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  1. pumpernickelBrad

    WR250R Killer

    Did you stop to think that maybe the reason we love our WRs is because they're dual sports? If I wanted a pure dirtbike, I'd buy a pure dirtbike (And I did) You just can't beat the combination of street legal, light weight, low cost (capex and opex), maintenance and off road prowess. If you really want to make the comparison, you need to make it to the WR250F. I know next to nothing about that bike but I'm still pretty sure I wouldn't choose the red one.
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    Cyclops LED Headlight Stopped Working?

    I installed one on my WR250R and it worked for about half an hour before flickering and dying. The plastic connector between the ballast(?) and actual bulb broke because of the quality of plastic and how thin the piece is. I called Cyclops and got a replacement and epoxied the whole connection with the new one together so it can't break. Check the connector? 🤷‍♂️
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    Is a FE350 ok for a new dirt bike rider?

    I found myself in a similar situation as you. Grab last year's model and don't even think about it. Essentially the same bike and save a bunch of money. Mine was a demo unit so I saved even more and got the first service for free. I started last year on a WR250R (dual sport). That worked great for me - the low power and (comparatively) worse suspension I feel made me learn quicker. But it's expensive to buy one knowing you'll upgrade later. You're going to drop it a lot... I'd take that $1k you save and stash it away for replacement parts as you need them. My WR is not sellable but that's fine - I love the thing too much to get rid of it anyway.
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    Sorry...but WR250R tires...

    Exactly what Wallowa said. The D606/MT21 pair not only offer far superior off road traction, but I'm actually getting slightly better tire wear from them. They're also cheaper than OEM. Win-win-win. Throw some heavy duty tubes in, drop the pressure to 10-14 PSI (depends on riding style and terrain) and be super impressed with your street legal dirtbike. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes. The only type of terrain that isn't immediately a lot more fun is loose sand. The WR is just too heavy/under powered but the tires still make it a bunch easier.
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    I don't think a video will help. Even if I post a video of the gnarliest trail in my area, it's impossible to actually understand and compare it to real life. It's no joke that cameras make everything look flat and easy. Let's be perfectly honest here - there is no trail where the 501 will struggle. It's a very capable bike and the weight difference between it and a 250 will not make a difference. TO THE BIKE. The issue with the bigger bikes is they will be harder for YOU to ride. The rotating mass takes more effort from YOU to maneuver them. The extra power and its delivery will be exhausting for YOU to manage. A pro can ride any of these bikes in any conditions. The slower you go/the trail calls for, the more you will notice the good manners of the smaller bores and they're willing to lean, turn and not try to jump out from under you. Whisky throttle is a thing even with experienced riders. Think about how you want to ride. All of the bikes will easily handle logs (if the rider can). Are you riding trails that would be a difficult hike? Smaller is better because you need the manners in such tight quarters. If all you ride is where your buddy on his quad can take you, any bike will be fine so worry about your comfort trail hopping. How about you post pictures/videos of your trails?
  6. Hi folks! I'm trying to find some aftermarket headlight solutions - preferably LED. I had a heated discussion with a tree on the trail this weekend and shattered the lens and housing of my stocker. Not necessarily looking for a performance upgrade as I very rarely ride at night. I think I'd prefer less power usage so I don't kill the battery when I forget to switch the key off on the trail. I think I recall seeing a post with someone who picked up a Harbor Freight/Princess Auto LED lamp and it fit perfectly in the existing headlight hole but I can't seem to find it or any other headlight posts on the forum.
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    WR250R My friend It's just that much better than the KLX in every way (power, weight, suspension). Super low maintenance like the KLX and what is needed is pretty easy. Not saying the KLX isn't but I don't have experience. Fuel Injected too. Downsides are that it costs more and seat is higher. Though not nearly as much in both cases as an FE No one can seem to understand why I'm keeping mine after picking up an FE.
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    Yep. If you follow manual and do long days, oil change every two rides, valve check every four. 701 service is measured in thousands of km/mi Realistically you can get away with far less frequent valve checks if you're not racing but who knows exactly? I'd still service the oil and air filter often - it pretty cheap peace of mind
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    The 501 is really only a few lbs heavier than the 250. Essentially same bike, different engine. Depends on what you want to do but the 701 is pretty much ideal for 'exploring'. It's quite a bit heavier (like a lot) but that weight goes into things like a comfier seat and an engine that is built for long service intervals and smoother operating. I don't know what the 501 is like but the 350 has a bit of a buzz that I would hate on the hwy and both have a seat like a 2x4. If you can, ride them both and see which feels more like what you're looking for. If you're handy with a wrench, maybe checking/adjusting valves isn't an issue for you. If you've got the money to service the 501 and add some comfort bits, go for it
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    Just made a similar jump as you're thinking. Been on a WR250R for a while and wanted something lighter and more capable for trails. You'll find even the FE 250 has enough power for your high speeds. The 350 has more than plenty - more than twice the power of the WR which is more than your KLX It's your money but I'd recommend choosing one of the smaller ones if you're doing primarily singletrack. The 350, 450 and 501 have a LOT of power coming from a dualsport and the larger ones tend to feel heavier in the tight stuff. I've had my 350 for a couple weeks now and I'm looking for a throttle tamer to put in while I get used to the new power and lightness...
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    Husqvarna FE350 (2017)

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    Just picked a 2018 up, only taken it on a 2 hour ATV trail ride. So far loving it, coming from a WR250R though it has its idiosyncrasies. Looking forward to getting the stock tires off and Tubliss coupled with decent tires on.
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    Husqvarna FE350 2017

    Just picked a 2018 up, only taken it on a 2 hour ATV trail ride. So far loving it, coming from a WR250R though it has its idiosyncrasies. Looking forward to getting the stock tires off and Tubliss coupled with decent tires on.
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    WR250R Radiator change/removal

    Does anyone have any resources for how to change (specifically remove) the radiator on a WR250R? Mine took a bit of a crunch this weekend. I got the front shroud off but can't seem to remove the rear shroud because the fan wires go through it. Can't remove one due to the other... bit of a catch 22 situation. I know I'm doing it wrong but haven't found anything to help yet. WR service manual just says "remove radiator" 🙄
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    Yamaha WR250R 2015

    Spectacular beginner dirtbike. Legal on the road but enough power and suspension to tackle most features. In the right hands it'll just perform while not punishing the learning rider. Indestructible and I'll never sell mine. Stock tires need to go ASAP and it'll benefit from some lower gearing
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    Yamaha WR250R (2015)

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    Spectacular beginner dirtbike. Legal on the road but enough power and suspension to tackle most features. In the right hands it'll just perform while not punishing the learning rider. Indestructible and I'll never sell mine. Stock tires need to go ASAP and it'll benefit from some lower gearing
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