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K.Ray

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  1. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Welp.... now I want power mods. Throttle wheelies in second gear?!?! WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
  2. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    I'd certainly be happy with the increased torque and power, don't get me wrong. Just not a priority with the WRR like it was with the CRFL. I needed the power mods with the Honda just to keep up on the interstate during my commutes. The WRR can brap at 75mph all day long and hit 85-90mph if I need to. That being said....low end torque is odd. With the way Yamaha has the bike setup it feels like you're going to kill the bike when you're running at low rpms. During my ride last week I really got to know the motor and it's quirks. That low end torque is one of them. You're always aware of what gear you're in unlike the CRFL. Once I had opened the Honda up it would just go in nearly any gear. The WRR needs parental guidance at all times. As long as you're on top of the gearing you'll always have plenty of power. Hard to put into words. Honda had low end torque but no top end power. WRR has top end power but weak low end torque. And I think it's mostly due to the way they clogged it up to meet emissions. There's a flappy paddle in the airbox that closed more than half during non-WOT operation. There's another flappy paddle in the exhaust to "promote low-end torque" but really just clogs the exhaust up during non-WOT operation. A local rider here has fully de-emissioned his and it's night and day difference. Very smooth was the first thing I noticed, more low end grunt and more top end power. He mentioned fuel economy went down the pooper, though.
  3. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Hmmmmm. 30,000 miles, you say. I may have to look into this more when the time comes. I definitely want to get ADV kitted out first so I can be more comfortable and reliable on my long rides I have planned this summer. Power isn't really priority on this bike like it was on the CRF. Bike has plenty of get-up-and-go in stock form and the suspension to handle it. ....but it could always be better!
  4. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Closed?! Ugh, that's the worst. I'm not used to hearing those words. Not sure I could live in those conditions! Oh boy. Videos! I wont be doing a big bore. The idea just scares me too much. I'm honestly fine with stock power. You have to note that I'm only 135lbs wet so not pushing around much extra weight.
  5. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    I love it! I bet it would... until I'm fully modded. IMS 4.7 tank is on it's way. Going to ride up to Go Race Suspension later this summer and have them custom setup the bike for me and my gear. Will probably do a Seat Concept saddle in-between all of that. Still kind of on the fence about power mods. Plenty of power in stock form just wish it was a little more smooth. I now COMPLETELY see why you preach suspension suspension suspension. Mad ALLLLLL the difference in my ride yesterday. Trails that I could only average around 20mph on the CRF, I was cruising at 40mph in comfort. Crazy! How is everything else going? Gotten those bikes out this spring, yet?
  6. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Eat your heart out, Honda folks! Ride Album Link
  7. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Buuuuuuh. I'm sorry, you were trying to say something about something?
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    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    The dealer was nice enough to show me the factory adjustment for lowering the seat height. The stock rear shock has about .5-1" of height adjustment to play with. They cranked that down for me and I was good to go! The front forks were dropped a hair as well. It's so great to be back in the saddle of a real dualsport bike. The CBX was good but just not right for what I wanted to do. How's the CRF coming along? And, how's the kiddo's riding coming along? Probably not at all with this wicked winter we've been having.
  9. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Let me say, it's hard to talk this bike up because I'm such a Honda fanboi. I grew up riding Hondas and Yamahas and always had better luck with the Hondas. The YZ80 I had tried to kill me...but here I am back riding a Yamaha. (as if it really matters) I really really enjoyed the CRF250L I had. I was very active in the CRFL community and really enjoyed the folks I met. The bike just left a lot to be desired for me, personally. I wanted more power, more suspension, less weight, better highway manners for commuting, etc. The WR has all of those things. It's jaw-dropping levels of amazing coming from a CRFL. How did they do this with a 250cc bike?! They pulled 1/4 of a R1 motor is how.... The WR is mild mannered in the low to mid RPM band. Weak compared to the CRFL at low RPM. At 9,000 RPM she screams though. The bike really does feel like a very smooth two-stroke machine. It defies conventional thinking in terms of 250cc street power. Truly amazing. The suspension is a gift from the gods. Light years better than the stock CRFL suspension could ever hope to be. I never did the RaceTech upgrades so can't speak towards that comparison. The WR is very smooth. Scary smooth. Even screaming down the highway at 90mph there's very little vibration. No shake or sway. Rock-solid machine. Test Ride Story: I headed to the dealership to buy a DRZ400. I had a few buddies insist that I try the WR before committing to the DRZ. I asked my sales guy if I could try both and he said sure! They had to do PDI on the WR just for me to try it. The bike didn't even have it's battery yet. I flicked it over with 0 miles on the odometer and let it idle for a minute. It smelled like money. Time to go! I swung a leg over the saddle and immediately notice that this bike is much taller than the CRFL was. Oh crap, where's the ground!? Okay....I can do this. I let the clutch out slowly and the bike dies. Huh. I go ahead an give it some juice. This is where I notice the low rpm lack of torque. I pull out onto a 4-lane road and get my bearings. Feels nearly identical to the CRFL just cruising around town. Very light and flickable. Much smoother ride though due to the motor and suspension. You feel like you're floating on a sewing machine. At this point I wasn't that impressed. Mostly similar to the CRFL. I then maid my way over to the interstate. A quick flick of the throttle down the on-ramp and I was doing 70mph. WHOA. That was fast. I merge into traffic and I hear pretty high RPM noises from the motor and think to myself, "Okay, this is exactly like the CRFL. Bummer." Simply out of habit I went on cruising at 70mph for a few moments thinking the bike was done.......then click. I HAD A WHOLE EXTRA GEAR?!?! WTF?! I then proceeded to blast past 90mph indicated with the biggest stupid grin on my face. This was the bike. This is what I should have purchased from the beginning. But, wait. Was it? Taking a moment to really reflect I realized that the CRFL taught me a lot about riding, inspired countless others to become hooligans, and really and truly changed my life for the better. I owe a lot to that little bike and I have no regrets. TL;DR 90mph stupid grins while honoring the CRFL.
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    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Ha! It's not that I didn't like the bike. It was more about how much extra money it would take to make it do what I wanted it to do. (A lot) I had a few friends push me towards the WR. I was initially going to buy a DRZ but they insisted I at least test the WR. Conventional thought told me I was wasting my time. I didn't need another 250. Boy was I wrong! Yamaha built the future into this bike. It does all the things I wanted the CRF to do. I picked a 2014 model up on winter clearance and decided to trade the CBX over for it to avoid having two bikes again. I still spent more than buying a CRF but just by a hair. Very two-stroke like power band. Weak down low and spits Fire up high. More comparable to a stock DRZ than a CRF but still spmewhere in between. Extremely light. Tall. The suspension is amazing. I can cruise down the highway, straight as a tack, humming around 70-80. It'll reach an indicated 100mph going down grade. The entire bike just feels more solid and planted. I'll do the usually ADV upgrades like fuel tank, handlebars, and luggage to see where I land. I would like to avoid power mods if at all possible. Very interesting little machine. I hear Yamaha cut off 1/4 of the R1 motor and slapped it into these WR bikes. I believe it.
  11. K.Ray

    I'M BACK! Kind of...

    Traded the CB500X in tonight for this little guy....
  12. K.Ray

    K.Ray's CB500X Boom Boom Room

    Minor maintenance post: She is 181 days old! Zero issues to speak of. 3,547 miles on the clock. First oil change after the 600 mile break in change. I also cleaned, scrubbed, and lubed the chain. Receipts in the the filing cabinet. Here's to another 3,000 miles! (Note to self: Don't change oil with the bike on the centerstand anymore. You think you can do it, and it sounds like a fantastic idea, but you can't. Just don't. It's a dark and slippery path.)
  13. K.Ray

    Upgraded from the CRFL to KTM

    I need to stop reading this thread or I'm going to end up with a KTM for sure. A buddy just bought a lightly used 690 and I've been drooling over it ever since.
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