Sticking with Yamaha’s trend of the cross-country and enduro models receiving updates the year after its motocross models of the same displacement, the WR250F has been granted an overhaul for 2022 much like the YZ250FX. The changes are similar to what the YZ250F motocross bike saw last year, and although the WR250F is heavily based on the bLU cRU’s 250 four-stroke motocrosser, added features and unique settings optimize it for enduro riding.
The camshaft profiles and intake port are new to provide a broader spread of power that is improved at high rpm. Smoother shifting is said to be achieved with a new shift cam design for the wide-ratio six-speed transmission. The bilateral beam aluminum frame is new and derived straight from the YZ250F but tuned for enduro riding. The 270mm front brake disc has been redesigned and the bike’s multifunction enduro meter has a higher-contrast liquid-crystal display with a fuel consumption indicator. The handlebar, bar mounts, footpegs, and front axle are new and shared with the latest-generation Yamaha four-stroke motocross models.
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After an extensive redesign last year, the WR450F returns unchanged mechanically for 2022. New radiator shroud graphics mimic the appearance of the ‘22 motocross and cross-country models, and the same goes for the WR250F. At $8,799, the WR250F’s suggested retail price has risen by $200 for MY22, while the WR450F sees an increase of $100, putting it at $9,899.