The Yamaha WR250F is an easy bike to ride, but difficult to understand. You could call it a high-end beginner road bike or a racer-designed game bike. It is clearly a machine designed to stick to the letter of the law, but we do not know which law it is. The WR is not legal as a dual-sport bike or California Green. It is a bicycle that resists any attempt to be categorized or defined. But if you take it literally, you realize that it doesn`t have to fall into a category or group. Hey, guys. Currently, I own a Honda Hornet street bike, but I want to try dirt and enduro. There is a Yamaha wr250f for sale and I wonder how not to be a legal enduro motorcycle for the road? I`m aware that highway speed is an inconvenience, but I`m more concerned about reliability and service intervals. How often should it be maintained, oil changes should also be done frequently in my opinion? Tired and enough driving for the day? OK, recharge everything and unload it again when you get home. Wash the bike, leave the carburetor empty if it has one (and the bike will sit for a while until the next ride), clean and collapse on the couch. Sounds funny? This is real, especially when the type of off-road riding you do and your skills really justify an unlegal off-road motorcycle.
For example, the 2020 Yamaha WR250F we tested for this story weighs just 255 pounds and has a fully adjustable suspension with over 12 inches of travel at each end. Its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC 4-stroke single-seat RPM accelerates and generates huge torque and peak power powered by a wide-gear transmission (hence the WR) which is good for slow, full-throttle technical trails and everything in between. Lights and an electric starter complete an essential package that can handle almost anything off-road. The tires are DOT street legal, so they don`t have as many Knobbies for off-road driving. This means you don`t have as good traction, making it easier to fall the more aggressive you are on the brakes and accelerate. Although these two Yamaha 250cc four-strokes are very similar, the main difference is that the WR250X has full road wheels and tires and the WR250R has two sport tires for on-road and off-road driving. At 36.6 inches, it`s not the tallest off-road bike, but it`s larger than most street bikes. This makes it difficult to touch the ground if you are a small adult or have short legs like me.
Riding and owning off-road motorcycles is certainly more complicated than living with a street bike, and this complication creates an inertia that can be difficult to overcome as you get older and busier, dealing with, for example, kids, a job, and a mortgage. Off-road riding is fun, exciting, challenging, and helps develop skills that you can use on the road, but since the motorcycle can only be ridden off-road in designated areas, you`ll need to find it there first. This requires a truck or towing vehicle and trailer, ramps to load the bike into the truck, fasteners to secure it, and the ability to do all of this in the first place. Add all your riding equipment, water, food, sunscreen and a first aid kit and you`re good to go. after about an hour of effort. Yes, it`s fine if you want an off-road motorcycle homologated for beginners. It is reliable, easy to drive, consumes a lot of fuel and has enough power to have fun. I scratched a yz250fx with a label and a wr250r with dirt mods. The YZFX is not at all a good dual sport, it is only good if your race only, high maintenance engine, rigid suspension, 300 hours of complete rebuild, WR250R is a very good dual sport, engine with slip, better ratio, performance filter, better tires and programmer is as good as the previous WR250F but can last 30,000 mi, The forks with only straight springs and rear shock with adequate ventilation, is good as the early WR250F, the weight can be reduced to 280 lbs wet, the for road driving and occasional trail driving, it is good enough unless you weigh well over 200 pounds. The use of stiffer shock absorbers and fork springs is a cost-effective way to prevent the bottom from being protruded.
The main difference is that the WR250R is a dual-sport motorcycle that can be legally ridden on the road, while the WR250F is a more powerful trail bike only for off-road riding. Once you get to the arena – from my house, the closest is about an hour`s drive away – it`s time to unload everything, equip yourself and ride. It`s heaven! Once you`ve learned some basic off-road driving skills, whether on your own, with friends, or at a training school, there`s nothing like the thrill of exploring simple trails, conquering climbs, sand lava and desert bumps, or dark forest trails among the trees. Off-road bikes are lightweight and have an excellent power-to-weight ratio, so it`s a big rush just to turn the accelerator on you and pull on a dirt road. And once you learn how, many of the hooligan antics – wheelies, slides, burnouts, etc. – that would land you in jail on the street naturally come to the off-road course. If your off-road forays aren`t too far away — or even if they are and you can take frequent breaks along the way — a good alternative to owning trucks or large ADV machines is a lightweight single-cylinder dual-sport motorcycle. For the lowest weight and most power, European manufacturers like KTM and Husqvarna offer very serious (and expensive) lightweight double sports. But all Japanese manufacturers also sell cheaper models in displacements from 200 to 650cc. The 250 weighs just 296 pounds at around 321 pounds and still makes enough power for riders (who aren`t exceptionally tall) to not only tackle multiple off-road bikes on the same terrain — at a slower pace — but they can also be driven from home to the starting point, skipping the entire loading/unloading/repetitive process.
More land is also open to dual sport because, unlike an off-road motorcycle, it has a license plate and is legal on the thousands of miles of dirt public roads that connect, say, Nevada`s ghost towns and Tennessee`s national forests. If you want to do all that, why not get the YZ250FX in the first place? For us, the WR offers more overall capabilities.