Wr250r and High Mtn. Passes?

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  1. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!! Supporter

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    Coming to Colorado this summer.... have stock WR... do I need any mods?..... how will it do in the high passes without mods?
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    No mods needed, except skid plate and handguards. I have stock engine & have ridden many of the high passes here without issue.
    Edit: I should have mentioned gearing, If you're just riding easy passes stock gearing is OK, but if anything semi-gnar, gear down a bit. I'm running 13/48
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    Cool... thanks... have skid plate and Rad guard.
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    It'll be fine, you'll just find yourself riding a gear lower than you probably would at lower elevation.
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    Just remember that you can run into rain, sleet and snow. Even in July.
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    Flyjpa Positive rate...GEAR UP!

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  7. eakins

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    14/50 gearing helps alot
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    Flyjpa Positive rate...GEAR UP!

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    I was running 13/48 and there were times I had the old girl screaming in first gear on some of the ascents.

    Overall it did well and had no problems keeping up with the Husky 701s that I had been riding with.

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    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    I have ridden mine all over the Southwest. Engine is stock. Running 14-47 gearing. Heated grips are a plus! Perfect bike for exploring the southwest. Prepare to be amazed by the scenery...

    Ride safe,

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  10. eakins

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    I'll add on my WRR these mods helped it run better
    -Booster Plug - big improvement off idle
    - G2 throttle tube - motor gets into power band faster
    -CO adjustment with jumper - free mod to check and adjust setting
    -Iridium plug - starts easier
    -Pro Taper clutch perch - better friction zone
    -Seat Concept seat - long day comfort
    -IMS 4.7 - many rides are remote. I don't stress fuel.
    -Force radiator guard. The best and now protected.
    -Moose Pro skid plate - protected and less engine noise
    -Sandman counter sprocket guard


    Just my list but has served me well.
    Those Tusk Dsport tires would be a great choice.
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  11. Colorad0

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    Just like every other bike, you'll be down on power to the tune of 30-35%, right when you need it most... going up a mountain.

    It will feel slow as ****, but you may not care, because you'll also be down on oxygen.

    Don't expect to keep up with traffic heading up I70 & 285 (unless you're stuck behind a gas powered motor home :D)
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  12. eakins

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    No doubt, the WR250R is a backroads kinda bike anyway. Anything under 650cc just sucks on those roads anyway and should be avoided no matter the bike.

    Ideally you stay on dirt as much as possible anyway. When needed you can leave the WRR in 1st and just roll on and off to get up most anything. It needs rpms to make power, no torque is available.

    On back roads I'm riding in 2 & 3 all the time and keeping revs high. On nasty stuff 1st gear is essential, but you will get up that trail.

    The key is to travel light on this bike and spin that motor. It will never be a 500 KTM kinda dual sport.
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  13. eakins

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    I've been transforming my WRR into a backroads & forest touring bike. It sucks as a dirt bike, I've tried. It works, but all your friends on real dirt bikes are having more fun. It also sucks as a high speed bike too.

    Where it excels is a gas and go dirt exploring and touring machine. Sure your friends with bigger motors will get up the hill faster, but you'll get up the hill too. You will not be happy trying to keep up with the go fast crowd, the motor and suspension will just be over whelmed.

    The WRR is best when you go your own way or with other 250 dual sports. It's an anvil reliable kinda machine that you have no concerns about taking off by yourself for a week or a year.

    When I want to move faster or bigger roads or with faster ADV groups I choose my 650GS.
    When faster paved only speeds are needed, I ride my DL650. Beyond that I don't need to go for faster for safety and liscense sake.
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  14. Colorad0

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    I rode with a couple of WR250R's down in the AZ desert and they seemed to do really well there. Cruising the highways at 60-70mph. They did have to slow down on the short steep climbs though.
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    eakins said it best, gas and go exploring.

    No mods on the bike, but if you have a mod riding with you, they start looking grumpy after the 3rd pass. :lol3

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    These pictures are getting me Psyched!!!!!
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