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Old 04-20-2012, 04:08 PM   #16
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had one, was too gutless, back to dr650 now
Really?

I thought you went to a 525...

I can't keep up...

As for the WR250, I rode a standard one for about 5 mins once (The Missionarys Awesome WR250R), in my short ride I thought it was pretty good for a standard 250 trail bike, But I honestly think there price should be about three quarters of what it is.

But I supose that is Yamaha for you...
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:45 PM   #17
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New 2008

I picked up a new 2008 about a month ago. I've heard they came from dealerships that went out of business with the market crash. I moved from a KLR because I wanted to do more technical riding. Everything about the bike so far is awesome. Dropped one tooth on the front to get a little more low end torque. Lovin' it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:11 PM   #18
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Watch the wear on the swingarm protectors if you are going smaller at the front.
A few have suffered severe wear at the swingarm pivot from the chain.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:29 PM   #19
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I have one (check flea market..hint hint)..

I think with the right mods they aren't as gutless as everyone claims..I've ridden a DR650 and it was a right pig...
I also changed the gearing from 13/43 to 13/49 and added the pipes and efi controller, modded the airbox etc..

Its a good little jigger, and I have no problem keeping up with any of the 450's in the bush when I go riding, In straight line drags mine cleans up drz400's (my brothers anyway) and will wind out to 140km/h in 6th even with that gearing..I find I tend to ride it like a 2-stroke - keeping the rev's up in the sweet spot...you only run out of torque when you let the revs drop because your too much of a pussy to keep it pinned.

I tend to use the clutch all the time, keeping the throttle nailed everywhere and just blipping the clutch when I want rev's - not letting go of the throttle..it'll rev its tits out all day in the bush, across firetrails, to snotty stuff...then take it home, wash it (or not) and ride it to work monday.

The forks are identical to wrf250's, but the rear shock as previously mentioned is a bit ordinary..pogo stick ordinary..although nothing that can't be fixed.

Heaps of farkles, cheap to rego & insure, great on fuel.....
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:07 PM   #20
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Wr250r

Looking to buy a well sorted wr250r for a specific trip.happy to buy from any state of Australia but need one with all te fruit , specially a safari tank
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #21
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There have been a few WR450Fs modded with Safari tanks, cush drive rear hubs etc. posted over the past couple of years. Still a great way to go unless you do mainly tar km but it'll cost you and you can't get around the need to change the oil more frequently. By the time you detuned the 450F's power for increased torque, gave it more oil and cooling capacity, beefed up the subframe and lowered its suspension to make a mythical WR450R, it wouldn't have a lot over the 250R I reckon. It would also likely be a 400cc model to enable JDM marketing. After wasting a few hours considering this myself, a hardened Tenere (lighter, tuned motor and suspension) would be a much better bet for Yamaha than a softened WR450F.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #22
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After wasting a few hours considering this myself, a hardened Tenere (lighter, tuned motor and suspension) would be a much better bet for Yamaha than a softened WR450F.
Like the early Teneres :)
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:07 AM   #23
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Looking to buy a well sorted wr250r for a specific trip.happy to buy from any state of Australia but need one with all te fruit , specially a safari tank
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Look on bikesales j _b, there was one in Cottesloe the other day for around $5k, with some fruit, just not a safari tank. It had about 12000km on it, but nothing for these as I read the first valve check is 27000km or something....

The bigger tank is the ims, 4.7 gallon (18l), whereas the safari is only 3.4 gallon (13l).
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:27 AM   #24
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the safari is

Litres: 14
Colours: Black, Blue, White or Translucent
Fits: WR250R, 2008 - 2012 model years

the ims is

17.7914 ltr

Sons got 1 ....bloody top lil bike ..
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:56 AM   #25
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the safari is

Litres: 14
Colours: Black, Blue, White or Translucent
Fits: WR250R, 2008 - 2012 model years

the ims is

17.7914 ltr

Sons got 1 ....bloody top lil bike ..
And with a button.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:17 AM   #26
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the safari is

Litres: 14
Colours: Black, Blue, White or Translucent
Fits: WR250R, 2008 - 2012 model years

the ims is

17.7914 ltr

Sons got 1 ....bloody top lil bike ..
I dare say the Safari fits better......my only complaint with the IMS....but then i have flatlands radiator guards
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:24 AM   #27
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yes the button is nice
looking to get the safari .....how bad is the fit on the ims .. i like the more fuel option

son get 190ks empty on 7 ltrs
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:39 AM   #28
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I owned one from 2008.bullet proof.30k km I did in the desert. the nuts/ bolts are tightened by gorillas. never came loose.low on torque in deep sand etc. U can pin it all day long and will laugh at u.top speed on a good day 150kmph.no vibrations.titanium valves. Its 1/4 of a R1 engine.even the electrics etc are the same.no maintenance for 40k km.engine rated for 100k.keep it pinned. it will be my choice for a world tour bike.

PS.job there was a we for about 5k on the flea market here with all the fakles.
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:26 AM   #29
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yes the button is nice
looking to get the safari .....how bad is the fit on the ims .. i like the more fuel option

son get 190ks empty on 7 ltrs
IMS touches my Flatlands radiator guards Just!

i put some old MTB tube in between the guard and the tank with cable ties than fixed that

Range about 420km's

more or less the same as stormsearcher mentioned some have blown up in far less than 30000km however....but i trust it far more than a DR650 and its a better bike to ride.....well anywhere
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #30
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I used to own the WR250R and now I own a WR250X. Can't recommend these highly enough, they're so much fun, so reliable and very capable. What others have said about the rear suspension is true but it's adjustable and isn't too bad if you get the settings right. Also it sucks in deep sand, don't buy this bike if you plan to frequent the desert.
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