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Which Bike?Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
long distance on a Yam WR 250 R enduro inconveniences ?
anybody knows on the (technical?) inconveniences off long distance traveling on a bike like Yamaha WR 250 /450 R (in Belgium Enduro = streetlegal)?
Exept for a bigger tank and a better seat (bodger, no probl.)
what about servicing, oil changes...other?
will this engine last? (they are so popular that I they should be strong I guess, but off course it is a different use of this engine ?
Can't help with that - I am still running old Yam technology - but I've run the HUBB search for "WR250" because I have seen a few threads about this bike in the past but I can't remember where they are, or would be:-
That should keep you busy for a while. For long distance riding ignore all the performance modifications and fuel/exhaust changes. Keeping the bike as close to stock as possible is best for long term reliability, fuel economy, future parts availability and your pocketbook. Save your money for aftermarket larger fuel tank, luggage rack and bags.
This fellow has taken his WR250R on several long dual sport adventures and racked up nearly 30,000 trouble free miles:
probably a better website for your needs since he limited himself to very practical modifications for long distance dual sport riding rather than dumping a lot of time and money into trying to make a slow bike go fast.
In answer to your question, the main inconveniences of the WR for long distance travel are tall seat height, small fuel capacity, uncomfortable seat, and low luggage carrying capacity.
The main advantages are bulletproof motor, light weight/easy to pick up or throw in a canoe, Yamaha reliability, good fuel economy, reasonable top speed, high offroad clearance, fuel injection, nice wide ratio six speed gearbox, 350 watt alternator, electric start.
Since I am under 6 ft. tall, I personally prefer the reliable less expensive little Kawasaki 250 Super Sherpa with lower seat height, electric start, 6 speeds, and stainless exhaust. 250 dirt bikes are ideal for third world travel and are considered medium to large size in most countries outside of Europe and the U.S.
I absolutely love my WR250R. I've got just a hair under 31,000 miles on it and it runs like new still. I'm even dragging the old girl to Alaska here in a couple weeks.
The tall seat height hasn't been a problem for me, but I have a 31" inseam and can usually get at least the ball of each foot down no problem. Luggage capacity is fine too. I found the seat to be bearable with a sheepskin pad, but there are several upgrades available (seat concepts new foam and rubber, sargent, corbin). I've had upwards of 60 pounds of luggage (or 130 pounds of girlfriend) on the back and no issues. I've seen some of these seriously overloaded by people thinking they need to carry everything in the world with them and have yet to see a subframe problem.
Fuel range is the only real concern, particularly with the stock 2.1gal (US) tank. I have an IMS 3.1gal which I think is about perfect for the bike, as it adds an extra gallon without making the bike wider. My usually average of 50-55mpg nets me a minimum 150 mile range on pavement and local riding, touring where I'm riding easier usually nets 60-70mpg. There's also a Safari/Aqualine 3.7gal and a IMS 4.5+gal tank, for when you need to go really really far... and if you go with the Wolfman expedition saddlebags you can also get the rotopax adapter plate for the left side of the bike to add an extra 2 gallons.
In fact, there really aren't any problems with this bike. They just run and run and run and run...
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
Originally Posted by Polly
Nice information and links,
For shure, I do not fancy changes apart from tank, seat and soft luggage rack
I have another question on .... what about WR 125 R (but I'll start another post on this )
Thnx,I'll be back for sure
The wr125r is not the same bike at all. The 250 is a seriously well made bike. The quality of the components and the engineering is up there with the flagship R1 (hence the ridiculous Retail Price when new) whereas the 125 is just a smart 125/entry-level ride. The 125 is not a small capacity version of the 250.
I'm not commenting on the 125s overlanding ability just that it should not be confused with it's larger cousin.
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
Great bike. fuel range is fine
The stock tank is too small. Refilling every 90miles is not good enough for most people. I used the safari tank and can say that a 200mile range is much more practical for Africa or Russia. The IMS tank would have been even better because I took a 7litre fuel bladder for the rare occasions that I needed more range and if I had had the IMS I would have never bothered filling the bladder, just kept it on hand for crossing Turkmenistan or doing unforeseen distances.
Answer.. Don't worry. Safari or IMS 4.5 are fine on the WR. The fuel injection is good enough to ensure that the bike will make the distance that you calculate mathematically regardless of the terrain or altitude. It's this confidence that is worth more than the absolute fuel margin you need when planning the distances.
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