Yamaha goes on producing the WR250F model with more talent and dedication as ever before. Featuring the popular DOHC, four-stroke; five titanium valves quarter-liter engine mounted on a light and nimble aluminum frame, it stands as an awesome off-road machinery, but as you’ll further see, it also features goodies that can’t be passed unnoticed.
No matter what, a dirt bike retains the basic features which practically make it a blast on the tracks and trails, but the features that mark a change in this case are the push start button and digital enduro race computer with speedometer, clock and tripmeter.
Inspired on the YZ250F racer, the WR250F has made a name for itself as one of the most light, versatile and tractable power delivering dirt bikes on the market today, and in order to better know where it heads, we should see better where it comes from.
Launched in 1998, the year of the first R1, the WR250F was and still is part of Yamaha’s big future plans which until this time have proved very efficient and realistic. Also participating at the four-stroke revolution, it caught the big wave in what concerns technical achievements and inspirations from the YZ250F motocrosser.
First, there’s the five-titanium-valved motor, a Yamaha unbeaten characteristic followed by the light chassis and comfortable riding position. These are the main features which have contributed at making the WR name grow so fast and the 250F didn’t miss them at all.
2001 Yamaha WR250F
Like most Yamahas of the time, the WR250F was kind of a brute when it came to strong acceleration and linear power delivery so if you’re a Yamaha customer of the time, there are great chances that you would be pretty scared of it. But as you can suppose, refinements soon came and after 2001 it became a little more user-friendly while 2003 made it a real trail companion. By this time you only needed a few twists and turns in order to accommodate with it and start revving all the way up to the 13,500 rpm redline. Imagine how the bike is now.
2009 Honda CRF250X
Today, the only decent Japanese alternative for this off-roader is the Honda CRF250X as it follows the same recipe. That consists in a powerful, compact bike that has undergone a severe diet, making it perfect for both trails and motocross tracks. Electrically started, the tricked-out 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder Unicam four-stroke engine is the perfect competitor for our bike. Taking in consideration the retuned suspension and wide-ratio gearing, the Honda is a real blast. Shall I even dare mentioning the $6,699 MSRP?
2009 KTM 250 EXC-F
KTM presents the 250 EXC-F SIXDAYS, a dirt bike that has got the engine performance and chassis finesse to sit next to the Yamaha and Honda. The bike is new for 2009 and has power coming from a 248.6cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine that can be both kick and electrically started. Weight has been reduced and ergonomics improved so that it would make a point from the first corner it takes.
2009 Husqvarna TE250
You cannot talk about KTM without mentioning Husqvarna as the manufacturers are declared competitors. In this case, the TE 250 becomes the subject of discussion as it is equipped with the only fuel injected motor in this category. Powered by the also electrically and kick started 249,5 liquid-cooled single-cylinder, four-stroke DOHC four-valved-engine, the 2009 Husqvarna TE250 is the last mentioned, but the fiercest competitor for the Yamaha WR250F.
2009 Yamaha WR250F
What is so great about these dirt bikes is that they look way better that the dual-sport models and get closer to the motocross bikes that inspired their creation. As you could read above, this is also the case of the WR which has been derived from the YZ250F, ending up looking like a real racing bike.
With big alloy wheels (21 inches front and 18 inches rear) it looks suitable to deal with any type of terrain, pass through rivers and jump over logs. The seat is pretty low (38.6 inches) and that helps at keeping the thing in control when having it put in those kinds of situations.
Styling is also nice, with a pair of aggressive fenders and the “knitted” headlight.
The Blue and White coloring is what gives this maker particularity and apart from the white number plates, and mudguards, blue is what it is all about.