See photos of the 2012 Yamaha WR250F dirt bike in action. Read the full details in the 2012 Yamaha WR250F Comparison.
- The WR250F remains the trusty and familiar dirt bike we’ve come to love over the years.
- We did experience some bucking from the rear end at higher speeds as the shock got down into the stiffer part of the stroke.
- Our less experienced riders took more of a liking to the 250F Japanese enduros, but even top pros can have a good time on these easy-to-ride dirt bikes.
- The brakes on the WR are plenty strong for hauling you down from speed, and they don’t fade really at all on long descents.
- The Yamaha's torquey engine makes getting over obstacles easy.
- The WR250F has a heavier feeling front end with soft Kayaba suspension.
- The rear brake light is wide, bright and tucked nicely under the rear fender.
- The WR250F has an overflow catch tank.
- The layout is a bit more open with the ProTaper bars and the fuel tank which doesn’t protrude as high as the CRF’s.
- The exhaust muffler has a tapered end cap but the engine is stifled by the exhaust.
- It pivots around the 21-inch front wheel easier which gives it a tendency to knife into corners.
- The 250F uses a 58.3-inch wheelbase and it plows along its intended line with determination.
- In addition to making a great woods bike powerplant, the WR’s extra muscle really makes up for some of its handling woes.
- The computer system is far superior to the Honda’s. It’s a digital unit that offers clock, trip meter and odometer in the basic mode.
- The WR's DOHC engine offers more performance than the Honda. Multiple testers commented that they wished the WR engine would fit in the CRF's chassis.