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Old 01-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #32828
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Price vs. features...

I have been very pleased with my WR-R in the three years and 22K miles I've had it. But I also have to agree with the article's argument about price point for the majority of riders who're in the market for this kind of bike.

Comparing MSRP, the Honda is roughly 2/3 the price with capable features, including EFI. Any way you slice it that's a good deal, IMO. That's almost $2,200 to put into the farkles that any bike is going to need.

I paid $5,770 out the door for my WR-R new in 2010 and thought that was high at the time. The one factor that went into my buying decision which wasn't addressed in the "shootout" article was the low maintenance and durability of the WR-R. Honda has the reputation of being bulletproof and low maintenance as well, but that hasn't been proved with this model as yet.

Were I buying today, I'd definitely give the Honda a serious look. Having competition can't help but improve the quality and price point for all the 250 DS bikes, IMO.
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