Yamaha WR250R is too tall

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  1. dirtyjimmy

    dirtyjimmy n00b

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    I am considering buying a WR250R, but find it very tall. I am 5'9" with a 30 inch inseam. A buddy owns the Honda CR230R and I can flat foot on that, but it doesn't have the power, efi, etc, of the Yamaha. t have seen the websites offering lowering kits and am looking for some feedback.
    1. How low can you get it?
    2. How does it effect the handling.
    3. Which kit works best?
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  2. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    I'm 5'-9" with a 30" inseam and ride a stock height WR250R with no problem.
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  3. Foofighter

    Foofighter Broken Sportbike Rider

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    I don't really see the obsession people have with being able to flat foot a bike in order to ride it... Watch motocross sometime and look at the riders on the start line. Most of them can hardly touch the ground with even one foot. Just need to learn how to shift your body to the side of the bike you want to touch. Put one foot on the peg and then shift your body to the opposite side of the bike and you should easily be able to flat foot the bike. If you need two feet on the ground to balance your bike then maybe the problem is balance and not inseam length.
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  4. sturgeon

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    Not everybody can be James Stewart :evil

    Dirtyjimmy, you can lower it maybe 2", which is a huge diff. Just search on 'WR250R lowering'.

    Yamalink, plus stock lowering of the shock, works just fine. And you can always put it back higher if/when you get more proficient/comfortable, without a huge outlay of $$.
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    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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  6. freetors

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    I have the same specs as Krabill and I dont have any problem with the height. Remember the suspension will sag a few inches once it has all your weight on it.
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  7. rmax

    rmax Been here awhile

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    +1

    I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam. I've done the lowering link plus the factory shock lowering and can confortably touch the ground.

    Yea, some riders will tell you to keep your feet on the pegs all of the time, and I do agree with that in prinicple, but when I need to dab a foot I like to hit ground instead of air.
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  8. merickk

    merickk Living Folk Tale

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    they can be lowered by a fair amount :deal
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Mine has 2 inches out of it (link and shock adjust). I am same size. Can put both feet down but not quite flat foot. I am thinking of putting an inch back in so the side stand works better.
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  10. sturgeon

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    I did the Yamalink and about 1/2" on the stock lowering adjust. And raised the forks 15mm. Yeah, I know, mixing units is bad :lol3 But mm is easier for my tired eyes to read than 1/64" when measuring the forks.

    Works just fine for me.
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  11. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    My girlfriend is much shorter than you & she rides her WR just fine with the shock on the lower setting, the forks slid up a little, & a re-shaped seat.

    I'm only a little over 5'10" & it feels quite small to me.

    Lowering links can screw up the proper action of the suspension so it is best to try the other options first. If you do need to go that low you may find that as you gain some confidence you'll be able to junk the lowering link & handle a taller bike ok.

    Cheers
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  12. Happy Seal

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    That's great for motocross! but when your in a hairy spot on the side of a hill filled with rocks and moutain larels its nice to be able to reach something with your feet so you dont fall over and break your ribs! I just sold a bike for that reason.
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  13. Stormy Weather

    Stormy Weather skier turned bike nut

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    Rather than preaching that you should just get used to it or saying that you should be a good enough rider to deal with the too tall issue......

    If you really like the bike there are plenty of options to lower it, none of which I have first hand with so can not answer your questions but can point you in a direction. I would suggest you talk to greer who has significantly lowered her seat height and still seems to love the bike. (this was the last I heard.... haven't been on here for a number of months due to excessive schooling) Also shewolf who if you can't find here can be found on the wr250r forum.

    Hope this helps. From what I understand, handling is not significantly changed by the addition of the yamalink and fork lowering as long as you attempt to keep the same geometry.
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  14. greer

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    Lowering the WR250R is easy, bunch of us have done it. Some reading:

    http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t1838-lowering-suspension-with-stock-adjustments

    http://www.motorcycleloweringlinks.com/index.php?content=yamaha-lowering-link-wr250xr

    Seatconcepts.com offers a low seat kit, I specified firm foam and shaved just a tad bit with a belt sander:


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    I have bar risers and have my forks up in the clamps 7/8". I believe my seat height is dead on 33", I can double check to be sure. Got 27,000 miles on the bike with no problems at all. Feel free to holler if you have any questions, I'll be glad to help if I can.

    Sarah
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  15. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    A suspesnion tuner can add a spacer to your shock to drop it about an inch. Much better then lowering links as it does not screw with the geometry of the bike .
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  16. ilyaon

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    Could someone post what is the distance between the pegs and the top of the seat on WR250R?

    Thank you.
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  17. Mustang87

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    On a stock seat: it is approx 22" from the pegs to the lowest portion of the seat.
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  19. Mustang87

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    Great to see you enjoying your new bike. Along with what others have mentioned (skidplate, etc), you may want to consider getting some handlebar risers and wider footpegs.

    Although the list of upgrades can be endless, I find that these two simple upgrades make your ride a whole lot more comfortable--especially when you are standing.
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  20. ilyaon

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    Thank you for suggestions. The skid plate has been ordered already. Can you recommend handlebar risers?
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