Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. bpg

    bpg Off Trail

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    That was one of many eye-opening experiences I had with the MT43 - when a knobby is half-worn, traction suffers quite a bit; when the 43 is half-worn, only mud traction seems to suffer. They'll still crawl their way up a slick rock face with less than 1/4" of "knob" remaining..:wink:

    I experience the same thing with regards to wear and PSI. It's very cool to be able to run the same pressure on and off road, no need to carry a pump for the transitions.

    That right there nails it. I'd personally rather have great traction most the time on the MT43, rather than good traction for a bit, then mediocre and always diminishing traction the rest of the time on knobbies.
  2. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    ...and silver (aluminum) is way too lean!
  3. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    I haven't tested leaving it grounded, but I think it just enables diag mode, you would still need to hold down S1 & rst while turing on the key to get into it. Still, it would be nice to have the option. I learned a fair amount just playing for a few minutes, as far as rpm (on the tach) vs how it sounded/felt. There's not much there below 6k...
  4. cug

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    It will go back to normal whenever you turn off the bike. I have it permanently grounded (previous owner did that) and you have to go through the normal procedure.

    Also it doesn't turn on the odo in that mode. So no mileage recorded. Which is not what I want.
  5. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    Mine's been grounded for the past 6K miles or so with no apparent ill effects. You do have to do the holding down buttons dance each time to enter the Diag Mode to access the CO settings and see the tach. It resets to whatever your last setting was each time the key is turned off.
  6. coresports

    coresports coresports

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    they are separate but it was just nice to make 1 call and have everything sent, very well packed, no shipping damage, everything worked, right spacers, wheels are true, ect

  7. bpg

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    LOL, too funny about the conniptions! :D here it is again, just in case you were experiencing withdrawal. And, I am quite proud to be a modern hillbilly, so thanks for the props! :clap

    Guess I'm more a "whatever I have that gets the job done on my budget" kind of rider, for better or worse... :D

    Most my camping gear is car-camping style: big, bulky and heavy. Trust me, I want to whittle the load down to about 1/2 to 1/3 that size and heft, just a matter of finding good deals and making deliberate choices. And nowadays I'm just avoiding packing casual clothes and withstanding a little more stinky-ness - but you ultra-lightweight packers will have to pry my clean socks and undies from my cold dead fingers! :D
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  8. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Just so you know I had a walmart tent, a chair, and 5 days of socks and undies with me lol. Even had a stove, mess kit, toiletries, extra gas and tubes, etc. Compression sacks are your friends... only expensive gear I have right now are my pad (exped synmat 7ul) and a mountain hardware synthetic bag that packs tiny. Total for both was about $300 but saved so much room...

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  9. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Nice set up.
  10. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    No doubt, skierd has it down for travelling wr2r's. Nobody better. Nobody has even tried! :lol3

    I have my WR and am adventuring with it in the spirit of skierd. I'm even trying to get down to just socks!

    I might add that my #2 son is a roadracer in AMA Pro. He NEVER takes the track in used socks or undershorts. His habit makes for quite the speculation across paddocks far and away. The reason is he leaves his shit all over the garage.:eek1

    Funny how these things work. :D
  11. bpg

    bpg Off Trail

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    Yip - the cheapo sleeping bag is one item that really kills my packing. Currently switching over to the Big Agnes set-up, already have the super light insulated Air Core pad - much smaller and more comfy than a Thermarest...

    re: bike set-up, having spent about 100K miles street touring, I much prefer the lower COG afforded by side bags rather than stacking them up high in the air - although I'd guess that the profile you have there lets you cut through the wind more efficiently. Not a matter of right or wrong by any means, just personal preference. :D

    Ideally, I want a hybrid, low profile set-up such as the Giant Loop systems or one of the similar set-ups from Wolfman
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  12. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I just can't buy in to the giant loop idea. Mainly because I like compartments vs one big bag o' crap on the back. I also like being able to mix and match pieces to tailor what I'm carrying and the bags I'm riding with to the load and the trip.

    The battle between wind drag and keeping the weight low was how I arrived at my current setup honestly. I hated the drag from the saddle bags, hated hated hated it. I also got scared the few times I ended up nearly stuck under them in crashes.

    But I also hate the feeling of having weight up high. When I started my TAT trip (first setup above), I also had a 1gal rotopax full of water on the tail rack, paranoia for the desert. It felt so awkward and top heavy that I ditched it about 15 miles into my trip at my mom's house. I've also tried the cheap "stuff everything into a duffel bag and bungee it on the back" trick, same effect hated it.

    The enduro saddlebags are small enough width wise to hide behind me out of the wind, but hold nearly as much as my dirtbagz scout's did. They're simply cavernous for their size, I'm always amazed at what I can stuff in them. The enduro duffle is also small and low profile, I hated the look of having a giant tail bag or box on the back of the bike it ruins the lines visually and tempts you into stuffing too much weight up high. Only downside is I needed another bag for my clothes on longer trips, hence the eVent compression sack. Also didn't like having my tent in with my gear if/when it got packed away wet, hence it being strapped to the top (I also didn't have it when I started that trip, it's eventual replacement will likely migrate to one of the saddlebags when I find room for my fuel bottles and spare tubes elsewhere).

    So my dual desires of lowish cg without drag penalties led me to a small packing, somewhat minimalistic but not really minimal setup. I have everything *I* need for a trip of unspecified duration to be comfortable, except the ability to take a computer (I had a DSLR in my tank bag fwiw). A medium sized pelican or givi box may replace my tail bags for that reason alone should I be able to make the leap to full-time-ish traveler...

    I will just mention this, but the Exped Synmat UL 7 is half the packed size of the big agnes insulated air core pads. Its also twice the price, but damn HALF the size! And actually is thicker blown up! And inflates/deflates easier thanks to larger openings (that my tire pump happens to fit in to...)! It can be squished down to about the size of a beer can!
  13. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Dreams

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    The giant loop (great basin) is compartmentalized. It actually has 8 viable compartments. Two heavy duty bags at the bottom of each wing, two stuff bags for soft stuff on top of those, one zip bag in the middle top, the empty space above the zip bag (I count this as a compartment because I use it all the time for my rain gear), and two water/fuel bottle bags sewn in next to the zip bag.

    Trust me, it's an awesome system. Only real downside to it is you can't lay it right on the exhaust and it isn't really quick access to all compartments.

    In this picture you can see all the stuff I cram in the great basin. The two heavy duty bags are black, the stuff bags are yellow, the zip bag is open and yellow in the giant loop. The water bottles will go in the bottle compartments and the shoes go in the empty space. Disregard the Bags Connection bag, it was my extra tent bag that went on the outside.

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  14. IdahoRenegade

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    I have used my Great Basin on my DR650 for some camping trips and really like it, I need to try it on the WRR. It's so big, I hope it doesn't look like a giant slug is mating with my bike! My problem is my non-backpacking sleeping bag and tent. The bag in particular is huge, about as big around as the body of the GB, even in a compression bag. Both a new tent and a new bag are on my list to aquire over the winter. Sure would be nice to have one of those tiny sleeping bags that would actually pack into the GB center pocket! I do have a Big Agnes air matress, will be adding the bag to go with it.

    I have the Wolfman Enduro tank bag...nice for a couple little items, but too small to really help store much gear. I'll be adding a set of tank panniers for tools/tube/CO2 inflator, as well as a place to hold maps.
  15. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I have used the GL Coyote several times and I think it will serve the needs on a WR just fine. I intend to use it for the TAT, it is large enough for extended trips and as has been said before here, if you can pack for a week, you can pack for a month in the same space. I would not want to put the Great Basin on the WR, just too big.
  16. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Remember the Cardinal Rule of packing for a road trip on your bike......

    Make two piles........one pile of "stuff" and one pile of $$

    Ok, now cut the "stuff" pile in half and double the amount of $$ you intend to bring along

    See how easy that was? :lol3

    I haven't been able to get away for a trip lasting more than a week due to work/family commitments......That said, the approach would be the same whether one week or one month....synthetic/layers/easily washable.....periodic resupply of food, tires, etc.....
  17. IdahoRenegade

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    Easier said than done...I already spent all my $$ on stuff! I agree with the sentiment though. If you can pack/camp for 2-3 days, you don't need any more for weeks, other than a resupply of food on a regular basis.
  18. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Called Wolfman with numerous silly questions like "Will the rack assy from a DRZ400S work on the WRR/X?" Of course not, but I had to ask as I found one for sale on another thread.

    On a positive note: Wolfman will be having a "sale" in December. Be there or be square!

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  19. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    But Wolfman does make racks for the WRR.



  20. kangolo

    kangolo n00b

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    Here's me packed for a 3800 mile 3 1/2 week trip up and down the east coast.
    Giant Loop Cayote holding everything I need - clothes in the top bag, camping gear in one side bag and tools and a pair of shoes in the other.

    Will definitely be looking into a more comfortable seat though!