Not sure whether to put this, here or in the CRF section. Anyway, as title says I’m thinking about this.
A local dealer has 2016 WR450F for $7,999.00, plus all the additional crap as they can think to add. ( Also has a WR250F for 7199, and YZ450FX for 7899 and a 250FX for 7499.)
I have a 2005 CRF450X, in excellent condition, about 200 mostly gentle hrs. Original sprockets / chain if that gives a clue, they’re due for a change. No head work yet though I suspect it will be needed soon, but that’s not really a factor here.
I love the bike – it’s reliable and fast, it starts, runs, handles great for the putting about, relatively speaking, that I do. I has been re-jetted, opened up somewhat, and APed to the standards in the CRF450X FAQ.
But I’m getting antsy. I like what I’ve seen / heard / read about the Yamahas, I don’t ride enough to justify both.
So, I’m comparing a stock 2016 WR450 to my lightly modified 2005 CRF.
For any who have non-racing experience with both:
Is the WR faster, or smoother, lighter, or handle significantly differently?
Is it worse or unpleasantly different that a CRF450X in any regard? Subjective judgments count here, notwithstanding red v. blue preferences.
Are there any mods that a new stock WR really must have? Or is it fine out of the box? For example, the CRF450X really must have re-jetting and carb tuning from the gitgo.
Mostly what I’d call moderately aggressive trail riding, deep south U.S. Handguards & snake gun for sure, anything else?
In advance, Thanks
Edited by gbw, July 29, 2016 - 07:50 AM.