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Old 04-09-2013, 02:26 PM   #34591
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Looking at one of these bikes to gift to my girlfriend. Would a wr250r make a good first dual sport bike for someone with even less experience than myself? Will it be too heavy? Can I lighten one to some significant degree through ditching factory exhaust etc? Really looking for something easy to maintain too as she is not mechanically inclined like myself.
If she's tall enough the WRR will be fine. If not the XT250 is a good choice. It is a much better bike than the XT225 or the DR200. My wife has owned all three through the years so I'm familiar with all of them. BTW the DR200 is the most gutless bike she had ever owned, a her old DR125 seemed to have more power. Nice bike other than that.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #34592
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If she's tall enough the WRR will be fine. If not the XT250 is a good choice. It is a much better bike than the XT225 or the DR200. My wife has owned all three through the years so I'm familiar with all of them. BTW the DR200 is the most gutless bike she had ever owned, a her old DR125 seemed to have more power. Nice bike other than that.
I agree that the DR200 is pretty gutless along with the TW200. However, I don't think there's that much difference between the XT225 & XT250, especially not enough to not consider the XT225 as a choice. In fact, the 225 gets the advantage of very nice wide ratio 6spd transmission while the 250 has a more narrow 5sd. I never understood why Yamaha did that? The XT had the widest ratio transmission out there for small street legal DS bikes. The 250 probably has a bit more torque, which helps it feel a bit more peppy, but overall both bikes are pretty capable in their relative class. I don't think anyone is making a larger fuel tank for the 250 yet either which is one of the main reasons that has kept us from getting my wife the XT250 over the XT225. We enjoy having that 4.1 gallon clark tank on her 225.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:03 PM   #34593
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I agree that the DR200 is pretty gutless along with the TW200. However, I don't think there's that much difference between the XT225 & XT250, especially not enough to not consider it. In fact, the 225 gets the advantage of very nice wide ratio 6spd transmission while the 250 has a more narrow 5sd. I never understood why Yamaha did that? The XT had the widest ratio transmission out there for small street legal DS bikes. The 250 probably has a bit more torque, which helps it feel a bit more peppy, but overall both bikes are pretty capable in their relative class. I don't think anyone is making a larger fuel tank for the 250 yet either which is one of the main reasons that has kept us from getting my wife the XT250 over the XT225. We enjoy having that 4.1 gallon clark tank on her 225.
One would think that the 5 speed would be a disadvantage but not so. The added torque of the 250 and wide range of the 5 speed is an improvement over the old 6 speed 225. Low is slower and it runs 70mph easy in 5th. She geared the 225 down but no need on the 250 it has a super slow 1st. And yea the TW 200 is almost as powerless as the DR, it wouldn't pull a hill at 55 mph either, she had one of them too. That's one bike I wish we hadn't sold, just different. I always said "TW" stood for "Too Weird"!
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:29 PM   #34594
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:14 PM   #34595
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One would think that the 5 speed would be a disadvantage but not so. The added torque of the 250 and wide range of the 5 speed is an improvement over the old 6 speed 225. Low is slower and it runs 70mph easy in 5th. She geared the 225 down but no need on the 250 it has a super slow 1st. And yea the TW 200 is almost as powerless as the DR, it wouldn't pull a hill at 55 mph either, she had one of them too. That's one bike I wish we hadn't sold, just different. I always said "TW" stood for "Too Weird"!
Here is a good article from 2010 on the four 250 dual sports that year.
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/11/775...-Shootout.aspx

All I did was put a larger main jet in my DR 200 and it ran great. I rode it in the tight woods, and it was a tractor! Very forgiving.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #34596
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I listed my WRR for sale, I have $$$$ invested in aftermarket parts on it.
If anyone near me is interested in buying $1000-$1500 of accessories off it I could lower the price of the bike for a quick sale.
I have garage and tools, bring your bike and $$$$, and we can swap the parts out. Check out my bike in the for sale section to get an idea of all the stuff on it. The parts are in excellent cond. not even 1000 miles on them.
Not interested in selling parts off separately, all or none.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:03 PM   #34597
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The wrr is a tall expensive bike for a noobie, especially if she's a little girl...
I would not be buying new. I have never bought a new machine in my life. Closest I got between cars trucks and bikes was my 11 630. Before that the 2005.5 ktm 950. Everything else? at least 6 years old from time of purchase. :P

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:42 AM   #34598
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I would not be buying new. I have never bought a new machine in my life. Closest I got between cars trucks and bikes was my 11 630. Before that the 2005.5 ktm 950. Everything else? at least 6 years old from time of purchase. :P

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sounds like you're just smart!
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:31 AM   #34599
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:49 AM   #34600
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Try mounting your bike "saddle style" plant your left foot on the left peg and stand on it before swinging your other leg over.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:22 AM   #34601
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Looking at one of these bikes to gift to my girlfriend. Would a wr250r make a good first dual sport bike for someone with even less experience than myself? Will it be too heavy? Can I lighten one to some significant degree through ditching factory exhaust etc? Really looking for something easy to maintain too as she is not mechanically inclined like myself.
There have been quite a few negative posts & only a couple of positive ones, which is about what I got when I asked the almost same question last year. She got the WRR and is very happy with it. Like some others said it depends how tall she is & also how quick of a learner. No regrets on the WRR instead of one of the others. Sure lighter would be nice in the rough stuff, but the WRR is a blast on a canyon highway too.
I like it so much I had to buy another one for myself.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:30 AM   #34602
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Try mounting your bike "saddle style" plant your left foot on the left peg and stand on it before swinging your other leg over.
Ha! That is the way I have been mounting since I got mine. Works easily with the stand down.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:57 AM   #34603
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fork oil change

Can the fork oil be changed without removing the fork. I see a large hex on the bottom. Was wondering if that is where you can drain the oil. tks
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:45 AM   #34604
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Can the fork oil be changed without removing the fork. I see a large hex on the bottom. Was wondering if that is where you can drain the oil. tks
That nut actual holds in the bottom of the inner tube and damper, You may need a special tool to get it lose and then back tight again. You have to hold the inner tube to keep it from turning when you tighten or take off the brass nut in the bottom of the fork.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:59 AM   #34605
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Has anybody tried mounting up a set of 17" Harley wheels on their x? Only reasons I'm thinking of it is that you can usually find take offs pretty cheap and I have a tendency to over complicate things by trying to simplify. Realizing the chain probably wouldn't work that well with the belt drive pulley on the HD wheel. Other than that I have no clue on spacers, rotors, or axle sizes.
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