I started on a dual-sport/SM project. Idea was I wanted an SM bike with a set of 17" supermoto wheels so I could mess around town, or put the dirt wheels on take the bike dual-sporting, etc. I didn't want a lot of maintenance, and wanted it relaible because I might wind up out in the middle of nowhere. So I bought a Suzuki DRZ400-- but I'm disappointed in the performance. Now considering replacing it with a WR450. My question is a multi-part question:
1. The FI bikes began in 2009, I think? Are there really solid advantages to the FI? I am not a super fast rider and am not going to be able to put to use just a few more hp. FI would appeal to me if it leads to less problems and maintenance and easier starting, but my mechanic is more comfortable with carbureted bikes.
2. The used bikes i am seeing go all the way from 2004 through 2008. Is there any significant difference in the different model years from 2004 up through when they brought in the FI? In other words, given low miles and good condition, does it matter what year I get from 2004 or so through 2009?
3. Is the WR450 twitchy/scary cruising on highway? The DRZ feels fine to me at these speeds, but the WR probably has quicker steering, I would think.......
4. Is the gearbox wide-enough ratio to accommodate all the way from trail-riding to cruising the highway (to get to work or a play spot) at 70 mph?
5. Does the engine have low-end and mid-range grunt or does it prefer high-end revs?
Edited by k9dr, April 10, 2016 - 05:41 PM.