Afterwards its presentation in 2008, Yamaha’s street-legal WR250R has proceeded to strike with its efficient alloy figure, potent but low-maintenance 250cc DOHC thumper engine, long-travel suspension, and pretty light weight.3 years later, the plan is keeping tough, with essentially just graphic exchanges. Yamaha tells the bike can trace its lineage to YZF motocrossers and more belligerent enduro bikes, and we arrived away positive this was not only marketing hype.
Our 298-lb California example weighs only 1 pound more than the forty-nine-state edition, and with its lights, turn indicates and license plate, made riding to the trails and then arriving at it a fairly do-capable proposition.We’d judge this is about a 60:40 bike in terms of its street/offroad prowess, and exchanging the bores to full-on knobbies would construct it about a 50:50.
If you’re more than an on-road person, you might also require to appear at the WR250R’s supermoto-style sister, the WR250X, which differs primarily by utilize of seventeen-inch wheels, sport tires, more prominent front brake, somewhat taller gearing, and dissimilar graphics. some of these bikes were extensively reviewed when they were established, and you can get more tech points and depending upon anecdotes here.The WR250R’s fuel-
injected, four-valve-per-cylinder mill churns out good go-power, even with comparatively lean, EPA-satisfying tuning and 3-chamber muffler. When cold particularly, it displayed a slight off-idle stumble at times, but this is something that could be tuned out.
We dyno’d the same-engined 250X model final year, and its oversquare, 11.8:1 densification ratio powerplant brought back 27.7 hp and 16.95 ft-lbs torque. mixed with its wide-ratio 6-speed transmission system this is plenty to stay ahead of traffic approximately town. It will well wheelie in 1st, and 2nd gear with a small clutch slip.
On the open road, with a 200-lb rider geared up and behaving like a sail, it will even pull only shy of 90 mph into mild headwinds, and up to approximately ninety-five mph or so when tucked in, which is plenty power still if traveling via interstate highways.