Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    It was actually above freezing this weekend (not for long though), so I made my way to the garage and started working on the WR250R.

    The bike came to me pretty much stock, so there was a "need" to get some goodies (or, as I explained to my better half: "Honey, I do need that skidplate, you wouldn't want me to break the engine case and get stuck in the woods, would you?" )

    A big thumbs up to SoloRacer for fair prices and speedy delivery. Also to Revzilla for the same.

    I used SoloRacer for Flatland Racing skidplate and radiator guard, a license plate bracket, new tailight, and turn signals.
    Revzilla got some business form me for a Wolfman Enduro bag (cheaper than Wolfman direct AND free shipping).

    I started with the taillight and turn signals. That's where I had my 'idiot' moment. I took the parts to the living room, crimped and soldered all my connections, and then I found out that the mounting nuts won't slip over the connectors. Yeah, wasted time. But, with some pushing, pulling, and cussing, I was able to get the connectors apart again, and fixed the issue.

    The next issue I had was with the license plate bracket. It was bent (at the factory, I assume), a little too much, and there was no way I could mount the license plate on it.
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    A couple of decent whacks with a hammer and a wooden block got it where it needed to be.

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    The front turn signals were easy
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    Next I tackled the radiator guard. It is a solid little piece, well made, but it could have been engineered a little better. I'm not sure that I'll keep it. It is rugged, yet I feel it doesn't offer enough protection from behind and down at the bottom of the radiator. Also, I wish it would be a true wrap-around design. The way it mounts, it leaves a little bit of the radiator closest to frame exposed. At that location, I'm not worried about rocks, but a small branch could easily get to the core if it came at the right angle.
    Mounting this was easy, except at the end when I struggled to attach the side plastics back. There just isn't enough room. I managed to reuse stock bolts, but I had to push my allen wrench through the slots in the guard to tighten them.
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    The skidplate was the easiest to mount. It is very rugged, well engineered with ample protection, and the bends and welds are of great quality. Easy mounting with four provided bolts. I used a thick piece of rubber at four points were the skidplate ended up touching the frame - both to prevent vibration and protect the frame.
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    Finally, I attached my homemade rear rack.
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    The Enduro tankbag is a good fit, and suits the bike rather well. It doesn't interfere with my riding position at all.

    Now I just have to wait for the snow to melt so I can hit some trails. The last thing on the list (for now) is a front sprocket cover and a case saver, but I didn't order those yet.

    I love the way the tailsection cleaned up with the aftermarket lights and bracket.
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  2. Daamud

    Daamud Life is like a box of Old Milwaukee

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    Double check the bottom bolts on that skid plate. Some are a little long, and come VERY close to the engine case. A good hit might bend and or push the bolt into the case.
  3. japako

    japako Been here awhile

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    Nice job on the bike. I really like the rack.


    @daamud, thanks for the time on the bash plate..
  4. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    350XCF-W is now trail tested/broken in: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20537652&postcount=172

    As stated before, and in the link above, the WR would STILL be my first choice if my personal mission statement was "ADV Traveler".....
  5. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    Thanks, will do. The plate came with allen head bolt, which I do not care for in impact areas. One nick and I'll never get the wrench in there, so I'll be switching to some stainless hex or torx.

    Thanks. I wanted to have something that wasn't too big, yet large enough to strap a duffel bag on. If anyone wants to, I can trace the rack and send you a template.

    I'm still thinking about cutting a few holes in it, but I'm waiting to see if I'll end up with a Rotopax first. If I do, the holes will be done after attaching the mount.
  6. mototifosi

    mototifosi what does this one do?

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    I have been very fortunate in my riding endeavors to have been able to cycle (pun intended) 25+ horses through the stable at one time or another. Started doing Moto X and desert events. Moved to street and many track days with sport bikes (Duc's, CBR's, Nortons) then big Dualies' (GS's, Tigers, LC4's, 530) etc... This damn WR-X is the most friggen fun out of all of them. In "retard" trim it does twisties, gravel and dirt roads, moto x tracks, hard pack, etc... as long as the dirt isn't to deep (tires plow) it will do it, and do it well. Get the suspenders set up correctly, do the smog surgery, gear it, maxxis rain tires = grins.

    Going to mount the Warp 9's this week and try Hollister. Actually for 80% of HH the retard set up would work just fine...

    This bike is a hoot, but you guys knew that...
  7. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    As life changes so does bike needs for some folks... so it's all good. Neither High Five nor Crawdaddy switched bikes because the WR had issues(well we know Crawdaddy's story heheh )... just different bike for how they wanna ride these days. BigDog's retired so thats a different story.. lol

    I lust daily over different bikes.. not gonna sell my WR... but that Tenere XT660Z needs to come to the states!! :wink: If that thing comes over the Versys is gone and Tenere in .... :D
  8. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I have the Sandman Freedom case-saver & guard in wrinkle black powder coat finish, and like them a lot.

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    Nice job with the rear rack, I like the size. My GYTR is too small.
  9. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Does anybody make case savers like this one for the DR650SE from Procycle for the WR250R/X?

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  10. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    The term "GPR" isn't handled well when searching for steering dampner info.
    The MSRP price of the Scott's and GPR are the same (hmm. nothing fishy there) but was wondering if this group of owners had come to any sort of a preference on one over the other for this particular motorcycle. And if anyone knows of a vendor offering good deals on either one that would be appreciated. Thanks
  11. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    New bike lust is an evil beast.
  12. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Not that I know of, but I'd like one. I punched my shifter through the case a few weeks back, and luckily was close to home; but out on the trail somewhere that'd be a game stopper.

    I had thought VW Sandman made them, but I looked at his site and he does not.
  13. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    I took the cheap route on this: I cut a piece of 1/16" steel plate stock to fit on the case where the shifter would impact in the case of a nasty crash. I used epoxy to glue it into place.

    At this point if I crashed hard enough to punch through that plate I would have destroyed the entire case. And likely the whole bike.
  14. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    And there's always new folks being added here all the time. I have some Easton bars showing up today, to give you an idea. I may have to do a 'trip' report of me sitting on my couch with my new bars. Someone buy my bike please, k?thxbye
  15. holiday

    holiday DL650K7

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    Is this a production bike? I've searched the internet unsuccessfully for its origins. Any leads?
  16. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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  17. holiday

    holiday DL650K7

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  18. ecarnell

    ecarnell Been here awhile

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    Anyone run a dirt tricks sprocket 13/47 combo on their WR?
    I've asked on the wr250r forum, but only one reply.

    In need of a new chain and sprocket after 12,000km of hard running.
    Currently Using a 12T front and sprocket 43 rear - and like this gearing so want to keep this ratio - but back to a 13t front.

    Thinking of the F1 13T front, and a YZ47 Rear - and a new Regaina ORN6 O-ring chain (520X120 Links).

    Any reason why this wont work (besides new counter sunk bolts required)?

    Thanks.
  19. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    IMO, you're wise to revert to a 13T on the front because of the reduced risk of the chain destroying your swingarm. A 47T will yield slightly shorter gearing and your chain length will only require 110 links.

    Changing one tooth up front is roughly equivalent to 3 teeth in the rear.

    The stock combo 13/43 has a ratio of 3.31

    12/43 = 3.58

    13/47 = 3.62

    13/46 = 3.53

    Good reference here:

    http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t5-chains-and-sprockets



  20. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    I've been running the 13/47 combo for over a year after the 12/43 gearing (very close to 13/47, BTW) caused my chain to eat into my rubber swing arm guard. Since the change to larger front and rear sprockets I've had no issues with wear on the swingarm guard.

    FWIW, I went with a Primary Drive brand (from Rocky Mountain MC) sprockets and their gold x-ring chain (110-link). The total cost with shipping, including a spare master link, was just under $101. After more than 12k miles it's still looks great.