Scottish Enduros 2019 - www.scottishenduros.co.uk
Bike Tests and Details
2003 Bikes .
First off of course has to be the new Yamaha WR250f - now with electric start. (My bike). Well worth the wait !
New for 2003 - Electric start, Revised brakes, new swingarm, quick access
airbox, hot start button on the handlebar, bigger tank and all in one rear brake (No
master cylinder). The bike feels the same as last year - but I've only just run it in and
had a run round a motocross course, plenty of grip and very stable, jumps well and power
is instant when needed. Basically carrying on from last year and improving. Suspension is
still top notch and tracks where you want to go. The best thing is the engine - which
delivers loads of effortless and controllable power - no surprises - just say what you
want and does it.
Still the best 250 around and makes average riders look like an expert. Only comes in blue - what other colour is there ?
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Yamaha WR450f - the new tool for the Scottish Champion Supplied by Ride On Motorcycles - Glasgow. Report by Derek Litttle
My thoughts on the 450F are this ..Magic!
Huge amounts of power that grips and drives you forward! Not violently, just smoothly and very, very rapidly. I had always said that the 250F could be ridden by anyone from a trail rider / sportsmen to a world class enduro star like Bergval. I dont think the same is true of the 450F as, although it is still manageable, the rider will get there so much quicker that they may get in trouble. I actually overshot a turn off a trail by about 30m because I didnt realise how fast I was going!
Although it is a big bike and it has a huge 10litre tank, it feels pretty nimble and turns without much effort definitely not the same beast as the Honda 450F!
The electric start is just superb it will save the rider so much frustration and energy, it simply isnt fair on 2 strokes now! With that simple addition, the 4 strokes from Yamaha will have opened up a whole new market of the "less serious trail rider", who wants high performance with ease of use. YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THE 250F!
Ill do a full report for the site once I have actually raced the bike.
KTM 400 EXC
KTM 250 EXC
Suzuki DRZ 400
This is a new section starting with the magnificent YAMAHA WR 250 F Four stroke. Details on the KX 250 to follow. Or send me a report on your own bike.
Yamaha WR 250 F Four Stroke - new for 2001. ( Charlie Mackenzie Clubman )
This is the latest of Yamahas long history of four stroke dirt bikes starting with the XT/TT 500 back in the 70's. I have owned most of these TT550, XT500, XT350 and now the pure enduro WR250. By far the standard by which the new four strokes are to be judged. I am biased of course as I own one. At present only two in Scotland and the other is being run by the current Scottish Champion.
Weight - just over 100 kilos. Power - more than an XR400. Handling - just like a 125 - turns so sharp you will cut yourself. The power delivery is right off the bottom and keeps on going to 11,000 revs. It powers up hills faster than any other bike I have owned.
It's biggest feature is how small and light it feels and the lack of power. The power is perfect - not too much too scare you but you can attack the course and know you will not come into a corner too hot. It allows you to ride all day without getting tired as you are in control - not the bike. Where a 250 2 stroke pulls you round the course the WR lets you ride round in charge of the bike and being a 4 stroke it also has engine braking when you need it.
An ideal beginners machine but also a very focused tool for the experienced rider. Stephen Peterhansel (750 cc DAKAR racer) is competing on one this year in the World Enduro Chamionship and wants to be the first rider on a 250 4 stroke to win overall.
Starting is not a problem and it starts when hot using the HOT START button. If it floods give it a few kicks on full throttle then start as normal. Electric start would be nice but is not really necessary yet. Still - if you are stuck on a hill with a hot bike that is when the wee buton comes into it's own.
If you want full specs on the bike contact Stephen at Ride On Motorcycles in Glasgow.
KAWASAKI KX 250 (Enduro modified) ( Malcolm Bissett - Expert )
Some folk say that you have ride an "enduro bike" in the enduos because the motor is smoother, the suspension is plusher and Bla Bla Bla. That is not to say that an out of the crate enduro bike is no good. Indeed most are the tool for the job. Only problem is they cost a fair bit more than your bog standard motocross bike and if you like the feel of riding the Japanese bikes, like I do, there is not much of a choice.
This year I am riding a 2002 Kawasaki KX 250 from Mickey Oats Motorcycles in Glasgow. Setting up the bike for an enduro is not as difficult as you wood expect:
The bike feels sharp in handling as all the Japanese bikes do but the power delivery is now much smoother pulling strongly from the bottom. The bike is not sliding around or breaking traction that would normally happen with the standard setup. I have found the bike very easy to ride on the going and it is strong on the special test when you need it.
The standard suspension on the bike is fine for enduro riding as long as it is backed off a little (not to much or it will be difficult in the ruts and on the faster rougher sections) to produce that little bit more grip that is required in some of the tricky sections.
Initial Inspection and Maintenance
Before even running in the bike I would strip the bike down, paying particular attention to the following items:
After the run in period I would change the fork oil and the gear oil (again).