Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I just traded my street bike for a TE610 with an extra set of sumo wheels. I must say that time will tell which bike I will love the most between the WR250R and the TE610. The weight is not that much different, but the power is. It takes a little more discipline with the throttle hand. I know that the WR has plenty of power to get me anywhere off road except a quick loft of the front wheel to get over an obstacle (or maybe I have not figured it out yet). I have not really rode the TE that much yet because I have discovered some major subframe issues. I think I will slightly miss the "reliable as a rock" (except the chain slider issues) of the WR. Time will tell but the WR is not going to be sold anytime soon.
  2. jckid

    jckid Been here awhile

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    I came from a 610 w/power up kit to the WR. I'm really enjoying the WR. The only thing I miss about the 610 is the power. The WR will never compare in that department, but for a 250 it has decent power, and I think it's a great bike.

    While the weight of the two bikes isn't that much different on paper, my WR feels much lighter than my 610 did. I think the difference is around 50-60 lbs., but it feels like 100lbs. I'm enjoying the ligher weight, although the heavier 610 was definitely better in windy conditions.
  3. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    Loved my husky. Subframe and cam chain were the only things that seemed common issues. Mine was EFI and wow what a fun bike. I also had 17's and around here it's worthless with no twisties.
  4. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    Wowser, that's the WR that I have in my head - now there's a picture :) Nice bike! I don't suppose you have a list of what you've done to it?
  5. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    This is nice to hear. I've been checking out those 350EXCs because of your pic up above, they are pretty amazing. But I'm back on the WR now. Hopefully I'll get the Tiger sold soon and I can get to work :)
  6. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    I would want this capability in whatever new bike I choose to go with, anyone else have issues with the WR and obstacles?
  7. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    My only obstacle is my riding ability:D
  8. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    You're gonna miss the 800 triple. I bought a used WR several weeks ago. It's awesome, smooth for a thumper and fun but I still choose the Tiger 800 (roadie) for anything that doesn't involve dirt. I am lucky I am in a position to have both. The triple 800 is heavenly.
  9. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    It takes a lot of effort and practice [& 12/47 sprockets in my case] to predictably loft the front wheel on the wr in trail conditions, at least for me. In contrast to my 200exc, which lives for it, it's really hard. I have just settled for rolling big whoops, and smacking logs about 2/3 up if I can get it. Rock steps ups on trails I just hammer and hope for the best.
    I would not call the capability a deal killer, the bike does so many other things well; if you want a throttle-wheelie monster it's the wrong bike.
  10. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    No doubt - I love my Tiger. Loved my Scrambler as well. But my desires keep evolving. I want to explore back of beyond and I doubt my ability on the Tiger to do so. When I go cross country or any other long trip, my time is the cheapest thing I own and would hope to avoid the slab wherever I go. SO, the WR (and a few select others :evil ) would be a better fit methinks. My bike is my only vehicle too, much as I would love to have a stable I can't afford one. :cry
  11. krussell

    krussell Been here awhile

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    When comparing the WR250R to the Terra, you have to consider if the extra power of the Terra is worth:

    - 100 extra lbs
    - limited dealer network
    - 6k valve inspections, cartridge air filter, dual spark plugs
    - dealer computer required for some maintenance issues
    - 12 less MPG
    - non adjustable forks
  12. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    Seems like upgrading the front wheel/spokes might be a good upgrade?
  13. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    That's not at all what I'm looking for, rather I want a tractor. Something that will hill climb (and descend) with solid control, while being able to surmount the occasional step.
  14. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    Correct, not comparing them head to head, but more for my needs both should work great. The first 4 things on your list are what bugs me the most. The forks aren't huge factors for my riding terrain and I never get what the bike should for mpg :D
  15. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    I ran a Pirelli MT43 on the rear @ ~8-10PSI.....13/47 gearing.....great for climbing....a little sketchy on the decents....
  16. simmons1

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    I am a fat old guy and I just plow though/over the bigger obstacles on my WR. I am plenty used to it after getting lots of practice doing this with my KLR riding it in places people tell you a KLR can't go.:lol3

    I have had no issues with my front wheel.
  17. krussell

    krussell Been here awhile

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    I'm starting to farkle my WR250R for light off road duty. I'm debating how to approach hand guards. I've got the stock bars, and I want a bit more height. I can go with just risers and Cycra or something similar, or I can spring for a Highway Dirtbikes setup with new bars, mirrors etc. Seems like HDB is the way to go, and I figured I'd just get a Pro Taper Contour from them, let them do the tapping etc. I'm new to bar swapping though, and have some questions...

    1) Is it better to get the lift from risers or from a higher bar? I'm thinking an extra inch would be perfect.
    2) Do the HDB anti vibe inserts help on the WRR? I'm at 1250 miles, and things seem to getting smoother, but if $50 makes it better, I'll go for it.
    3) I don't see a whole lot of $ difference in fat bars, but it's not clear that bigger is necessarily better. Any reason to stay at 7/8? Either better for vibes?
    4) Universal adapter to mount a fat bar, or put on new fat lower mounts?

    Thanks!
  18. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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  19. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    Hand guards depend on if you want them to clamp to the bar or to the triple clamp. I prefer triple clamp, but that affects if you can or can't use risers sometimes.
  20. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    +1 for both the HDB hand guards, top clamp, and risers...and also the Tusk fat bars

    HDB kit isn't cheap, but totally worth the price.
    As for the Tusk bars, they're a super bargain for $39.

    I have exactly that on my DR650. I wanted some extra height so I went with the high mounts from HDB (2.5" high) and ordered Tusk CR High Bend bars.

    This is a great reference: http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/Handlebar-Measurements

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