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All-New 2008 Raptor 250
Sport ATV Performance in a Class by Itself

Raptor 250 Blue
Raptor 250 Blue

Raptor 250 Gray
Raptor 250 Gray

Raptor 250 Black
Raptor 250 Black

Raptor 250 Orange/Black
Raptor 250 Orange/Black

There's an entire class of customer out there looking for the perfect ATV. They want something sporty, but don’t necessarily need a full-race vehicle. It should be fun to ride, but also be different from the run-of-the-mill "play" machines out there. Perhaps most importantly, it needs to mesh with a younger, performance-oriented lifestyle. Lucky for them – for all of us, really – the all-new 2008 Yamaha Raptor 250 has arrived.

When the ever-popular Blaster was discontinued in 2006, it left a sizeable hole in the Yamaha Sport ATV line-up. What would the younger, sport-minded customer to ride? A re-hashed, smaller-bore utility quad that Yamaha’s competition tries to pawn off as a “sport” ATV? Yamaha customers expect more. They want an ATV that packs a punch – something developed from the ground up as a true sport machine. The all-new Raptor 250 is that and more.

Knowing that this customer is all about performance, the Raptor 250 features a five-speed manual transmission giving the rider control over the power delivery from the single cylinder 249cc air-cooled, four-stroke engine. An on-board 29mm Mikuni carburetor offers optimum low- to mid-range performance.

In keeping with the Raptor 250’s sport-focused overall design, the all-new engine features an all-aluminum and ceramic composite-plated cylinder, which helps dissipate heat, reduce weight and improves cylinder life while the wet sump system with oil cooler offers increased cooling ability.

The Raptor 250 also adopted a YFZ-style "no tools" air filter, which makes for easy maintenance and modification. But, that's not the only popular YFZ450 feature you'll find on the Raptor 250 -- the rider-approved one-hand toggle link-type parking brake also graces this all-new model.

The sporty engine is found wrapped in a compact, nimble chassis featuring a high tensile steel frame for improved rigidity, strength and light weight. In fact, this is the lightest Sport ATV ever -- a full 15 lbs. lighter than the Blaster! Not only does the Raptor 250 perform well, it looks good, too. Featuring the "evil eye" headlights found on the YFZ450, and front and rear fenders like those on the Raptor 700R, the Raptor 250 is as stylish as it is fun.

How’s the ride? In a word, thrilling. The double wishbone A-arm front suspension -- with five-way adjustable preload no less -- offers 7.5" of travel. Out back a nitrogen-charged rear shock with 7.9" of travel helps to take obstacles such as ruts and whoops and turn them into the most fun-inducing terrain you can find.

The riding position on the Raptor 250 was developed specifically with the sport ATV customer in mind. The overall size and lightweight makes it easy to flick around, while the newly-designed seat gives rider of all shapes and sizes plenty of room. And, you'll have plenty of seat time with the 2.4 gallon gas tank, allowing you to ride for miles without a pit stop.

Of course, none of this fun would be possible without the all-new tires and aluminum wheels. Low-profile Dunlop meats were designed specifically for the Raptor 250 with improved sport-riding comfort and sport handling in mind. The light-weight design offers a perfect balance of forward traction and great sliding capability.

Should you need to bring the Raptor 250 to a stop, it has you covered with front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. Up front you'll find a newly designed high-rigidity caliper and the same rotor and master cylinder as found on the Raptor 700 and YFZ450, offering excellent braking performance.

Now a "must have" feature on Yamaha Sport ATVs, the Raptor 250 features the Yamaha Cam Adjust drive chain adjuster. The eccentric-type design makes chain adjustments quick and easy – a must for riders on the go.

Finally, to get both rider and Raptor 250 up and running we've borrowed a favorite feature from its namesake – push button electric starting – which makes getting going quick and easy.

The all-new 2008 Raptor 250 will be available at Yamaha dealerships nationwide starting July 2007 in Team Yamaha Blue and Gray/Red color schemes. Two all-new Special Edition Raptor 250 models will also be available at the same time, including a Black/Orange color combination that incorporates select Genuine Yamaha Technology – Racing (GYTR) parts, and an all-black model that comes with a “do-it-yourself” sticker kit so the rider can design their own graphics.

2008 Raptor 250  Specifications

  • Engine Type: 249cc air-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC two-valve
  • Bore x Stroke: 74mm x 58mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Carburetion: 29mm Mikuni
  • Ignition: DC - CDI
  • Starting System: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-Speed Manual Clutch
  • Suspension/ Front: Independent Double Wishbone, 7.5” w/ Five-way Preload Adjustment
  • Suspension/ Rear: Swing Arm, 7.9”
  • Brakes/ Front: Dual Hydraulic Disc
  • Brake/ Rear: Hydraulic Disc
  • Tires/ Front: AT20x7-10
  • Tires/ Rear: AT19x10-9
  • LxWxH: 64”x 42.1”x 40.9”
  • Seat Height: 28.7”
  • Wheel Base: 43.7”
  • Ground Clearance: 3.9”
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.4 Gallons
  • Dry Weight: 313 Lbs
  • Lighting: Dual 30W Krypton Multi-reflector Headlights & 21/5W Brake light

* ATVs with engines 90cc or greater are recommended for use only by riders age 16 years and older.

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