Bike of the month: September

September Bike of the Month: This months winner is Jacob Kerbel's 2020 YAMAHA YZ250F " GYTR Beast":

In our recent bike of the month segments, we have had some flawless Motocross builds that have been taken to a whole other level of performance. As we all know when it comes to dirt bikes, the possibilities are endless when you have a vision. Well, that is exactly what our September bike of the month winner Jacob had, was a vision to build the GYTR BEAST! This bike embodies high performance but at the same time is versatile for any Moto world you may need, from enduro to the hare scrambles and the occasional Moto.

We picked this bike for a multitude of reasons. First is that this bike is different from anything we have chosen before. Second, is that the bike lives up to its name, a "GYTR 250 Beast." Third, being the versatility of the bike has no ends. The list goes on, but we have an article to write. As you can tell by the pictures below, this bike came out stunning and would look great in the back of any truck rolling up to any destination that you had in mind. As soon as we saw this submission, it piqued our interest, and inspired us to ask Jacob some additional questions:

Q: What made you want to build the GYTR 250 Beast?

A: I just got off of a 2018 GasGas XC250 and loved the feel of a 250 with KYB suspension. Watching Yamaha dominate in the pro ranks; it was a no brainer to go with a blue bike.

Q: For people at home that are either owners or want to own YZ 250F, out of the mods that you put on the bike, what are your top three favorite and/or necessity mods to make the bike better?

A: This bike is already extremely well balanced, but the works chassis lab mounts helped stiffen up the chassis flex. I would say I'm looking forward to upgrading the braking power as it definitely lacking with the brake feel and Power upfront.

I felt like I need some more linear power, which is what the GYTR package did.

Then the MX tech A kit suspension helped not only with personalizing the suspension but also trimmed out some in needed weight.

Q: What was your favorite part of the build?

A: I love the suspension of the bike tied with the long-lasting 250 pull.

Q: Were there any hiccups during the build?

A: The suspension build has some hiccups due to this pandemic. Demand shot up way up, and supply channels struggled. The long wait was worth it after receiving a dialed setting right of the box, thanks to Warren(a wizard with Yamaha's) over at Endurospec.

Q: When looking at the final product, how excited were you with how it turned out?

A: I was so pumped to see the finished product with the custom graphics thanks to Jeff over at FaF graphics and how the Kashima coatings came out. The GYTR ignition cover tied with the Rekluse clutch cover made it look factory with the help of some spec bolt hardware.

Q: If you were to go back into this build with the knowledge that you have now, what would you have possibly changed or done differently to either make the bike building process easier or make the bike better?

A: Definitely need a Motostuff brake caliper and larger master cylinder to fix the front end braking feel and power. Probably going to end up with a vortex ECU to help dial in the power curve.

Q: What are you thinking about building next?

A: I'm well into building my 2019 Honda CRF450RWE that will be my moto weapon.

Q: Who helped you with this build?

  • Warren at EnduroSpec
  • BJ at MX University
  • Jeff at FAF graphics
Here are a few of the featured add-ons:
  • GYTR head
  • GYTR cams
  • GYTR piston
  • GYTR ignition cover
  • Pro Circuit T6 exhaust
  • Rekluse clutch
  • Works chassis labs motor mounts
  • Endurospec tuned suspension by MX Tech
  • National rear shock
  • Luck Carbon forks cartridges 
  • Kashima and DLC coated forks
  • Ride engineering triple clamps
  • Rental chain and sprockets 
  • Foo Motorsports footpegs
  • Arc brake lever and clutch perch and lever
  • CMT carbon radiator braces
  • CMT carbon number plate guards
  • CMT fork guards
  • FAF graphics on Acerbis plastic
  • Throttle jockey seat cover
  • Bridgestone Battlecross Tire’s with Nitro Mousse bibs
  • Works connection rear axle blocks and brake reservoir covers
  • Twin Air intake 
  • Custom intake cover vents

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