I would disagree with this statement. The difference in power between my well jetted and deres tricked 09 and my 2012 was substantial. Would be nice if the 2016 offered a similar increase in performance which seems to be the consensus from most of the reviews I've been reading.
Question: Is power everything? Is it the deciding factor or the primary factor? Was the 09 lacking in power?
Back when I had my 05, it certainly had more than enough power for this weekend warrior. I trail rode it, raced it, dual sported it... Never once did I have the throttle on full lock and it wouldn't push my then 220lb ass with another 20lbs of gear through the deepest sand washed or up the gnarliest hills I was capable of riding.
I've always thought that problem with the wr's were that they were pigs. Big, heavy and hard to turn with mediocre brakes.
I am waiting to pull the trigger on another wr450. I "assume" that they have pretty much the same amount of power, but wonder if the handling between the 2012 and 2016 is night and day difference?