Unintimidating, undaunting, and uncomplicated, the WR250X may be the ideal bike for someone looking to commute during the day and carve some corners at night.
Engine Size: 250cc
Price (new): $7,699 CDN/$6,190 USD
Comparable bikes: Suzuki DR200SE, Yamaha TW200, Yamaha XT250, Honda CRF230M
Our Yamaha WR250X Review:
A lot of people don’t find the look of a naked bike appealing, yet every time I look at the Yamaha WR250X I can’t help but appreciate the aesthetics. Its rugged appearance is also very indicative of what this bike is capable of: this bike can go off-road just as well as it stays on them.
Many new riders don’t consider dual-purpose motorcycles, instead opting to look at the sport bikes. It’s a shame, as a good dual-purpose bike can be as much, if not more, fun than a trimmed down sport bike. If you ever plan on hitting some back country roads, a sport bike may not even be a feasible option anyway, and that’s where the WR250X shines.
It can, and will, do whatever you tell it to do. You say left, it goes left. You say right, it goes right. You say jump, and it will ask you how high. As far as communicative and obedient bikes go, a good dual-sport like the WR250X is hard to beat.
It’s no slouch compared to the “sportier” bikes (Honda CBR125R, Kawasaki Ninja 250R) in its class either- with 17.7ft-lbs of torque, it will get you going wherever you need to be. It’s relatively small 250cc engine is definitely not the best for highway riding, but that’s something that’s common of smaller bikes. However, that smaller engine also makes the WR250X lighter, more agile, and much more forgiving.
Many motorcycle training classes use dual-sports as the primary bikes the students use, and when I took my place I actually rode a WR250X. It was the first motorcycle I had ever sat on, and over the next 7 days it would take me from extreme newbie to competent new rider, and it did it comfortably and without any fuss (even when I dropped it once or twice).
Since it’s naked, dropping it isn’t the end of the world as there is minimal body work to worry about getting damaged. As well, its light weight minimizes any damage that it may receive when a new rider inevitably drops it.
The Bottom Line:
Get on and ride wherever you want to go. Point the WR250X in a direction and it will take you there, even when the pavement stops. For a new rider looking for a bike with utility you can’t do much better than the Yamaha WR250X.