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Old 03-25-2013, 02:50 AM   #34111
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Having a short SO who is very vocal about this subject, let me warn you: You're treading on thin ice here.

You can only lower a WR so far and you may find your wife is never comfortable on it. Being the better dualsport is one thing, but if it scares her to ride it, it won't matter how well it performs off road.

You look at the crf250l?
You're wise beyond your years.

XT 225/250.

Then move up if it's warranted.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:20 AM   #34112
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Stock height questions

My seat height was lowered by the previous owner with a Corbin seat and stock adjustment, and is still at 36 inches. I have a Moose link ready to install to lower it a further 1.75. Don't know if this will work well or not, but I've ordered Tusk bar risers from Rocky Mountain ATV so I can drop the forks even further than the stock 18 mm allowed.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:25 AM   #34113
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lol what the hell was that sound?
LOL!!! I got a couple of messages on my Droid when I was recording that! What timing! I replaced the video with another one that I shot.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:34 AM   #34114
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Flatlands Skid Plate vibes...

I put a Flatlands Racing skid plate on mine right after getting the bike 22K miles ago. It had harmonic vibes that were somewhat irritating to me. Next oil change while I had the plate off I reinstalled with 1-1/2" rubber washers placed between frame and the plate at the four bolt hole mount sites. No more vibes. Rubber washers were about 35 each at the local ACE hardware store.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:03 AM   #34115
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Well these hand guards are seeming to be a little trickier then I thought they'd be???

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:28 AM   #34116
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I put a Flatlands Racing skid plate on mine right after getting the bike 22K miles ago. It had harmonic vibes that were somewhat irritating to me. Next oil change while I had the plate off I reinstalled with 1-1/2" rubber washers placed between frame and the plate at the four bolt hole mount sites. No more vibes. Rubber washers were about 35 each at the local ACE hardware store.

I can get some rubber gromets from work I think I might try those...
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:30 AM   #34117
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Mt Mellum! That rattled my memory... I used to live in Maleny some years back for a few years... loved riding all the dirt and paved twisties on both sides of the range. Sunday brekkie at Maple 3 then for the day. Great riding area you have there to explore and enjoy on the WR.

Awe, man now I'm thinking fish and chips watching the surf for lunch or ...

Not the original poster, but Target in Maroochydore should have something equivalent to the fit the dimensions of your bag.

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I'm liking this. I've yet to buy a rack for my WRR, but have the bag. I used a rollmat underneath it when on my KLR and had wondered how it would fit on a WRR, so thanks for sharing!

What was the rubbermaid tub you cut down? (wonder if i'll find the equivalent in Australia...)
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:47 AM   #34118
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Keep us posted on what you find out -- my '08 is making a similar noise. I can't quite pinpoint it, but it's a high pitched squeal coming from somewhere in the lower end. If I give it a touch of throttle to increase the idle, it quiets down. Does yours do that? Been doing it for the last 500mi or so, I have right around 2,800mi on it, doesn't seem to get any worse, oil change didn't have any impact.

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Did you ever work this one out? i've got the same issue on a new to me wr250r with 11000km. I'm wondering how serious it is? I'm suspecting the water pump.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #34119
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I put a Flatlands Racing skid plate on mine right after getting the bike 22K miles ago. It had harmonic vibes that were somewhat irritating to me. Next oil change while I had the plate off I reinstalled with 1-1/2" rubber washers placed between frame and the plate at the four bolt hole mount sites. No more vibes. Rubber washers were about 35 each at the local ACE hardware store.
Also wedge a large grommet between the cases and the skidplate 'wings' on either side of the motor. Part of the resonance is there as well.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #34120
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You're wise beyond your years.
XT 225/250.
Then move up if it's warranted.
Everybody gets to do their research and make a choice. We already made ours - it's a WR250R. I know that starting with an XT225 or CRF230 is solid for smaller riders. She believes that she would outgrow those bikes too quickly. She has been through several street bikes, and is a very aggressive street bike rider with track experience. She read Lois on the Loose, and said she would kill me if I bought her an XT225. That's why we are still in love after 17 years... You may criticize my foolhardiness now, I am ready.

I know that there are other women riding these with similar stature. We are going to spend some money on springs and suspension tuning, and she is going to get a pair of Frey Daytona boots, that will give her a little extra height. She will also have a little learning to do, but I am sure it will not take long for her to get used to it. The Ducati she rides on the street has a 29.5in seat height, and she has become spoiled.

I think my next task will be sorting out the suspension for her weight. I am not aware of any suspension gurus in the Minneapolis area, so I may be taking it on myself. A good friend is a mountain bike suspension guru with some national chops, and I may enlist his help.

I would appreciate any recommendations on replacement springs and oil weights, etc... Racetech recommends .42 springs in the front and an 8.62 spring in the back. This sounds like a softer spring in the front (stock is .47) and a heavier spring in the back (stock is 7.7)? The rear feels very plush right now, and she is getting a little over 3 inches of sag (with yamalink installed). A heavier spring on the rear shock does not seem warranted, but she is getting very little sag at all in the front (@ 1in). Any one with experience have an opinion on Racetech's reccomendations?

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #34121
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When you kill the bike is it hard to restart? I have to turn the key off/on in order for it to restart. It seems like the fuel pump doesn't kick in unless I do that...
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:17 AM   #34122
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When you drop it, the tip over sensor kills the bike and requires a key cycle to restart.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:19 AM   #34123
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I purchased a used 2012 WR250R last weekend, mostly for my wife to ride. She is 5'3" with 30" inseam. The previous owner was a large man, and said that he had "raised" the bike using the ride height adjustment built into the rear shock. It was my understanding that they come from the factory adjusted up to the max?

Anyway, I pulled the lower shock linkage and lowered the ride height to the max (http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/536972-lowered-wr250r/). I also purchased a yamalink and installed it, which should lower the bike another inch. I lowered the front end (raised the forks 5/8in) to compensate. It is my understanding that the stock seat height is 36.6, with the factory ride height adjustment I should be able to get 35.7, and the yamalink should get me down to 34.7. My seat height measures 36in now, with these adjustments made. Is it possible that the previous owner made some other adjustment to raise the rear of the bike? With my untrained eye I do not see anything aftermarket in that area?

Can someone else with the factory ride height lowered and a yamalink installed measure their seat height for me so I can compare?

My wife has lots of street bike experience, but is new to DS and dirt bikes. At this point, she can not even touch the ground on both sides with her tiptoes, and she has to lean so far to one side that she can not get the bike off the kickstand without tipping over. The theoretical 1.2" that I should be getting with these adjustments would make a big difference. Is there anything that I could have done wrong in the install?

I know I can get 1 more inch with a lower seat, but I mocked it up with scraps of wood and foam, and this is still not enough.
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Everybody gets to do their research and make a choice. We already made ours - it's a WR250R. I know that starting with an XT225 or CRF230 is solid for smaller riders. She believes that she would outgrow those bikes too quickly. She has been through several street bikes, and is a very aggressive street bike rider with track experience. She read Lois on the Loose, and said she would kill me if I bought her an XT225. That's why we are still in love after 17 years... Go ahead, call me names and criticize my foolhardiness, but once you get it out of your system please throw in a few tips that I can use too.

I know that there are other women riding these with similar stature. We are going to spend some money on springs and suspension tuning, and she is going to get a pair of Frey Daytona boots, that will give her a little extra height. She will also have a little learning to do, but I am sure it will not take long for her to get used to it. The Ducati she rides on the street has a 29.5in seat height, and she has become spoiled.

I think my next task will be sorting out the suspension for her weight. I am not aware of any suspension gurus in the Minneapolis area, so I may be taking it on myself. A good friend is a mountain bike suspension guru with some national chops, and I may enlist his help.

Would appreciate any recommendations on replacement springs and oil weights, etc... Racetech recommends .42 springs in the front and an 8.62 spring in the back. This sounds like a softer spring in the front (stock is .47) and a heavier spring in the back (stock is 7.7)? The rear feels very plush right now, and she is getting a little over 3 inches of sag (with yamalink installed). A heavier spring on the rear shock does not seem warranted. Any one with experience have an opinion on Racetech's reccomendations?
You already have the WRR and I know where you are coming from. My wife is 5'4" with about a 29.5" inseam. She has been riding an XT225 and overall is pretty happy with it, but the suspension is the weak point on that bike and its air cooled, so I don't blame you not wanting the XT or CRF230L for your wife as an experienced rider. Since she is new to dual sports though, there still is a learning curve. However, did you ever look at the CRF250L instead? This bike is pretty impressive too and really not far behind the WRR.

We had thought about a WRR for my wife and she can actually ride mine getting just a toe down on one side, but in the end we decided the new CRF250L were the way to go with way less modifications. These start at about a 34" seat height and seat concepts already makes a lower seat. The Honda CRF250L engine is amazingly smooth, even more than the WRR and has better low end torque than the WRR. BTW, my wife is both an experienced street rider (Duc 696 is her pride and joy right now) and dirt rider and has been on dual sports for a couple years now. We probably could have made a WRR work for her, but in the end, I think the Honda was a fine choice and she's enjoying it so far.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:34 AM   #34124
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When you kill the bike is it hard to restart? I have to turn the key off/on in order for it to restart. It seems like the fuel pump doesn't kick in unless I do that...
On mine I have to wait until the pump finishes running to start it or it has a hard time and might not start. The pump has never failed to run after a stall though.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #34125
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Can I plug the AIS line going to my airbox and just leave the line there? I got a broken wrist and don't feel like taking off my tank.
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