Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sock Monkey, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    Yes, I tried that but it kept sliding back. When I loosen axle nuts I LOOSEN them. From now on I'll be leaving it rather snug when making adjustments. I noticed even slightly snug allows the wheel to slide backwards.
  2. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Whacking the tire/wheel doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, for me at least. I'm sure the screwdriver system would work (although I'm not sure I want to put that kind of stress on one link), for me it's just a lot simpler to sit behind the bike, squeeze the chain with my left hand (thumb pulling upper chain down, fingers pulling lower chain up, trying to get the chain runs to touch the swingarm) and tighten the axle nut with my right hand. I KNOW the wheel is snug against the axle blocks that way.

    Funny story, well, maybe funny...

    When we were racing (son rode, I wrenched) I was spending lots of time on tires/wheels/chains between races. It was a busy, hectic time and at some point I began to realize I was having...chest pain. Tried to ignore it for awhile, but it was getting worse so I called and was scheduled for an EKG, pretty promptly. Perfectly normal. Hmmm. A big race season was nearing the end, and I was putting on a new rear tire. I sat down to adjust the chain after replacing the wheel and suddenly figured out the source of my chest pain: I'd gotten into the habit of pushing the wheel against the axle blocks with..........my chest. Stopped doing THAT method, chest pain went away.

    :evil
  3. SkidMarx

    SkidMarx Long timer

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    Maybe a bungee around the tire and the shock. Haven't tried it, but it's worth a try.
  4. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    Maybe that's why my shoulder has been hurting. :lol3 Where's :beer when I need it?
    Just to be clear I don't whack tires, just push and put pressure on them.
  5. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Outside my little trips every now and again, most of my riding is tight, whooped out, technical and bouncy riding. I try to be as fast and light as possible.

    A tank bag is out of the question, since I need to be able to get up on tank to throw bike into some of the corners.

    I usually use my Hydrapak Laguna bag. Its has a three Liter bladder, that I usually only fill with 1.5 liters. In the bag section, I carry some minimal tools, tire air gauge, and in a dry bag, my water, cellphone, and cash.

    I would like to try and go back to using just my CamelPack classic...and get the tools and wallet/cell/cash off my back.

    So, I am looking at either a number plate style bag, or one I could secure to my Automotive Machine Supply rear rack..but if I go that route..it has to be small and not hit me when doing the whoops.

    Any suggestions appreciated. Links also helpful.
  6. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Enduro/enduro_saddle_bags.html

    Put'em on and forget about'em.......you can even stuff a jacket/water bottle inside in addition to your tools......they'll carry way more than you need yet you won't even know they're there.............and this way there's no tail bag hitting you in the ass when you scoot back on downhills or bounce through the whoops....
  7. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    So a year later my impression of adding HID bulb to the factory bulb holder on wr250r is DONT DO IT. The shallow basket of the WR does not make a good light pattern, and allows the heat from the bulb,higher than a halogen bulb, to erode/burn off the reflector coating on basket. Looking for a replacement now, thinking of a lynx fairing with built in hid support. If anyone has a factory glass reflector, please PM me. I did find a replacement made in italy for 55 $ online, but unsure of the thickness on reflector coating.
    http://www.fourstrokesonly.com/headlights.html
  8. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    At least I'm not the only one who doesn't want a tank bag :lol3. Worked great on my street bike, but no way for the way I ride my WRR.

    I'm leaning towards a number plate bag--this one, specifically:

    [​IMG]

    Don't have any experience with the bag or the company, but I like what I see on his website. He answered a couple questions I had promptly...Noticed that Rydnseek uses an ersatz number plate bag as well, seems to work for him.
  9. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    After riding KTMs for so many years I must say I'm REALLY impressed by the "stock" WR250R headlight......it's actually pretty darn good........my 02 KTM 520EXC offers the equivalent of a match on low beam and Bic lighter on high beam :lol3.......it's pretty useless..........and you really can't upgrade the stock headlight on the KTM without also upgrading the stator......yet another positive for the little bike :D
  10. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    I would love to get some led spots or a focused beam projector headlamp for the WR, but have not found one for a good price. Coming from the dual beam deep basket reflectors of the vstrom, the WR just does not put out enough light. More like a flood than a defined beam. Show us those pics of the lynx light pattern.
  11. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    A little pricey for what I am looking for. I am sure they would work, but would defeat the purpose of other bags I already have..like Dirtbagz and a couple full size Wolfman rear duffles.

    I enjoy my Wolfman Enduro tank bag, but when on trips..not for weekend riding..which is when the rougher stuff is the terrain.

    What bag and site is that one from???

    Thanks for the quick replies guys. :clap
  12. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    small or medium Wolfman rollie on the fender rack. The small will hold a slime pump a couple of tubes, etc... Small out of the way, waterproof and off your back.

    im not sure how well you can see it, but the 530 on the right side of the pic has a small rollie on the fender. Thats the bag I am going to get when I finally get a fender rack.
    [​IMG]
    DSCF4147 by Rider_wv, on Flickr
  13. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Sorry, trying to be too nerdy. The photo is a link to the website; dirt-bike-gear.com :deal
  14. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    fwiw the ktm had the bag mounted down the fender, if you turn it sideways and strap it clear on the back of the rack you would have tons of room to get your ass back on the fender in the whoops.
  15. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    OK, thanks guys.

    I clicked on the pic this time....and the link worked.
  16. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I am glad for the review. This is something that I was wanting to do and was wondering if it would work well. I was going to get a super cheap kit to try out. Scratch that idea.

    There are some retrofit projectors shown on this page:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309439&page=45

    They have a kit on their site for the conversion kits for $225. It might be a little expensive, but it is supposed to be of the highest quality and the pics show a great beam pattern.

    also here:
    http://www.futurevisionhid.com/prod...s/42mm-motorcycle-bi-xenon-projector-kit.html
  17. bpg

    bpg Off Trail

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    I have that number plate bag, has worked well for over a year and I beat the snot out of it!:evil:D
  18. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Good to know. I'm thinking of using it to stow tube/irons & a few tools/pump--my tire repair kit. Think that'll work? What do you use it for?
  19. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    I am going between that one for $35 and the Tusk/RockyMountain fender bag one for $15.
  20. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Working on installing mine right now. Will be writing a review comparing stock, Laminar Lip, and Lynx fairing for wind protection, and side by side lighting comparison with stock and the twin Hella's on the Lynx (got 2 R²'s in the garage--one is my sons). These are my only last two nags about this light-weight adventure wonder-bike--we'll see if I've found the solution.

    :clap:clap