2011 Yamaha WR250R Review —

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Yamaha WR 250 X Special

Essentially a street-legal dirtbike

by Alfonse Palaima and Mark

Since its introduction in 2008, ’s street-legal WR250R has continued to with its competent alloy potent but low-maintenance 250cc thumper engine, long-travel and reasonably light weight.

years later, the design is tough, with basically graphic changes. Yamaha the bike can trace its lineage to YZF and more aggressive enduro and we came away convinced was not just marketing hype.

Riding Impressions

The WR250R’s 4-valve-per-cylinder mill churns out go-power, even with lean, EPA-satisfying tuning and muffler. When cold it displayed a slight off-idle at times, but this is something could be tuned out.

We dyno’d the same-engined 250X last year, and its oversquare, compression ratio powerplant 27.7 hp and 16.95 ft-lbs Combined with its wide-ratio transmission this is enough to ahead of traffic around It will easily wheelie in and second gear with a clutch slip.

On the open with a 200-lb rider up and acting like a sail, it still pull just shy of 90 mph mild headwinds, and up to around 95 mph or so tucked in, which is enough even if traveling via interstate

If desired, this bike be pressed into duty as an adventure tourer, at least for hundred miles, if not longer, on your needs and tolerance – if much of your route is on roads and off road.

Handling the 55.9-inch wheelbase machine is enough at speed, yet light and around town. Riding on rear and 21-inch front the Bridgestone Trail Wing front and TW-302 rear have adequate grip on The 46mm, 10.6-inch-travel KYB fork, with Soqi shock equal travel in the rear, up expansion joints and potholes aplomb.

Slowing down the is easy enough with a 250mm disc brake up and 230mm rear disc.

Passenger pegs make it to carry someone at least distances, and, if desired, the 36.6-inch ride height can be by nearly an inch by means of a clevis pin arrangement. While on the bike, normal sag under my 185 lbs the ride height so I could plant both feet beneath my 34-inch inseam.

The comes rather softly set up for duties, but front and rear have provision for spring as well as compression and rebound adjustments – items lacking on Japanese competitors.

Yamaha WR 250 X Special

Off-Road Impressions

The WR250R is close to the proverbial “dirtbike with but alas, the component spec, the street-legalizing extras make it 42 lbs than the longer-travel WR250F so we have no illusions there.

This said, Yamaha has done its homework on the WR250R to it as capable in the loose stuff as The semi-double-cradle frame uses and forged aluminum sections to the main frame, and steel reinforce the structure, adding up to rigidity.

A stiff asymmetrical cast aluminum cross and a 22mm rear axle help keep things in and combine with obvious done toward achieving centralization.

In short, the WR250F its extra pounds well, and gravel and dirt roads, grass, and loose dirt and reasonably well. Its long lets you plow over or larger rocks, and soak up holes that would lesser bikes destabilized.

In the high mountain desert in and El Mirage, the bike showed at least able to hold its The only sketchy part was hitting deep, loose Bikes with true tires we rode with stay on line much whereas the closer knob on the Yamaha’s on/off-road compromise often had more than could handle.

Hitting rutted sand washes at from 20-40 mph, we of had to just hold on and keep the upright, staying mindful of positioning, trying not to nail that could affect Several times we would get by the rivulet-marked surface we were through, started to plow the sideways and wondered whether we recover. Fortunately we did, but it did not us to fly like banshees through the scrub environment like on better-equipped dirtbikes could.

Yamaha WR 250 X Special

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