thinking of getting a wr450f

Yamaha WR450F Yamaha YZ450F Miscellaneous Off-Road Yamaha YZ250F Brand Yamaha

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  • Jonesy11

Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:56 AM

#21

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Yesterday, Tuesday, November 4th. Several inches of snow in the area on the weekend that has since fully melted in the sun exposed areas and ran into the valleys or not melted at all in the trees. 25 miles of ice, mud, snow and melted snow on tight un maintained single track with several long climbs and more slippery, snotty logs than I care to remember. 5,000 feet of elevation gain/loss.

When the ground freezes I'll swap on the studded tires and tackle it again.


Un maintained single track? So there are maintained single track. Does someone rake it for you?

  • KennyMc

Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:57 AM

#22

Sorry mc2626, some of these children just can't help themselves.

51 in age, 12 in maturity :blush:



  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:57 AM

#23

Un maintained single track? So there are maintained single track. Does someone rake it for you?

 

Nobody removes the deadfall.  No bridges over the water.   Nobody cuts a tree.


Edited by MidlifeCrisisGuy, November 05, 2014 - 09:59 AM.


  • KennyMc

Posted November 05, 2014 - 10:02 AM

#24

  Its telling when I'm at the top of the hill waiting and they are revving and clutching trying to make it up.

Funny thing is is that it is telling you one thing and me another :lol:  :lol:



  • Jonesy11

Posted November 05, 2014 - 10:02 AM

#25

Nobody removes the deadfall. No bridges over the water. Nobody cuts a tree.


Ya here either. Where you live. If your ever out this way in California come play. I've ridden with Kenny and the stuff we ride is pretty gnarly.

Back to the thread. If I was riding track I would 100% go with the yz. I have the 14 WR and love it for the desert but track no way.

  • Jonesy11

Posted November 05, 2014 - 10:04 AM

#26

Nobody removes the deadfall. No bridges over the water. Nobody cuts a tree.


Bridges over water. People cutting and moving deadfall. Lol. Hilarious!

  • KennyMc

Posted November 05, 2014 - 10:54 AM

#27

Bridges over water. People cutting and moving deadfall. Lol. Hilarious!

:thumbsup:  :lol:  :lol:



  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 11:15 AM

#28

:thumbsup:  :lol:  :lol:

 

Who made the path through those rocks ?   Or were they naturally arranged into a path ?  LOL.



  • Jonesy11

Posted November 05, 2014 - 11:19 AM

#29

Who made the path through those rocks ? Or were they naturally arranged into a path ? LOL.


No we have cranes and we put rocks in a way that we can have a really epic trail ride through them. Also carry garden blowers to blow leaves and Sticks off our trail

  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 11:25 AM

#30

No we have cranes and we put rocks in a way that we can have a really epic trail ride through them. Also carry garden blowers to blow leaves and Sticks off our trail

 

Sounds like some of the stuff you call single track.



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  • Jonesy11

Posted November 05, 2014 - 11:28 AM

#31

Sounds like some of the stuff you call single track.


Lol you have no idea. I'm sure the d37 race I'm doing this weekend and the national hate and hound I did 2 weeks ago are just to easy for your riding.

  • vlxjim

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:09 PM

#32

 But I can't help but notice that the only place you and some others on this forum are riding your stock bike is on roads.   Ironically, the WR450F was never designed to be a DS bike. 

I like how you half hazardly shoot your mouth off.  Most of the WR's on this forum see dirt only. Funny the WR was designed for DS in most of the world.

 

This is how the non USA version comes. This is not an add on kit. 

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The WR is a great off road bike but there is only 4 reasons to get one over the YZ. 

 

1. Green sticker

 

2. Lights

 

3. Wide Ratio gearing

 

4. E start

 

 

For me it was the need for a great Green Sticker bike and the E-Start was a big plus. If the YZ was Green Sticker I would own it. And its very easy to tame down the YZ.


Edited by vlxjim, November 05, 2014 - 12:10 PM.


  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:10 PM

#33

Lol you have no idea. I'm sure the d37 race I'm doing this weekend and the national hate and hound I did 2 weeks ago are just to easy for your riding.

 

Race courses aren't single track !  Single track is un maintained trail.  Raw.  Not carved out by 100 bikes.  Not prepped by a race committee.  Not flagged.

 

I knew you didn't get it.


Edited by MidlifeCrisisGuy, November 05, 2014 - 12:36 PM.


  • beezer

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:15 PM

#34

I don't ride my bike offroad cause I might scratch it.

 

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  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:16 PM

#35


The WR is a great off road bike but there is only 4 reasons to get one over the YZ. 

 

1. Green sticker

 

2. Lights

 

3. Wide Ratio gearing

 

4. E start

 

 

5. Woods powerband

 

6. YZ250F frame and geometry

 

7. Cheap used

 

8. Bigger radiators

 

9. O Ring chain

 

10. Skid plate

 

11. More flywheel mass

 

12. More electrical power output for lights and grip heaters

 

13. Softer suspension out of the box, closer to a woods setup if you don't want to change it

 

14. Lower seat height

 

15. 18 inch rear wheel

 

16. Quick access air box, with snorkel

 

17. Boil over catch system

 

18. Speedo/odo/timer if you are running timed events

 

19. Kickstand

 

20. Off road foot pegs

 

21. Forestry approved exhaust


Edited by MidlifeCrisisGuy, November 05, 2014 - 12:33 PM.


  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:22 PM

#36

I like how you half hazardly shoot your mouth off.  Most of the WR's on this forum see dirt only. Funny the WR was designed for DS in most of the world.

 

This is how the non USA version comes. This is not an add on kit. 

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I guess those Trail 70s were DS bikes then too.

 

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  • vlxjim

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:29 PM

#37

What are you talking about the non-US version of the WR is the perfect dual sport bike.  You stated that the WR was not designed as a dual sport bike, where I have shown that you're wrong. And you go ahead and put a picture of the trail 70 nice job. 

 

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  • Jonesy11

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:38 PM

#38

Race courses aren't single track ! Single track is un maintained trail. Raw. Not carved out by 100 bikes. Not prepped by a race committee. Not flagged.

I knew you didn't get it.

Just because I race doesn't mean I don't ride single track. And in races there's lots of singletrack through rocks. But we've had this pissing match before. Go drill some holes in the plastics or something.

  • vlxjim

Posted November 05, 2014 - 12:54 PM

#39

5. Woods powerband

 

Yeah cause you can't  get a YZ  to work. You can still tweak the YZ power band.

 

 

6. YZ250F frame and geometry

 

You know that the new YZ250 has a new frame right. The WR ALWAYS gets the old YZ parts and tec.

 

 

7. Cheap used

 

Whos talking used right now?

 

 

8. Bigger radiators

 

Yeah by 5%. Looks like marketing hooked you on that one.

 

 

9. O Ring chain

 

We all buy our bikes based on the chain it comes with right.

 

 

10. Skid plate

 

Most of us change out the stock one. So who cares.

 

 

11. More flywheel mass

 

Maybe. Based on all the things that you did to your WR, a flywheel change would be cheap.

 

 

12. More electrical power output for lights and grip heaters

 

If you need them

 

 

13. Softer suspension out of the box, closer to a woods setup if you don't want to change it

 

But most people do change it

 

 

14. Lower seat height

 

Could be a plus for some.

 

 

15. 18 inch rear wheel

 

Could go either way

 

 

16. Quick access air box, with snorkel

 

New 450 has quick access air box up high where the tank was.

 

 

17. Boil over catch system

 

I could be wrong but didn't you take yours off

 

 

18. Speedo/odo/timer if you are running timed events

 

I do like this but my other bike has a trail tech and I like it to

 

 

19. Kickstand

 

I like having a kickstand but there's quite a few that just like laying their bikes over on their side.

 

 

20. Off road foot pegs

 

What???

 

 

21. Forestry approved exhaust

 

Most change them anyway I run a FMF.

 


Edited by vlxjim, November 05, 2014 - 12:55 PM.


  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

Posted November 05, 2014 - 01:05 PM

#40

 

5. Woods powerband

 

Yeah cause you can't  get a YZ  to work. You can still tweak the YZ power band.

 

 

6. YZ250F frame and geometry

 

You know that the new YZ250 has a new frame right. The WR ALWAYS gets the old YZ parts and tec.

 

 

7. Cheap used

 

Whos talking used right now?

 

 

8. Bigger radiators

 

Yeah by 5%. Looks like marketing hooked you on that one.

 

 

9. O Ring chain

 

We all buy our bikes based on the chain it comes with right.

 

 

10. Skid plate

 

Most of us change out the stock one. So who cares.

 

 

11. More flywheel mass

 

Maybe. Based on all the things that you did to your WR, a flywheel change would be cheap.

 

 

12. More electrical power output for lights and grip heaters

 

If you need them

 

 

13. Softer suspension out of the box, closer to a woods setup if you don't want to change it

 

But most people do change it

 

 

14. Lower seat height

 

Could be a plus for some.

 

 

15. 18 inch rear wheel

 

Could go either way

 

 

16. Quick access air box, with snorkel

 

New 450 has quick access air box up high where the tank was.

 

 

17. Boil over catch system

 

I could be wrong but didn't you take yours off

 

 

18. Speedo/odo/timer if you are running timed events

 

I do like this but my other bike has a trail tech and I like it to

 

 

19. Kickstand

 

I like having a kickstand but there's quite a few that just like laying their bikes over on their side.

 

 

20. Off road foot pegs

 

What???

 

 

21. Forestry approved exhaust

 

Most change them anyway I run a FMF.

 

 

 

I agree with everything you said above, more or less, but for every change you made on a WR, you would be making a change on the YZ.   So what are you gaining by buying the YZ ?  Nothing.

 

For me it came down to the powerband being right out of the box and not having to split the cases to change the gearset.  I wanted a wide ratio box and the WR had one.   Splitting the cases on a YZ is way more work and expense than anything and everything I've done to my bike.  The work I did on my bike is little more than tinkering.   Splitting cases is serious surgery.

 

And I doubt, without a whole bunch of messing around, that you could ever get a YZ to have the beautiful power that you can get from a WR with a simple muffler and cam swap.  Its perfect for woods and enduro, which is how I use mine.  Right bike for right application.   Tweaked to be even better.







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