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Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 09:45 PM
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Posted By NeilW
When you say "dual-sport", do you mean a street...

When you say "dual-sport", do you mean a street legal dirt bike or an adventure bike? I would consider the WR250R to be 50/50 dirt/street and the WR250F more like 90/10.

Do you care about fuel...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 01:48 PM
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Posted By NeilW
True, but a sheepskin pad will hold a lot of...

True, but a sheepskin pad will hold a lot of water if it gets a good soaking. Could be gettin' all squishy if you have to sit in it.
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 01:40 PM
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Posted By NeilW
If these racks fit the same as the Wolfman...

If these racks fit the same as the Wolfman Expedition racks, then you might not get a tool tube to fit with clearance. I had a standard size tool tube on the inboard, left side, tucked up high and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-29-2014, 01:42 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Cars are a lot safer nowdays, drivers not so...

Cars are a lot safer nowdays, drivers not so much. Motorcyclists would be a lot safer if car drivers still believed that the slightest lapse of attention could get them killed. Safety is my...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 01:32 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Stock gearing is set to reduce RPM to maximize...

Stock gearing is set to reduce RPM to maximize fuel economy and minimize noise output. Most of us who are using a 13/47 (front/rear sprocket tooth count) consider it a performance improvement. That...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 01:01 PM
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Posted By NeilW
But if it's only 5 million kilometers, that's not...

But if it's only 5 million kilometers, that's not so much. :D
Forum: Thumpers 08-13-2014, 01:24 PM
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Posted By NeilW
I envy this approach. Being a compulsive planner,...

I envy this approach. Being a compulsive planner, not just plan A but plan B too, I keep saying someday I'll hit the road with little more than a vague idea of things to see and when to go home....
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2014, 02:21 PM
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Posted By NeilW
dirt wheels vs. street tires

Tubed or tubeless?
Seems that most street tires are tubeless and must be mounted on wheels designed for tubeless tires.
Most dirt tires are tubed so they can be mounted on spoked wheels.

A lot...
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2014, 07:32 PM
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Posted By NeilW
ScreensForBikes

It's a little screen that helps a little. Wind hits my chest - 6' tall, 34" inseam. I can almost duck down behind it on the highway when I need to squeeze out a couple more MPH. Can only take that...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2014, 01:17 PM
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Posted By NeilW
That's a first. I've never seen anyone float a...

That's a first. I've never seen anyone float a bike across a river on an inflatable raft.
Considering where I live, I've never even seen a river from my WRR.
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2014, 01:30 PM
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Posted By NeilW
I run the same and have had minor meltage of the...

I run the same and have had minor meltage of the bag, though it's not compromised. The real culprit here isn't the stock heat shield, but the mounting bolts. Steel bolts to steel brackets welded to...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 01:46 PM
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Posted By NeilW
replaced battery

I had to replace the stock battery after 4 years, 15,000 miles with lots of dirt pounding, and plugged into a Battery Tender when not in use.

The symptoms parade was a very short one.
Rode the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-05-2014, 07:52 PM
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Posted By NeilW
That's funny:nod I just installed the Scaggs...

That's funny:nod
I just installed the Scaggs tail rack and Righteous Stunt Metal clutch lever last week. Both fine pieces of work at fine pieces of work prices.
I'm happy with the clutch lever. My...
Forum: Thumpers 05-05-2014, 01:49 PM
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Posted By NeilW
T63 vote

I second giving the T-63s a look. Here are my impressions of these tire combos that I've run.
OEM Trailwings - Good on highway, slippery in the dirt
MT21 front / D606 rear - I don't get why so many...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2014, 10:47 AM
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Posted By NeilW
I couldn't see the pictures either, so I edited...

I couldn't see the pictures either, so I edited and re-inserted the images. I see them now.
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2014, 11:48 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Installed Scaggs Design Rack

This tail rack is highly recommended here and for good reason. It appears to be a quality unit, complete with proper mounting hardware, and nice for a change - good instructions.

Having previously...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2014, 01:09 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Thank you. The windscreen is from Screens For...

Thank you.
The windscreen is from Screens For Bikes in AUS.
http://www.screensforbikes.com/shop/yamaha/wr-250-r-08-12-2/
This product has received many glowing recommendations in this thread....
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2014, 10:04 AM
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Posted By NeilW
Both Wheeler Pass and Mormon Well are free of...

Both Wheeler Pass and Mormon Well are free of snow/mud. I rode the Super Ténéré, 2-up to Mormon Well twice in the past month. I hear the trail from the summit to the Hwy 93 side is very difficult,...
Forum: Thumpers 04-20-2014, 11:24 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Cabin Springs mini ride report

Out of Las Vegas, what is the closest and longest dirt road leading to desolation? That would be the Alamo Road in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. About 15 miles from the north “edge” of town,...
Forum: Thumpers 01-13-2014, 02:03 PM
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Posted By NeilW
WR250 goes freeway speeds <hr...

WR250 goes freeway speeds
<hr style="color:#575757; background-color:#575757" size="1"> The part I highlighted is curious to me. As one respondent noted, this is a...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2013, 05:13 PM
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Posted By NeilW
112-link chain will solve that problem. I added a...

112-link chain will solve that problem. I added a second clip style master link (running 2 master links) to a 110 chain. Someone will probably deride that, but it's been working for the last 4,000...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2013, 01:40 PM
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Posted By NeilW
It's still an enduro bike. The lack of passenger...

It's still an enduro bike. The lack of passenger foot pegs tells me the subframe isn't designed for additional payload. To that point, the 2014 description touts that the frame is based off the 250F...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2013, 01:28 PM
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Posted By NeilW
There are choices, but I'm thrilled with my Go...

There are choices, but I'm thrilled with my Go Race suspension. Nothing wrong with defaulting there. Call them, be honest about your weight, expected loading, and riding style.
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2013, 01:33 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Actually, it's the little Yamaha emblem on the...

Actually, it's the little Yamaha emblem on the headlight shroud that indicate its good genes.:deal The rest is just bling and battle scars. Sounds like you know what to do - a little TLC and replace...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2013, 01:48 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Brake protection

I'm a big fan of protection. Not that I ever pick bad lines or fall down or anything like that.

I have a GYTR rear brake disc guard on now that has seen better days. It's very dinged up, bent and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-25-2013, 07:15 PM
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Posted By NeilW
That looked like a fairly rough ride. Your rear...

That looked like a fairly rough ride. Your rear view mirror was getting ready to call it quits. Good riding buddy to wait up for you at all the right spots. It always frustrates me to be having a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2013, 08:45 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Thank you for your efforts to present such a well...

Thank you for your efforts to present such a well written and illustrated ride report. I've dabbled around the edges of this route, but your plan suggests something I might actually be able to do....
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2013, 01:17 PM
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Posted By NeilW
As seen in the latest Rider Warehouse...

As seen in the latest Rider Warehouse (Aerostitch) catalog:
"Ride or Ride not
there is no Drive"
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2013, 01:53 PM
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Posted By NeilW
I'll be due for new tires in a 1000 miles or so...

I'll be due for new tires in a 1000 miles or so and have yet to run the same tire twice.

After wearing out the stock Trailwings (undeserved poor reputation IMHO), I went with MT21 front and D606...
Forum: Thumpers 11-02-2012, 01:42 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Stock tank insulation. ...

Stock tank insulation.
http://winnemore.smugmug.com/Other/WR250R-Tech/i-wjLpbcN/0/L/stock%20tank%20001-L.jpghttp://winnemore.smugmug.com/Other/WR250R-Tech/i-wjLpbcN/0/M/stock%20tank%20001-M.jpg
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-01-2012, 02:18 PM
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Posted By NeilW
heat

Well dang, hadn't thought of it that way. I guess the flip side is - when the fan is not running, the air flow through might be better. The holey shroud theory is probably right up there with those...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2012, 04:49 PM
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Posted By NeilW
fuel pump cooling

Heat seems to be the most common denominator. While ambient heat could factor in, the engine is a lot hotter than the air and the fuel tank is right on top of that heat source. I think the small,...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2012, 01:47 PM
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Posted By NeilW
My Safari tank makes a darn good radiator guard,...

My Safari tank makes a darn good radiator guard, proven many times. Part of the cost justification for the big tank was radiator protection. The stock, plastic "guard" seems to be working and allows...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2012, 09:53 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Gasoline expands in volume as it warms. Ideally,...

Gasoline expands in volume as it warms. Ideally, you pump cool gas from an in-ground tank, then it expands in your motorcycle tank while outside in the sun. Viola! More gas. Of course it works the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2012, 01:34 PM
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Posted By NeilW
I can't help but suspect that the dealer thinks...

I can't help but suspect that the dealer thinks you have a WR250F and gave you the "usual story". Have you seen inside the motor yet? ...just so you know they actually took the top off of it...
Forum: Thumpers 04-05-2012, 01:51 PM
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Posted By NeilW
The hash marks on the axle adjusters are only for...

The hash marks on the axle adjusters are only for reference - they don't guarantee alignment. Get a chain alignment tool for around $20 bucks and use it. Remove the 2 bolts holding the chain guard to...
Forum: Vendors 04-01-2012, 06:21 PM
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Views: 184,522
Posted By NeilW
How about a cable type gun lock? ...

How about a cable type gun lock?
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31iktdaVqTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2012, 10:35 PM
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Posted By NeilW
skidplate noise

While we're on the subject of skidplate harmonics...I sprayed the top of mine (Flatlands) with autobody undercoating and used some foam-backed tape on the frame rails. Never even rode with an...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2011, 01:46 PM
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Posted By NeilW
convertable motorcycle

I blame the wheel swappers. A set of wheels, give or take some brake components, and you can be X or R. If Yamaha was smart, they'd simply offer a conversion kit, one each actually. They already have...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2011, 02:04 PM
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Posted By NeilW
Yeah. Now I know what it's like to be a bike and...

Yeah. Now I know what it's like to be a bike and have my tires changed:norton
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