Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    A little fall maintenance this weekend. Two brand new Dunlop 606's and a new YUASA
    battery. We're just starting to get into our really good riding season here in California
    now. :evil

    I went on a group ride a couple of weeks ago and spent a few days camping
    up in the Sierras. The original battery was not liking the cold early morning starts at
    all. So after 4 1/2 years I replaced it with an identical battery. Hope I can get the same
    life out of this one!.
  2. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    After new steering bearings, I got one more good ride in before the weather looks like its gonna turn cold on us out here in the midwest... Missouri Fall Colors at their best!

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    still lovin this bike!! :deal
  3. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Took a few years but I finally managed to break off one of those big/fugly front turn signals yesterday......"looped it" on a step up........decided to go right rather than use the rocks like one of those pussies.......I think the rocks would've been a better choice.......the bike landed there :lol3.......time to upgrade the turn signals

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  4. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    LOL! :rofl

    I ain't saying WHY I'm laughing. All I'm saying is it's nice to walk away even if the bike can't!

    I spent the day breaking in a new set of MT16's. Brand new - just a couple round the block street rides (maybe 10 miles) to rough 'em up a tad.

    Tore one knob completely off, two knobs chunked, and three knobs split at the base.

    For the record, MT16's can't quite handle 140 miles of pinned 80mph SoCal freeways...

    On the other hand it felt really good for the the 40 miles of dirt I played in! :lol3

    I'm going to try the Scorpion XC Mid-Hard Dots next.

    If they fail I'm going to cave to the MT43 Trials Tires...I haven't quite made that leap yet.
  5. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Chris where did you land, did you drag it down the rocks for the restart? Could be a little sore after that.

    I know the feeling...::lift
  6. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    Is that the rear? The MT-16 is my favorite front tire right now and my last one lasted pretty well and is now on my girlfriend's XT225 to finish wearing out. No chunks or tears on it.
  7. mpatch

    mpatch Long timer

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  8. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Yeah, rear tire. The front's in good shape and it stuck very well overall. Having said that, the front is DOT...the rear? Notsomuch...

    Honestly, if I decided to keep the speeds down to something a bit more reasonable (ie: 65mph instead of 80) the rear would probably have been fine. I was doing a bit of "destructive testing" - that is, seeing how much punishment the tire would take to failure. Roosting and hammering the blue roads...and topspeed (saw 87 mph for a brief downhill "wind at my back" second) on the highway.

    My gut tells me it's a decent tire I just wasn't nice to.
  9. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

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    I've never swapped out bars before so I'm looking for a step-by-step guide that takes me through the high level tasks. Can anyone point me in the right direction or elaborate here?
  10. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Bash3r (Bill) has a ton of How-to vids on his website. Here is one for the install of his new Pro Tapers which should help you out:

    http://www.basherdesigns.com/2010/01/28/new-bars-and-more/



    jordan
  11. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

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  12. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    I got lucky.....it stayed up on top of the step......I fell to the right out of the frame in the dirt and launched the bike to the left......I was trying to go up the right side rather than using the "ladies aid" (stacked rocks).....that plan didn't work out so well :lol3

    Then I figured I should capture the moment with a photo......

    Yep, dragged it down for restart......back down the hill.....up the rocks :sweeti


    What front turn signals are you folks using as replacements?

    I also need to order the brake hose clamp for the left fork guard.......I must've only finger tightened it when I put the forks back on after changing the seals.......looked down and it was no where to be found.....zip tie to the rescue.....

    Also planning on ordering a set of black WR250X plastics......I had some new CORE graphics printed up and it would be wrong to put'em on top of my scratched up plastics (that's not to say the new ones won't get scratched up shortly after application of new graphics :lol3 :1drink)
  13. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    The Service Honda website isn't too user friendly.....it wants the part number for the brake hose clamp......I thought they'd provide an exploded microfish to look up the part number? What sight are you guys using for OEM part # reference/look-up?
  14. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Nevermind, Rocky Mtn ATV is very simple to use....
  15. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    I've been using the HDB ones built right into the hanguards and like them a lot.
  16. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    I've exchanged a few emails with Paul since my Cycra's are beat up......hmmmmm, kill two birds with one <S>stone</S> payment?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  17. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Ok, next question - Best/preferred source for plastic's kits?
  18. Gfacter

    Gfacter Adventurer

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    Great pics,
  19. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Hey Chris.. nice get off!!

    Paul's stuff at HDB is top-notch! He'll customize to fit your needs.. so dream a little and hit him up with a plan! Worked for me.. :deal
  20. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

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    Service Honda has both a reverse part look-up (which you are referring to) as well as an exploded microfiche that lets you look at an exploded view and identify parts