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PostPosted: 11:02 - 07 Oct 2018    Post subject: WR250R Adventure Bike Reply with quote

This is my first ever post here Shocked

I've recently been on a bit of a mission to find the perfect Lightweight Adventure bike. Turns out the little WR250R makes for a pretty awesome touring bike.

Has anyone else ridden long distance on one of these? I know they are pretty hard to find in the UK!

Anyway, if interested, I put together a little video of the 1000 mile trip I just took on her. You can check it out here Thumbs Up

https://youtu.be/GQg_SU-QvPo
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PostPosted: 17:16 - 07 Oct 2018    Post subject: Re: WR250R Adventure Bike Reply with quote

What was your rationale behind 'light weight', if keeping the speed down on a very decent surface?

Seems a bit of an odd compromise to me.

(And I am all for light weight - but I also like an engine capable of being relaxed at pace over distance if I'm doing distance; and for that something like the KTM690 does a good bit better for only 12kg heavier - yes that was what I chose I should note.)

Have you done much/any off-road riding before?
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PostPosted: 20:05 - 07 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's an interesting choice of bike, if not a bit unusual. Laughing

Got anything planned for another trip?
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PostPosted: 11:09 - 12 Oct 2018    Post subject: Re: WR250R Adventure Bike Reply with quote

londonstreetrider wrote:
This is my first ever post here Shocked

I've recently been on a bit of a mission to find the perfect Lightweight Adventure bike. Turns out the little WR250R makes for a pretty awesome touring bike.

Has anyone else ridden long distance on one of these? I know they are pretty hard to find in the UK!

Anyway, if interested, I put together a little video of the 1000 mile trip I just took on her. You can check it out here Thumbs Up

https://youtu.be/GQg_SU-QvPo


Iíve never ridden/used a WR250R however I have done a good few UK trips/mini tours .
Imho any well looked after 250 will be up to the job.
Personally, Iíve used a Hyosung GT250r, a Honda 250 Superdream, and a Honley RX3 (250).
All have acquitted themselves without any issues.

Iíll just leave this here Thumbs Up
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MY0ThX72d_I
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uHbwubVx-bs

My two favourite YouTube videos Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 13:22 - 12 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big following in the states.

For my preference, I echo the 690/701 sentiments, especially for distance.
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PostPosted: 13:29 - 18 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as I stay off the motorway it's pretty good fun. Next trip will probably be Scotland. Maybe the North Coast 500.
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PostPosted: 14:36 - 18 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

londonstreetrider wrote:
As long as I stay off the motorway it's pretty good fun. Next trip will probably be Scotland. Maybe the North Coast 500.


When youíve had your tour, come back and post up a thread Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 19:59 - 18 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having owned 1 or 2 'adventure bikes', I love your enthusiasm. But, pepperami is right. Go do the Scotland trip and tell everyone how it 'really' was. (Btw, plan your petrol stops carefully.)
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PostPosted: 14:31 - 19 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kentol750 wrote:
. (Btw, plan your petrol stops carefully.)


This , very much this.^+1
Rural Scotland is a lovely place, but it can leave you stranded very easily if you are blasť about it.
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PostPosted: 23:44 - 01 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the cost of a second hand WR250 you could get a new Royal Enfield Himalayan. If your looking for lightweight then they seem tp fit the bill.
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PostPosted: 23:50 - 01 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure 194kg is light. Especially not with 24bhp.
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PostPosted: 12:24 - 03 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

garth wrote:
Not sure 194kg is light. Especially not with 24bhp.


I meant packing light. The low horsepower is offset by good torque though.
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PostPosted: 13:51 - 04 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ribenapigeon wrote:

I meant packing light. The low horsepower is offset by good torque though.

Errr... no.
The low horse power is not offset by good torque.
Horsepower= torque* rpm.
If your engine torque is at lower rpm, you have to gear it higher, meaning you have less torque at the back wheel.
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PostPosted: 11:16 - 05 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

G wrote:
Ribenapigeon wrote:

I meant packing light. The low horsepower is offset by good torque though.

Errr... no.
The low horse power is not offset by good torque.
Horsepower= torque* rpm.
If your engine torque is at lower rpm, you have to gear it higher, meaning you have less torque at the back wheel.


OK i get you. I was going on reviews ive seen on the Himalayan where its torque has been mentioned. It gets a lot of good reviews. This guy has done a few, its tgat chap who rode an old postmans bike from Oz to London.

https://youtu.be/WPR1DvrKbGY
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PostPosted: 01:26 - 06 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ribenapigeon wrote:


OK i get you. I was going on reviews ive seen on the Himalayan where its torque has been mentioned. It gets a lot of good reviews. This guy has done a few, its tgat chap who rode an old postmans bike from Oz to London.

https://youtu.be/WPR1DvrKbGY


Who is almost definitely being paid to say good things.

We should rename this place cynic chat forums Laughing
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PostPosted: 13:32 - 07 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

garth wrote:

Who is almost definitely being paid to say good things.

We should rename this place cynic chat forums Laughing


I was surprised how many positive reviews people are giving the Himalayan. So its not just this guy who is very well known in the adventure bike scene and who could probably make more money endorsing openky any other bike manufacturer.

The thing I think wrong foots people over the Himalayan is Royal Enfield are seen as a manufacturer who appeal on selling a certain style of bike, the whole retro scene. So people assumed the Himalayan would just be slung together to achieve a certain look. However all the reviews it gets seem to agree that it has actually been designed for the genuine purpose of travel.
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PostPosted: 18:01 - 07 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it's not an entirely fair comparison and the bikes are very rare (thanks partly to an air accident that killed the top people in the company Sad ), but... as a comparison...
The highland 950 outback will have come in maybe 15 kg lighter than the Himalayan, but with an engine that makes just under 4x the power from a 950cc v twin.

Even the horribly overweight XTZ660 comes in at a similar weight to the Himalayan, but again with a good bit bigger engine.
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PostPosted: 14:33 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Granted the himalayan is a lower horse power bike but I think you have to see it in perspective of the market its aimed at. Whilst we assume the west is the only market that counts and im sure RE are happy to make sales here the big market is the expanding young middle class in developing economies. Like the guy in this review https://youtu.be/3PpfbZIUhcY

My bet is RE will just bring out a higher HP model for the west but it will just be their existing 650 lump.
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PostPosted: 21:26 - 10 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ribenapigeon wrote:
Granted the himalayan is a lower horse power bike but I think you have to see it in perspective of the market its aimed at. Whilst we assume the west is the only market that counts and im sure RE are happy to make sales here the big market is the expanding young middle class in developing economies. Like the guy in this review https://youtu.be/3PpfbZIUhcY

My bet is RE will just bring out a higher HP model for the west but it will just be their existing 650 lump.


I've read probably a dozen reviews of the Himalayan which speak very highly of ts off road characteristics and there are plenty of videos showing it being trashed around on very rough tracks. One in I think the Sonoran Desert in S California looked like it would destroy a bike very easily, but the Himalayan just romped over it. It seems to be genuine travel bike for rough country but not motorways.

Take a look at this and stick with it through hsi initial scepticism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwA5t8cnkE

Rememember - it is just over 4K new.
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PostPosted: 22:21 - 10 Nov 2018    Post subject: Re: WR250R Adventure Bike Reply with quote

londonstreetrider wrote:
This is my first ever post here Shocked

I've recently been on a bit of a mission to find the perfect Lightweight Adventure bike. Turns out the little WR250R makes for a pretty awesome touring bike.



"Pretty awesome" - erm, okay.

"The WR250R really is a bike with a legendary reputation" - daft hyperbole alert.

You could've done all that trip on a gixxer thou - and had more fun. Especially the "gnarly" bits.

Questions I would've liked answers to - how much the bike cost and how much you spent on modifications.
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PostPosted: 13:06 - 11 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

BusterGonads wrote:

I've read probably a dozen reviews of the Himalayan which speak very highly of ts off road characteristics

Now I know they must have a significant bias Wink.

Edit; And your video link basically seems to suggest that the bike's designed for hipster twats, rather than people that want to ride bikes - that you can get better on and off road characteristics - from 20 year old bikes for a lot less money, or new bikes for not much more money.


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PostPosted: 13:08 - 11 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh, it all depends on what they're comparing it to.
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PostPosted: 15:37 - 11 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something built in Japan before 1990, presumably.
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