Any real info on the '16 WR 450 yet?


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  • BigBelly

Posted September 10, 2015 - 10:37 AM

#1

Sold my 2007 WR 450.  It was a flawless bike for me.  Ready for a new bike and am torn between the new WR and going back to a two stroke enduro model.  I would love to know more about the '16 Wr 450 but I can't find anything at all.  Tried to even sniff things out with my buddy at Yamaha and everyone is being tight lipped.  Do we have an all new bike coming out or not?  September is usually when things start coming out... anyone have any reliable news?



  • Krannie McKranface

Posted September 10, 2015 - 11:08 AM

#2

Yes

No

 

  Do we have an all new bike coming out or not? 

September is usually when things start coming out... anyone have any reliable news?

 

Yes

No



  • chu

Posted September 10, 2015 - 11:22 AM

#3

I haven't seen anything.  I'm guessing no major changes until '17.



  • BigBelly

Posted September 10, 2015 - 12:18 PM

#4

Went in to my local Yamaha dealer at lunch to  try and get an update.  They haven't heard anything either.  The guess was that there will not be anything too dramatically different or we probably would have heard about it by now. Bummed...



  • Krannie McKranface

Posted September 10, 2015 - 02:00 PM

#5

There are still tons of '15's on the floor, and some dealers still have '14's 

 

Until they move them out the door, we won't hear a thing.........it's that simple.



  • donniewr450f

Posted September 10, 2015 - 04:29 PM

#6

Just picked up a 14 last week to try to help out.  :thumbsup: ecu throttle screw and now 50 miles later love it. radiator guards on the way can't wait! Runs way better with the short screw and a new ecu. guys in northern Indiana gave me a great deal. 



  • patrick2wd

Posted September 10, 2015 - 10:46 PM

#7

Get in line, Ive heard rumors about it being presented march next year..
I have a "friend" working at yamaha europe here in Holland..
And a local dealer in Amsterdam...
Ill try to get some info, but doubt they know anything...
Ive been saving for it for the past year now.......

  • 5270ADVRIDER

Posted September 14, 2015 - 05:56 PM

#8

I work for a dealer and haven't heard a word. I do know that they're (Yamaha) introducing new bikes on October 6, but I have no idea what.

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted September 14, 2015 - 07:46 PM

#9

October 15-18 is the annual AIM Expo Motorcycle Industry show in Florida, and that is usually the place that the final information for the following year is given out, and sometimes the bikes are on display too.



  • SilvFx

Posted September 21, 2015 - 04:25 PM

#10

 Ready for a new bike and am torn between the new WR and going back to a two stroke enduro model. 

 

Was a two stroke guy for years, loved them.  Never owned a four stroke.  When kids showed interest in riding, I picked up '08 YZ450F for offroad/trail riding.  Hated it.  Sold it.  Bought a '10 Husberg 450 more suited for enduro riding.  Loved the motor, didn't care much for the handling.  Picked up an '07 WR450F as a step up bike for one of my kids (who wasn't quite ready).  I liked it so much I am riding it now.  Traded the '10 Husaberg 450 for a '12 KTM300 XC-W because I kinda missed that two stroke power.  First thing I noticed about the bike is the vibration through the footpegs.  Was bad for the first 30 minutes and then I got used to it.  It's fun riding the KTM 300 because it is lighter, but most of the time I find myself missing the low end power and acceleration of the WR450F.  Also threw a used Rekluse Z-start pro clutch in there after my buddy picked one up.  Love that thing.  Use it when you want, don't use it when you don't want.  Love the slingshot effect coming out of corners riding a gear higher, especially if you are in a lower traction situation. 

 

On one of our rides this year we ran out of daylight on some hard single track so, I rode the KTM 300 XC-W back on two lane paved road (bike is plated) to grab car/trailer and pick up my buddies.  Speed limit was 45-65 mph on that section of road.  Gawd that sucked.  The vibration was out of this world.  Squirrelly handling and revved out  for the most part between 55-60 mph.  Definitely was wishing that I had brought the WR450F that day.  Would have been a beautiful smooth ride as the sun was setting and 65 mph would have been no problem with either the WR450F or Husaberg FE450.

 

So all that is to say, I think after riding two strokes for decades, I may have finally made the mental conversion to a 4 stroke.  Current thinking is that I might try to trade up the 2012 300 XC-W to a 2013 or 2014 WR450F with fuel injection (I definitely liked that aspect of the Husaberg 450).



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  • KennyMc

Posted September 21, 2015 - 05:25 PM

#11

Was a two stroke guy for years, loved them. Never owned a four stroke. When kids showed interest in riding, I picked up '08 YZ450F for offroad/trail riding. Hated it. Sold it. Bought a '10 Husberg 450 more suited for enduro riding. Loved the motor, didn't care much for the handling. Picked up an '07 WR450F as a step up bike for one of my kids (who wasn't quite ready). I liked it so much I am riding it now. Traded the '10 Husaberg 450 for a '12 KTM300 XC-W because I kinda missed that two stroke power. First thing I noticed about the bike is the vibration through the footpegs. Was bad for the first 30 minutes and then I got used to it. It's fun riding the KTM 300 because it is lighter, but most of the time I find myself missing the low end power and acceleration of the WR450F. Also threw a used Rekluse Z-start pro clutch in there after my buddy picked one up. Love that thing. Use it when you want, don't use it when you don't want. Love the slingshot effect coming out of corners riding a gear higher, especially if you are in a lower traction situation.

On one of our rides this year we ran out of daylight on some hard single track so, I rode the KTM 300 XC-W back on two lane paved road (bike is plated) to grab car/trailer and pick up my buddies. Speed limit was 45-65 mph on that section of road. Gawd that sucked. The vibration was out of this world. Squirrelly handling and revved out for the most part between 55-60 mph. Definitely was wishing that I had brought the WR450F that day. Would have been a beautiful smooth ride as the sun was setting and 65 mph would have been no problem with either the WR450F or Husaberg FE450.

So all that is to say, I think after riding two strokes for decades, I may have finally made the mental conversion to a 4 stroke. Current thinking is that I might try to trade up the 2012 300 XC-W to a 2013 or 2014 WR450F with fuel injection (I definitely liked that aspect of the Husaberg 450).

Yeah, I had a CA plated '07 WR450. Sold it when I got my '15 300 XC-W about 10 months ago. I also have a '14 350 EXC.

Well, I sold the XC-W last month and am in the market for a current WR 450 or a 450X. Really missed the low end grunt on the 450 and the "lazy" way it allowed me to ride. I've found that is more my preference.

  • GreenHornet450

Posted September 21, 2015 - 05:33 PM

#12

It's nice not having to be on the throttle for power...

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted September 21, 2015 - 05:44 PM

#13

I will be test riding a '14 BETA 400RS this weekend. Essentially the same (except for FI) to the '16 430RS.

Next weekend, a KTM 450 XCF, at the KTM ride day at Lake Elsinore.

 

You better hurry up, Yamaha, or you might miss the my boat........


Edited by KRANNIE, September 21, 2015 - 05:45 PM.


  • YHGEORGE

Posted September 24, 2015 - 11:03 AM

#14

I hear there should be  quite a bit of difference between the '14 390RS and the new 430RS. The new engine design(head) is supposed to be very noticeable along with the larger displacement. The FI is another factor, good or bad.



  • OUTERLIMITS

Posted September 24, 2015 - 08:49 PM

#15

Was a two stroke guy for years, loved them.  Never owned a four stroke.  When kids showed interest in riding, I picked up '08 YZ450F for offroad/trail riding.  Hated it.  Sold it.  Bought a '10 Husberg 450 more suited for enduro riding.  Loved the motor, didn't care much for the handling.  Picked up an '07 WR450F as a step up bike for one of my kids (who wasn't quite ready).  I liked it so much I am riding it now.  Traded the '10 Husaberg 450 for a '12 KTM300 XC-W because I kinda missed that two stroke power.  First thing I noticed about the bike is the vibration through the footpegs.  Was bad for the first 30 minutes and then I got used to it.  It's fun riding the KTM 300 because it is lighter, but most of the time I find myself missing the low end power and acceleration of the WR450F.  Also threw a used Rekluse Z-start pro clutch in there after my buddy picked one up.  Love that thing.  Use it when you want, don't use it when you don't want.  Love the slingshot effect coming out of corners riding a gear higher, especially if you are in a lower traction situation. 

 

On one of our rides this year we ran out of daylight on some hard single track so, I rode the KTM 300 XC-W back on two lane paved road (bike is plated) to grab car/trailer and pick up my buddies.  Speed limit was 45-65 mph on that section of road.  Gawd that sucked.  The vibration was out of this world.  Squirrelly handling and revved out  for the most part between 55-60 mph.  Definitely was wishing that I had brought the WR450F that day.  Would have been a beautiful smooth ride as the sun was setting and 65 mph would have been no problem with either the WR450F or Husaberg FE450.

 

So all that is to say, I think after riding two strokes for decades, I may have finally made the mental conversion to a 4 stroke.  Current thinking is that I might try to trade up the 2012 300 XC-W to a 2013 or 2014 WR450F with fuel injection (I definitely liked that aspect of the Husaberg 450).

If you liked your '07 WR you will really like the 12-15 WR.  Same great motor, but it's a much better package with FI and tayloring it to your liking is easy and fun.  Probably does not have the same straight line stability as the '07, but it's close.  The low speed handling and overal suspension are miles better.  I had Precision Concepts do front and rear of my '08, but my stock '12 is better than that and I've hardly turned a clicker so far.  They are great bikes and truly bulletproof. 



  • patrick2wd

Posted September 30, 2015 - 02:43 PM

#16

So... still no real news..... =bugger=

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted September 30, 2015 - 07:17 PM

#17

I will be test riding a '14 BETA 400RS this weekend. Essentially the same (except for FI) to the '16 430RS.

Next weekend, a KTM 450 XCF, at the KTM ride day at Lake Elsinore.

 

You better hurry up, Yamaha, or you might miss the my boat........

 

The guy backed out on the test ride.....



  • grayracer513

Posted October 02, 2015 - 01:57 PM

#18

There are still tons of '15's on the floor, and some dealers still have '14's 

 

Until they move them out the door, we won't hear a thing.........it's that simple.

 

Nonsense.  Leftovers are the dealer's problem, not Yamaha's.  The new models come out every year on schedule regardless of how many 1, 2, or 3 year-old models are still hanging around.  When I bought my son's '06, I was offered a "screaming deal" on an '02 426, still in the crate.



  • Chaconne

Posted October 02, 2015 - 04:33 PM

#19

Nonsense.  Leftovers are the dealer's problem, not Yamaha's.  The new models come out every year on schedule regardless of how many 1, 2, or 3 year-old models are still hanging around.  When I bought my son's '06, I was offered a "screaming deal" on an '02 426, still in the crate.

Well if there are still a lot of 14s and 15s on the floor there should be a lot of good deals to be had...



  • stevethe

Posted October 02, 2015 - 05:17 PM

#20

Well if there are still a lot of 14s and 15s on the floor there should be a lot of good deals to be had...


There will be good deals. Especially if the new WR has a new backwards motor and new YZ frame. Real real good deals.




 
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