I was going to muck up another thread with this question, so thought I'd start my own.
I currently have a 2000 KX500 that I never would have bought if I knew it was going to grenade the top end on the first riding trip. It took the bottom end with it, so I had to have the motor completely rebuilt. I had it done by Tom Morgan, Jeff Ward's old factory mechanic, and along with the top end, bottom end and clutch, it needed new cases and also had six gears that were wearing. So, I basically have a brand new engine which I also had him do his cylinder, head, power valve and slide mods on. It runs great, has tons of power, and also has Pro Circuit suspension work done on it. While it was down, I also replaced the chain and sprockets, every bearing on the bike other than the steering stem bearing (greased it), had the shock rebuilt by RG3, changed my fork oil, and replaced a few odds and ends. It's basically like a new, old bike.
It's been a great combo track/trail/desert bike, but the new WR450's look so nice! Unfortunately I spent as much on the engine rebuild as I did on the bike, so let's just say I've spent what I could have for a new WR450, which sucks. Im definitely way upside down on it.
Since I'm about 70/30 MX to trail/desert, would I be better off keeping this bike or getting a newer WR450 and having the suspension revalved to more MX specs? I know that there are trade offs either way.
Newer look, technology, handling, braking
Weight (about 50 pounds heavier)
Cost (will probably cost me about $4k out of pocket after selling my current bike, including suspension work, skid plate, etc.)
Fast as hell. With Tom Morgan mods, I can lug it around in 3rd gear like a four stroke but hit the clutch and it rips
Much lighter (50+ pounds)
No added cost
Being a track guy, I love the look of the WR450's that have the headlight removed (even if only for track duty) and MX graphics. It seems like either is a trade off, just curious if anyone has done something similar. One of the reasons I'm even asking about this is, of course, California's green sticker BS. I'd likely get a newer motocrosser if I could ride it all year.
Here's the old battle ax. Sorry for the washed out picture, I guess I had my camera settings off that day. I used the updated rear fender, so it goes from looking like a 25 year old bike to about a 20 year old bike. Also, a rock took out my sweet oversized rotor on my recent desert trip, so the stock rotor is back on it now.
Edited by jcm3, October 31, 2014 - 01:55 PM.