I purchased a used 2008 WR450 a couple days ago. It's mostly stock except for an FMF pipe, BAJA kit, and a steering damper. When I brought it home and parked it in the garage next to my friends completely stock 2004 Honda CRF250X I noticed that the CRF made the WR look like a kids bike. The CRF was noticeably taller. I pulled out the tape measure and started doing some measuring. The CRF is about 1+" higher at the top of the clamps, seat, rear fender. I looked up the specs online and it shows that the WR should actually be a hair bigger than the CRF250X. Also, the specs say the WR ground clearance is 14.4" Mine is barely 11.5"! I have one of those stands that you slide under the bike and press the pedal to raise it. I can't even slide the stand under the WR. I have to lift the bike on it.
I've looked all over the bike to see if there is some sort of lowering link, or anything else that would attribute to the lower heights and I've found nothing. Everything is stock. It's in very very good condition and doesn't show signs of any serious wrecks. Any ideas? Are Yamaha's typically smaller than the Honda's? Why are the online specs way off on the WR? I'm 6' 6" and having a tall bike is obviously important to me. If this is the way Yamaha's are, it looks like I'm in the market for a CRF450X. Below are the specs I found for the 08 WR450. Thanks for the help!
Dry weight: 112.5 kg (248.0 pounds) Seat height: 980 mm (38.6 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting. Overall height: 1,295 mm (51.0 inches) Overall length: 2,174 mm (85.6 inches) Overall width: 826 mm (32.5 inches) Ground clearance: 366 mm (14.4 inches) Wheelbase: 1,486 mm (58.5 inches) Fuel capacity: 7.94 litres (2.10 gallons)