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  1. Jorge

    2017 Wr250f

    Today I got to ride (break-in) my new WR250F, with Comp ECU, stop throttle, in-take baffle and muffler restrictor removed (waiting for my FMF muffler). ECU map set as recommended by GYTR tuner manual. Suspension set up as per Service/Owner's Manual. At the ouset, coming from a YZ250X, the higher weight (about 25 pounds more) is noticeable, however, the suspension and the frame made my life really easy. Once moving the bike feels nimble, responsive and very well planted. On the pegs, when I squeezed the bike with my legs, it felt wider than the YZ250X, however it was very well balanced and changed directions smoothly as I shifted my weight from one peg to the other. In tight sections the soft suspension was a plus. The flow was superb and I didn't feel that I had to "fight" the bike at all (something I experienced on the KTMs I owned, due to, generally, a stiffer suspension). On the fast sections, the front end was blazing through the trail, something I really appreciate as YZ's (2-strokes) front-ends are twitchy and have a tendency to deflect. Woops were sucked up nicely as both front and rear end worked as they should. No jerky reactions at all. The throttle was a challenge thought. After riding only 2-strokes for 3 years I had to adjust my throttle handling to the engine brake. Nothing that I coundn't resolved working out a little bit the clutch, and riding in a higher gear. I kept my bike running mostly in 3rd gear (sometimes in 2nd) and slipping the cluth to rev up when needed. Some times I even went up to 4th gear, something I rarely did with my YZ. 1st gear, however, is really low (as usually is in a wide-ratio transmition) and terrain wasn't demanding/gnarly enough to use it. Overall the bike is fantastic. All mods I did have converted my WR in a FX, but with a softer suspension, which I appreciated for two reasons, my riding style and I mostly do wood riding with tight sections. I don't see any reason why an experienced/aggresive rider woudn't enjoy or even race a WR. In fact the WRs are the offical bike of Yamaha Racing Team in Enduro GP competitions. Whoever says these bikes are dull and boring simply doesn't know what he/she is taking about. The bike is an excellent plattform and could be made suitable for beginers, week-end trail riders and racers of all levels. I will continue my "adaptation process" for the next 2 weeks, get to know all the in and outs/ ups and downs of my WR as on July 23rd I will be participating in a NEPG enduro race. I'll update after the race.
  2. Just got my new 2017 WR250F. I replaced the Stock ECU with a Competition ECU and also got the GYTR tuner. I read in the Owner's/Service Manual that the ignition timing is 10 degrees at 2000 rpm, but can't find the fuel injector opening time. Does anyone know it? I would guess it's the same opening time as the 15 and 16 models (with FI). Thanks in advance.
  3. Jorge

    2017 Wr250f

    Just got my 2017 WR250F. I traded in my YZ250X (excellent bike by the way). I removed the throttle stop, the intake baffle (snorkel) and changed the header/muffler, although the stock header is really good quality stuff. Additionally I changed the ECU-stock for a ECU-Competition. It is essentially a FX but with some perks I really like: a softer suspension, radiator fan, meter and head and tail lights. I think Yamaha nailed it with this bike. It's an excellent plattform to work with. You can put it as racy as you want. I like woods/tight/technical riding and I race (enduro) as well, hence all the mods. After I get a better understanding of the suspension, most probably I'll go for revalving and respringing the rear shock. Forks work just beautifully. I am a 50y/o C/B ish rider. I understand that this bike is preceded by reputation to be dull and boring; buy IMO that may apply to models before 2015. Properly set up this bike could meet the expectations of any aggresive A/AA rider. I am not that kind of rider, however be in no doubt, the bike is a killer! For anyone wondering, I went from the YZ to the WR, because I believe at my age (50+) and riding style (not aggresive) a thumper simply suits better. For those interested in a WR (latest models, e.g. from 2015) I say "go for it". But, be mindful that stock comes restricted (too much in my opinion), so at the very least you need to work on the throttle, intake and muffler.
  4. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    Among other reasons this is why I changed from KTM to Yamaha; never really could get the suspension dialed in. I feel my X way more planted and responsive (suspension wise) than the 3 KTMs I had. However, it maybe because, again, I'm just an average gumby rider.
  5. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    I have the X, after being a KTM die hard fan I turned to Yamaha. In my view, for the average gumby (like me) the X is the best option. Simple, proven, reliable, light and a do-it-yourself, easy and low-cost maintainance. Don't be fool by the lack of e-start. This is my first dirt bike without e-start and I was worried about it too. Not at all! It kick-starts in a breeze. I'm a 50 y/o average guy, if I can start it in one kick anyone can. In both the tight woods and in the open the X is a killer bike and very very fun to ride. On the other hand, Huskys are wonderful high end tech bikes. However it may be difficult that an average rider takes such bikes to their full potential. Actually you may feel a bit intimidated unless you are a very experienced rider able to enjoy it. There is an upside, you'll get more resale value with the Husky. The donwside, 4-stroke mainteinance is intrinsecally more expensive to maintain, considering cost of parts and labor (unless you are an acomplished mechanic too). Just my 2 cents.
  6. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    I only can tell you that in the Cajun Classic enduro race in Louisiana (April 10) I helped a rider (row 32) who was stranded in mile 28 because he was out of gas, and he was an A rider, thus arguably with some experience. Agree with you that there could be a number of reasons for that. Anyway, if (and when) I buy my 250X I will change for a bigger tank. Going around in an enduro ride/race with a 2 gallon tank is kind of stretching your luck, in my humble opinion.
  7. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    Hey man! Good to find you here! I'll keep in mind your advice when I get my 250X, and yes, the loop was about 30 miles. Hope to see you soon out there. Cheers!
  8. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    I was convinced to buy a YZ250X, and still are to certain extend. Instead I got a 250XC. Nice bike, but after 3 (this is the third) KTM's I am definitely not happy with WP's suspension. Why I got the KTM...the e-start! Although not new to bikes (riding since 35 years ago) I'm new to dirt biking (since one year ago) so I stall my bike A LOT! I haven't acquired the finesse on the clutch that is required when in gnarly, nasty, narrow trails. If I need to kick my bike every time I stall it I would be doing it no less than 8 to 10 (or more) every 20 miles. Usually I ride anywhere from 30 to 45 miles each time I go out there, and sometimes I need to re-start the engine in very nasty places. Further there is an "age" issue. I'm 49 (50 next august) so I'm not as strong as in my 20's or 30's. Having said that, in every enduro race I go I see more and more blues (X's). I believe they are fantastic bikes and I am planning to buy one sometime before year end. Getting rid of the KTM? Not for the time being. One final word...a necessary mod to the Yamaha (X's): a bigger tank. In the last two enduro races I have seen no less than 3 to 4 Yamaha's stranded out of gas. Although they say you can go 35 miles in one tank, that entirely depends on how hard you are on the throttle. I have seen X's running out of gas after 28 miles.
  9. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    Agreed Woodzi, Yamaha 2-strokes 250 engines have been aound for quite some time virtually without change. But people who were riding in the 90's (or 80's) now may be in their 40's or 50's (my case!) thus "comfort" becomes somewhat important. It's a "marketing" issue. KTM got it right. If Yamaha want a "piece of the cake" KTM is having almost alone today, they need to put some brains and money on it!
  10. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    IMO all Yamaha needs to do is putting an e-start on their 2-strokes. They don't need to replicate KTM line-up. If including the e-start Yamaha manages to keep the price below those of KTMs (today about $1,200 or more) the other other mods (gas tank, etc.) will pay for theirselves, and still be great bikes. In enduro races, now I find more and more "blues" than before but "oranges" still rule.
  11. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    Woodzi, thanks again for your reply.
  12. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    Thank you both, Shrubitup and Woodzi. Woodzi, do you now if IMS tanks also come with petcocks? Thanks again!
  13. Jorge

    2016 YZ250X

    I am decided to buy this new YZ250X. My only concern is the gas tank capacity (only 2.1 gallons). I would be upgrading to a 3.2 gallons tank (maybe acerbis) but need some guidance: does someone around here have made this mod? I see the aftermarket tanks rarely come with the petcock. Does anybody know if the OEM petcock fits the aftermarket tanks? I have always owned KTMs so I have never done this specific mod. I would appreciate any guidance in this issue. Thanks!
  14. Jorge

    Comment about "how-to" ride a 2T

    Thanks Stevethe, but some days ago I read an article in which the author said that being aggresive when riding, not necessarily makes you faster, which is what you really want! I don't have an opinion on this matter, just because I'm new to 2T: I just got my 200, my first 2T after riding 4T's (mostly street bikes) for more than 30 years (I'm not that old...just started riding very young!).
  15. This week-end I was participating in an enduro race, and at some pause before a new star-control, I got this comment from a rider that was behind me during the last test: hey you are riding that bike (my KTM 200 XC-W) as if it is a 4 stroke! I said thank you and then couldn't stop thinking if this nice anonymous rider was right. My question is the following: is there any real and noticeable difference I should be applying when riding a 2T as opposed to a 4T? Do I have to rev more...slip the clutch more...in general be more "aggresive" rider (?)
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