Really? just the black covers? Ahahaha
that doesnt bother me really as they will be stripped and polished along with the frame and swing arm!
This might sound weird to people who dont like to do to much maintenance but im really looking forward to having to strip the bike down just to get to the carb This is going to be my main bike used for greenlanes and travelling offroad alot and then i think i may get a yz250 2t for enduro racing!
id love to see more replies from people that own 07' 08' bikes that have ran them hard or total opposite and find out as much info as possible before i go looking as im not a rich man lol i will be saving to get this and it will be my pride and joy for many years to come! Thank you for the replys so far!
Yes, original graphics (if still on!) and change in colour of casings (if they havent been repainted!) are a quick way to age a 2007-2011 bike.
2007 had silver casings,
2008 had black flywheel, oil filter, clutch covers and a silver rocker cover,
2009 had black flywheel, oil filter, clutch and rocker cover - the 2010 and 2011 had the same.
Be careful though, you wouldn't believe the amount of people selling these bikes in the UK and claiming them to be a newer year than they actually are!
As mentioned by others, you'll be highly unlikely to find a cheap old stock but you may find a low use example.
I bought a 2008 wr450f and really like it. Again as others have mentioned, budget for replacing the known defective fork base (compression) valve and maybe even a re spring for your weight (if needed) and the bike will be great.
I would recommend AIS removal, a different silencer and a carb re jet & accelerator pump tweaks and they're better again - better response.
Stock headlight is pretty poor if you like a night ride though!
You can even modernise them a little if you wish by fitting 2012> side panels, airbox door, front mudguard and headlight. I wouldn't bother with the polished ali in the UK, its so damp it would be forever oxidising and going dull again!
Edited by foggy3061, January 06, 2015 - 02:15 PM.