Okay, time to work out the final fitment and get the WRR back on the road! Hmmm, still hitting the bracket...
This is a review/install walk-through for the Back Roads Moto racks made for Wolfman Luggage. Berg Briggs is the mastermind behind the racks and designs each set of racks personally. He and Eric have come up with an ingenious way to mount soft saddlebags to the Lil' Blue bike, and we're going to take a closer look at the racks now.
This is the rack system you get for your hard earned dinero. Looks simple enough...
The instructions mention that if you're keeping the stock turn signals, you may need to grind away some of the fairing. Thank goodness for Dremel™!
No, I'm not really sponsored by Dremel™... although if anyone is reading this from the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, give me a call--we'll talk.
First up, you'll need to mount the regulators to the back of the dash. Ian gives you some self tapping screws to do this.
12 years ago, when Lynn Hodges needed a cargo rack for his bike he spent his spare time designing what would be his first billet aluminum cargo rack. It turned out he wasn't the only one impressed with the way the billet rack looked and functioned. Seven years later, at the start of 2004, the motorcycle division was split off from parent company Production Automation to become Pro Moto Billet Incorporated. The new name brought a new 25,000+ square foot facility and double the production capacity. Two years later Pro Moto Billet acquired Fastway Performance (and their amazing footpegs)--but that's another story. For more about the Fastway Pegs, see HighFive's review >>here<<. The moral of the story is when you do something really well, it's contagious and people tell other people.
So, what is this cargo rack that started it all? Take a look before we dig into the install.
I started out by grinding down the rough edges on the bracket. Not sure it was necessary, but wanted to do this first rate.
I told Ian when I ordered my Lynx, that I didn't want the mounting holes for the speedo pre-done. I'll show you how I laid it out--you may just want to let Britannia Composites do it for you. If I had to do it over, I might do the same. I wanted it mounted a little higher, but didn't think about the brake line. I'm okay with it, but a couple of the idiot lights are obscured in the position I have it.
In the Land of Farkles, Flatland Racing is a champion of bolt on protection that does a fantastic job of balancing value and quality. Sure there are more expensive solutions available in some corners of the world, but part of the draw of Lil' Blue is her uncanny ability to outshine so many other bikes in many an owner's garage--at a price point that doesn't require a German venture capital company to finance.
Am I averse to paying for quality or protection? Not at all. In fact, I'm rather obsessive about it. But I also want to feel I'm getting value for my farkling dollar. Enter the Flatland Racing Skid Plate.
My two biggest remaining beefs with my wonderful WRR were wind and lighting. I thought of writing this up as a side by side with the laminar lip I had installed on the stock fairing. But after installing this kit, to be honest, there's no real comparison.
Let me start with the install... or rather the tear down.
I must admit that I've been less than thrilled with the stock footpegs on my WRR. Don't get me wrong, they have performed fine. They are just too narrow to suit my riding style and comfort. I exert a lot of force through applied peg pressure when I ride technical stuff. I'm always pulling and pushing, twisting and grinding.....to hold a line or maintain traction. This has caused me some discomfort after long rides in the rough (i.e. my foot arches have been sore). So, you know I've been looking for a new peg solution. And I'm very pleased to say that I think I've found it.
These babies rock!
ProMoto Billet Fastway Performance pegs: Part # 22-3-005 (F5 Standard Footpeg). And I'm about to show you why.
I am going to use this thread to document a step by step procedure for the installation of this Athena 290 Big Bore into my Yamaha WR250R. Lots of folks have asked me for a detailed pictorial and explanation. So, here you go! I'll take you through my very own "discovery process" as I disassemble my stock engine, and replace it with this bad boy. I'll also include my tuning procedures all the way through completion.
You will notice I perform all of these procedures in my little 'ol cramped & messy garage floor. Nothing fancy about it. But someday, I hope to improve on that.
Fill your popcorn and get a big drink....then kick back and enjoy the show. I will share some of my own little tricks along the way, which might make your wrenching efforts a little easier too. I've never dug so deep into this bike before, so we are bound to learn some interesting things together.
Here we go....let's find out if this box of goodies is worth the expense.
The WR250R is an incredible bike, but it has a few issues that need to be addressed. The first glaring issue in my opinion is the stock gearing. When I'm loaded up with camping gear and heading down the highway uphill into a headwind, I just won't pull 6th gear. Downshifting to 5th to gain some speed, then up shifting to 6th just to loose it again can be real aggravating and makes for a long day in the saddle. Gearing the bike down eliminates this. I swapped out the front sprocket for a 12T and that gave the bike plenty of power to pull 6th gear down the highway all day long. Keeping the stock front 13T and going up in the rear to a 46T will give you the same results, but requires a longer chain.