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Old 09-09-2013, 05:45 PM   #181
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Great RR....I'm a fellow WRR rider and I concur with your pov on the bike.

It really is a great go anywhere bike. I've been fortunate to ride Colorado, Baja on mine. For what it lacks in power, it makes it up everywhere else.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #182
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Great ride report!

I have caught the WR250 bug, as well! My WR feels like riding a 10-speed compared to my V-Strom - which is a lightweight compared to my old Harley and Kawasaki Vulcan.
Looking forward to the TAT next year!
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:14 PM   #183
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nice end to a great TR. hats off
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:44 AM   #184
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I'm curious about the average mpg you got on the trip. Still trying to decide between a 450 and a 250 myself. That's a lot of gear on a little 250 and y'all made good time with the load.
Great RR!
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:21 PM   #185
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If you can't carry your load on a WR250 you are hauling too much!
I went for a ride on Saturday and stopped for a piece of pizza in a town 64 miles away via dirt roads on the other side of the mountain from home.
I wasn't carrying a camping load, but I was traveling faster than I would have been fully loaded - so I think it is a valid comparison. Since I was at the gas station anyway, I filled my tank = 1 gallon!
Over and over I have heard it said: You will never hear anyone say that I wish I brought a heavier bike! After all, 98% of the time you are riding between 10mph and 40mph anyway - unless you are planning a ride on more than 50% paved roads.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #186
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I'm curious about the average mpg you got on the trip. Still trying to decide between a 450 and a 250 myself. That's a lot of gear on a little 250 and y'all made good time with the load.
Great RR!
I planned fuel stops for about 50 MPG. On slower dirt sections we got 60+MPG. If we had a highway stretch where we ran 65MPH it would dip into the mid to upper 40's. I've never seen 70MPG as some have but I've always been fully loaded and/or hauling ass.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:19 AM   #187
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Top notch report!!!!

The WRR is an incredible bike.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:49 AM   #188
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What mods on the bikes?

Did you guys beef up suspension to handle the loads?

I've read loads of RRs where the guys changed suspension on big bikes that were carrying as much stuff as you guys had.

Any mods or farkles you wish you had?
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:36 AM   #189
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60 mpg sounds like about double the mpg of the WR450F unless the 2012 and newer FI ones are getting better.
I travel very light so the 250 may be a better option?
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #190
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Did you guys beef up suspension to handle the loads?

I've read loads of RRs where the guys changed suspension on big bikes that were carrying as much stuff as you guys had.

Any mods or farkles you wish you had?
Suspension was stock. On the rear I cranked the preload and rebound dampening to max and added a couple of clicks to the compression. On the front I set the compression dampening to max. Should re-spring and the rear needs more rebound dampening but stock is fine for trips like this.

We had everything we needed. GPS, heated gear, DC ports to charge stuff, cant say I ever wanted more stuff.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:43 PM   #191
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[QUOTE=ManLee;22090491]Day 14 July4, 2013
Fairbanks, AK to Tok
208 Miles


Pretty much the same as day 9 only reverse direction. We got a late start but we had to get our money's worth out of an expensive room.

When we went through the Air Force base there is a sign that said no photos. So of course I imediately pulled out my camera and broke the law.




Here's my accomplice.



More Alcan



We had another good meal at Fast Eddies in TOK and decided to call it a day and found a nice campground that had laundry to get rid of all the haul road grime. We camped next to a couple on a Harley towing this neat little pop up camp trailer.



Ruby and Guya our other other neighbors from Canada came by wondering why no one was celebrating the 4th. Dean and I were the only ones celebrating it and we didn't even know what the date was.



Happy 4th of July!!!!
[/I am envious. you guys drove buy Kitimat. I got there on the second of July for a job. We may have crossed paths on the highway
Hope to do something similar in the near future
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:04 AM   #192
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Great RR!




Camera equipment????????
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:12 AM   #193
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #194
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Obviously there are variations between bikes, but touring on my personal DR requires no great stamina as mine is really smooth. For me, it came down to a choice between the WRR and the DR. I chose the DR for its air cooling, carb, and screw/locknut valve adjust. And I found it $1400 cheaper.

I agree, fantastic report!
+1. Ive done lots of 600 mile days on my DR650,never blurs the mirrors,if its vibrating I cant tell.
Easy smooth bike to travel on. Pulls 5th gear up many hills even when loaded. But,Id still like to try one of these WRR's to see what all the fuss is about.

People seem to like em!
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #195
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excellent report fellas! I love reads like this. someday i'll have a report this great and epic.Thanks for sharing.
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