Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    If it's possible I'd love for someone with GPS to post how they got their top speed. IE To what velocity will it accelerate to strongly or how fast on gps after a quarter mile etc.

    For instance on my LC4 400 it accelerated hard to about 65 mph, and then steadily to 73 mph. I had a large (56 Liter) givi box on the back that added lots of drag at those speeds. Those speeds are riding normal, no tucking, no tail wind etc. From 73 it took about 15 seconds of full throttle to hit 78 and then continuing to keep it pinned it would climb from 78-83 in another 45 seconds.

    I was wondering on the WR250R if you were cruising on the freeway at a gps 75 mph (cuz the indicated would be much slower and cars are usually more accurate and would run you over if in your fantasy you thought you were really doing 75 :D - not bashing anything - just pointing out what I have found to be an important safety issue) if someone didn't see you and pulled into you from behind/the side, at that speed if you downshifted and pinned it, can it lurch forward, or is 75 at the end of the strong accelerating?
  2. norshor1

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  3. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    That's cute!
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    LILBIT Ride you must.

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    Tasty as well!
  5. mtntrails

    mtntrails Been here awhile

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    This week's Cycle News has an excellent article on the R & X.
  6. Sock Monkey

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    Why do I keep reading in other posts and on other boards about this bike not having any low end? I just don't get it. Case in point: This past weekend, I was riding one of my favorite back roads, and came into a hairpin (10mph) right hander a gear too high (3rd). The exit is uphill, followed by a quick left hand sweeper. I went through the turn, rolled on the throttle, and rather than the shudder/cough/die that I was expecting, it just pulled from down low and set me up nicely for the sweeper. :clap No drama, no need to feather the clutch to get her to climb, nothing. Just chug chug chuggerooo. Now, having done that same set of turns on my old KTM, not only would it have pulled me through, if I wasn't mindful of the loud knob, I could end up on my arse as the front end would come up, but then it was 50+ hp.

    Maybe it's the EXUP, maybe it's the airbox flappy thing, who knows, but this bike continues to impress me with it's versatility, especially given that it's a "little 250" (that'll do 90+ on the tarmac.....:evil).

    Oh, and I saw a really cool old train at the station, but once again I only had my craptastic phone camera with me :baldy. So, here are a couple crappy phone pics:

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    -NoVector
  7. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    5th and 6th are BOTH overdrive gears so that it can attain those speeds on road. That's why you're not feeling any power, why you're getting such great gas mileage and why it has a top speed of 90+ mph. At least that's what Cycle World said in their "first ride" report on this bike.
  8. Sock Monkey

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    Actually, I do feel power in this bike (and a surprising amount for a 4-stroke, 250cc motor "detuned" for dual-sport duty), and don't agree that 5th is an overdrive gear. My bike pulls smartly in 5th. 6th....yeah, that one's there just to drop the revs for highway duty. :D

    -NoVector
  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Looks like a great bike. I was a little surprised that the power output is the same as my ancient TT250R Raid at 30hp, but maybe the WR's faster on the road.

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  10. Sock Monkey

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    That Raid is a nice bike. :thumb

    Indeed, you would think with liquid cooling, high (relative) compression, fuel injection, etc., the WRR would put out a few more ponies, but I guess all that new emission stuff takes its toll. :cry But, it's still a heck of a lot of fun to romp around on. :D

    -NoVector
  11. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks :D the 4.2 gallon tank, big headlight and wide seat make it a nice little bike to explore on. Shame the makers aren't offering modern 250 DPs with similar touring-friendly specs.
  12. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    I sat on one of these (the "R") yesterday at Apex in ColoSpgs. VERY NICE! I was telling the salesman how impressed I was with all the great write ups on these and how popular they are. He was surprised - says he knew they were great bikes, but that there's been very little interest in them by customers coming into the shop. Says they have two and there've been no nibbles. I was surprised to hear that. Of course, we seem to be selling mostly hard core dirt bikes and sportbikes in ColoSpgs. I'm now officially saving my $$ to buy one.
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    I would have thought in your area, off-road bikes with FI would be a big hit due to the extreme elevation changes you can go through during a ride. Around here, many of the dealers I've been to are out of stock, and have been for a while now. Maybe it's because we have so few choices for truly off-road worthy bikes that can get a plate here in Kommifornia. :dunno

    I guess the good news for you is if he's not moving them, then he's more likely to cut you a deal.....:evil

    -NoVector
  14. Colorado

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    Hey Dave, did he let you ride it? We rode over to Mountain Eagle's yesterday and I was going 64 in 5th on Santa Fe and the bike wasn't even revving hard.

    You know you can always ride mine. It now has hand guards and will have a skid plate in a few days. BTW, someone posted that the stator puts out 350W, so you should have lenty of spare power for heated grips or other stuff.
  15. Sock Monkey

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    And brought me goodies from Eric at Wolfman Luggage! :clap

    Here's a pic of the wee blue beastie in "I'm goin' campin'" garb:

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    Goin' campin' a bit longer? No worries, Eric sells an add-on:

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    The bits are (all Wolfman):
    - Explorer Lite tank bag
    - Mini Beta rear bag
    - Alpha-Beta duffel

    I was a bit worried about 2 things prior to ordering. First, would the tank bag fit? I was mainly worried about the bars hitting the bag at full lock. Here's a pic that shows that you can scoot the bag back far enough so that's not an issue at all, and it doesn't interfere with me either:

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    The bars are just touching the bag at full lock. If I wanted to, I could move the bag back even farther, but for me, it works great just where it is.

    Next worry was the tail bag. Would it be too big, too small, or just plain not work out? Again, no worries. The right end of the bag was the part I was worried most about, but it rests comfortably on the heat shield for the pipe, with nothing touching. There is one small gap between the shield and the fender/seat where the bag could possibly work its way down and touch the hot muffler, so I put a bit of foil tape across the gap, and covered it with ducktape. You can see it in the following pics:

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    I doubt it would have been a problem, but I'm the cautious type. :lol3

    And there ya go! :thumb Next stop, campin' in the Sierras, with a bit of fishin' thrown in for good measure. Woohoo! :clap

    By the way, I have no affiliation with Eric or Wolfman, and I bought everything at retail, so no conspiracy theories please. :D I'm just a return customer of his, and find his stuff to be high quality at a reasonable price. Since I found a combo that fits neatly on the WRR, I thought I'd share so folks have an idea of what fits. Oh...and all this crap fits on the stock WRR, no extra racks, plates, or other mounting hardware needed. :thumb

    -NoVector
  16. Gargoyle

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    Very nice luggage setup NoVector. Now it's time to take that girl out and get her dirty.

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  17. norshor1

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    i bought the oem rack. it works nice.

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  18. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Got to have a ride on a WRR today. Really enjoyed it. It is winter here and it had been raining so the roads and tracks were very wet. We had a WR along as well and it was neat to be able to compare the two. The WR engine has more punch as expected and also the WRR had only 2km on the clock before we started. By the end of the ride I could feel it had loosened up a bit. The WRR carries its weight well and you dont notice its extra weight. I would need to do some work on seting up the rear suspension. To light in both comp. and rebound. that should only require some time to play with the clickers. Gearing it lower would be an advantage & would close up the gearbox ratios a bit. Other than that it only needs some protection bits and it would be sweet. Nice and QUIET to.
    PS: Unfortunately the bike isnt mine, it is a demonstrator.
  19. Hannda

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    Yep, I'd have thought the same thing. I'm thinking it may still be too new for enough folks to know about it - or they're waiting to see if the general consensus is that it's worth the extra cost over similar bikes.
  20. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Have you ridden it off road yet?