new guy 12 wr450f

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  • bopper450

Posted August 13, 2014 - 03:43 PM


hey guys just wanted to say hi, just traded my polaris rzr for a 2012 wr 450f and wanted to join a great community.


So far the bike is stock except for the throttle stop screw removed and the reprogrammed ecu from Yamaha, is there anything else that needs to be done??


I will be riding logging roads, and mountainous trails in bc.

I haven't even rode the bike yet, just ordered all my gear( chest protector, shin/knee pads, boots, back brace,helmet, and gloves)


is there anything else I should be looking at before riding this thing or just get out and have fun?


my previous bikes were all street bikes so this is my first offroad bike


  • crooks420

Posted August 13, 2014 - 09:23 PM


Handguards might be good to help prevent breaking levers when you do lay it down.


Ride it a bit, then decide what you might want to add / upgrade or replace.



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  • YamaLink

Posted August 14, 2014 - 06:45 AM


Make sure you're properly sprung for rider weight; you did not list how much you weigh before gear.

Then set sag.


Used bikes: check all bolts, see if air filter is clean, suspension pivots greased (stock grease disappears quickly and turns bearings into orange dusty string cheese mess) and spoke tension. Kind of a pain and labor intensive reality, but it saves time and money and trailside breakdowns.

  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted August 14, 2014 - 07:06 AM


Being a beginner rider and riding in the mountains, you are probably going to want to regear it.   I recommend 12/52 or so.


I would also find a local experienced rider to ride with.


Have fun !

  • bopper450

Posted August 14, 2014 - 07:15 AM


Ya I weigh about 230, right now and I am about 5'10. When I sit on the bike I can touch both feet slightly more then Just my toes touching. I am pretty close with my dealer as the sell my sled stuff as well and I am debating taking it in for a service and possibly they can setup the suspension for me while I am there


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