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Old 07-01-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question Which bike to buy, WR250 ...or not?

I'm currently on a husky 610 and I want a new(er) bike because the old girl is incredibly reliable - in that she can be relied upon to break down at least once a month.

I thought the WR250F looked like the ideal bike for me but I've got some requirements and the maintenance schedule on this thing is insane. I'd have to check the valves and drop the oil every week.
  • Must have a large capacity tank available for it
  • Must do 50+ imperial MPG
  • Engine should be bullet proof
  • Needs maintenance once every millennium (or at most every 1000 miles)
  • Any idiot can work on it
  • Will cost 99p to purchase (or 3k tops)
  • Should be good for the odd dirt track one weekend a month and a 30 mile round trip commute daily.
  • Parts should be available in the UK and not have to ordered from Italy like the Husky
  • I'm not fussed about ride quality or performance or shiny bells and whistles.

At the moment I'm thinking a newer 610 but the parts availability really killed the ownership experience for me. Anyway, all opinions gratefully received.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:04 PM   #2
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You need to do some more research on the WR's. Lurk more, post less. We're here for ya, but we aint gonna do your home work for you.

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Old 07-01-2014, 06:30 PM   #3
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Not many WRR's for 3K. You'd have to ride one to see if it blew your skirt up after riding a 610.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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I don't know that I can answer all your questions but since I was in the WR marker recently I will add a little input. Obviously it's a 250 so coming from a 600+cc bike will be lacking in the pony department. Also I am not sure what models are available where you are. The "F" model has a much more maint intense schedule than the "R" which is the dual sport version.

Pretty sure they have lots of tank options and should be able to do 50 mpg's if geared correctly and your not ringing it's neck. (My FZ1 gets 50mpg). From what I undestand they are not too hard to work on and they are indeed bulletproof. Commuting on one should not be a problem. As far as the price and availabliity I don't know for where you are.

I bought the WR450 about 6 weeks ago. The 450 only comes in the "F" model. So far I am loving the bike. I would love to have a WR250R!
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:04 PM   #5
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Not many WRR's for 3K. You'd have to ride one to see if it blew your skirt up after riding a 610.
Everyone wants me to buy a WRR, cheers for the input! I found two around the 3k mark and one for 3.7 so hopefully I can find a good un around the end of the season. I'm working in British pounds so you get a bit more bike than you would for USD3k.

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I am not sure what models are available where you are. The "F" model has a much more maint intense schedule than the "R" which is the dual sport version.
Cheers Sammax, I don't know how I missed the R, much less servicing than the F so seems to fit all my requirements. I know I'll miss the power but I need to keep myself out of trouble and save some pennies on fuel!
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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I like my WRR and it fits your bill fairly well. Used ones here seem to be priced at over $3500. And it would be great for commuting, unless you have to ride on high speed freeways with traffic. Mine is good up to about 60 mph, not much acceleration left at that point to get out of the way of trouble.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:09 PM   #7
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I had an 08 WR250r and I didn't like it. The power came on too high in the rev range and I was constantly shifting to keep up with my buddies. Sink bug suspension. They get reviewed higher than the other 250 Japanese DS bikes because Yamaha put the price way to high 2014 models are $6690.
I really think you would be better off with a KLX250 or KLX351 or a DRZ400s these can be purchased used for $3500. The WR250r can go up to a 290cc's and CRF250l can go up to 305cc's but the KLX250s can go to 351cc's and the DRZ400s can go up to 440cc's!

1) KLX250s
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:32 PM   #8
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One day I'm gonna ride a WR250. I know I will have to ring it's neck to get it to go, I just hope it's not worse than what I think. And hopefully the dual sport capability would make it worth while to buy it with only 250cc's. Sure wished like hell they made a WR450R!
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:04 PM   #9
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I'll put it this way:
When I rode home on a WR250R... I immediately SOLD 2 bikes, both in near perfect condition.
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Don't miss 'em.
With a larger aftermarket tank, KNOBBY tires, and a 48 tooth rear sprocket, the WR250 does everything I need it to do.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:46 PM   #10
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I rode one and was really disappointed - the power was lame
some love these bikes - more like riding a 2 stroke
rev the hell out of it in every gear - your good
no torque on the bottom at all !
no way you could blip the throttle to pop over a log or rut
you would have to rev it and pop the clutch

good for a beginner rider
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:20 PM   #11
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One day I'm gonna ride a WR250. I know I will have to ring it's neck to get it to go, I just hope it's not worse than what I think. And hopefully the dual sport capability would make it worth while to buy it with only 250cc's. Sure wished like hell they made a WR450R!
Has anyone tried to put 2 WRR250 engines in the same frame? That seems like it would solve many issues and still let a unicorn get it's wings and blow sparkly dust out it's arse.

(I may be in the wrong thread,sorry)
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:21 PM   #12
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I rode one and was really disappointed - the power was lame
some love these bikes - more like riding a 2 stroke
rev the hell out of it in every gear - your good
no torque on the bottom at all !
no way you could blip the throttle to pop over a log or rut
you would have to rev it and pop the clutch

good for a beginner rider
Ixnay on the negativey WRR comments!
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:28 PM   #13
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the big WRr thread is gettin' kinda tired, and nobody's dancin' much....

maybe this could be the start of something big?.....
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:10 PM   #14
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the big WRr thread is gettin' kinda tired, and nobody's dancin' much....

maybe this could be the start of something big?.....
Not sure what Ajay is doing but he can do a lot with a little.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:14 PM   #15
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You can likely find a 2000-2007 F650 GS at the upper end of your price range. If you can, my Dakar is very reliable and I love it. I commute every day on it, ride back roads, gravel, dirt, whatever. Great all arounder.

Other than that, A friend has a KLX-250 S. Great for trails. Not for highway. It's a straight up street legal dirt bike. Another has a DRZ SM and loves it even after having some liter bikes and track racing. I'd go with a DRZ.
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