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 Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?

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PostSubject: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:05 am

I was wondering if anyone here owned a KLR650 and sold\traded\got rid it for a WR250R? If so what was your reason and motive? And lastly are you happy with the move or is there anything you miss from the KLR?

I own a KLR650 and am really big into trail riding, but what got me thinking about moving to a smaller and lighter bike then the KLR650 was the sheer weight of the KLR650. My bike wet and with all it's armor and things I've added is pushing near 500lbs and when that thing tips it can sometimes take a miracle from heaven to get it back up, as was the case recently when I was riding alone and it slipped off the trail going down a steep incline. I couldn't budge the bike let alone get it up and had to weight a long while before 6 other large guys came on the trail and with all of our mights got it back to the trail. After this experience, I began doubting my KLR and began thinking I need something lighter when riding alone which I can better manage if something like that should happen again. I understand many people feel the WR250R is heavy at approx. 300LBs, but compared to lifting my KLR alone other times when it has tipped, I think the WR250r wont be near as bad. I know the DRZ400 is about 20lbs heavier then the WR250R and has lot more power, but I've heard from many people who own the WR250R that it is a fun bike to take into the trails. I'm thinking the WRR also because I need the bike to be street legal as the only I have to take it to the trails is to ride it there on the streets.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of this, please share.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:36 am

I went from a KLR 650 to a WR250R about 3 months ago (I am 51 btw) and I do not regret it one bit!! Quite honestly, the WR is at least as fast if not faster then the KLR but you ride it differently (have to rev it). It is REALLY fun to ride. Off road there there is no comparison, even in stock form. The WR is an excellent off road enduro machine and inspires a lot of confidence....it helps it is at LEAST 120 pounds lighter!! On road wise it is very capable and depending on what gearing you choose to use it can either be a great road machine or an awesome off road machine with good street manners. I went from the 43 tooth stock rear to a 48 tooth rear (common mod) and it really wakes the bike up, makes 6th gear useable, greatly aids in its off road prowess and it will still easily do 60MPH all day long. Seems like a great compromise for a 250. :) For what it's worth I went through the same thing as you...went on a 4 day off road trip to the Smokey Mountains in April with my KLR. Everyone else had lighter enduro type bikes and after wrestling that damn KLR for 4 days I came home and put it for sale immediately. It was between a DRZ and a WR. I chose the WR and have zero regrets. It is a FUN, modern off road bike that is dead stone reliable. Good luck!!
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:46 pm

Plus 1.

After getting the WRR I wondered why I bought a KLR in the first place, the only place I liked the KLR better was doing 75 mph down the highway, I even like the wrr better in town and on 50mph back roads. Some of the places I ride are pretty rough and undoable on a KLR but a piece of cake on the WRR, the difference off road is night and day.

I had a hard time picking between the WRR and a DRZ, the lower weight and lighter feel of the WRR made me pick it but some times I do wish I had more low end tq.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:22 pm

Yes. At the beginning of the summer I sold my KLR. I really struggled with it. I am 49 and in really pretty good shape. After riding and having to pick up the klr on the trails I was whooped. The WRR way more nimble and much more fun to ride. I wish I had just bought that bike from the get go. I did do some mods to the bike. Better seat and a bit wider handlebar. I really like the bike and it commutes to work just fine. I wouldn't want to go a full day of 70mph. But a couple hour commute to get to some good trails wouldn't even be a second thought. You will also like the confidence the bike inspired after handling the klr. Move on you shouldn't regret it.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:06 pm

I rode a KLR for 3 years until my son got a new WR. It only took one ride and I was hooked. The KLR was a lot of fun but it was to heavy for single track for me and under powered at high altitude. So I searched until I found a clean used WR and bought it. Love the weight and fuel injection. Traded the KLR for a Triumph Explorer 1200 this spring. Now I have what I feel is the best of both worlds. Just returned from a 2 week vacation in CO. Took both bikes, my son has a Tiger 800XC along with the WR. So some days we did single track and other days we did jeep trails and connection highways. IT WAS A BLAST!!
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:37 pm

Lots of us have done that switch. No regrets. Just do it. I am another one with the best of both worlds- WR250R and a Tiger 800XC !
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone go from a KLR650 to a WR250R?   Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:43 pm

If your only concern is performance off-road, then no contest: the WR is a far better bike than the KLR.

But if you are equally concerned about performance on twisty back roads, then you will miss the power of a big bore bike: I keep hitting the WR rev limiter on curvy roads, something that never used to happen when I was riding my DR650.

No regrets though, the WR is a far better bike, it's just that you constantly wish it was a 450 and not a 250.
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