Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    Worse places to be these days though, eh?
  2. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Air density is a huge factor in how the bike runs. If I am riding in 100F and over temperatures, the power is way down. Same thing in the car or truck. Cold air temps make for free HP and torque.
  3. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    So for the 4th of July, I figured I would take my free time and do a valve check.

    At 45,000 miles, they haven't budged from what I set them to at 25,000 miles. I've got to say i'm pretty impressed with the longevity of the valves.; whoever decided to cram the valve cover behind so much crap needs to be shot though.
  4. ArmyJoe

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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Pretty sure a WR250R is my next bike, but just starting to learn about them. Ideally, I'd like a clean, unmolested bike. Just never can tell what someone did once they start tweaking:deal

    With that in mind, there is a nice clean, low mileage 2008 WITH some mods. some of the mods I know about, some not so much. I don't really want to pay the sellers asking for a 5 yr. old bike, but it might be worth it, considering the low mileage AND the mods done.

    I have not seen this bike yet, but the sellers seems very responsive and genuine. These bikes sure seem to hold their value!

    Localish craigslist ad.

    Thoughts on this bike?
  6. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Not a terrible price but you might do better.
    Ymmv in that part of the country. When I bought mine I traveled a long ways to get it.
  7. burtonrider3889

    burtonrider3889 Been here awhile

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    Price seems a tad high, but it does have a lot of mods, and low miles. I just paid $3500 for my 2012 in December, but mine had no mods and almost 9,000 miles on it. It's all in what you want. You can find any year for about $3500 in good condition with some mods. You have to ask yourself if you think it is in good enough condition and has enough stuff that you want to buy for it that it's worth the extra $1000. If you could get him down to $4k, I think it'd be good.
  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Thanks guys. Maybe, I need to start a separate thread on this, since its probably been answered somewhere in the last million pages, but.....

    Is there much of a difference between the various years? 08 just seems old to be asking so much, but maybe its more in the mileage/mods where the value lies?
  9. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Looks nice but that's a grand+ over retail. Private party sale should be less. They do hold the price well but.... he should take less. Hell a brand '12 cost me only $1552 more than that last spring.
  10. PatrickInVA

    PatrickInVA Been here awhile

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    Offer him $3500 or less. Throw a skidplate on it and ride the snot out of it. The years are all the same except color.
  11. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Are there any noise/reliability issues with the mods on this bike?
  12. rhollamby

    rhollamby Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, heading out to run about 1,000 miles through Colorado and Moab. Have a mt43's on the front and rear wheel. What air pressure would you run on the pavement, with high heat of 100 degrees?

    I normally run 12-13 lbs full time; dirt and pavement. Just not sure with 800 miles of hot pavement if i should up the pressure. I know increasing it much can kill the center of the tire.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
  13. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Bike looks nice. The modifications all look good to me, if you'll be doing off-road. Gearing is good, and the new tires are good for dirt. It really needs a skidplate. I would ask whether the OEM exhaust is included, it likely is because it doesn't have much resale value.

    Price seems high, though there are regional differences in bike prices (in Canada $4,500 would be a good price). If in person it's as clean as it looks, I'd probably offer $3,600, and be willing to go a few hundred higher.
  14. xathor

    xathor Not actually Gnarly

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    Mine is for sale if you want yo come down to Alabama to get it :)
  15. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Yeah, but running it too low will cause the center rib to chunk at least in my experience. 12psi is probably pushing it, 15psi is probably safer for the tire. This is why I don't run and don't recommend this tire for a traveling dual sport. Air down to 8psi off-road.
  16. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I'd replace the K&N filter with an oiled foam filter asap if you plan to ride off-road.

    The FMF exhaust is a lot louder than stock and will need to be repacked every couple thousand miles. It also really adds to the motor's top end and helps a lot on the highway, not so much on trails.

    I think its priced somewhat high, but given the area thats appropriate. It looks clean and well taken care of at least. The sting of 'paying too much' only really hurts when you go to resell it, if you ever do.
  17. rhollamby

    rhollamby Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your input. Although I love the mt43 on the trails here in Colorado, amazing grip in sand soils and hard pack...certainly don't like the road manners much, corning is horrific and not a very long tread life overall. Will be switching to something more like a D606 or T63 on the next test of tires.

    Thanks
  18. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    Funny, most folks report terrific street longevity on the MT-43 with appropriate air pressure, even on 450-650 DS bikes; certainly better than the D606 and T63. I guess everybody has a different riding style and circumstances.
  19. bluzharp

    bluzharp Adventurer

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    I'm running 16ish psi on MT43's and they are wearing well. I also like their road manners compared to knobbies. I ran 606's on my old DRZ for a long time. They weren't bad, but I feel more cofidence on the MT43's in almost all conditions.

    Your experience may be different.
  20. rhollamby

    rhollamby Been here awhile

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    I should qualify my above statements with this... I got 8,500 miles from the stock tires. My guess is the MT's will be 3-4k which IS great life still considering how excellent it does in the dirt.

    Just out of curiosity what do you consider appropriate air pressure, I'm at 12-13 psi nearly full time (sometimes 10-11 for certain dirt rides)?

    My road manners comment comes grooved pavement track problems (the mt grips so much it follows the grooves back and forth, guess I can't fault it for have too much traction but at 65mph it isn't ideal), and corning. Without a doubt the higher square profile can't corner as well as rounder profile tires. The outside nobbies on the front and rear are too soft when you lean it over far. I can corner at least 10 mph faster on my wifes xt225 with T63s vs my wr250 with mt 43s.

    I'm going to increase the pressure some and test. I know these tires are very responsive to air pressure change.

    Thanks for the comments.