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Old 01-30-2013, 06:05 AM   #32806
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The Honda took 1st Place.
Only because it's cheap
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:14 AM   #32807
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Shocked, but not really. it's FAR cheaper and they geared the test towards shorter, less experienced riders. Honda is an obvious win.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:21 AM   #32808
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:25 AM   #32809
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The Honda took 1st Place.
Yea.. that's funny... Rider Magazine just did the review too (as I posted earlier) and they obviously are a better source than this CycleNews..
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #32810
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...the answer is, buy a nice low mileage WR for about the same as a new Honda...
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:00 AM   #32811
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...the answer is, buy a nice low mileage WR for about the same as a new Honda...
This is what i did. $3kish for a WRR with under 5k miles is a no brainer
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:10 AM   #32812
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I'm taking a group out to the CO. river to go riding this weekend......one of them has a brand new CRF250L......I'll hop on board his bike and take it for a spin/report back.......I tried to steer him into a used WRR when he was on the hunt for a new set of wheels.......but he wanted to buy new, he's vertically challenged at ~5'7", and he bleeds red (coming over to dualsport from a XR400)...........couldn't sway him......he also wanted to spend the new cost difference on personal gear/bike farkles.......which is probably fairly common.....

So I'll see what kind of dog the CRF250L really is......and briefly spoil him with my 350XCF-W
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:00 AM   #32813
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Would mind seeing what they had to say about the Honda and the Kawaski in that same article. Although the author loses some credibility by calling these bikes Midweight Entry Level Dual Sports made for Girls. Just goes to show that lots of folks still don't "Get" these bikes.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:14 AM   #32814
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2012 WR250R in Central Ohio, 900 miles.

A coworker of mine is hot for a Beta 350 and is selling his WRR.

Details: a 2012 with less than 900 miles. Some sort of fatbars with the OE Yamaha mounts, Cycra Probends w/ guards. The Zeta small taillight conversion kit. I think it has some more dirt worthy tires on it, but they are still DOT approved.

Bike has been mostly a commuter & just ridden off-road a couple of times.

He wants $5K.

We are a Yamaha dealer so I'm sure we can help with financing.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:24 AM   #32815
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Would mind seeing what they had to say about the Honda and the Kawaski in that same article. Although the author loses some credibility by calling these bikes Midweight Entry Level Dual Sports made for Girls. Just goes to show that lots of folks still don't "Get" these bikes.

They said the same thing about the XR250R's in the '80s.

A couple months later they call it a "great woods bike" and do a "How to build a Woods Weapon" article. Next they post their race results proudly. All this on the same bike they started out calling a girls bike....

They are like politicians in many ways too. They get nice SWAG from companys and such. You can't believe what they print...

You need to read between the lines...

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #32816
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Would mind seeing what they had to say about the Honda and the Kawaski in that same article.


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Old 01-30-2013, 12:08 PM   #32817
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I think they should rate the bikes without considering price as a factor, show their strengths and weaknesses, and just show the prices of all three side by side. The consumer will decide.
Also does FI add much weight? I know carbs can be responsive and fun, maybe just not the way the klx is?
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #32818
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Considering the fed250l needs a valve check at 600 miles they should add in that cost too
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #32819
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #32820
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Price vs. features...

I have been very pleased with my WR-R in the three years and 22K miles I've had it. But I also have to agree with the article's argument about price point for the majority of riders who're in the market for this kind of bike.

Comparing MSRP, the Honda is roughly 2/3 the price with capable features, including EFI. Any way you slice it that's a good deal, IMO. That's almost $2,200 to put into the farkles that any bike is going to need.

I paid $5,770 out the door for my WR-R new in 2010 and thought that was high at the time. The one factor that went into my buying decision which wasn't addressed in the "shootout" article was the low maintenance and durability of the WR-R. Honda has the reputation of being bulletproof and low maintenance as well, but that hasn't been proved with this model as yet.

Were I buying today, I'd definitely give the Honda a serious look. Having competition can't help but improve the quality and price point for all the 250 DS bikes, IMO.
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