Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. japako

    japako Been here awhile

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    You may want to check the battery connections, if you haven't already. I use star washers on mine so they don't loosen up.
  2. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Can't say for sure, but with guys running them on heavy dual sports, and being "Rated best DOT tire by Dirt Bike Magazine" I'm hoping it will be decent.

    I'm getting use to the squirly on the pavement part. Probably won't notice it afterwhile.

    If sand is your thing, they work well.
  3. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow Been here awhile

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    Do all the airbox mods/AIS removal. If it's still a problem, get the G2 throttle tamer for dirt bikes. I did all of the above (with exhaust, power programmer, uni-filter) and the bike behaves 100% perfect now no matter how you use the throttle. Rolling on a little bit of throttle, with the throttle behaving like an on/off switch, was very difficult. Mods = mandatory permanant cure.

    I suppose it's also possible that you have a dirty spark plug, but that's a cheap and easy question to set aside. Worst case scenario is a weak fuel pump but I seriously doubt it.

    I've been running the Scorpion Pro FIM on the front for a little while. The tire shines most in mud, performs well in sand, dirt, and rocks, and is so-so on gravel and paved roads. I'm expecting to get at least 2000 miles out of it and I'll probably replace it with another just like it since I drive conservatively on the street and really want the best possible off road traction. Road travel is civil, just not confidence inspiring. Running the MT-43 on the rear.
  4. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Hard bags anyone?

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  5. pfy50

    pfy50 Professional nOOb

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  6. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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  7. Sewerat

    Sewerat Cert. bike whore

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    Already have them but in black.
  8. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    If someone was to want to do the LithiumIron, I'd look at Anti-Gravity over the Shorai mainly because of this thread - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=770364

    This one also is very interesting - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757934

    The MottoBatt AGM I ran in my Husky TE610 and loved it. I like the extra connectors too for accessories. I think that is the battery I'll be getting for the WRR when this one dies.
  9. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    If it was my bike, I would just buy the Yuasa maintenance free YTZ7S Shop around, I bet they can be ordered for less than $100. When in doubt, a fresh battery is cheap insurance against future problems.

    I have read good and bad about Shorai / other lithium batteries, but never anything bad about Yuasa (except they cost more than no-name brands, and weigh more than lithium batteries). Your new Battery Tender will work with the Yuasa, and not with the lithium.
  10. DougZ73

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

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    OK, thanks for the battery issue related replies guys. I appreciate it. I'll leave it on tender for now and replace in spring if it seems like it is dying.
  11. slidefighter

    slidefighter Gather it up, keep on...

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    I've done a bit of searching but trying to find a "comparison" is not returning much useful information. Is there a MegaThread consensus as to whether a big bore kit is worthwhile just to get more "touring" power and capability or not? I get it that if you want a less compromised, serious off-road bike, you need something more focused than a 250R, but I am wondering if most people on the thread think a big bore kit makes sense for a farkled up adventure bike that has to carry a fairly serious camping/gear load and that is not intended for serious off-road/single track speeds?

    And, if so, is there a consensus as to which is the better kit (Athena and Thumper are the only choices as I understand it?).
  12. TerraUnFirma

    TerraUnFirma Fair/Not Balanced

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    Owning a WRR, a DRZ and a Tiger 800XC, I can safely say that if the WRR is, "not intended for serious off-road/single track speeds", but more for touring, you've got the wrong bike. Yes, you can load it up and use it for minimalist touring...many do...but a big bore kit is not going to make it a DRZ, DR650 or any of the other larger displacement Dual Sports.

    If most of your touring is off-road and you're not doing any substantial mileage on paved roads to get there or back, especially anything with substantial hills, you'd be ok, but the WRR is a pig when loaded down and trying to climb any decent grade at speed...and don't even think about a headwind! :rofl

    Kinda doubt a big-bore kit is going to solve that problem...no substitute for lots of CC's!

    Just my $0.02 worth, others may have different thoughts...
  13. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Yea, I'd have to agree. My WR250R is my favorite, most comfortable, most capable bike I've ever owned.... because I ride it in ways it shines and was designed for..

    But it doesn't compare to my Versys on paved touring with headwind or interstates involved. I won't ride my WR on rides like that, for me, I never find myself wanting "more" out of my WR... It's freakin perfect... My long distance adventure bike hauling me and all my gear anywhere I ask it to, it's also a great commuter around town... But I bought the Versys for a reason...and it's a great bike too!

    My $0.02 cents is get the right bike to match the kind of riding you most enjoy and farkle accordingly, the WR is that bike for me :thumb
  14. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Having ridden my WR all over North America, and having ridden a well tuned and well sorted big bore bike (highfive's former steed), a big bore kit is definitely not needed to carry a rider and camping gear. Actually I don't find the big bore kit to be necessary at all.

    Of the two kits, I would get the thumper racing as I believe its supposed to have lower vibes than the Athena kit. The vibes of the Athena kit are only bad when compared to a stock WR, its still smoother than a DRZ or F650GS. One nice benefit of a big bore kit is you could leave the gearing stock, or slightly longer, and still have the same performance of a geared down bike while having a smoother cruise, and is why I'd consider doing the mod personally.
  15. gxshrimp

    gxshrimp Been here awhile

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    Looking for some advice... I currently own a DRZ400SM and love riding it as my street bike. This summer however I want to get into dirt biking as well. I thought about getting dirt wheels for the DRZ, but it really is a top heavy and big bike, and I want to be able to ride tight woods trails with my buddies on their real dirt bikes. I don't have a truck to haul a non plated dirt bike. I am completely new to dirt biking. I've also looked at the Husky TE250 but it seems like too much bike for a beginner.

    Is the WR250R the right fit? Can I set it up for woods riding? Am I crazy to have a DRZ and WR in the garage???!? :evil

    Edit: The WR isn't that much lighter than the DRZ but people say it feels way lighter? It carries it weight lower? Can anyone comment who's owned both?
  16. simmons1

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    I have one of each at my house.The WR is mine and the DRZ is a buddies bike that lives at my house. I like the extra grunt of the DRZ for going for obstacles and such, but the WR does feel a lot lighter when moving.
  17. TerraUnFirma

    TerraUnFirma Fair/Not Balanced

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    I have both and the WRR definitely feels lighter, turns quicker, the stock suspension is better and it's a lot more fun in tight stuff, but it's still not what I'd call a great woods bike. As you're new to dirt riding, you may take a while to outgrow it.

    As for being crazy to have a WRR and DRZ in the garage...I think I'd best not cast any stones! You're only crazy if you can't afford it or have a wife and kids that have needs not being met. Otherwise, you can never have too many bikes...

    Cheers,
  18. dogen

    dogen certified JB welder

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    I had a TE250 that I bought as a dirt bike I could ride to the trails and ended up trading it for a WR250R. The TE is definitely a great trail bike and has more power than the WRR but it is miserable to ride on the road. The engine screams at about 10,000 RPMs at 80-90 km/hr. I felt like I was going to ruin the engine riding at sustained highway speeds so I got a trailer and towed it to the trails. Every 1-2 rides I'd have to change the oil and filter, remove and clean 2 additional metal oil filters and clean the air filter. I realized I wasn't riding it as much as I could have, because of all the hassle of loading and unloading it from the trailer and then the maintenance when I was done for the day.
    When I got the WR I was initially disappointed with the decreased power but I'm used to it now and very happy with it. The odd thing is that I ride a lot faster on the WRR than I did on the Husky. It feels very balanced and seems to stay upright on the trails in places where I would have dropped the Husky. Maybe it's the low center of gravity. Anyways I love this bike and much prefer it over my TE250.
  19. 30Bones

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    This is my worry buying a WRR. I hated the DRZ I owed for a month or two. Terrible above 65mph and about as boring as my old KLR to throw a leg over. I am wanting real bad to get over the "need" for a 50-60hp thumper, slow down and smell the roses more. I need to test ride a WRR before I commit, wish I had with the DRZ
  20. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Hi folks, just an FYI, my WR has been parted out locally in the Sun Diego area......

    I'll post up a pic of my new/orange "Anywhere" bike once I have it all set up :wink: :1drink

    See ya on the trail(s)!