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Old 11-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #54616
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Main reason is that they're damned near impossible to find - especially within a reasonable distance and for a realistic price. Plus everybody and their brother, sister and cousin has a WRR on here, I like to be the oddball!
It's Adventure in Ohio on a WRR! I gave a little over $3k for mine a month & a half ago. I looked at the Hondas as well. I rode a KLX250 once, didn't look at them. They seemed like less power than the WRR.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #54617
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If I was wasn't doing a lot of miles (like you said in town play bike, and you'll haul it any further) I'd go more performance oriented. A slightly older ktm or husky or haus might be near that range, or a newer wr450f or crf450x. Then you'd be the odd man out!
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:19 PM   #54618
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Price mainly. I just can't justify spending $6700 on a WRR given how I'll use it. For what the WRR costs new I can buy the CRF and do all the performance mods and upgrade the suspension and still have a few bucks left over.

The other factor is where I live. Being smack dab in the middle of the NTZ (aka the flatlands of NW Ohio) my off-roading opportunities are pretty slim, and most likely if/when I want to do some trail riding I'll throw it in the back of the truck for the 3+ hour haul down to southern Ohio. For me it will be more of a local commuter, errand runner and play bike.
I gave a little over $3K for my like new 08 WRX with 1K miles this summer. It is a really good commuter with the street tires. For what you are talking about another $800 for dedicated dirt wheels/tires the few times you will truck it down to SE OH makes sense. You can have street tires for commuting and REAL knobbies, not worn out 50/50 DP tires, when you go down there.

Something to think about.

I think the Honda is nice, & the price is killer. I talked to Flagger about his & he really likes it.

Lots of options.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #54619
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It's Adventure in Ohio on a WRR! I gave a little over $3k for mine a month & a half ago. I looked at the Hondas as well. I rode a KLX250 once, didn't look at them. They seemed like less power than the WRR.
Yeah, the WRR is the power king in stock trim, and it also has the best stock suspension. The KLX has been around long enough that it has plenty of performance upgrades available to make it comparable to or surpass the WRR. The Honda's the new kid on the block, and what I like is that a) it's $2200 cheaper than the WRR new, and b) for $850 you can easily add enough power to pretty much match that of the WRR. If I feel the need for something faster or need the rush of hyper acceleration I'll just take the C14 out for a spin.

The suspension is a mute point for how I'll be using it 95% of the time, but there's already mods for the 250L available to bring it up to snuff in that department as well (Gold Valves and a custom G3 rear shock from Race-Tech). Even if I opt to do the suspension mods down the road I'd still have less money in the 250L than I would a new WRR.

If I was planing to use this thing for a lot of serious off-roading I'd just run up to the Yamaha dealer in Findlay and buy the new leftover 2008 WR250F they have for $4500 and slap a D/S kit on it. But as I said earlier, I live in the flatlands - the closest thing to dirt roads, trails or real off-roading we have up here is blasting across a freshly plowed field or riding up someone's gravel driveway.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:22 PM   #54620
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:33 PM   #54621
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Main reason is that they're damned near impossible to find - especially within a reasonable distance and for a realistic price. Plus everybody and their brother, sister and cousin has a WRR on here, I like to be the oddball!
Less than 100 miles on this one, not too far away from you. Save you $1400 on a new CRF, and buy you several cans of red krylon and a Honda sticker...that'd be different.



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Old 11-26-2012, 04:18 PM   #54622
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I emailed this guy on 11-13 and he still had it. Has 4000 miles. http://cleveland.craigslist.org/mcy/3398129140.html

I payed $2250 for my 08 last fall with 5000 miles on it. I love my WR and if I can find another one cheap I will buy it for Kyle. If not I might give kyle my WR and look for a bigger bike for me. Maybe somthing orange.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:24 PM   #54623
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I emailed this guy on 11-13 and he still had it. Has 4000 miles. http://cleveland.craigslist.org/mcy/3398129140.html

I payed $2250 for my 08 last fall with 5000 miles on it. I love my WR and if I can find another one cheap I will buy it for Kyle. If not I might give kyle my WR and look for a bigger bike for me. Maybe somthing orange.
You would look good on a 450....
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #54624
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I wouldn't rule out the KLX250 with a 351 kit. I am thinking about going that route when I have the cash available. Seems like the thing to do, gut the extra CC's and keep the weight of a 250.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #54625
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I wouldn't rule out the KLX250 with a 351 kit. I am thinking about going that route when I have the cash available. Seems like the thing to do, gut the extra CC's and keep the weight of a 250.
I'm surprised Kawasaki hasn't updated the KLX with fuel injection since it's now competing with the Honda and Yamaha.
Kawasaki usually rolls out updates quicker than the other manufacturers.

You don't need a 351 kit btw...you already leave me in the dust with 250cc. ;)
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #54626
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I'm surprised Kawasaki hasn't updated the KLX with fuel injection since it's now competing with the Honda and Yamaha.
Kawasaki usually rolls out updates quicker than the other manufacturers.
The KLR and Ninja 250 are great examples of that.....
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:06 PM   #54627
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The KLR and Ninja 250 are great examples of that.....
lol, both of which I have. ;)

I should have qualified that by saying when Kawasaki gets one upped they usually respond quicker...

Like with the new Ninjette 300
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:14 PM   #54628
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I'm surprised Kawasaki hasn't updated the KLX with fuel injection since it's now competing with the Honda and Yamaha.
Kawasaki usually rolls out updates quicker than the other manufacturers.

You don't need a 351 kit btw...you already leave me in the dust with 250cc. ;)
Maybe they don't see the need for fuel injection.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:15 PM   #54629
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I'm surprised Kawasaki hasn't updated the KLX with fuel injection since it's now competing with the Honda and Yamaha.
Kawasaki usually rolls out updates quicker than the other manufacturers.
It has been FI in Japan (called the D Tracker there) for 3+ years.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:09 PM   #54630
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(Like I said a week or so ago in the midst of unrelated conversations) I really hope Kawasaki takes a cue from their mini streetbike bikes, and bumps the klx250s up to 300cc and adds fuel injection. That would have real potential, plus it would create more competition within the segment, and perhaps spur the introduction of a 400-450cc jap dual sport wr450r type of bike.
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