2010 250 Dual Sport Shootout Conclusion

Adam Waheed | August 18, 2010

For My Money:

Adam Waheed – 6′, 180 lbs. – Yamaha WR250R

Exploring the Sierra Nevadas aboard the 2010 Kawasaki KLX250S and Yamaha WR250R.
At Mono Lake aboard the Kawasaki KLX250S  Honda CRF230L  and 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.

Adam Waheed

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