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post #1 of 16 Old 04-07-2015, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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A new toy!

Left my tailgate open the other day, look what followed me home!

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-07-2015, 08:48 PM
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Nice bike, man! It looks like a hoot!

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-07-2015, 09:23 PM
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you'll love it. Looks like it has been loved lightly. my first bike of my second childhood was a WR. Still part of my stable. So much easier to pick up when it lays down. Keep us posted on your experiences.
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Thanks guys! I haven't really had a chance to get it out yet, hopefully this weekend. I wan't to give it a good once over to see how the previous owner treated it. But, it's only got 3000 km's on it and it looks really good. Dang thing is tall though! Lol!

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post #5 of 16 Old 04-08-2015, 09:17 PM
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I feel you probably already know it, but the bike can b lowered about an inch by way of factory adjustments.
I was tempted to spend some money lowering mine, but by using the factory adjustments and a bit of practice, I decided I could enjoy it without spending the extra bucks.
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I feel you probably already know it, but the bike can b lowered about an inch by way of factory adjustments.
I was tempted to spend some money lowering mine, but by using the factory adjustments and a bit of practice, I decided I could enjoy it without spending the extra bucks.
I've read that, but haven't checked it out yet, I'll have to read up on it some more. Is it just preload adjustments?

Gave it a good going over tonight, other than it looks like the previous owner wasn't big on chain maintenance it looks really good! I can't wait to get it insured and registered so I can take it on a real trip!

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post #7 of 16 Old 04-09-2015, 08:31 PM
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slide the fork tubes up in the triple tree. The rear shock has a height adjustment as well.
If you look below the swing arm on the shock assembly itself, there is a black round rubber nut looking gizmo. loosen the hex nut below it and make the threads between the hex nut and the rubber nut disappear.( not too good with mechanical terms.)
Finally, yes you can take some of the height out of it by relieving some preload. I had "experts" tell me that would only make for a softer ride, but I lowered mine so much I didn't have enough adjustment in my headlight and had to make some extensions to get the headlight to point downward enough. As time goes on, I am reintroducing more preload and I am almost back to factory setting. I guess my fat arse is slowly killing the spring. I am sure there are a host of youtube clips on the subject.
hope this help. I know you will love it. if not, they sell like snowballs on a hot day. don't know your year but with those low miles (kms??) that looks like at least a $3800 bike if it is an "08
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slide the fork tubes up in the triple tree. The rear shock has a height adjustment as well.
If you look below the swing arm on the shock assembly itself, there is a black round rubber nut looking gizmo. loosen the hex nut below it and make the threads between the hex nut and the rubber nut disappear.( not too good with mechanical terms.)
Finally, yes you can take some of the height out of it by relieving some preload. I had "experts" tell me that would only make for a softer ride, but I lowered mine so much I didn't have enough adjustment in my headlight and had to make some extensions to get the headlight to point downward enough. As time goes on, I am reintroducing more preload and I am almost back to factory setting. I guess my fat arse is slowly killing the spring. I am sure there are a host of youtube clips on the subject.
hope this help. I know you will love it. if not, they sell like snowballs on a hot day. don't know your year but with those low miles (kms??) that looks like at least a $3800 bike if it is an "08
Ah, thanks for the info! I'm going to get it insured and registered tomorrow and then try a little trail riding, it rides beautifully from the little I've had it out so far .

It's an 09, and the 3000 km's works out to about 1875 miles... Lol, hardly anything! I did extremely well on the price, actually thought it might be hot at first. Lol!

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http://www.bigdogadventures.com/WR250R.htm
check out big dog Mark Sampson's piece on the WR. they are bullet proof except for maybe the fuel pump. He has ridden his to dead horse ak from Illinois I think.
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-12-2015, 05:41 PM
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If ONLY, Yamaha made a WR450R street legal dual sport.....or Kawasaki could step up to the plate.
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