They say more isn’t always better and that’s definitely the case when it comes to small displacement Supermotos. The WR250X is a bike that Yamaha produced for just a few years and Canada didn’t get many of them during that time (2008-2010). As a result, good used examples are hard to come by and that’s how this Chance Moto build project started.
We sourced a low mileage bike (9,000 kms) from Alma, Quebec that was in good overall mechanical condition but had been neglected cosmetically and hadn’t been well maintained.
Before starting the build, we designed the bike, using inspiration images from the web, and combining elements from the street, dirt and SuperMoto factions to come up with a design that’s clean, unique and exudes quality.
We started by removing damaged and un-necessary parts that had been added by previous owners over the years:
Airbox was filthy so gave it a good cleaning and oiled up a new K&N air filter:
Since this is a street and performance oriented build, we wanted some sticky tires and decided on the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II’s as they were available in the unconventional sizes this build requires. We have run the Rosso II’s on a variety of bikes in the past and they are solid.
Before lacing the wheels, we took a good look at the spokes and spoke nipples -they were in rough shape. We broke out the California Purple Polish and put some elbow grease into them with good results.
Next up: cleaning up the tail. We replaced the stock tail light unit and license plate holder with the DRC Edge2 smoked tail light and a set of Oxford Nano LED turn signals.
With the new tail light and signals installed, the result is clean line that tucks nicely under the tail fender.
For better brake feel at the lever, we upgraded the front brake line to braided stainless and changed the brake fluid (DOT4). For the new brake line, we chose a kit from HEL that was a direct replacement. New banjo (also known as union) bolts were also used.
The rims came back from Union Rim in North York, Ontario and turned out better than we could have hoped. The colour we spec’d was a deep red metallic with a metal flake in them. Pics really don’t do them justice.
Another serviceable item on our list was to flush and replace the 6 year old coolant.
We added some resistors to keep the flash rate down so it’s close to the stock indicators.
To keep the low-profile look we were after, we sourced and installed a set of convex mirrors inside the hand guards. They are low to the bars and pushed out far enough that they provide a decent view of what’s behind the rider.
The last cosmetic step was to apply new decals. We chose these clean aftermarket pieces from Soloracer.
Applying the decal was tricky but a bit of patience got it on just right and we are big fans of the look.
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