Welcome to the WRR family. I also live in SW Idaho and would be happy to confidently dispense highly opinionated (and marginally accurate) advice over adult beverages sometime. I picked up a used 2011 WR250R with 700 miles on it a little over a year ago. I've put 1800 mostly dirt miles on it since then and made a few changes to reflect my riding style and experiences with the bike. If interested you can see a few photos and comments about my bike and rides in this thread
here. I'm sure you'll probably recognize a lot of the countryside in the photos.
My suggested initial mods for Idaho mountain riding:
- Skidplate. This bike's vulnerable underbelly comes fromt the factory with no protection.
- Lower gearing. When I first got mine I rode a loop from Boise up Rocky Canyon, down Robie Creek, and back to town on Hwy 21 past Lucky Peak. I'm 210 lbs without gear and was amazed to find I couldn't pull the highway hill from Spring Shores high bridge to Hilltop Cafe in 6th gear. I also had problems stalling in 1st gear while trail riding. I replaced the stock 43 tooth rear sprocket with 51 tooth and that problem went away. Most other folks opt for something in between, like 47 or 49 teeth.
- Better dirt tires. I like the Dunlop D606 DOT knobbies, but I ride 80% to 90% dirt. Next time around I might try Pirelli MT 43 DOT trials tires for fun. But the stock Bridgestone Trailwings tires and I didn't get along at all in Idaho dirt.
I'm also a big fan of steering stabilizer/dampeners, but am reluctant to suggest them to anyone who hasn't discovered their own need for them. For me they work great on Idaho's rock-strewn root-infested narrow mountain trails. Plus, at 51 years old I'm looking for all the equalizers I can find when chasing the younger kids up and down the hills.
Not sure if our riding styles and objectives are similar but I'm happy to visit and chat about these fun bikes sometime.