Although not as hard-core a dirt bike as the WR designation might indicate, the 2017 Yamaha WR250R remains one of the most off-road capable Japanese dual sport bikes.
The liquid-cooled fuel-injected motor isn’t the latest YZ-spec like the off-road only WRs, but it’s still an impressive oversquare powerplant that is happy to rev. A six-speed transmission with well-spaced cogs makes the most of the motor and the clutch is durable.The 2017 Yamaha WR250R weighs a fairly substantial 295 pounds with the tiny two-gallon tank full, and suspension provided by 46mm forks and a linkage-assisted shock.The suspension is fully adjustable and the 10.6 inches of travel at each end can take anything short of racing, whoops, or big jumps. On the street, the WR250R is a bit on the tall side with a seat height over 36 inches.However, if you aren’t put off by its stature, the WR250R is great fun in urban situations and is capable of freeway travel when commuting. Commuters will also appreciate the 71 mpg estimate fuel economy.Read our Yamaha WR250R Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Yamaha WR250R Specs:
Motor: DOHC 4-valve 4-stroke single
Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 53.6mm
Compression ratio: 11.8:1
Fuel delivery: EFI
Ignition: TCI with direct ignition coil
Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed
Clutch: Wet multiplate
Front suspension: Inverted fully adjustable forks, 10.6 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Single fully adjustable shock w/ linkage, 10.6 inches of travel
Front brake: Hydraulic single 250mm disc
Rear brake: Hydraulic single 230mm disc
Front tire: Bridgestone Trail Wing TW301, 80/100-21
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!