Help me desecrate a WR250R please

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Dean Ohlin, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Blakduk

    Blakduk Don’t be too practical.

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    The WR250R is pretty reliable and versatile little bike for the $$. I just got back from ~1000kms riding out past Injune/Roma. From nasty deep sand and rocky steep hills, to open dirt roads and 110km/h highway, while carrying swag, fuel, etc.
    Other bikes were a 1290, 690, KLR650 and a 500EXC.
    Apart from occasionally wishing I had more torque for those long fast inclines at ~90km/h...compensated for by just dropping down 2 gears and applying more revs... the little blue bike met all challenges.
    In comparison to the other bikes, the 250 was much less tiring. For hitting things harder, I could have been on the 500 though. For the highway I would have liked the 1290. I think a couple of the other riders wished they were on my bike more than I wished I was on theirs, overall!

    I must say that everyone loved their own bikes in their own way. Just goes to show the quality of the adventure is not always that bike-specific...
    Fork seal is fixed Dave, yours to ride whenever it stops raining!
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  2. Big Willy

    Big Willy Gen. Italia

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    Hope it hasn't been too bad for you up there Dave. Mate of mine on South side really copped a hiding
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  3. robbiedobbie

    robbiedobbie Robbiemyboy

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  4. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    I got off pretty lightly. Few wrecked aluminium shutters, couple of broken windows, bashed the whirlybirds about and a leaking skylight. Nothing to what some people copped.
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  5. Big Willy

    Big Willy Gen. Italia

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    That's good mate. Still a bit scary when it happens though I bet
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  6. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    how's the desecration going
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  7. Dean Ohlin

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    Slowly...well not even started...haven't got a bike yet. Still just checking a few things out occasionally. Made some enquiries re suspension lowering, the bloke was a bit doubtful about lowering the suspension (by machining suspension components to reduce suspension travel) by 100mm, but regularly does 50mm so about 75mm might be a goer. I'd need a new seat just for comfort so a Seat Concepts Comfort Low will get me another 25mm lower for a seat height of 830mm, which should be OK. So minimum requirements of suspension mods., tank, bash plate, hand guards and seat mods add up to a $2000.00 spend and that's putting of stuff like a little screen and some sort of decent size rack off and then kidding myself they're just coming out of "normal" spending. Plus not a lot of bikes around. A lot of peoples idea of a reasonable price for their baby is making a newy at $8,300.00 look better all the time. So put all that together and it equals..."Budget?...what fuckin' budget?"
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  8. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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  9. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    I plan on doing the WR250R thing early next year and plan to do a 10k trip on it.
    IMS tank and panniers racks then go.
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  10. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    THKS
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  11. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Don't go crazy on suspension mods until you've done the easy lowering stuff first. Get the lowered seat, adjust down the clevis on the back shock, slip the forks up the triples a bit to match & go riding. That is my lady's WRR setup, she's shorter than you & she handles it ok. It's a slim bike & it carries it's weight pretty low so the bare seat height number doesn't tell the whole story.

    Cheers
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  12. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    Yeah,
    The tide is (maybe) turning. A bit of a compromise to my original plan, but when my rough calculations tell me I could pick up a near news low k example and set it up nicely for under 5 grand, it's now seriously on the list. Thanks, gents.
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  13. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Maybe you can find blue plastic :razor
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  14. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    Ha Ha Ha ……………………………………….., well actually this pic helped sway me!

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    mmmm, and just to put my stamp on it, I wonder if you could, and how much it'd cost to get a nice blue 19" rim laced up?
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  15. Angry Pete

    Angry Pete Yeah, whatever

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    I Hope you’re not thinking of cutting and machineing the forks, there are simpler ways of reducing fork travel and the overall length of the assembled fork by having internal spaces installed.
    This will lower the front while ensuring the front tyre won’t hit anything, good luck with the project
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  16. Dean Ohlin

    Dean Ohlin Inner City Elite

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    Just the man I was hoping to run into. Lost your number Pete, I'd love to have a yarn about the KLX some time.
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  17. Big Willy

    Big Willy Gen. Italia

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    Now you'll blame us if you don't like it :deal

    There used to be a huge thread going on Thumpertalk years ago...not sure if it's still going or not
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  18. Dean Ohlin

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    Nah, Gympie needs more greenies!
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  19. stevegt738

    stevegt738 Been here awhile

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    'effing bean counters, that's who.
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  20. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Encouragement award recipient. tEAM iDIOT.

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    I thought it was because people thought that pumping a bit of grease in there was sufficient linkage maintenance, when we all know they need to be pulled apart and properly cleaned and regreased. So getting rid of them meant you had to do it properly.:D
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