Yamaha TQ 250
Don’t be disappointed if you’re TQ isn’t doing the job of releasing the clutch when you grab hold of the lever and pull it home to find that you are struggling to get an elusive unselectable first gear, yeah loads of drag, this is not usual after speaking to some of my off roader riding mates. These clutches like a good racking and beating to get them appropriate to the riders needs. I’m sure that Yamaha foresaw this, expecting the owner to give the bike a hard time.
The bike that was bought to me hadn’t been horse whipped and showed non aggressive use, no blued plates, no dogging of the aluminium cage that drives the friction plates. These Yamaha clutches like a good battering to get them working. I read on the forums of clutch complaints from namby pamby riders, these machines are made for slaughtering and regular parts being changed and updated. Ride them hard and they will bed in and give good performance. The front brake is often slated for being a little feeble and when given a hand full doesn’t give the desirable effect.
When ever I do off roading my hand is constantly tickling the front break keeping the dot 4 brake fluid on the boil and a little roasting of the flimsy front disc. When you apply the front brake you may find it a little spongy and not as responsive as your usual road machine. Deadening of the front brake when doing trails or scrambles or off roading for your pleasure will bring out the best in your brakes. Yamaha perceived this.
The Yamaha TQ likes rough justice and nothing else as it will fall off song on all the components that you require to work, IE: Brakes and clutch. The Yamaha TQ 250 is a professional machine and should be used professionally for competition or for hard off roading.