… and then comes CHRISSY
There is lots of talk about downsizing adventure bikes. Meanwhile the moto manufacturers are up-sizing bikes like crazy – Honda’s new Africa Twin 1000, BMW upgraded the venerable 650 with 800, now you can have a 1000 (besides the huge R1200GS).
I found my BMW F650GS Dakar a stunning bike. Worked like a charm, drove like silk and plenty of power. Still, the bike, farkles and me were over 320kgs.
So need a new idea. A 2010 Yamaha WR250R !
It looks much better now that its been cleaned up! It came with 8475 km, New Dunlop rear tire, broken RH mirror and bent front brake lever and a Yamaha brand skidplate.
With the intent to limit upgrades to remain as stock as possible, yet with an eye to adding some comfort for overlanding the long haul, I have upgraded:
- Lynx R fairing (with 6 slot fuseblock, double USB+ 12V power, Amp/Volt Meter and GPS holder)
- TechnoGlobe Gold Heated Hand grips (5 levels)
- GIVI topbox
- MITAS E-07 50-50 Tires (Rear 120/80-18, Front 90/90-21) according to forums are cheap yet long-wearing adventure tire
- Hand guard protection
- installed 14 tooth JT front sprocket (will convert to a 14/47 with 112 link 520 chain later)
- Replaced the chain slider
There will be additional upgrades in the near future:
- IMS 17 litre tank
- Wolfman Enduro 7 litre tank bag (likely)
- Side Luggage Racks – MotoRacks?
That’s about it for now. No need for GPS now with Google Maps and Maps.Me apps on the phone.
- Big Dog – the guy with the right philosophy on upgrades
- Henry Martin
- ADV Rider post « WR250R building before RTW‘
- ADV Pulse- ‘Adventurizing the Yamaha WR250R on a Budget‘
- Offroad Explorer.com – ‘Yamaha WR250R Tenere Project Bike‘
- WR250R Forum
- ADV Rider – Mega Thread
- ADV Rider – Threadfest
- ADV Rider – Data, Specs and How-tos
- Adventure Rider Radio podcasts
- Amsterdam to Anywhere – RTW on Honda CRF250L