So is the Yamaha WR250R a dirt bike? Not only is it a dirt bike but the Yamaha punches well above its price point. Off-road on fire trails is where this little bike shines. An awesome all round off roader and LAMS compliant. The WR250R chassis is an aluminium double-cradle main section with a steel engine cradle, this is more than up to the task and is well matched to the suspension. Front forks and rear shock are both fully adjustable for compression, rebound and preload which was another welcome bonus. A six speed gearbox has good all-round ratios and overall the engine is very smooth and easy to use. The seat is wide and comfortable and would be easy to spend a day in the saddle on, while the digital speedo is easy to read and use. Being a road/trail bike there is a keyed ignition switch. Switch gear is all pretty standard fare and works as it should. Running Titanium inlet valves is unexpected as are the valve adjustment checks every 40,000km which is truly amazing. I can’t remember ever seeing another bike with such long intervals, not forgetting that this is a 250cc four-stroke that revs to 10,000rpm. The suspension both front and rear is extremely plush giving an awesome comfortable ride as long as you don’t push too hard. In fact we had another enduro bike along for the ride, the WR450F, and through the rocks the WR250R was like a lounge chair in comparison. You can choose to push harder but if something unforeseen comes up and you hit it too hard the suspension won’t cope blowing through the stroke both front and rear.Having a lower seat height than a standard enduro bike at 930mm makes touching the ground easier and also gives a feeling of control for less experienced riders. Ground clearance is also a little lower and this drops the centre of gravity, contributing to the feeling of control. This bike has brand new Front Michelin Front & Rear tyres. Dry weight: 127kg Fuel capacity: 7.6L Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve, 250cc, 77 x 53.6mm, 11.8:1 compression, EFI, TCI Gearbox: Constant mesh six-speed Clutch: Multi-plate wet clutch Chassis: Semi double cradle – aluminium main frame, steel engine cradle, steel sub-frame, Rake: 26°, Trail: 111mm Suspension: Fully adjustable USD forks, 270mm travel, fully adjustable Monocross rear shock, 270mm travel Brakes: Hydraulic single disc, 250mm (F), Hydraulic single disc, 230mm (R) Wheels & Tyres: 80/100-21M/C 51P, 120/80-18M/C 62P Dimensions: Wheelbase: 1420mm Seat height: 930mm Overall height: 1230mm Overall width: 810mm
2016 YAMAHA WR250R
Much more than just another trail bike, WR250R is distilled from Yamaha’s world-dominating off-road know-how with emphasis on rugged reliability.This small capacity machine makes for a superb lightweight adventure tourer, fully capable of tackling a desert crossing and not just the cut and thrust of the weekday commute.Equipped with lightweight titanium inlet valves, the liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine pushes hard all the way to 10,000 rpm, making this one of the strongest 250 singles ever built by Yamaha.