZ is totally rideable by just about anybody, while also becoming a mega-successful championship winner in just two years. With Pro Motocross and Supercross West titles to its credit, the YZ250F is the comeback kid of the decade.

Yamaha YZ250F static side view
Yamaha YZ250F off-road action
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