2004 WR450 Questions
Posted February 04, 2004 - 03:41 PM
I have been bitten by the four-stroke bug. I currently ride a 2003 KTM 250 EXC 2-stroke, which is a really hard bike to find fault with. But I am ready to try a four-stroke. Without much thought, I nearly bought a 450EXC, then paused to checkout the blue thumpers. I must say that in the showroom the WR egos suit me better. Could someone familiar with both orange and blue thumpers please compare and contrast them regarding durability, ease of maintenance, suitability for tight single track and ability to meet a 96dba noise limit while in performance trim. Also, does the WR have separate sumps like the CRF450 engine?
I'm 6 foot 2, 230lbs, ride tight Michigan single track and will likely enter my first enduro later this season.
BTW - Great site.
Posted February 04, 2004 - 06:03 PM
one way or another, it's going to be a big change from a 250 two stroke. neither one will turn quiet the way your 250 does. you will love the e-start!
both are very reliable. although i have to think that parts for the yamaha will be easier to get just about anywhere you go. the yamaha beats the ktm hands down when it's time to change oil. the ktm has two oil filters and a drain plug that almost takes an act of god to remove the first time. the yamahas no fun but not as bad as the ktm. the yamaha does not have the duel sump system the honda has.
as far as noise goes, i don't know why anyone would change the exhaust on the exc. it's right from the start. the wr needs help. there's alot of debate on the forum about wr exhaust. you'll have to decide that one. i use the $40 gytr insert and feel it's very quiet but haven't had it tested.
Posted February 05, 2004 - 02:11 AM
My brother is getting our dealer's only 2004 400EXC (a special model in '04) so I will have a chance to ride that, but I'll need to find a WR in my area to sample. Most dealers around here are so focused on sleds right now, that even IF they have a WR, it's in a crate, on a rack somewhere, with little chance for a quick spin.
I'll keep mulling the orange / blue thing.
Posted February 05, 2004 - 03:43 AM
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Posted February 11, 2004 - 09:12 AM
The WR is top heavy but I don't notice it in technical riding but it is very noticeable at the mx track.
Just my two cents,