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Thread: Do I want a WR250R?

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    Default Do I want a WR250R?

    Main riding in my back yard is unmaintained fire road. I plan on riding the dam 2-3 times a year. Maybe 1 to 2 jayday enduros per year.

    Pros:
    I fucking love small bikes. I always have.
    FI. I don’t want to screw with things. I want to push a button and go.
    “Best” of the small enduros
    Street legal.
    Fully adjustable suspension.

    Cons:
    She’s a porker at about 290, people have gotten them down to 260s without much trouble.
    Small motor. Not enough power for big climbs? I’m currently on a ttr230 and haven’t had this issue so I can’t see it being a deal Breaker.

    So, opinions? Thoughts from anyone who has ridden one? Especially off road?
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    Matt 9/19/10

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    I rode one a few weeks ago, along with a beta. I was surprised how heavy it was. I guess if it's on a fire road your good. If doing trails... personally I would look elsewhere but I'm not good in the dirt. I drop my kdx every 100 yards lol
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    Did is still have the road farkles?

    The only thing I’ll keep from the stock set up is head light. Everything else will be boxed up the day it comes home. Combine that with the pipe and allegedly it’s 20pounds shaved easily.
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    Matt 9/19/10

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    Nope this particular bike had a plate but no lights or street crap. The owner bought it to use at Turkey runs and enduros that requires a plate. I assume he puts that stuff on when he needs to. I also rode a klx that was nice too.
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    As a dual sport bike, it's works fine on the street, & dirt roads. Heavier than a WR450F, with no where near the power. Even with a pipe & tuner, power is disappointing. That being said, I still had fun on it.

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    That’s kind of what I wa expecting.

    That said,I should also mention, I will be putting straight dirt rubber on it before ever riding it. The plate is just good so I can ride with less hassle.
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    Matt 9/19/10

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    It's funny that you mentioned that you'd ride it at the dam. That's where I decided to sell my WR250R & just get a dirt bike with a street legal plate. Found a FI WR450F soon after.

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    My first ride at the dam ride was a dr650. Day one in the dirt. 80/20 tires. And I went left out of the parking lot. I have a very screwed idea of normal

    I’ve ridden a 450 ktm and it felt huuuuge. I really didn’t care for it. I’d be worried of the same feeling on the wr450. Maybe I just need to get used to it?
    Last edited by drinkingmymilk; 07-09-2018 at 08:39 PM.
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    Matt 9/19/10

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    I haven’t ridden a wr250 but I own a drz400 and I’ve ridden a brand new crf250L that’s supposedly a little slower than the wr250. The crf250 was very very gutless and slow...not even close to enough to make me want one. I was disappointed. It was bone stock, though, had like 25 miles on it, and my (short, light) friend who owns it loves it. He also rides a cr500 two stroke for motos and Jdays at Southwick, so he can get his looptastic thrills on that bike...

    In my opinion, you don’t have to go all the way to exc 500, but you’re likely going to want a little more power just for cruising street, fire roads, and mild single track...if you try a Jday and like it, you will probably want a dedicated bike for that; they are pretty tough even on premium (pure woods or mx) equipment.

    Ymmv though, lots of tried and true dual sporters think the wr250 is the best thing available, which is one reason they aren’t that easy to find cheap.

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    Just get that cr500 and throw a set of dirt wheels on it.
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