Asking around about the “ideal” 250 dual-sport, one bike kept coming up: the Yamaha WR250R. It turned out to be as close to a do-anything bike as one could ask for. Sure, there are always compromises, but with the WRR that list seemed mighty short. That said, it’s a rare bike that can’t be improved with aftermarket mods and upgrades. So shortly after returning to California I made the purchase of a slightly used WRR and set about seeing what it needed to add long distances to its capabilities.
The all-stock WRR is clearly more intended as a highway-accessible off-road machine. The bias is off-road, so the instrumentation, seat, lighting, etc., all point in that direction. To create a smaller, lighter and nimbler “adventure bike” from this hugely competent off-roader, requires a few well-placed bucks. But I also wanted to strengthen the off-road aspect of the bike and opted for a complete second set of Warp9 wheels equipped with Bridgestone’s Battlecross E50 knobbies along with the amazing low PSI TUbliss system for fooling around in the Southwest’s deserts.
Just to be clear, the primary reason for this build was to convert an off-road biased bike to be better suited for distances. This includes reasonable rider comfort and carrying a medium amount of gear. Safety also comes into play with the improved LED lighting system, not only when night riding is necessary, but also so that others can better see you on the road.
The mods and upgrades could be ranked from most to least important, but I’m extremely pleased with how this bike turned out and although some of the add-ons may not be necessities, they’ll all contribute to the bike’s longevity and durability, especially considering the bashing many well-used adventure/DS bikes endure. Nothing was done for purely cosmetic reasons.
As well-loved and engineered as the WRR is, I have to say I was not at all pleased with the stock set-up. The first ride was an almost WTF moment. The off-the-showroom-floor tuning gave the bike a choked-off, laggy, and I must say a somewhat dangerous feel.
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THE YOUNGEST TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD? JACK GROVES
In the age of electronics, hyper-communications, and convenience, it’s untrue that the world’s youth have lost the taste for adventure. There will always be an element within the human spirit that demands and grows from new life experiences—an instinct as old as Mankind. And you don’t have to look far to find it.
Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar
Motocross boots have evolved considerably over the last 20 years, but that hasn’t been the case in the ADV segment, and we often have to sacrifice proper protection for dry feet. Meet the new Alpinestars Tech 7 Drystar enduro boot. We’ve been waiting for a boot like this for quite some time and, to this day, it still boggles my mind that it took so long.
SLIDING FOR ADVENTURE
For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.
National Cycle VStream Sport Windscreen for Honda Africa Twin
There are many ways to improve motorcycle rider comfort, covering everything from bar risers to footpegs. Having done almost all of them, I decided to switch out my stock windscreen to see if it made a difference, especially on long trips.
TIN CAN TO TIN CUP A LONG OVERDUE TRIP
Long before the modern U.S. highway system was built, with rest stops, 24-hour fuel, and every imaginable packaged food choice on hand, there were the “Tin Can Tourists,” the original American motorized overlanders. As early as the 1900s, these wanderers faced many of the same challenges we live with today. But life was far simpler for the Tin Can Tourist traveling dusty, rutted tracks in meagerly powered vehicles, camping off roadsides in canvas tents, and eating cans of beans over Sterno stoves. Fifteen months ago, we sold our house to join this rambling lifestyle.
R&R for an RN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
A mid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, I needed to find the quiet serenity that comes on two wheels. As a nurse educator in a trauma-based tertiary hospital, I’m deep in the trenches, responsible for disseminating information and implementing health regulations to frontline workers. Inundated with fear from global news, increasing numbers of the infected, lack of resources, and a palpable universal panic as the world began to shut down, I needed to be away from it all for a while.
RAM Tough-Charge X-Grip Waterproof Wireless Charging Motorcycle Mount
RAM Mounts were first introduced in 1995, and over the last 25 years their ball and socket system has become the most ubiquitous way to mount devices wherever you need them. Recently they increased functionality to include Qi wireless charging with the Tough-Charge line of mounts.
HOW TO SURVIVE an Adventure Ride
I’m no expert endurance rider or a professional fitness instructor, but what I can do is ride my motorcycle continuously for five long days and feel physically content at the end of the trip. Okay, maybe after the celebratory beers, I might not feel as good on the morning of the sixth day, but at least my muscles will be relaxed. So, what can you do to prepare for an upcoming off-road adventure to stay strong, enjoy the ride and be able to dismount at the end of the day without calling friends over to pry you off your bike? Here are a few tips from personal experiences that will help you succeed.
Touratech Aventuro Traveller Carbon Helmet
Touratech has a long history of taking great helmets and adding their own features to make them stand apart. Their newest offering, the Aventuro Traveller Carbon, is no different. It’s built upon the Nexx X.Vilijord, a helmet not sold in North America but one that sits at the pinnacle of the Portuguese brand’s line-up. The Aventuro Traveller becomes its own with a full carbon shell, signature Touratech look, and easy accommodation for just about any communication system available.
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