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    Has Yamaha killed off the WR250R/WR250X ??

    Looks like due to poor worldwide sales there won't be a 2018 model. The Yamaha web site under Dual Sport has a 2018 XT250 and 2018 TW200 and only a 2017 WR250R. Will we finally see a WR400/450R ?? What about a T-4 ??
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    Yes those two sites due mention a 2018 model. One was printed in March and one was printed in April. Currently at web.yamahamotorsports.com/dual-sport the WR250R is not listed in the 2018 lineup only in the 2017 lineup. Hopefully the bike is undergoing improvements and Yamaha is still undecided on the msrp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptD View Post
    Yes those two sites due mention a 2018 model. One was printed in March and one was printed in April. Currently at web.yamahamotorsports.com/dual-sport the WR250R is not listed in the 2018 lineup only in the 2017 lineup. Hopefully the bike is undergoing improvements and Yamaha is still undecided on the msrp.
    I've seen this same thread brought up before. I wonder if the 2017 was a typo and they meant 2018?

    On Advrider forum, before I got to the blah blah blah part of a thread regarding the wr250r, it seems like most were mentioning it being discontinued in Europe because of stronger emissions standards. There didn't seem to be any real answer on that thread either. Guess we'll know when they roll out the 18's at the dealers.

    I don't know if/how/or why but the TW seems to defy all the sales numbers and hangs in there year after year. The TW has been DOA several times yet here it is...still. However, if nobody's buying something eventually they quit making it even if there continues to be a small market for it.
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    A few years ago when I was at Daytona Bike Week I asked the yamaha reps which bike was their best seller WORLDWIDE and the 2 guys both said the TW was. They also added that was prolly due to licensing rules in Asian countries (under 200 cc). I have heard that here in the US that dealers must order 2 at a time as they only come as 2 bikes per pallet/crate.
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    No 2018 WR250R on the Canadian Yamaha site either.
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    I think the TW hangs in there because of reliability, being easy to control, fun bike, cool wide tires, and easily customized for trails or the street, even though it's slower back roads. Of course a 300cc with a little more high speed stability and a 6th gear over drive would be killer. I have never bought new but that I would consider.

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    I got a Facebook post from Yamaha that it has been discontinued and that only dealer stock will be available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post

    I don't know if/how/or why but the TW seems to defy all the sales numbers and hangs in there year after year. The TW has been DOA several times yet here it is...still. However, if nobody's buying something eventually they quit making it even if there continues to be a small market for it.
    At $4600 they seem intent on killing that off too....Buyers accept that 200cc is under-powered, but it was attractive in the $32-3500 range as a camping play bike. At almost 5k that's like a serious investment and you get up into a range with so many other possible models. Lack of interest won't be what kills the TW though, I fear it will be emissions (which is a complete joke because it's basically a lawnmower engine and the majority of TW owners put just a few hundred miles on it per year.)

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    Evaporatibe emmisions seems to be the single biggest issue. Several Japanese sites confirm it's demise. I just was at a Yamaha dealer loooking at WRf vs. R for my son. Making the WR250f street legal turns it into a $8600 bike with a 120 to 200hr motor (7k miles or so?). Lots of reports of 30k or more on the R model. Granted, the f is a bad ass full race bike, but that makes it close to KTM or Husqvarna territory.
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