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Old 11-02-2010, 12:23 PM   #18211
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Go back and read the link I posted. 75 mph all day long is no problem.
If you bike is using 90% of it's power to go at 75mph (not speedo reading,but true speed), it's not considered okay. Because you lack the additional power to react to differennt situations on the highway.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:23 PM   #18212
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I believe that I've read on this thread that the top speed is close to 95 mph. On level ground. With the rider tucked-in. Trying to reach 100 mph and didn't make it.

I believe that the bike can be ridden safely in high speed traffic. I also live near Seattle, and 75 mph here should be no problem. However, 85 mph in Los Angeles might be a different story.

The real question is how comfortable are you on a light bike with an upright riding position at these speeds. For me, it is tiring. For a short commute; no problem. Riding an hour each way to off-road fun; no problem. Riding 3-4 hours at a stretch with minimal breaks; not so much fun.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:34 PM   #18213
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I did a gps indicated 84 mph on my bike. It was on a long downhill and the bike was completely stock. I am 6'1" 250lbs and was tucked down but not trying to get under the paint. Someone smaller than me tucking down further could have gone faster but I doubt 95 mph.

I don't like to run the bike over 65 mph but have done so before. Here in Honolulu the traffic is gentle so cruising along near the speed limit is the norm.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:35 PM   #18214
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There is an '09, 1 owner, all stock, with extended warranty in VT for sale for $3500 right now. Motivated seller.


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Old 11-02-2010, 12:42 PM   #18215
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I read 65-70 in this thread, but not more except for your claim of 75.

70 cruise is OK, but if it's a hard to get 70, probably notsomuch. As an example, the KTM 640 has a hard time keeping up on the superslab. I've ridden the Alcan 5000 with several, and they are best kept about 65 or less. KLR's go faster. That is why I asked what the top speed is. I am hoping it's about 85mph, but fear it's more like 75.
Come on...it's a lightweight 250 single. It's NOT designed for long distances on high speed interstate freeways. No wind protection, narrow & tall front tire, the highest seat height of any bike I own. It'll do 85 mph, it'll cruise at 70 mph, but it won't be fun, or very comfortable.

I'm surprised you came away from BigDogAdventure's ride report thinking it would be "perfect" for this kind of riding because BDA makes it clear he no likey pavement, refuses to ride in cities, and makes sure his gps autoroutes him AWAY from freeways and interstates. Back roads and dirt are some of his top priorities. (I'm only speaking for BDA here because he has understandably forsaken this thread...)
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:46 PM   #18216
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whats the obsession with having to cruise at 75mph ? I cruise 60-65 (you know, the legal speed limit )on any highway and that never seems to be a problem , if someone wants to pass me , then they go around and pass me.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #18217
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Speed limit in Oklahoma is 75 and most everywhere else I went on my trip it was 70 mph.

Is the WR250R the best bike for this kind of riding? Of course not, but it'll do it without issue.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:51 PM   #18218
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........it'll cruise at 70 mph, but it won't be fun, or very comfortable..........
I had a blast on the ~1200 mile Kings of the West RACE with sustained speeds of ~60-70mph in dirt ALL DAY......for 4 days........

Had to jump on pavement once in a while ........I think my top speed was 83(?).......no biggie (to me)........like Big Dog, I'm not really interested in riding any more tarmac than I have too and when I do I frequently ride SLOWER than I do in the dirt......I just pimp along and relax on the paved transits between trails........
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:01 PM   #18219
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86 GPS top speed w/ 13/47 gearing and taller rear tire.

throttle pinned, engine screamin.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:03 PM   #18220
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I had a blast on the ~1200 mile Kings of the West RACE with sustained speeds of ~60-70mph in dirt ALL DAY......for 4 days........

Had to jump on pavement once in a while ........I think my top speed was 83(?).......no biggie (to me)........like Big Dog, I'm not really interested in riding any more tarmac than I have too and when I do I frequently ride SLOWER than I do in the dirt......I just pimp along and relax on the paved transits between trails........
Did between 5000 and 6000 miles this summer in Alaska mostly about 65 mph and had a blast on the WR250R.

My preference is to not have a windscreen, but for a person that is concerned about the wind force of an upright bike could opt for one... as I say, Think Big Ride Small :)
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:06 PM   #18221
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86 GPS top speed w/ 13/47 gearing and taller rear tire.

throttle pinned, engine screamin.
That is 'smokin' for a 13/47 gearing

I went 13 / 48 and a 90 aspect tire (d606) and what was a 65 mph cruise is now 59 mph... gets buzzy after that.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #18222
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A couple of weeks ago i rode from ogden to sedona.. ~600 miles. I stayed on minor highways for the most part.. preferring to go 65 or less. But there were a couple of sections i rode in the 80's for an hour or more.. divided highway, some traffic.. i got it to the low 90s a time or 2. 160#, 13/42, windscreen, 30# tire pressures, tucked down, no headwind.

Now, would i want to do a long road trip on the interstates on this bike? No, but i don't think i would want to do that on any bike, except maybe a gold wing, but might as well be in a car!

But if i have to, it's nice to know i can jump on the super slab for as many hours as i can take.

My windscreen & my frankenseat were the main factors in my long, comfortable ride.

Top speed for me is low 90's. It could do more with less resistance or a few more horses, but it is a good balance of weight & power for me. YMMV
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:19 PM   #18223
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What?

Rocky Mtn ATV is telling me they have no chain/sprocket "kits" for the WR250R........only WR250F......could've sworn I saw P/N posted here before......

Are thery interchangeable? I'm just looking for a 110 O or X ring chain and 13/47 STEEL sprockets........
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:22 PM   #18224
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WR250F sprockets fit. I bought my 13/47 & 110 link chain from Rocky Mountain.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:23 PM   #18225
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yes, yz250f stuff works too, and the basic steel 47 sprocket has both sets of mounting holes, so you don't need the countersunk bolts.

Edit: the exact items I ordered:

47 tooth sprocket: 1022350055 $19.99

13 tooth sprocket: 1021470103 $8.99

110 link x-ring chain: 1021250015 $57.80

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