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Old 08-19-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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WR250R vs WR250x for Adventure Riding Dilemma

I have been riding my WR250X as adventure riding bike doing trails, fire roads, explorations, and some day trips. I always had fun with it, have some Kendas on it, but thought the smaller and wider wheels were a pain to go over stuff and very bouncy. Recently pick up a WR250R for more of this kind of riding in comfort. Right now it has some Distanzias on it, and I plan to put some Dunlop 606. However, it sits me much higher (about 1 and half inch), and I don’t feel that I don’t have much of that stability and control that I had with the Wr250x. Maybe I just have to keep riding it.
I’d like to know the pros and cons of this bike to help me decide which one I should keep. It’s been a dilemma for me ;-)


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Old 08-19-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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The X model has a stronger front brake, is a little lower to the ground, and has unique graphics. But in the real world the R model works very well on the street and is vastly superior off road, so unless features one, two or three are really high priority to you, you would be happier with the R. There is a reason the X is not still in the lineup.

If seat height is your main issue, there are multiple ways to lower the R, including using an X rear wheel.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:47 AM   #4
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The X model has a stronger front brake, is a little lower to the ground, and has unique graphics. But in the real world the R model works very well on the street and is vastly superior off road, so unless features one, two or three are really high priority to you, you would be happier with the R. There is a reason the X is not still in the lineup.

If seat height is your main issue, there are multiple ways to lower the R, including using an X rear wheel.

Great, that makes sense....
I am curious how the X rear wheel fits the WRR...
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:00 PM   #5
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Really?

No offense but the R is better off-road and the X is better on.


I only have an R, but I have 2 front wheels, a 21" and a 19" my rear is a constant 18" but with 2 tire choices. A shinko 705 and a kenda track master 2. the fronts match accordingly.

Right now you have 2 bikes that are way too close together in rider execution (Especially if the X has off-road tires, and the R has on road) Of course the R is higher, it has larger wheels... Whatever... I have tried to do the "one bike" route and the WRr is so close with my set up, and I have determined that it is better to have 2 bikes (if you ride a lot). The WR x or r is a great bike, find something different for your 2nd bike... I am looking at wee-stroms and older tigers
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:20 PM   #6
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Funny, I've been looking for a WRX, with low miles and no mods. It is greatly better for my mostly on-road applications. There is even a new one in the crate in FL, but they want way too much money for it.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:03 PM   #7
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I recently bought a WRX.
My plan was to keep the stock X wheels for hooligan / commuting. The tire choices are great for smooth slabbing or some hard cornering.

I just bought a set of WRR wheels, and those will be switched when i want to go play in the dirt. So basically the best of both worlds, in one bike. It certainly won't replace the smoothness and power of my tiger, but it's always nice to have another versatile bike to choose from.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:31 AM   #8
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No offense but the R is better off-road and the X is better on.


I only have an R, but I have 2 front wheels, a 21" and a 19" my rear is a constant 18" but with 2 tire choices. A shinko 705 and a kenda track master 2. the fronts match accordingly.

Right now you have 2 bikes that are way too close together in rider execution (Especially if the X has off-road tires, and the R has on road) Of course the R is higher, it has larger wheels... Whatever... I have tried to do the "one bike" route and the WRr is so close with my set up, and I have determined that it is better to have 2 bikes (if you ride a lot). The WR x or r is a great bike, find something different for your 2nd bike... I am looking at wee-stroms and older tigers

That looks like a nice setup! Thanks for your insight. Any pictures of your bike with the 18/21 shinkos?
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Hi guys…
To me the WRR feel more heavy and tippy (when leaned over, it feels much heavier) because it is a higher bike and the center of gravity is much higher than the WRX. I think that is the reason I do not feel that comfortable on the WRR. Anyone feel the same?
On the WRX, the center of gravity is about 2 inches lower, and it feel more lighter, nimble, and controllable…

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From a physics aspect: You're right. The WRR will feel more top heavy simply because the mass is higher.
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Yes, but it is just a little, not a lot. It seems to me that you need more saddle time - practice simple drills, first on flat, then on only slightly uneven ground. You'll develop muscle memory and a better sense of balance. It is all part of the learning curve.
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I'm curious as to why you bought a whole other bike when you could have just bought 18/21" wheels for your X.
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I'm curious as to why you bought a whole other bike when you could have just bought 18/21" wheels for your X.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:46 AM   #14
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I think my WRR is an excellent street bike. Mine is lowered one inch with the Yamalink and that helps a lot in the city. I had to cut the side stand to accomodate it. I don't really ride single track, but I have ridden it through some knarly double track with washouts and such. Mine doesn't feel top heavy to me. Try riding a KTM 950! Once something that big starts to go over, you are not going to bring it back.

If you are going to ride occasional rougher terrain in sand or mud, you'll want a 21 inch front wheel. That's what they are for.

I have found Michelin T63 tires to be an excellent choice for that bike. They are quiet and reasonably good even on wet tar. Plus they are inexpensive and easy to spoon because they have a soft casing.

The Yamaha is already a very small motorcycle. The WRX is so small it feels like riding a scooter.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:13 PM   #15
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I'm curious as to why you bought a whole other bike when you could have just bought 18/21" wheels for your X.
I think you hit it home with this...I might have to just sell the WRR and get bigger wheels for the WRX.....I just want to have one bike that kinda does it all...

For more serious street riding, I already have a Ape Tuono ;-)
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