WR250R Should i buy?

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  1. DestinationOffroad

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    hmmm... to wait for another one to come around or to jump on this one... that is the question... i hate rust :-/
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  2. Junyah

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    I searched for months to find mine. '08 w/ 3,600mi for $3k, bone stock. There was one six hours away for $2,800 so I was happy with three grand. I've found that people hang onto these, and for good reason. I've put 400mi on it since I bought it, not once has it been above freezing, and I'm loving this "little" bike. I looks like it's spent more time outside than he's admitting, if you can talk him down a few hundred go for it.

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  3. amtz.zero

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    I went back and looked at the pictures. It doesn't look like it has much rust on the frame, just the chain is ugly, like someone else already said, it does look like it was stored outside longer than the seller wants to admit. That would definitely not stop me from buying a bike. These bikes are pretty tough and that one looks good (to me).
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  4. crazybrit

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    No idea if it was stored outside or over-zealously pressure washed but given the chain situ I'd also check the wheel and linkage bearings. Just time and money to fix.
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  5. DestinationOffroad

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    Hey, so i'm looking at another bike. 7,000 miles, clean title, original owner, some redneck who has a lot of toys, looks good to go. Only thing is he says he swapped the original plastics out with a yz450f. I'll some pictures up, what do you guys think?
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  6. jon_l

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    You didn't note the asking price.

    As long as the seller have the original exhaust, I'd probably have bought the other one, along with a new chain, sprockets and tires.

    Don't forget to check the plastic slider (aka Sealguard) on the swing-arm before buying a used WRR. You don't want to get it home and find this:

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  7. DestinationOffroad

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    Hes asking 4200, i got him down to 3500. Is the slider easily visible on the swing-arm or do i have to look for it? I've never even seen a WR in person yet so i want to know what to look for. Thanks for the info.
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  8. DestinationOffroad

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    Oh and he says the original exhaust is being used.
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  9. jon_l

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    Lots of info here: http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t4825-swingarm-eaten-by-chain

    Not a big deal, easy to check. When you go to look at the bike, take a flashlight, a rag and some WD-40, and a 1/4 drive x (10mm I think) socket to remove the M6 bolts that secure the front sprocket cover. Then you can see the leading edge of the swingarm and the seal guard.
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  10. jon_l

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    I meant on the first bike you posted photos of:

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  11. AZ TOM

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    I'd try $3,600 on the first 09 if I were looking. Just looks overall better. The second one looks like it's been rode hard & put away wet for some reason?
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  12. DestinationOffroad

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    I think its the other way around, the 09 wouldn't surprise me if it had never been stored inside, the guy seemed like he didn't really care about it. The 08 may just look funny because of the plastics, but the guy has a garage full of expensive offroad vehicles. He also sent me videos of the bike and seemed like a good guy. I'm just unsure if the plastics being changed meant he wrecked or he actually just changed them. :-)
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    Good luck whichever way you go.
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  14. DestinationOffroad

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    Thanks!
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    It is a dual sport, and if the guy had off road toys in his garage it's a pretty safe bet he took this off road also. Plastics get scuffed up, and for one reason or another he decided on 450 plastics. It happens. Look for obvious bent stuff, rash, etc.

    Are you in a hurry for one? I always check the flea market here before resorting to craigslist. Most bikes here are generally higher mileage but better taken care of with more add-ons. No always, but usually.
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  16. DestinationOffroad

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    Not really in a hurry, but the flea market? Maybe its different in FL, but i would think to stay away.
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    Oh also i did think he may have taken it offroad a lot, but he did all those mods you see to it and didn't add handguards for offroading? IDK. Seems like a good bike though.
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  20. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Don't kick tires on these things too excessively, they are meant to be ridden.

    Take the year, mileage, and care into account when figuring out what price you'd like to pay for it, but honestly I didn't baby mine, but took care of maintenance at the scheduled intervals and sometimes a little bit over.

    When I checked the valves at 22K for my 1st 2008 WRR, the top end looked pristine. The automatic cam chain tensioner did fail on me, but was remedied easily, if not quickly. That part has been updated in later model years.

    Buy it and ride it alot.
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