Thinking about switching from an XR650R to a WR450
Posted February 16, 2004 - 10:18 AM
I'm having a real rough time navigating my Uncorked BRP in the desert technical, rocky, slow sections. I'm 5'7/225 and have installed a lowering link and can touch mid-foot(not flat), but I feel that this bike might be too much of a monster for this type of riding. I hate coming into a sharp corner on this beast because I always feels that I'll plow right through the berms....I have to slow way down. Fire Roads and wide open stretches are what the XR650R lives for, but that's not always the type of riding I do. I've ridden my buddies DRZ 450 and it handled way better and was far more responsive and "floated" on the gravel trails. I was thinking on ditching the BRP for possibly a WR 450. Has anybody ridden both and have any comments or suggestions?
Posted February 16, 2004 - 12:11 PM
The WR will be a slimmer and much more responsive bike in all aspects! It would be a good switch for sure as long as you setup the suspension for your weight and riding style.
I came from XR600 to a KDX250 now on the YZ426. The 600 was a great bike in the dry, in the wet there was to much front end weight. Washed out a lot and literly sank in most holes you came through. I added a SRC fork brace and that made a WORLD of difference in the tight stuff with the bike. (something to consider if you really like the bike). But in the end, it was to heavy for what I wanted to ride. So the KDX was cheap, got that. Ended up doing Everything to that from KX forks, ohlins shock, pipe, port etc. Great bike, but I was pushing the limits of the bike. Now the YZ426. Great bike, lighter than both, slimmer and more power! Also they are very dependable bikes for a hipro 4 stroke.
Posted February 16, 2004 - 12:28 PM
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Posted February 22, 2004 - 03:28 PM
I also have extra tall seat foam, so sliding up to that tall wr tank is easier, also helps with the transition from sitting to standing.
I usually flatfoot one foot, works out so my other leg is flat across the seat.
Posted February 23, 2004 - 11:14 AM
If you are willing to take "new model" risk, the CRF250x looks like a great bike, or if you can wait a year or two more the CRF450x would be even better. If you feel uncomfortable with the "new model" risk...the 450EXC is an awesome bike (i.e., lower center of gravity and seat height that the WR450). Most importantly... you can ride with no fear of having to drag your bike out of the woods/desert after dark only to have Yamaha tell you that their design flaws are YOUR problem (no support from Yamaha).
Posted February 23, 2004 - 11:34 AM
Posted February 23, 2004 - 12:27 PM
I used to own a XR650L. Loved it on the street, on trails, but hated it on steep hills and tight turns. The thing would dig holes before going up anything steep. Going down was another thing. Using the brakes was pointless, it would just slide down like it had none. All of a sudden riding bikes with my buds wasn't so fun anymore. They were all having fun but me . I had it for 6 months, sold it and got a WR450 . This has been my favorite bike so far, I'm definetly keeping this one . It has all the power I want, and it's lighter. I'm 6'2 200lbs, this bike's all you need! Hope you go with the WR!