Despite all the changes, Yamaha wasn’t able to scrape any weight off the WR, claiming the same figure as the old model (273 pounds wet). It definitely feels lighter when riding it, however, and its ability to change direction is quite impressive and improved. The WR whipped through the twisty, tree-lined course. Less energy is now necessary to control the WR, which should be nice for lengthy off-road races. Its weight is most noticeable when getting going from a dead stop or when trying to get over a downed tree or obstacle, but cornering performance is natural feeling with no fall-in or stand-up mid-turn. Bite from the new Dunlop Geomax MX51 front tire is excellent, doing its part to aid handling, while traction from the rear was good, too.