I've seen this same thread brought up before. I wonder if the 2017 was a typo and they meant 2018?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.
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.)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.
If you're looking at doing a conversion, I'd grab the WR450: if well cared for, these motors should be good for four or five hundred hours. Still not great compared to 1,000 hours+ motors...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.
Drop the price and lower the damn seat....I would buy one in a NY Minute...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 ??
The problem is what the definition of sport is in the dual sport... Is that sport desert? swamps? dunes? rocks? hills? eastern woods? It requires a very different dual sports to be capable in the sport part of dual sport... Ideally the size and weight of 300cc is about all you want for tight woods trails...If you have to cover vast open tracts the requirements are very different....To get the 450's light enough for woods you'd need a converted racer...Yamaha will not sell a converted racer as dual sport in the US, they seem reluctant to even do a supermoto, it might be the regulations.Its an interesting discussion but I think the main reason for the demise of these bikes is KTM raising the bar for everyone with cheap credit perhaps helping them along in recent times. Peoples expectations for a bikes capabilities has gone up, but the need for higher maintenance costs hasn't caught up accordingly yet.
I have never really believed in the dual sport label, and watching that KLR handle the mild conditions in the video confirms it...I'd rather stay home!