Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,964
    Location:
    Drinking from the Stanley Cup!
    Pretty sure that is the charcoal canister on the CA or 50 state model.
  2. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,299
    Location:
    New London, NH
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The Honda took 1st Place.
  3. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,034
    Location:
    Southern Maine
    Only because it's cheap :deal
  4. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,687
    Location:
    Marion, IA
    Shocked, but not really. it's FAR cheaper and they geared the test towards shorter, less experienced riders. Honda is an obvious win.
  5. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2003
    Oddometer:
    9,809
    Location:
    Strangel Living West of Hell, SoCal
    ...here's an interesting little bit of info from Kalahni Prince.
    Check your skidplate bolts... I know I will...
    :eek1

    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/T8iUtEt2i9w" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="420"></iframe>
  6. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,764
    Location:
    Wentzville, MO
    Yea.. that's funny... Rider Magazine just did the review too (as I posted earlier) and they obviously are a better source than this CycleNews.. :lol3
  7. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2003
    Oddometer:
    9,809
    Location:
    Strangel Living West of Hell, SoCal
    ...the answer is, buy a nice low mileage WR for about the same as a new Honda...
  8. Gonzo_Matt

    Gonzo_Matt Random Hero

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,539
    Location:
    Sparta, Ohio
    This is what i did. $3kish for a WRR with under 5k miles is a no brainer
  9. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,282
    Location:
    Ramona, CA.
    I'm taking a group out to the CO. river to go riding this weekend......one of them has a brand new CRF250L......I'll hop on board his bike and take it for a spin/report back.......I tried to steer him into a used WRR when he was on the hunt for a new set of wheels.......but he wanted to buy new, he's vertically challenged at ~5'7", and he bleeds red (coming over to dualsport from a XR400)...........couldn't sway him......he also wanted to spend the new cost difference on personal gear/bike farkles.......which is probably fairly common.....

    So I'll see what kind of dog the CRF250L really is......and briefly spoil him with my 350XCF-W :lol3
  10. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,008
    Location:
    Portland...the newer one on the left side.
    Would mind seeing what they had to say about the Honda and the Kawaski in that same article. Although the author loses some credibility by calling these bikes Midweight Entry Level Dual Sports made for Girls. Just goes to show that lots of folks still don't "Get" these bikes.
  11. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

    Joined:
    May 16, 2005
    Oddometer:
    5,471
    Location:
    Mike's Sky Rancho
    A coworker of mine is hot for a Beta 350 and is selling his WRR.

    Details: a 2012 with less than 900 miles. Some sort of fatbars with the OE Yamaha mounts, Cycra Probends w/ guards. The Zeta small taillight conversion kit. I think it has some more dirt worthy tires on it, but they are still DOT approved.

    Bike has been mostly a commuter & just ridden off-road a couple of times.

    He wants $5K.

    We are a Yamaha dealer so I'm sure we can help with financing.
  12. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    Oddometer:
    728
    Location:
    Out and about.

    They said the same thing about the XR250R's in the '80s.

    A couple months later they call it a "great woods bike" and do a "How to build a Woods Weapon" article. Next they post their race results proudly. All this on the same bike they started out calling a girls bike....

    They are like politicians in many ways too. They get nice SWAG from companys and such. You can't believe what they print...

    You need to read between the lines...

    :1drink
  13. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,299
    Location:
    New London, NH
    [​IMG]

    Da winner!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  14. Jungle Man

    Jungle Man frenzied adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    533
    Location:
    Camas Washington
    I think they should rate the bikes without considering price as a factor, show their strengths and weaknesses, and just show the prices of all three side by side. The consumer will decide.
    Also does FI add much weight? I know carbs can be responsive and fun, maybe just not the way the klx is?
  15. EEKAMOUSE

    EEKAMOUSE Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    PA
    Considering the fed250l needs a valve check at 600 miles they should add in that cost too
  16. EEKAMOUSE

    EEKAMOUSE Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    PA
    Damn auto correct crf250l
  17. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,966
    Location:
    Blount Springs, AL
    I have been very pleased with my WR-R in the three years and 22K miles I've had it. But I also have to agree with the article's argument about price point for the majority of riders who're in the market for this kind of bike.

    Comparing MSRP, the Honda is roughly 2/3 the price with capable features, including EFI. Any way you slice it that's a good deal, IMO. That's almost $2,200 to put into the farkles that any bike is going to need.

    I paid $5,770 out the door for my WR-R new in 2010 and thought that was high at the time. The one factor that went into my buying decision which wasn't addressed in the "shootout" article was the low maintenance and durability of the WR-R. Honda has the reputation of being bulletproof and low maintenance as well, but that hasn't been proved with this model as yet.

    Were I buying today, I'd definitely give the Honda a serious look. Having competition can't help but improve the quality and price point for all the 250 DS bikes, IMO.
  18. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,038
    Location:
    La Selva Beach, CA.
    Has anybody really paid $6690 OTD for a WR250R?


    Mine was $5700 OTD back in 2008.

    Maybe these magazine guys need to find a new dealership for price quotes...:rofl
  19. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

    Joined:
    May 16, 2005
    Oddometer:
    5,471
    Location:
    Mike's Sky Rancho

    I think you do not know how it works.

    Additionally 2008 was 5 years ago.......5, long, hard, years.
  20. jckid

    jckid Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Oddometer:
    325
    Location:
    CA
    Last summer I cheked with about a dozen dealers in SoCal on a new 2012 WRR. The best quote I got was at $7K OTD. I really wanted an X, and couldn't find a new one (only R's), so when I found an X with 800 miles from a local guy, I went that route.