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2013 250 Dual Sport Motorcycle Shootout Conclusion

Monday, March 18, 2013

Adam Waheed – 33-years-old – 6’0” - 180 pounds: Yamaha WR250R

For me it’s an obvious choice. I would buy the Yamaha. Even though it’s literally thousands more than the Honda or Kawasaki, it’s well worth the extra cost. The WR does everything I need it to. It does wheelies in second gear, you can jump it, and it goes dang near 100 mph yet still delivers over 50 mpg. To me it’s a no brainer. Still I do appreciate what Kawasaki and Honda bring to the table and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending either to other riders. The KLX is a good all-around bike, and if you’re less concerned with outright performance, it is a solid bet. The Honda is definitely more street oriented and smaller rider-friendly. It can handle some off-roading but not to the same level of the others. Still it’s a quality machine and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a bike then it’s the bike for you.

Ray Gauger - 28-years-old - 6’5” - 180 pounds: Yamaha WR250R

All three of these bikes would make a great commuting and moderate trail machines. But if I had to choose one, it would be the WR250R. It’s the most expensive, but as a taller rider, it’s the only bike in this test that really seems to fit. I’m not much of a tinkerer, so I like the fact that the WR comes pretty well sorted right out of the box. To me, it handles the most like an enduro bike. Any time the trail got gnarly or the speeds increased, the Yamaha felt the most at home. With some bolt-on mods, the Honda and Kawasaki could no doubt be brought up to the blue machine’s pace, but with all things equal, I’d pick the WR250R.
The KLX was comfortable to ride on the street. Its overall ride characteristics are a good balance between the street and dirt.
Versatility and overall rider friendliness played a big part in why Joseph Agustin chose the KLX250S as the dual sport he would choose to buy.

Joseph Agustin - 28-years-old – 6’1” - 170 pounds: Kawasaki KLX250S

Having had barely any experience on the dirt I gravitated toward the Honda due to its lower seat height. Right off the bat I liked it. The motor was smooth, and I felt really confident on it. Then I rode the Kawasaki. It did everything that the Honda did, only better. I still prefer the way the Honda looks, but being a taller guy I just fit better on the Kawasaki. Since it’s only a few hundred dollars more expensive, it’s still affordable. The Yamaha was a little too aggressive for my liking, and I never felt as comfortable on it compared to the Kawi. It’s also way out of my price range.

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jaggerdss   January 26, 2014 08:20 AM
A 250 is a 250. The Wr250r is the best that Yamaha has and it was pitted against the best that Kawasaki and Honda had and they lost! So quit whining. Just because Yamaha offers two bikes in the 250cc range doesn't mean they should use their turd one for a shootout. The KLX and the CRF are liquid cooled just like the WR. The XT250 would better be compared to the CRF230 since it is a air cooled bike, Oh but Honda doesn't offer that any more! Kawasaki got rid of their Sherpa a while back, should Yamaha get rid of the XT250 so no one will whine anymore about shootouts? I think it is great that they still offer a mellow low slung air cooled bike for people that want it. An as for the price you get what you pay for! Lucky they didn't have a KTM 250 EXC-F in this shootout otherwise the Yamaha guys would also be whining!
ohenry   January 5, 2014 02:59 PM
The WR250r should not be in this shootout period. XT250 vs KLX250s vs CRF250l Also you say in your review of the CRF250l here; http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/122/15785/Motorcycle-Article/2013-Honda-CRF250L-Comparison.aspx "While its engine delivers a smooth, hit-free spread of power, the motor is missing that hearty, grin inducing character that’s at the core of riding a motorcycle. Despite its mundane acceleration, on the road the CRF does what it’s supposed to." So why is the lack of hit in the high column? Ohenry
DR650SH   January 5, 2014 04:36 AM
Price alone is the problem. Suzuki wants $6500 for the DR650 or DRZ400 $4200 for the DR200 Kawasaki wants $5100 for the KLX250s and $6500 for the 650 Honda wants $5000 for the CRF250 and $6700 for the XR650 Yamaha wants $5200 for the XT250 and $6700 for the WR250 Class 1 $6500-6700 WR250 DRZ400 DR650 KLR650 XR650 Class 2 $5000-$5200 KLX250 XT250 CRF250 Class 3 $4200 DR200 TW200 Wrong class comparison this needs to be posted because you are comparing Civic and a Focus to an Acura. Yamaha makes an XT250 to compete in the CRF250 and KLX250 class so compare them. Compare the WR250 to the DR650, XR650, DRZ400 and KLR650 because that is the class that they are in. Thank you now please delete the old ones. Please compare correctly. Class dismissed.