2012 Yamaha WR Review


Need a motorcycle that can handle the twistiest roads or harrowing trail? Pick yourself up a 2012 Yamaha WR, one of the most versatile and agile dual-sport bikes of the year. Its fuel injected, four-valve, liquid-cooled powerplant gives you complete control of your outing. More than 50 years of experience in refining and designing motorcycles, Yamaha has rolled out a bike that can do it all.

It’s not quite and enduro model, but it’s not quite a streetbike. It marries the two riding surfaces, but tends to lean a little heavier on the trail and dirt side. A 38mm Mikuni fuel-injection system, ensuring smooth throttle response, great fuel economy, reduced emissions and a choke-free design. With this system, acceleration is going to be the least of your worries.

Uniquely styled and calibrated suspension systems give the bike a snazzy look, but make sure the WR has quick response on turns, with accurate handling and less rider fatigue. As it’s more of a dirtbike than streetbike, this motorcycle maybe better suited for anyone who might want to just take to the streets to get to the local trailhead. Or, take it to return those movies, but you may end up taking a detour anyway.

New For 2012

  • New model for 2012

2012 Yamaha WR Specs

  • Model: WR 250R
  • Engine Type: 250cc liquid-cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 77.0 x 53.6mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.8:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
  • Induction: Fuel injection
  • Ignition: Direct ignition coil
  • Transmission: Constant-mesh six-speed; multiplate wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gallons, 1.9 in California
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 71MPG
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic single-disc brake, 250mm
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic single-disc brake, 230mm
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork; fully adjustable, 10.6-inch travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single shock; fully adjustable, 10.6-inch travel
  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches
  • Rake: Unavailable
  • Trail: Unavailable
  • Seat Height: 36.6 inches
  • Curb Weight: 298 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 80/100-21
  • Tires (Rear): 120/80-18


  • Stainless Steel/Carbon Fiber ""Race Spec"" Full Exhaust System by
  • Graves Motorsports: The Graves Motorsports full exhaust system utilizes proprietary ADSD technology. Up to a 20 percent gain in horsepower is achieved while eliminating weight. This system features all stainless steel construction with a carbon fiber silencer.
  • High-Flow Exhaust Insert by Graves Motorsports: Stainless Steel tubing with billet aluminum flange.
  • GYTR Front Sprockets: Manufactured from heat-treated chromoly steel, CNC-machined to extremely high tolerances, has a zinc finish to avoid corrosion.
  • Features self-cleaning grooves to shed off mud and grit, as well as reduce weight while maintaining strength.
  • 290cc Big Bore Kits by Athena: includes brand new nickel-carbide plated cylinder with enlarged water passages, precision made piston with rings, pins, clips, gaskets, o-rings, and all other parts needed for a complete installation.
  • GYTR Ultra-High Performance Racing Chains and Links by EK: Specifically designed for Motocross and Supercross. Race-tested by Factory Riders to meet today's high performance machines, the 520 GMX can be used for all sizes of machines. The 520 GMXL is a lighter version for 125cc and 250cc four-stroke machines. Both chains feature high-tech CRH coated pins for extremely hard outside surface and softer inside to increase the impact strength. Chains are available in standard natUral or gold finishes. Non O-Ring chain. Tensile strength = 8400 lbs. 120 links.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Yamaha WR

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