I bought a 2007 WR450 a couple of years ago and have fitted a JD jetting kit, AIS removal kit, new rear swingarm and linkeage bearings. I was now planning to change the front fork springs and valves and sort the lighting kit. To be honest I haven't really ridden the bike much since owning it and the time I have ridden it it has mostly been around a small field.
When I was younger I had a Kawasaki KMX125 and also before that a Suzuki TS250. Three years ago with the idea of getting back into bikes I bought a cheap 1994 YZ125 but was disappointed because there was no power throughout the revs and then all of a sudden at the top end one massive hit. I thought that a four stroke would solve this with more low down power and across the rev range in general so I bought the WR450.
The problem is that despite gearing the WR450 down I still find it difficult to ride slow it is just so heavy and so torquey. I compare it to a fight jet, fine when running fast but when it slows it is like a heavy unbalanced weight that does not feel happy. I also find the power delivery especially down low just brutal that I can't imagine myself being able to ride it smoothly and be able to get the front wheel up or manoeuvre slow obstacles. The engine braking alone just shoves me around so much and when I go over a bump I feel myself lifting off but the bike is just planted.
Maybe I was just being far too unrealistic but I thought that I could use this bike as a free ride bike to mess around on and ride slow as well as fast. I didn't expect it to be like a trials bike exactly but I did think that I could ride it in small areas and learn to flick it around a bit. The question that I'm asking myself now is do I bother to spend more money setting up the suspension etc and go from there, or sell it and get a KTM 300EXC or similar two stroke, or sell it and walk away.
I now see the smartest thing would have been to buy a trials bike, learn the skills and then get an enduro bike after that. I am thin build and don't have much muscle strength which I know is part of the reason that I don't handle the WR450 as well as I should. I don't have friends with bikes so can't try an enduro two stroke to see if I would be better suited to that. I guess overall I'm just interested in people's opinions on whether I have legitimate concerns about the bike's suitability for me or whether I am just not built and experienced enough to be able to ride the way I expect to.