One glimpse at the 2009 Yamaha WR and you'll see where it gets its inspiration. Yamaha uses its iconic YZ250F motocross bike as the template for creating one of the most popular dual-sport bikes on the market, and the result is a rugged-looking, street-ready dirt bike that's incredibly light, agile, and powerful.
The 2009 Yamaha WR is available in four models–the 250R, 250X, 250F, and 450F—and there are only a few slight differences between each version, such as seat height, curb weight, tire size, and engine type. The WR450F is the largest bike in the lineup, with its 449cc engine producing a generous output of 34.4 horsepower at 8250 rpm and 22.8 lb-ft of torque at 7750 rpm.
Yamaha's WR lineup offers dual-sport convenience in a single bike purchase. Take the bike out for a day spent riding the back trails, and then simply hose the mud off and it's ready for tomorrow morning's commute to work. The fuel-injected, four-valve, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine is more than ready to deliver the required power and performance, whether you're jumping logs or weaving in and out of traffic.
Visually, the 2009 Yamaha WR is a stunner. Aggressive angles and a streamlined chassis emblazoned with Yamaha's signature blue and white panels make this bike a showstopper. Designed to look more like a motocross bike than a cruiser, the bike sports big alloy wheels decked out with thick, chunky tires and a fun attitude. The low-sitting seat, 35.2 inches on the WR250X, helps improve the bike's control and maneuverability, thanks to a remarkably low center of gravity. Finishing off the bike's exterior are its sharp front and rear fenders and ""knitted"" headlight.
Weighing in between 259 and 271 pounds depending on the sub-model, the 2009 Yamaha WR is not the lightest dual-sport bike on the market. Of course, a lot of the extra weight comes courtesy of the bike's convenient electric start, enduro computer, green-sticker emission controls, and skid plate. It also features a USFS-approved spark arrestor for keeping your favorite wooded trails free from the threat of a forest fire, which are so frequently caused by errant sparks.
The Yamaha WR's handlebars and foot pegs are ideally positioned with the driver's ergonomics in mind, and the instrument panel offers all of the bare necessities, including a speedometer, trip odometer, clock, fuel gauge, and lap timer, each delivered in an eye-pleasing digital format.
Yamaha's 2009 WR lineup shares the same style and size of fuel tank, which comes in at about two gallons, and for most part, the bikes are reported to be able to get 71 mpg. Since this number is usually determined based on a steady 25-mph test, owners should expect slightly lower results in the 60 to 65 mpg range.