Yamaha Timberwolf 250 4×4 Review, Specs & Price

Yamaha Timberwolf 250

The Timberwolf 250 was introduced in 1992 and is a small all-terrain quad. It was designed for both work and play. Using bungee cords or ropes, riders can also mount tools and supplies to its front and rear cargo racks. Although its production was closed 23 years ago, you can still find its parts in the market and maintain this vintage classic ATV.

Read the full article if you want to know more about the Yamaha Timberwolf 250 4×4 Review, Specification, and price. 

What is Yamaha Timberwolf 250?

Yamaha Timberwolf 250 has a SOHC 229.6 cc four-stroke engine. It comes with a 5-speed transmission, the reverse option, and Mikuni VM24SH x 1 fuel delivery. You will get this quad in 2WD and 4WD, which you can choose according to your need and want. 

Moreover, for a decent and comfortable ride, it has a MacPherson front strut with 6.1 inches of wheel travel and a swing arm/mono-cross rear suspension with 6.1 inches of wheel travel. Although it does not have much speed, there’s always a need for a brake, which is fulfilled by drum brakes on the front and rear wheels 10 inches.

Top Speed of Timberwolf 250

Regarding the speed of the Timberwolf 250 ATV, it has often been criticized for its slow speed. The Timberwolf 250 top speed is 45 – 55 mph with a maximum power of 11.9kW (16.2PS) / 7,000 rpm which is not comparable with the Yamaha Raptor 700 Top Speed. 

Yamaha has not released a list of the minimum or maximum speeds that this vehicle can travel at, other than the fact that it comes with a speed limiter that prevents the throttle from fully opening so that less engine power is available, and this reduces the ATV’s maximum speed. 


Here is The specification of this vintage ATV given below.

Engine:229.6 cc 4-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, single cylinder
Bore x Stroke:71.0 mm x 58.0 mm
Compression Ratio8.7:1
Transmission / Final Drive:5-speed transmission, reverse, constant mesh
IgnitionCapacitor discharge
Fuel Delivery:Mikuni VM24SH x 1
Clutch:wet, automatic centrifugal
Front Suspension:MacPherson struts, 6.1 inches wheel travel
Rear Suspension:swing arm / monocross, 6.1 inches wheel travel
Front Brake:110 mm Dual mechanical drums brake
Rear Brake:160 mm single mechanical drum brake
Front TireAT22 x 7 – 10
Rear TireAT22 x 10 – 10
Overall length1740 mm / 68.6 inches
Overall width1025 mm / 404 inches
Overall height1082 mm / 42.6 inches
Ground clearance155 mm / 6.1 inches
Wheelbase:1120 mm / 44.1 inches
Seat Height:780 mm / 30.7 inches
Fuel Capacity:9.2 liters / 2.4 gallon
Wet Weight:178 kg / 396.9 lb.


Timberwolf 250 has a SOHC 229.6 cc 4- stroke engine with a single cylinder. Along with that, it has an air cooling system, so the engine temperature remains controlled. It also has a 71.0 mm x 58.0 mm Bore x Stroke and an 8.7:1 compression ratio.

For better air and fuel mixture delivery, it has Mikuni VM24SH x 1 and capacitor discharge that provides space to the engine. Lastly, it also has an electric starting system for the rider’s convenience.     

It is available in both 2WD and 4WD options, but if you invest in the 2WD, it can be a poor decision as it can’t do hauling and hardcore off-road like its 4WD variant. Furthermore, it has a five-speed transmission with a reverse option as well. Here is the list of all gears ratios given below.

Transmission Gear Ratio
Primary reduction ratio 73 / 22 (3.318)
Secondary reduction ratio19 / 18 x 46 / 11
1st gear ratio  34 / 12 (2.833)
2nd gear ratio 34 / 19 (1.789)
3rd gear ratio29 / 22 (1.318)
4th gear ratio26 / 25 (1.040)
5th gear ratio23 / 28 ( 0.821)


It has a MacPherson front strut with 6.1 inches of wheel travel and a swing arm/mono-cross rear suspension with 6.1 inches of wheel travel. Its front struts can move five inches and easily absorb jolts and bumps, resulting in a smooth and calm ride.  

Although it is a good machine for traveling, regarding terrain that requires sharp or quick turns, it may not be so great for navigating down winding trails. 

Conversely, the rear suspension involves a swing arm and a single shock absorber. This configuration helps keep the back wheels from bouncing too much, allowing the vehicle to stay within the driver’s control more easily.

Brakes & Tires

Drum brakes are equipped on the front and rear of the Timberwolf 250. Drivers slow down their vehicles using the front brake lever on the right handlebar. Similarly, the rear brake pedal is located on the right handlebar, and you can use it by pulling the liver.

On the other hand, it has Dunlop® KT 701 AT22 × 7 – 10 front tires and Dunlop® KT 705 AT22 × 10 – 10 rear tires. Both tires are tubeless and provide adequate height and connection with the road.

Maximum Loading Capacity

Timberwolf has a total weight of 178 kg / 396.9 lb., so due to its adequate weight, it can load sufficient weight. You can safely load your 4×4 with 140–165 Kg (309–364 lbs.) depending on whether you have the YFB250 or YFB250U. In the same way, utility racks can carry 30–45 kg (66–99 lbs.) at the back and 20–30 kg (44–66 lbs.) at the front.

Common Problems of Timberwolf 250

Here are The common problems of this ATV given below.

Starting Issues

The electrical issue becomes apparent when intermittent starting or no-starting is eliminated, along with components related to fuel delivery. Several factors are involved in this case – defective switches, spark plugs, and foul-played circuitry. 

If this occurs, inspect your stator, pickup, and source coil. Use a continuity tester to test each phase of the stator wires to the ground for open circuits. 

The idler gear may also be a cause of the starting issue. Observe the crankcase after you remove it and press the starter button: the idler should spin clockwise. The shaft should not rotate, especially if no crank is turned. If your ATV has this problem, remove and replace the stator.

Carburetor Problems

One of the most common problems in this ATV is with the Carburetor. Periodically shutting off or sputtering when slowing down from high speeds, spotty acceleration, and start-ups are some common symptoms of this problem. 

Furthermore, the Timberwolf has cold-blooded internal parts that tend to clog up as it rides less frequently. You can clean the carb, petcock, or rebuild kit to resolve this issue. 

New VS Old Timberwolf 250 Price

Yamaha stopped its production in 2000, so it’s only available in use condition for $859 – $3,000. In my opinion, this price is excellent and affordable, so you can buy and enjoy its ride without breaking the bank.

Here is the listing price of this ATV on its release is given below.  

Year – Model – TrimList PriceRetail/Trade-In Values
1992 Yamaha YFB250D$2,999$350 – $2,215
1993 Yamaha YFB250E$3,149$350 – $2,215
1994 Yamaha YFB250F$3,499$375 – $2,480
1994 Yamaha YFB250FWF (4WD)$4,599$440 – $3,005
1995 Yamaha YFB250G$3,549$375 – $2,550
1996 Yamaha YFB250H (2WD)$3,749$405 – $2,515
1996 Yamaha YFB250UH (2WD)$3,849$345 – $2,370
1996 Yamaha YFB250FH (4WD)$4,799$405 – $2,540
1997 Yamaha YFB250UJ (2WD)$3,899$375 – $2,405
1997 Yamaha YFB250FJ (4WD)$4,849$455 – $2,525
1998 Yamaha YFB250UK (2WD)$3,499$435 – $2,530
1998 Yamaha YFB250FK (4WD)$4,299$515 – $2,660
1999 Yamaha YFB250FL (4WD)$4,299$660 – $2,885
2000 Yamaha YFB250FM (4WD)$4,299$705 – $3,060

Final Thoughts

Timberwolf 250 was introduced in 1992, and after eight years of production, the company decided to stop manufacturing it for unknown reasons. It has a 229.6 cc engine with a top speed of only 45 – 55 mph. Furthermore, it has 15.8 hp, which is almost 200 times lesser than the Yamaha Grizzly 700 hp; that is why due to its low power, you can use this ATV to dive into the ATV’s galaxy. 

It also has useful features, for instance, a 4WD option, lightweight, electric starter, and affordable price. So you can consider this ATV and enjoy its fun ride without having to burn a hole in your pocket.


Here are some of the frequently asked questions, and their answers are given below.

Is a Yamaha Timberwolf a 2 stroke?

No, Yamaha Timberwolf is a four-stroke quad with a single cylinder.

What year was the Timberwolf made?

Yamaha Introduced the Timberwolf in 1992.

Who makes Timberwolf ATVS?

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd makes Timberwolf ATVs.

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