Pretty much what the title says. Here is the background of myself and the bike. A few months ago I picked up a 3rd bike unexpectedly in a trade. It is a used 2006 WR450 that seems to be in fairly good shape. I have 3 bikes total. A 2004 CRF250X that I have had since new, A 2002 KX250 that is a lot of fun and in great shape and now the WR.
I have not fallen in complete love with the WR on the few rides I have taken it on. I have had it out about 5 or 10 times now and there are some glaring issues that bug me. (At least with the style of riding I do and what I am used to). The power is to low end oriented for me but with time adjusting my shifting I may overcome this. I would like some more rpm and high end power. The bike is heavy which brings me to my biggest issue. The suspension. If i could get this dialed in along with a few other improvments, I think the bike could be an excellent bike.
The Forks seem extremely soft. The bike is the heaviest in my stable of bikes and it seems to blow through suspension travel on the smallest of jumps. Mind you I am not hitting huge jumps with this but on drop offs and small off road style jumps or just doubling up large desert woops. I want to make the bike into my desert open area bike. The place I rode it this weekend was out in Spangler Hills near Ridgecrest.. It felt nose heavy. I cant really judge the rear shock as I felt like the front was so weak. Perhaps if the forks were staying up in the stroke the, rear shock would show an issue but I cant judge it completly yet.
I have not messed with the clickers yet and I suppose I should start there. This last weekend I had other things going and did not get to ride near as much as I would have liked so no adjustment time. What is everyone elses experience with the 2005 to 2006 WR suspension? What can be done at home with out sending the forks or shock out to have them rebuilt and tuned? Should I post this in the suspension section as well? I am 5 10 180 with out gear on.