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2009 Yamaha WR250F Bike Test Photo Gallery

Yamaha didn't change its popular trail bike for 2009, but the WR250F remains one of the best ways to have enduro fun on two wheels. Read our full review on the 2009 Yamaha WR250F dirt bike.

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The handling is what you'd expect from a bike with these components and girth.
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Yamaha's 2009 WR250F isn't the industry-shaking dirt bike for the season, but we found it to our liking just fine, and were more than willing to spend a couple months with it.
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Racing the WR is possible, but it is a great trail bike in stock form.
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Anyone can ride the WR250F and have fun, which counts for a lot in the 250F enduro market.
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Overall it's a comfortable ride, even when it does bottom, and the handling is what you'd expect from a bike with these components and girth.
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We took the WR250F for a ride through California's Jawbone Canyon OHV and it was right at home on the varying trails and rock features.
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We're excited to see what the future has in store for Yamaha's 250F enduro. This year's model was plenty of fun but there's room for some minor improvements that will make it even better.
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The WR has good ground clearance (14.4 in.) but the soft components and overall weight work against each other. It doesn't drag its belly, but we did hit some things with our footpegs.
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What the WR-F lacks in power it makes up for with traction.
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Everything on the Yamaha works well which makes it easy to ride and focus on where you're at and what you're doing rather than trying not to crash.
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At some point it takes extra effort and awareness to find speed since the 37mm Keihin carb-fed motor doesn't rear up and accelerate with much authority.
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Woods riding is a blast and we expect this bike will see a lot of it. It would be great if the WR250 came with handguards.
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It's still a 249cc, liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke tucked inside an aluminum chassis based on previous YZ-F motocross frames.