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Time to get the sewing machine out Chris. ;-)

I fundamentally disagree that compromising on mass centralizing is acceptable for anything other than highway riding. Particularly when that means having to spend money on it.
If you're already spending it, why not continue and spend it on something you know will improve your situation. Didn't you sport those Magadan's at some point? Those aren't cheap.
There are some obscure brand throwover options out there.
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I've not used this particular pannier but have used two other Nelson-Rigg bags with GREAT results. The ones below look very good to me! and only $180 USD !!!

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...dry-saddlebags



Perhaps a very light, minimal rack only to keep bags off pipe and hold from
flopping round on rough terrain.

This set is just a few lbs. ... been on my DR650 for 60,000 miles, NO problems.
Very light weight, do the job. Notice how close they fit to side panel. To me, a big plus for keeping things centralized.


no fires, no melted panels ... even with LOADED panniers! (Wine!) Cheap and Cheerful racks ... must be something similar for the WR250R?

Big racks with cross brace not required if just trying to prevent a fire.
On mine, the cross seat straps take ALL the load, NONE on the racks.
I use inner bags (the new Nelson-Rigg ones shown above come with inner bags! Nice!) These seem a good size too, should fit well onto the WR and be in scale to size of bike. Maybe worth a look!
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I do like those racks as far as racks go. But even those are totally not required (I better not jinx myself). The majority of the mass should be at the pillion footpeg. Leave that on and there's your frame. 90% of the bikes have their exhaust tuck in as this one does in that location. The trick is to keep the plastic from touching which can be achieved through other means.
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I have a WR250R, great bike. I have only had one issue in 30,000 km of adv travel. I am currently “stuck” in LaPaz BCS the part I need is on back order minimum 3 week back order or more stateside.

I am a little surprised any part for a modern bike would be unavailable. I am thankful I am reasonably close to Canada.

Doing it again I may of chosen the Honda just for parts global parts availability.
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I have a WR250R, great bike. I have only had one issue in 30,000 km of adv travel. I am currently “stuck” in LaPaz BCS the part I need is on back order minimum 3 week back order or more stateside.

I am a little surprised any part for a modern bike would be unavailable. I am thankful I am reasonably close to Canada.

Doing it again I may of chosen the Honda just for parts global parts availability.
My experience in south-America is that they have only wear parts and hardly that too. And that is for models they sell in south-America. Most other parts other than wear parts they order from Europe of north-America. And you are stuck for 3-4 weeks anyhow. That is if the parts actually arrives at all...
So it wouldnt matter much to bring in a bike they dont sell there versus a bike that is sold here.
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I have a WR250R, great bike. I have only had one issue in 30,000 km of adv travel. I am currently “stuck” in LaPaz BCS the part I need is on back order minimum 3 week back order or more stateside.

I am a little surprised any part for a modern bike would be unavailable. I am thankful I am reasonably close to Canada.

Doing it again I may of chosen the Honda just for parts global parts availability.
Since American Yamaha is located right there in SoCal (Cypress, CA or is it Brea?? )
They have a major warehouse there. In theory should not take much time to source the part(s) you need. I would deal direct with American Yamaha customer service there in SoCal, who knows, maybe they can actually help a customer in need?

You could ride (or bus or fly) back up to SoCal from La Paz in a couple days, get your part, then go back to your bike, fix it and go. Better than waiting weeks for part to arrive via Mexican Yamaha dealer.

Anyway, whatever happens, good luck, hope thing work out.

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I have a WR250R, great bike. I have only had one issue in 30,000 km of adv travel. I am currently “stuck” in LaPaz BCS the part I need is on back order minimum 3 week back order or more stateside.

I am a little surprised any part for a modern bike would be unavailable. I am thankful I am reasonably close to Canada.

Doing it again I may of chosen the Honda just for parts global parts availability.

Sorry to hear that, interested to know what part has left you stranded? FI Pump maybe.....
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Chris,

For trying out those horseshoe bages you might be interested in these:
ROGAL XL

Quite a bit cheaper than what you find elsewhere.
Didn't try them myself, and Polish is just good enough to understand they are 50l and 187Euros...

They have a range of sizes and bags.

Rob
Just got one of these, going to try and fit. First impressions - quality is good - although I think the GL roll-top is better than a zip.
Also the saddle mount strap is fixed length with a fixed hook so there'll be some faffing with this.

I got all the extras - if I ordered again I'd just go for the plain Rogol XL - use my own dry bags.


Update: All the above is true, the 'fitted' dry bags option is definately daft avoid.
Fitment - the bottom of the bags has a webbing buckle and some clip which is completely useless on the stock WRR so you will need to modify. My bro just used rockstraps over the whole gear instead of the two main straps and bottom strap - worked out well. The lower end of the WRR exhaust gets hot even on the heat shield, I added a second stock heatshield ontop of the first with a 10mm spacer. Worked nicely. Other options exist.

Overall - good for the price. The achillies heel is the zip. Really a pain to fight closed and if you muscle it too much you'll snap it. Get the Giant Loop Coyote roll top. Thats what ill do once i break these enough!

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