Best Dual Sport 2014: Yamaha WR250R

December 30, 2014
By Motorcycle USA Staff
Yamaha’s WR250R claimed top prize in MotoUSA’s Best Of awards in 2013 in the Dual-Sport category and does so again in 2014. The blue bike gets the job done on the street, but where it really shines is on the trail thanks to a dialed-in engine and a chassis designed to tackle whatever comes around the bend.

Rev the WR250R and there’s plenty of power available from the four-valve Single. In our previous test the WR was head and shoulders above its Red and Green competitors, and Yamaha carries over the same mill into 2014. It features fully adjustable front and rear suspension with 10.6-inches travel available on both ends. The single disc front and rear brakes aren’t anything special but provide plenty of stopping power and are easy to modulate when navigating tricky portions of trail. Its electronic ignition is reliable and its ergonomics comfortable.

The WR250R is a great machine if you’re looking for a bike that will tackle trails and navigate street traffic with aplomb. It’s a simple package with a few choice upgrades which continue to place the WR250R at the top of the dual-sport heap.