2011 Yamaha WR Review


The 2011 Yamaha WR is a dual-purpose bike that's capable of handling everything that's asked of it. It's a fuel-efficient commuter, an exhilarating hill jumper, and a reliable around-town transport. Why waste money on buying multiple bikes for different purposes, when the Yamaha WR nicely handles them all effortlessly and affordably?

Like in previous years, the 2011 Yamaha WR is available in four models—the 250R, 250X, 250F, and 450F—with only minor differences defining each version. The most notable differences include seat height, curb weight, tire size, and engine type. The WR450F is the largest bike in the lineup and features a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, 449cc engine. Meanwhile, the smallest bikes in the lineup, the 250R and 250X, both feature fuel injected 250cc engines. The 250F boasts a 249cc carburetor-equipped engine. All four models feature a reliable electric start with a direct ignition coil system. The 250F and 450F both offer backup kick-start capabilities, in addition to the electric start.

Since the Yamaha WR is a dual purpose bike it is equipped with an insanely effective suspension system that's capable of turning any road surface into a comfortable ride. Featuring fully adjustable front inverted forks by Kayaba, and single rear shocks, both with 10.6 inches of travel, the WR has a suspension that's hard to beat. The bikes also boast front (250mm) and rear (230mm) hydraulic brakes, for smooth and controlled stopping, regardless of wherever you're riding the bike.

In the looks department, the 2011 Yamaha WR is in a class all by itself. Built upon a lightweight aluminum cast semi-double-cradle frame, the WR has a slim-line body and low center of gravity. When these features are coupled with its ideal seat height (ranging from 36.6 to 38.6 depending on the model), it gives the bike an aggressive look that's completed by its razor-sharp front fender, slim halogen headlight, and compact LED taillight.

The Yamaha WR 250R and 250X have 1.9-gallon fuel tanks and offer a reported 71 miles per gallon. The 250F and 450F, on the other hand, have a slightly larger fuel tank at 2.1 gallons, with similar fuel economy results. It is important to note that this number is determined according to a standard 25 mph test, so owners should expect slightly lower mpg results.

The 2011 Yamaha WR is an exceptional dual-purpose bike with a wide array of features designed to deliver an unparalleled riding experience. From its serrated steel foot pegs and its rugged plastic caliper protectors to its low-maintenance Yuasa battery and oil level sight glass, no stone goes unturned on this practical and utterly remarkable example of Yamaha’s engineering precision.

New For 2011

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2011 Yamaha WR Specs

  • Model: 250R, 250X, 250F, 450F
  • Engine Type: Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 77mm x 53.6mm, 95mm x 63.4mm (450F)
  • Compression ratio: 11.81:1 (250R, 250X), 12.51:1 (250F), 12.31:1 (250F)
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel Injected, Carburetor (250F, 450F)
  • Ignition: Electric, Electric / Kick (250F, 450F)
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gallons (250R, 250X), 2.1 gallons (250F, 450F)
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 71 mpg (250R, 250X)
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches, 56.1 inches, 58.3 inches, 58.5 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 36.6 inches, 35.2 inches, 38.6 inches
  • Curb Weight: 298 pounds, 302 pounds, 256 pounds, 267 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 80/100 R21, 110/70 R17
  • Tires (Rear): 120/80 R18, 140/70 R17, 100/100 R18 59M, 110/100 R18 64M


  • Bike Cover
  • EGO Handguards by Barkbusters
  • Billet Chain Guard Support
  • Billet Front & Rear Brake Caliper Guards
  • Billet Front & Rear Disc Guards
  • LightSpeed Carbon Fiber Rear Caliper Guard
  • Re-Settable Hour Meter
  • GYTR Panel Stand
  • Side Bag
  • VPS Handguards by Barkbusters

Key Competitors For The 2011 Yamaha WR

  • Suzuki DR-Z400SM
  • Suzuki DR200SE
  • Kawasaki KLX 250S
  • Husqvarna TE 250