Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    Well I got her buttoned all back up and ready to ride. Snugged everything up and took a little test ride around the yard. Liked the new bars and everything but decided I hate standard hand guard attachments. I was about to not install them and buy some triple clamp mounted ones and be done with it but decided I'd just get those next time I need to adjust these.

    The new bars are YZ bend Tusk Chubs with the Tusk universal big bar clamps. It's not all that pretty but it works. I'll edit and throw in some pictures tomorrow night but I have an early morning for a Muster Duty almost 2 hours away.

    I trimmed the ends of the bars down 9/16" on each side and the overall length of the bars measured today before install was 30.625". The plan of dropping the standard 31.6" length down 1/2" on each side worked out fairly well. The Spider Grips SLX grips seemed pretty comfy too. Three to 4 hours of riding tomorrow should give me a better feel but I'm liking it so far.
  2. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    Thanks! And yes it is one of the best do-it-all bikes there is. :deal
  3. DabsAlot

    DabsAlot Been here awhile

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    I agree.....
    I would also want to keep the KDX. I wouldn't give up my KTM 250 XCW for my WR250R.....I gotta have both.
  4. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    ^^^ Not to mention the TY... :wink:
  5. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    Well I'm home from my Muster but wasn't able to take the WR. After a few seconds of riding down the street I brought it home because to go straight I was holding the bars canted. The top triple and the bars are aligned but when moving straight down the street they aren't straight. This leads me to believe the front end is a bit tweaked.

    I've only ever dealt with realigning fork tubes on my EX500 track bike and those are conventional type. All I'd do is loosen up the upper and lower triples, then twist the tubes with my hands until everything was lined up again. On the last crash I had with it I actually had to get one of the tubes straightened though. I'm guessing with these USD fork they are less prone to bending and more than likely the lower clamps just got a little tweaked in the crash. What is the best way to straighten everything out? Just put it on a stand and loosen both clamps, then torque them back to spec? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  6. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    I think you only need to loosen the lower triple clamps, face the machine with the front wheel between your legs and twist the bars in the direction it needs to go. Tighten clamps and test ride. Repeat if necessary.
  7. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I've only managed to get it about 1/2 way better. After I fix it I'll have to post up some pictures of how bad it was. It sure doesn't twist easy but I bet my somewhat injured left wrist isn't helping the cause. I've called it a night and will try to finish it up tomorrow afternoon.
  8. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Not that I'd do it, or not do it, but you COULD turn the bars to full lock and kick the front of the wheel in the direction you need it to go.
  9. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Finally got around to making a video of my Single Track backyard area.

    Buckman, Santa Fe, NM

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  10. Machtig

    Machtig Been here awhile

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    I wasnt fast (it took me 20hrs), but I did finish. I had two high speed crashes in the race. The first was early in the race, went into a corner way too hot and went into a bank. Broke the helmet cam off the helmet and spent way too long trying to find it buried in the dirt. Second crash was the worst. hit a big arse boulder in the middle of the trail, toseed me over the handlbars. Though for sure I broke the bike on that one, but the front wheel was still round and the bike still ran, but I did something to my right forearm and got some nasty road rash on my leg. My FMF mufller is all jacked up though :D

    I'll write more later, for now, some sweet photos
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  11. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    Awesome! Great pics and I'm glad you made it back safely!

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  12. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Sweet looking single track. No mud, no rocks.
  13. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Badass Machtig! :clap
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    AZ TOM Long timer

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    Now thats what I call REAL RACING!! Way to go Machtig:clap
  15. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Way to go! Finishing a race like that is HUGE. 20 hours, ironman...I'm impressed. You're right, sweet photos. Thanks for posting, now rest and heal :1drink
  16. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    Just wondering the best wolfman luggage setup for the wr250x. Looking for opinions between two setups:

    1. Wolfman Luggage Racks with wolfman dry saddle bags and dry duffle with 1 or 2 gallon rotopax mounted to the side or rear.
    2. Wolfman Mini Beta Plus and Beta Duffle (adding rain covers) with 1 or 2 gallon rotopax mounted to the rear.

    Rides will include both riding to a location, setting up camp and doing day trips out coming back to camp while others will include rides where I set up camp only for the night and then pack up and move on.

    Any suggestions on either of these set ups before I pull the trigger?
  17. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Both systems are good. Its a small bike, so the heavier the load, the more impact it will have on handling.

    Pack lighter....travel farther. You can get by on half of what you think, but it takes practice. Lots of pracice. :D

    Choose the system that helps makes you do that. And then, you'll enjoy the ride a lot better.

    HF :thumbup
  18. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I have the Wolfman Side racks, with a Rotopax mounted on the left rack. With this setup I'm able to mount the Wolfman dry bags and a Coyote bag on top of the bags....

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    I'm sure both those systems will work well, but I have another option you may wish to condider - Giant Loop Coyote.

    I've been using this system since I bought the WR-R new in February 2010 and have been very satisified with it. No additional racks needed and it holds my camping stuff well (I do pack lighter and have bought gear designed to be light and most importantly pack small).

    I've done several 1,000-1,500-mile multi-day trips with this setup. The weight distribution on the GL system is ideal IMO, keeping all the weight just ahead of the rear axle. Even loaded for a long trip it still handles well and nothing sticks out wider than your legs on the sides.

    My 2ยข. YRMV.
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    GSBS FunHog

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    This was for a 5-day, 4-night, DS trip earlier this summer. All the heavy stuff - including tools, tubes, etc. is in the bottom wings of the GL. Behind and above the GL in the Wolfman Tail Bag the heaviest item is the Kermit chair @ 5 pounds. Lighter items like clothes, water filter, dry camp food, etc. are in the tail bag.

    That's my rainsuit in the orange compression bag. It would actually fit inside the GL but I keep it handy on top to be easier to get at for summer showers. The total weight behind the GL, including the weight of the tail bag and Kermit, is less than 15 pounds. Total weight of all camping gear, including the GL and tail bag, is under 35-40 pounds depending on if I have water onboard or no water with plans to filter from a creek, etc.

    To me, the GL vs. a system that requires an additional steel (read more weight) racks allows me to take more stuff - like my beloved Kermit chair - without compromising handling. BTW, I also had a remote preload adjuster added to the rear shock so it's a quick change from regular to camping settings.

    Hope this helps.