10+ YZ vs 12+ WR


9 replies to this topic
  • cowboyona426

Posted May 31, 2013 - 08:04 AM

#1

Has anyone ridden both bikes? I had the chance to ride a 12 WR over memorial weekend and was pleasantly suprised by how well I liked the bike. This particular one had the GYT-R exhaust on it and was a quite a bit of fun to ride. But I don't really like the extra weight (though you don't feel it when riding the bike) or feel the need for e-start. Plus, I found a holdover 2011 for under $5k. I've never ridden the YZ though, and don't know anyone who owns one that I could try out. I don't race, mostly trail riding in WA and ID with an occasional run in the desert or flailing about on an MX track.

  • zeuszuki

Posted June 02, 2013 - 11:27 AM

#2

Has anyone ridden both bikes? I had the chance to ride a 12 WR over memorial weekend and was pleasantly suprised by how well I liked the bike. This particular one had the GYT-R exhaust on it and was a quite a bit of fun to ride. But I don't really like the extra weight (though you don't feel it when riding the bike) or feel the need for e-start. Plus, I found a holdover 2011 for under $5k. I've never ridden the YZ though, and don't know anyone who owns one that I could try out. I don't race, mostly trail riding in WA and ID with an occasional run in the desert or flailing about on an MX track.


I have ridden both extensively, for what your planning to do , get the WR.

  • cowboyona426

Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:01 AM

#3

I have ridden both extensively, for what your planning to do , get the WR.


Care to elaborate on that statement some- what makes you say WR over YZ?

  • woods-rider

Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:25 AM

#4

Care to elaborate on that statement some- what makes you say WR over YZ?


Wide ratio trans
E-start
18" rear wheel
Headlight
Better trail suspension stock
Not as high strung
Kickstand

  • cowboyona426

Posted June 03, 2013 - 08:56 AM

#5

Wide ratio trans
E-start
18" rear wheel
Headlight
Better trail suspension stock
Not as high strung
Kickstand


Of everything you listed the ONLY reason I can see to choose a WR is the wide ratio trans. I don't need e-start, a headlight, or a kickstand and I've never had issues with a 19" wheel. Suspension would probably end up getting revalved anyway on either bike so that's a wash.

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  • zeuszuki

Posted June 03, 2013 - 09:40 AM

#6

Care to elaborate on that statement some- what makes you say WR over YZ?


Read the last statement on your original post, has the WR written all over it.
+ it would seem that maybe you have already made up your mind ^^^
Woods-rider nailed it, once again read the last paragraph of your original post.

  • grayracer513

Posted June 03, 2013 - 09:57 AM

#7

I'd pick the WR. If I could afford it, I'd buy one now to replace my '06 as a desert racer.

The '06-'09 YZ450 is, as everyone already knows, as purpose built MX bike, not primarily intended to be raced off-road, or used as a trail bike, and needs some "adjustments" to fit the task when used that way. The '10-'13 YZ450 is even more focused on MX as a specialty, and are considerably less trail friendly than their predecessors. Most of the reasons are the same, but just exaggerated a bit by comparison.

  • SparksXR426

Posted June 03, 2013 - 10:25 AM

#8

I'd have to say the same about the current YZ. Having had one for awhile now and riding mostly off road. Ive never ridden a WR so cant comment on that but just think there are better choices for what we want in a bush bike than a 10 and up YZ. I've been chasing a couple guys on 300XCs lately and starting to think going that way might be a good idea. Scary as that sounds. I kinda miss the smell of premix anyway.

  • woods-rider

Posted June 03, 2013 - 10:27 AM

#9

Of everything you listed the ONLY reason I can see to choose a WR is the wide ratio trans. I don't need e-start, a headlight, or a kickstand and I've never had issues with a 19" wheel. Suspension would probably end up getting revalved anyway on either bike so that's a wash.


You don't NEED any of it, you can trail ride a 1981 XR200 if you want to, but all of those things I listed are benefits for trail riding the WR over the YZ.

If you want the YZ then go for it, I'm sure it will do what you want just fine, I just think the WR would do it better.

  • sergey

Posted June 04, 2013 - 08:13 AM

#10

Have both bikes. (11Yz450 and 12 wr450). Yz is too twitchy for trail riding unless you are going fast, and you will have to revalve suspesion as well. The e-start on wr is a good thing to have. For wr450 comp ecu + pipe is a must. I'd say pick wr. BTW check my trail ready yz - alot of mods done, but still most of my friends prefer wr over my yz.
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