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Yamaha WR 250R

YamahaÂ’s New Dual Sport Unexpected Surprises

May. 23, By Mark Kariya

While it the dirt-only WR250F in appearance, the WR250R is far better on the street still being very in the dirt.

With the price of climbing like Fourth of fireworks, increasing numbers of are considering motorcycles as more forms of transportation and not simply For those who favor the off-road the obvious choice in two-wheeled is the dual-purpose motorcycle, also as a dual-sport.

The manufacturers have this by offering more over the past few years, some have been to catch on. Until recently, had only a couple of decades-old but that’s changed with the of the WR250R (and its more WR250X, which we won’t here).

While it’s to sit on, the WR250R encourages you to get up on the pegs and the bike to its limits—which are surprisingly for a Japanese dual-sport.

A casual suggests the new machine is a direct of the off-road-only WR250F racer. a number of numbers in the spec indicates this to be true: four-… engine with the 77.0 x 53.6mm bore and aluminum frame and swingarm, airbox, wave-style brake and aluminum rims (18- and among other items. it just looks like the brother.

The WR250R is much better in the than previous 250cc dual-sports, though the comparative of low-end means keeping the up for optimum performance.

But looks are

Yamaha studied the market, questions and concluded that the majority of prospective dual-sport want is something that’s to split the difference between and dirt riding pretty with 46 percent of actual riding done on the street and 54 on the dirt. KTM, Husqvarna, and the other Euro manufacturers all dual-sports that skew in favor of dirt use while the have traditionally built for the masses who might commute or twice a week then do casual trail riding on the or even after work.

Realizing that splitting the demanded a different approach, knew it couldn’t just a WR250F because, frankly, dirt bikes aren’t well suited to long of droning down the highway. often uncomfortable and buzzy, and knobby tires can be very on wet asphalt. Yet, Yamaha knew that it had to try to stay to the WR’s competition heritage in than just appearance.

So, the team came up with a of goals, played with a few and came up with the WR250R. And is it, exactly?

Well, it’s not a with license platebut not necessarily a bad thing. Again, market research showed dissatisfaction in component quality and the for high-tech features. Fine. How electronic fuel injection The WR250R has it, making it the first motorcycle in Yamaha’s line-up to it.

We never had a problem getting the running in two days of riding at a intro that started up in the mountains around 6000 (where flakes of snow still falling) down to the floor at about 3000 The 38mm downdraft Mikuni body with its 12-hole helped meter the two gallons of precisely enough that we felt a hiccup or hesitation.

Feel like unwinding work? Few things are better taking the long way home, and the is an excellent way to exercise that

Despite the inclusion of Yamaha’s control valve in the exhaustwhich like a power valve in to help boost torque being tuned for good powerthe general consensus was the WR250R felt pretty off the bottom.

Yamaha WR 250R

Granted, 250cc will never be arm-yanking monsters, but the Yamaha’s high-tech felt like it had less than an old XR250R. On the other it runs circles around the XR on top so you get the short-… motor spinning, got your reward.

It’s of a 125cc two-… (which four-strokes are supplanting more and since they’re lumped the same class at most worldwide): If you want to hustle the trail quickly, rev it hard. that smooth 13-plate and shift often through the six ratios (the top two of which are

The comparatively mild low-end that less-experienced riders be intimidated when getting either in the dirt or on the road. You add another two or three teeth to the sprocket (stock gearing is and a nice O-ring chain is and get better low-speed response, but probably forfeit some economy and top speed in the process. Of how many people need a 250 reportedly do over 90 on flat, roads?

We’re guessing even if you knocked 10 miles an off on top, you’d still be to cruise comfortably at 70 and probably get 50 or so to the gallon.

We found the WR250R to well on the street as well. you wouldn’t want to do an all-day ride on it, the blue … do well as a short-hop city that’s also able to hit trails.

Since many riders are newbies or re-entry (those returning to the sport many years away to a family, establish businesses, unaccustomed to the tall seat on contemporary off-road bikes, the has slightly shorter legs, the components themselves are as feature-laden as the on race bikes. The 46mm KYB cartridge fork offers compression- and rebound-damping adjustability 10.6 inches of travel, a bit than the 11.8 on the WR250F.

In the rear a Soqi shock (a of Yamaha that manufactures the found on some of the high-end bikes like the R1) is adjustable not for preload, compression and rebound, but it goes one better than the on the 250F in that you can vary the height. Travel at 10.6 is less than on the ‘F, and numbers result in a seat 36.6 inches tall, a two inches lower than the

We found it easy to touch the at stop lights or on the trail. If say, 5-foot-4 or less, you may to play with the ride (and don’t forget to the fork legs in the aluminum clamps at the same time or chassis geometry goes to

Whether on or off the road, the WR250R relatively light, hiding its 278-pound dry weight (for the version; the 49-state model is two lighter) well. (By way of comparison, the is a claimed 234 pounds.) It turned tracked predictably and absorbed of off-road abuse, enough it definitely set the bar higher for dual-purpose from Japan. You can ride the very aggressively and not overtax the chassis or pleasantly and surprisingly suspension.

Yamaha WR 250R

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