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    I think this is a fun little chart. Just thought I'd share it. I'm hoping to be in the market for a new or used dual sport in a year or two and this kind of consolidated info is nice when you're researching and comparing.



    http://rickramsey.net/WR250RvsCRF250L.htm
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    Pretty cool, thanks!
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    Nice comparison chart. From my research and what I have heard, the WR250R/X spanks all others in the 250cc category. I do love the Honda because of its seat height and price, but from what I heard, the Yamaha will kill it in performance. I'm not a go fast guy, I just want some suspension.



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    I saw a review of the 250s that included a kawa and a suzuki. Kawa was listed as best bang for the buck and the honda was worst over all iirc. The Yamaha was the best performer, but was higher priced like you mentioned
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    Interesting chart.



    The only thing I didn't see mentioned is the price.



    The WR is about $2,000 more than the Honda. It should out perform.



    When I saw the comparison of the 250cc dual sport bikes in the magazine, I was thinking for a fair comparison, they should have used the XT 250 instead of the WR.



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    The only way the WRR really outperforms the CRFL is in straight line acceleration and speed. It has about 5 more horsepower. You can get 5 more hp out of the Honda with a cool little "power up kit" from bestdualsportbikes.com. That combined with a 13 tooth front sprocket puts it in line with the straight line performance of the WRR, while still coming out well over a thousand dollars cheaper. Then, if you want to get crazy, you can spend another 1400 bucks and have the suspension done by Racetech, making the suspension considerably better than that on the stock Yamaha, and still ending up at about the same price (still with the lower seat height ;D). Plus I'm just personally biased towards Honda lol (I know, I know, I'm on the YAMAHA TW forum lol). I just prefer Hondas over Yamahas in general.
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    The guys at bestdualsportbikes.com really got their CRFL dialed in to be a sweet ride. The mods are excellent but simple and easy and could be done by anyone. Oh and they also cut off 20 pounds from the weight and did some other minor mods. In summary, a $4500 stock CRFL, with 2 grand worth of mods, is in my opinion, definitely better than the $6500 stock WRR! Add another thousand dollars worth of mods and you've truly got one of the best dual sport bikes you can get for $7,500 (still around $3,000 cheaper than a stock KTM 350 - which would still be, admittedly, a more capable dirt bike).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetzombiejesus View Post
    I saw a review of the 250s that included a kawa and a suzuki. Kawa was listed as best bang for the buck and the honda was worst over all iirc. The Yamaha was the best performer, but was higher priced like you mentioned


    I believe you may be referring to MotoUSA's 2010(?) 250 class dual sport comparison. If so, they had the CRF230L, totally different from the 250L (although IMO that was still a great bike, too).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj7687 View Post
    I believe you may be referring to MotoUSA's 2010(?) 250 class dual sport comparison. If so, they had the CRF230L, totally different from the 250L (although IMO that was still a great bike, too).
    No, The comparison was in the latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News, and another similar one in Rider magazine on the CRF 250 L.



    Personally, I would pick the Honda over the WR.



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    I think the honda would be a great little bike especially for us vertically challenged people. The wr is a great bike that will go along way. Mark from bigdogadventures.com has over 38,000 miles on his and its still running strong and he runs the snot out of it. I keep hearing how these new 6speed bikes are way lower rpm at highway speed. From the chart at 7,000rpm the wr and cr are 57-58 mph. Isnt the TW 55moh at 7,000rpm. Not that much difference but they might rev higher.

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