Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Oops....you're right. I missed that. Well, aluminum can be strong. My aluminum frame is pretty strong.

    Uh-oh, I smell trouble ahead.

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  2. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    And now the new bar setup.
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    Tusk Chub bars w/ YZ bend in black, trimmed down 0.5" in length on each side
    Tusk Big bar bar clamp adapters which don't fit perfect but good enough for me for now. They add ~0.75" of height. Fit picture below.
    Tusk D-flex handguards(same as before) with Tusk big bar adapter. Had to remove sleeve from bar ends and getting them on with the adapters was a pain. **Next time I have to move them or anything they are coming off and I'm getting a triple clamp mounted set of guards.**
    Spider Grips SLX grips. I'm liking them so far.

    As installed bar specs:

    30.625" L (30 5/8")
    ~4.25" H - From given information of big bar bar clamp adapter and the Chub YZ bend
    ~2.23" Pullback - Calculated from rough measurements

    As it sits the bars feel to be positioned about as good as they could be. Much better than stock.

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    Old bent bars. They are worse then they look in the picture.
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  3. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Took the WR out to the Ouachita N.F. in Southeast Oklahoma to ride the Choctaw Nations Trail (CNT). Thanks Krabill :wave for the tracks that I snatched off of your ride report from your trip with HighFive :deal . And thanks to Bash3r for the help fixing what I broke (:getiton look at all this name dropping).

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    The short report from the trip is here: Ending the fight, embracing the heat



    Jordan
  4. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    "including an electric guitar......"


    Wow, I knew about the high-output alternator. but you have truly raised the bar!
  5. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Guys, searched this forum but came up dry so will ask. Has anyone found a key blank that works with the Yamaha ignition hey? Tried all the Walmart blanks with no luck. As it is I'm on an extended trip and lost my key, do have a spare but would like to get another made while I can.

    Any help appreciated
  6. debaisley

    debaisley Long timer

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    that KTM looks cool , but not sure why we're talking about it here as if its somehow in the same class of bike as the WR. Thats a full fledged race bike , not something you can hop on and cruise across the country without worrying about a thing.
  7. GotMojo?

    GotMojo? Long timer

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    Agreed. Sweet bike, but all you gotta do is check the maintenance schedule to see it's not gonna be ideal for longer adventure rides. If I rode it like I ride my WR250X, I'd be changing the oil once a week, or every two weeks at the minimum.
  8. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    don't forget checking the valves. :rofl
  9. craigq

    craigq Adventurer

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    Yup, the 350 XC-F and SX-F (which I assume is what this engine is from) have race-bike major maintenance/servicing intervals, 50hr and 100hr engine teardowns.


    Edit: Just checked the 2012 350 EXC manual, major engine work is scheduled for every 105 hours (or 50 hours when used for motorsports).
  10. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Yamaha dealer perhaps?
  11. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    My local True Value has a blank that works. First thing I did after I bought the bike used with 1 key.
  12. QuietEagle

    QuietEagle Gettin' it together

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    10Cup,

    I just had to get one for my motorcycle. I would use ronayers.com as they only charge $5.00 shipping for the smaller orders. They don't have the model listed, but you can input the number in the search and it will come up for ordering. Anyway here is the part number for 2008-2010...I doubt it changed for 2011-2012 though.

    90890-56028-00

    There are also many online places that have blanks (non-OEM), but it would probably cost about the same in the end...
  13. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    Had the key cut and working for everything on the bike at the local True Value for under $3. Try your local real hardware store or locksmith.
  14. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    oh man, forget that! No freakin way would I get something that is so high-maintenance.......
  15. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    However, I sure would like to get some more power out of this little 250, especially on the highway....
  16. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    The 2010+ Berg 390's have had nearly all of this plus lower compression again, and the ability to fit a sub frame tank. Oil changes and maintenance on them so far has been excellent. Better suspension on the Bergs. The 2012 KTM's are trying to catch back up to the 2010 Bergs . Must use soft bags like Coyote or Kriega though, as there is no rear metal subframe.

    I fitted a cush hub from Woody and this has really smoothed out the ride.

    Still no where near as maintenance free as the WRR, but the closest thing to it in the competition type bikes.

    http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/husaberg_fe_390_2011.php

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  17. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Stop That
  18. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Entire thread on SDAR; http://dualsport-sd.com/forums/index.php?/topic/11177-bass-lake-2011/page__view__findpost__p__110690


    My portion:


    Chris, Brian and I headed up to Oakhurst on Thursday night and rode over to one of my favorite areas on Friday morning - Whiskey Falls. There's no shortage of single track in that area.....

    Adjacent to lush/beautiful meadows....


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    Streams......


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    Through (many) trees.....


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    up rock walls......


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    We hung out at Whiskey Falls for a bit and Chris was "encouraged" to step up to the new guy hazing ritual of walking behind the falls.....no big deal....it was hot out and he was game


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    We reached Jones Store about 3pm......Brian and Chris were cranky by now as these boys wanted lunch long before we rode ~100 miles/7 hours......I had a few more tricks up my sleeve......didn't snap too many pics......here's one in a fern garden along the trail


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    We went down to the Stewards of the Sierra fundraiser/registration on Friday night after dinner at El Cid (good Mexican restaurant in Oakhurst). Dan Yuknavage (D37 GPS Geek) and I held a short/fundamental GPS seminar then broke off separately to answer some individual rider questions.....hopefully we helped a few folks.....


    On Sat we rode straight out of our host's property and up into the Miami OHV area.......neither Brian or Chris had ever ridden west of Hwy 41 so I was anxious to show them some of my favorite trails in that area......

    Big Rock Trail

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    Ask Chris/Brian about the story behind the below pic.....

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    We ate an early lunch at the Triangle store then headed back to Russ's house via another semi secret trail.......no pics (but Chris does have some video of this and other trails......I need to start bringing my go-pro!).......

    Rest stop near the end of Sat's ride.....

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    Great tri-tip dinner/raffle put on by the Stewards on Sat night......there was a guest speaker from CORVA (Amy).....I was shocked to hear CORVA only has ~3,500 members.... Good folks/cause.......please consider joining if you're not already a member......


    Sunday morning Chris and I headed over Shuteye Peak.....we cut over to Central Camp on a few dirt roads then headed up to the Peak.....unfortunately Chris picked up a nail along the trail but we were on our way after ~20 minutes.....

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    WOW, I'm embarrassed to say this was the first time I rode up Shuteye in the 10+ years I'm been making my annual pilgrimage(s) to Bass Lake......really fun trail near the top with rock steps to hop up and views galore.....about three quarters of the way up you pass by this magnificent wall then bounce up through the rocks/ledges to the summit....

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    Chris making his way up through the rocks/steps

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    We soaked in the views and BS'd with the guy in the fire tower for a bit up top

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    Then we jetted back to Russ's and loaded up for the return to San Diego.....too short of a trip......I'll be up again NOT soon enough......I love it up there on the edge of Yosemite......STILL my favorite place to ride in CA.....


    Carnage report. The new guy (Covered in Bruises) lost a radiator guard, a kickstand, a rear turn signal,.....and a tad bit of "I never fall" pride......but he still remembers how to change a flat...


    The kid broke his skid plate into 4 peices and was a bit worn down by Sunday morning


    The WR250R goes.....you know the rest.....anywhere :lol3
  19. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Nice Chris.... but man... what a boring bike we all have.. you just get on it and ride it.. we don't get to have all that "extra" fun out on the trail.. pay all that extra money for an orange paint job.. and then don't have to touch our bikes before we go ride again.. we must of all gotten ripped off...why would anyone want to buy a WR/X...?!?

    :rayof
  20. reddirtjoe

    reddirtjoe motorcycle addict

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    As I read through this thread(upto page 135now) it is interesting to note who still has a wr250r listed in their signature!!

    A few more months and I will be getting one too!!