Race motocross on WR450 ?


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  • Muddyryder

Posted August 13, 2016 - 05:12 AM

#1

Considering a 2016 WR450 as a dual purpose bike bit of enduro, hare and hound plus motocross. Anybody MX'd a WR?
I am talking club man level in UK so no massive jumps.

  • stevethe

Posted August 13, 2016 - 07:16 AM

#2

You should be ok at the clubman level. There are people MXing the fx. The only difference in the fx and wr is lights, derestriction and a little damping change in the suspension. The fork and shock springs are the same.

  • avlisj

Posted August 13, 2016 - 08:38 AM

#3

The wr will be perfect other than the weight. Whats nice is you can easily change the map for a snappy powerband while on mx track then smooth it out for trail. I dont think any other trail bike has that unless you buy different chips. It does lack the stiffer suspension. I have a '14 not the '16+. But the baseline is still there. I do Mx in calif bay area with mine. Trailbike on an mx frame and motor. Mines just a yz250 pre backward motor. You got full yz450 with the 16.

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  • finbike

Posted August 13, 2016 - 08:58 AM

#4

Works quite good actually but the weight is deffinetly something you notice when it starts going wrong in the jumps. Thats why I have a sx250 when I want to do some mx

  • Pancho_Jsy

Posted August 17, 2016 - 02:03 AM

#5

As has already been said, the weight mid air is the only real disadvantage. I ride a 100kg 250F at MX, I'm able to bring it back easily if things get out of shape. Not so on the 450, if you get a little cross rutted or the wind catches you, I feel like a passenger. A bigger, more capable (450) rider wouldn't struggle but I would (67kg, 5'10)

 

You say no big jumps but my '07 450 will easily bottom out over the smallest drop offs and flat landings. Nothing stiffer springs and a revalve couldn't sort. If I could only have one big it'd be the 450



  • stevethe

Posted August 17, 2016 - 06:15 AM

#6

As has already been said, the weight mid air is the only real disadvantage. I ride a 100kg 250F at MX, I'm able to bring it back easily if things get out of shape. Not so on the 450, if you get a little cross rutted or the wind catches you, I feel like a passenger. A bigger, more capable (450) rider wouldn't struggle but I would (67kg, 5'10)

 

You say no big jumps but my '07 450 will easily bottom out over the smallest drop offs and flat landings. Nothing stiffer springs and a revalve couldn't sort. If I could only have one big it'd be the 450

 

Remember there is a light years difference between a 07 WR450 fork and a 16'. The stock 07' fork will collapse without even riding it due to the crappy designed base valves that use a spring instead of all shims. The 16' is also sprung heavier for about a 185 lb. rider.






 
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