Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. avgas

    avgas amateur

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    Any idea how many miles it'll last for? I love the idea of it handling well in the sand, and I'm not too concerned about it being a little squirly on the pavement. I ride pretty easy on the road, and rarely go over 55 mph. I do put in a decent number of road miles getting to trails though, so it has to survive that.
  2. DougZ73

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

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    I have noticed post about batteries in the past, but never paid much attention.

    Due to other commitments, I knew I was not gonna be riding this much this winter, so I got a battery tender for the WRR( already had one for my SV1000 street bike).

    long story short, after starting both bikes and having them warm up, and turning the bikes off, the Suzuki battery tender indicated a fully charged battery(green solid light) minutes later, while the WRR one was red, then green blinking, and not fully green 30 minutes later, when I was done with bikes and closing shed. ( red= below 80%, blinking green=80% charged, solid green= fully charged)

    These Yamaha batteries suffer short life??? What are people replacing them with?

    For the record, the battery has not failed me yet, but I am noticing more and more hard starts.
  3. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

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    Several people have ruined their speedometer / head unit by waiting too long to change a battery that's going weak. It's something to do with cranking it until it's dead that fries that fries a circuit. The result is the speedometer and odometer run 2.5 times faster than they should. :eek1
  4. DougZ73

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

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    hope that does not happen. So far, so good....but if the battery needs to be replaced, I'll handle that when needed. Hopefully the battery tender will prevent that issue from surfacing.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Hard bags anyone?

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  9. pfy50

    pfy50 Professional nOOb

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  10. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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  11. Sewerat

    Sewerat Cert. bike whore

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    Already have them but in black.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?).
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. gxshrimp

    gxshrimp Adventurer

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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?
  20. 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.