Yingang’s Entry-Level 250cc ADV Test Ride Review
ADV is now very popular recently, and Yingang’s YG250-2X, a light ADV, is an entry-level high cost performance model.
YG250-2X is an export model created for the European market. After several years of market testing, it has achieved stable and reliable performance. The test ride was on a 2020 EFI version.
There are two painting colors: orange and red. Many parts of the motorcycle adopt flame-like coating, looking red-blooded and inspiring.
The overall size of the State IV emission standard version YG250-2X is 2,040×838×1,140mm, and the wheelbase is 1,360mm, which are the same to the State III emission standard version.
The short beak head design and high fender are visually integrated with the headlight and instrumentation. In addition, since there is no windshield, it takes on an off-road style. The LED headlight improves the brightness to be more convenient for riding at night.
The compact digital instrument displays simple and clear data, including time, speed, rev, fuel level, etc.
The buttons on both sides of the variable diameter handlebar are in the normal layout, and the left handlebar is added with a USB interface.
The handlebar sleeve is integrated with LED turn signal, the higher position of which enhances the warning effect.
The fuel tank is sharp and angular, and both sides are designed with something similar to the air inlet of a sports bike, which appears to be very aggressive. The “air inlet”, which is interlinked, does not provide cooling function for any part. The fuel tank capacity is 13L and the official fuel consumption is 2.9L/100km, thus, theoretically, it can deliver a cruising range of 400+ km.
The saddle is made of leather material for better riding comfort. The seat height is 820mm. YG250-2X weighs only 152kg, which makes it convenient to move or hold the motorcycle in daily use.
The rear row is a two-sided single out arrangement, protruding from both sides below the rear half of the seat and shielded by side boxes, also for wading.
The State IV emission standard version is attached with three boxes as standard equipment, which can be quickly dismantled. It is a necessary design for beginners. The rear box can easily hold a full-face helmet. There are straps in both side boxes, which can hold a backpack of about 14L.
YG250-2X has an inverted front shock absorber that cannot be adjusted. The rear is a central multi-link shock absorber.
The front disc brake is matched with double piston calipers, and the rear disc brake has single piston calipers. The new standard version is also added with CBS.
The State IV emission standard version still uses the RE250 oil-cooled engine, with a maximum power of 13kw/8,000rpm, a maximum torque of 17.3N·m/6,000rpm, and a compression ratio is 9.01:1. The built-in balance shaft effectively reduces vibration. Although this engine does not have any black technology, it is mature, stable and durable.
An ADV should not only be able to run on the pavement road, but also deal with the off-road conditions.
The first test road section is pavement. Riding the 152kg YG250-2X on the pavement road, the most intuitive feeling is light, flexible, fast start. When the speed reaches 80km/h, it will be a little harder to accelerate. Its braking effect with CBS is improved, and the braking distance is shortened under the simultaneous effect of the front and rear braking force. One suggestion for riders who often ride into the mountains is to change the original tires to road tires for better road holding.
On the non-paved road, YG250-2X feels like an off-road bike. The long-travel front suspension provides good support on the road with potholes. The 260mm ground clearance makes it easy to pass bad road surfaces. The compact design, light body, and stable power are all for the fun of riding
Of course, there are still aspects to be further improved: first, after a period of riding, the engine temperature gets too high, which can be felt from the legs obviously. Second, the rear suspension is slightly soft if carrying a passenger, which may reduce the comfort of the passenger when encountering potholes.
The 2020 version new national standard YG250-2X is added with more practical features such as LED headlight, USB port and CBS brake. Such a cost-effective, powerful and durable ADV is really suitable for entry-level riders. (Source: WeChat: newmotor)