For My Money:
Adam Waheed – 6′, 180 lbs. – Yamaha WR250R
Waheed and Gauger said they would buy the Yamaha WR250R, while Garcia and Dare said they’d buy the Kawasaki KLX250S.
First, hats off to Kawasaki for engineering a fun, versatile, and most importantly easy motorcycle to ride with its KLX250S. Even more impressive is that they were able to bring it to market here in the U.S. for $4999. It’s truly impressive. But if my money was on the line I’d pop for the more premium WR250R. To me, its fuel-injected motor, higher quality suspension and superb build quality are worth the extra cash.
Ray Gauger – 6’5″, 185 lbs. – Yamaha WR250R
I’ve always wanted this bike in my garage and after riding it I want it even more! Sure the price is steep but you get what you pay for. The craftsmanship is at a much higher level than the rest of the bikes and I really like the fact that the engine is fuel-injected. Considering my height, this bike also fits me the best.
Frankie Garcia – 5’8″, 165 lbs. – Kawasaki KLX250S
Don’t get me wrong I love the Yamaha but for me it’s just too expensive. The Kawi does basically everything I need it to and then some. I love the way it handles and while the engine doesn’t have as much power as the WR it still does the job.
Alec Dare – 5’7″, 122 lbs. – Kawasaki KLX250S
I was the only guy that could fit comfortably on the Suzuki and Honda yet still I would take the Kawasaki. I like the fact that it’s a larger bike and has some quality components with its liquid-cooled engine and all. The Yamaha was fun to ride too but in the end it’s just a little too big for me.