Category Archives: Riding the Yamaha

These are the reports of rides on the Yamaha WR250R. I bought this bike on February 2009.

An Unexpected Trip to the Ocean

Dry weather on the forecast for the weekend and I get a call from Doug on Thursday asking whether I wanted to go riding. Riley suggests we go back to the High Pass area. He reports the snow is gone … Continue reading

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High Pass, Snow, Low Pass

Finally I can report here the first ride of the year.  And what a ride it was, what a great way to start the new riding season! Before the weekend I had checked the weather forecast and those wise people … Continue reading

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Praire Mountain, Oregon.

Where is that 250? In the back of the garage? Since the trip to the Death Valley in March this bike has been sitting quietly at a corner of the garage. I took it out, lubricated the chain, checked pressure … Continue reading

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Death Valley, March 2011

After so many motorcycle reviews and ride reports from Death Valley, I had to go try it myself.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact, I realize that words, photos and videos never capture it the way it deserves to … Continue reading

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The Steens 2010

A quick Google search for the word “Steens” will produce interesting one-sentence descriptors of Oregon’s Steens Mountain: “About as far from any populated place as you can get in the Lower 48 States about says it for Oregon’s remote Steens … Continue reading

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1,000 miles of Oregon dirt (OBDR)

It has been a long time coming.  Being a motorcycle rider, with a dirt bias, living in Oregon, riding the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route (OBDR) is a natural consequence. I thought about it for too long, and it finally … Continue reading

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Pine Mountain 2009

Following up on the idea of camping at the Pine Mountain observatory, the usual suspects minus a few, decided to first camp at the Newberry Lakes and then move to Pine Mountain for a night at the observatory. All accounted. … Continue reading

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Metolius Oregon 2009

I had heard of the Metolius river for a while, had ridden past the sign on US 20 a few times.  It is time to take a look at it. Let’s try the WR250R on a real adventure. I met … Continue reading

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Owyhee Oregon 2009

Did you know the Owyhee river and region were named after a couple of Hawaiians? From wikipedia: “Owyhee” and “Hawaii” are two different spellings for the same word. When Captain James Cook discovered what he named the Sandwich Islands (known … Continue reading

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Backyard Rides 2009

Now with two bikes, time to get busy in the practice sessions.  The first 600 miles were all done in controlled situations.  After that I started venturing towards my usual routes in the Coast Range. This bike is a sweet … Continue reading

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