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Old 02-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #46
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A basically new demo wr250r for $5500 that you mentioned seems like its the clear winner for you. It's a great bike that will do exactly what you want, and is completely bulletproof. Plus, Yamaha dealerships are everywhere so parts are easy to get.

That being said, I'm 5'9" and it is a bit too tall for me. I sat on one at the IMS bike show this year, along with a DR650 and the CRF250L... The WR seemed to be at least 2 inches taller than the others- I was barely touching on the tip of my toes, with boots on. This is great for ground clearance, but not for confidence. If it were me, I would buy the CRF250L. You just can't beat $4500 brand new!
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:55 AM   #47
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Go with the WR250. A bike that can do "everything" is not good at anything, it compromises all of its abilities.

Then there is your commuting, good tires to go off road will be wasted on pavement and will have short lives. Get a second bike for your off road needs and keep the V-Srom, which may be boring, but is a terrific on-road bike.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #48
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I'm thinking pretty hard on the WR, I didn't make it out to the dealership this week. I would like to ride it, even if just in the parking lot but not when there is still ice. Next Friday/Saturday don't look too bad.

I've been looking into parts/mods for the WR and is the stock suspension really "that" bad or is it tolerable for spirited 2 track?
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:16 AM   #49
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The demo WR's apparently sold since they are no longer listed on the dealer's page.

Going with used machines I've found 2-2011 EXC's, one a 450 for $7500 in NY and the other a 530 for $6200 in Mass (also in the Flea Market). The 530 has more work done to it than the 450 which only has a pipe and has been lowered 2". They have almost identical mileage and appear to be similar condition in the photos.

450



This looks to have been a commuter since it has either Kenda 270's or the IRC of the same pattern.


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Are the 530/450 of this model year the same other than bore like the older models were? Any reason to not go with a 530?



In either case above I would be keeping the Strom for pavement duty.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:58 AM   #50
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WR250r... I got one

It is a wonderful bike... I am 180 degrees from you. Have a WRr and thinking about adding a v-strom type bike.

here is my deal though. The WRr works so well the way I have it set up, it is really hard to justify adding a second bike. It goes off road great, change the tires, and it's a great commuter...

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Old 02-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #51
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Currently I only have the Strom and a 79 Honda CM400t but I used to have the KLX. I would describe my style as casual trail riding, primarily 2 track which any of the 250s would be fine for but I really WANT something with more power than they can provide for times that I want to hammer down the trail. I used to ride with a friend who had an xr650l and I was wringing the guts out of the klx and rowing through the gears all the time on and off road.


My other WANT is a truly light play bike which is where the EXC line comes in. All of the Japanese small bore bikes are over 300 lbs ready to roll and are in the low 20 HP range. For that weight I may as well get the 690r.

Ideally KTM would bring the Freeride to the US as that I think would suit me perfectly.

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #52
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Your going in circles, our do you just want to know about every bike manufactured, it's starting to sound that way.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:09 AM   #53
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I'd have to say the same thing. The OP is way off the mark from what I see. 40 mile round trips, then 2 up for short distances of 100 miles, and limited vibration in the handle bars.

I'll have to look back at all the posts to see where this is going !!! I must of missed some thing along the way on this OP.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #54
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The ride to work and 2up pertained only to the 690.

I asked about the crf and wr because they were available. I've ruled out the crf because it is too similar to my old klx. The demo wr is gone so I asked about the exc since they were in the ballpark price range of a new wr but have more to offer but I don't know if there is anything to lookout for. Unless I missed it the 2exc models I asked about didn't have any long term owner reports on here.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:22 PM   #55
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I've only asked about other bikes that were suggested so I fail to see where im going in circles. If I had a dealership to ask I would be there instead of at my computer but since I don't I'm asking on here.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #56
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My thoughts:
- Keep the V-Strom (No brainer, you sell it, you'll miss it)
- Add a WR250R

I have a WR and just added a 450EXC (Although an older one). First of all it's tall, way taller than my WR and and your KLX was. It's also much harder to lower it since it doesn't have the link suspension that the WR has.

IMHO The KTM is also a beast, that likes off pavement WAY better than on. I'd much rather ride my WR for true dual-sport riding, but once to the dirt the KTM is great. If you're riding more dirt than pavement or racing, then go with the KTM. The WR is better for more all around exploring at "reasonable" speeds and lightweight touring.

YMMV.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:54 AM   #57
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From what I've read there is the X-bushing shock modification and there is a ~$500 kit online with new springs, spacers, and a kickstand to lower it 2". Which I'm guessing is what is on the 450 that I posted.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:58 AM   #58
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You could not go wrong with either 450 or 530. Just pick one and ride!
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #59
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Going Sunday morning to look at a street titled 06 450 EXC If that doesn't pan out it's a road trip to Mass.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #60
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