I am trying to decide between buying a used 2015 or used 2016 wr450. I found a 2015 with only 40 miles on it for $5500 so I'm just wondering if I should buy it or wait for a good deal on a 2016. I have read about starting issues with the previous generation (2012-2015) bikes. Was the problem corrected by 2015? I want the bike for trail riding and I want something that is going to last a long time and not have any issues so do you thing new design of the engine on the 2016 is going to be as reliable as the older version?
2015 vs 2016 WR450F
Posted September 06, 2016 - 06:13 AM
Posted September 06, 2016 - 06:17 AM
The starting issue was not corrected at the factory.
It's a combination of uncorking, remapping, and fixing the CO settings at idle.
The '16 motor is a better motor. Quieter, smooter, and still built the same, to be relibable. I would not question it's ability to last like an old WR motor.
Posted September 11, 2016 - 11:15 AM
i had a 2012 and didn't find a problem with the starting, all bikes are different. you've just got to find the right way to start it ( the way it likes)
If you fix the CO setting there is no " what the bike likes " stab the button, it starts, neutral, in gear, it doesn't matter. IT JUST STARTS.
Posted September 13, 2016 - 05:30 PM
Well the guy ended up coming down even more on the price so im now the proud owner of a 2015 WR450. So far im 100% satisfied and haven't had any issues with it not wanting to start. Coming from a DRZ 250 this bike is like night and day! Is there any way to read the total hours on the ecu with a diagnostic tool? I know you can on the competition ecu's but haven't had much luck finding out if it can be done on the stock ecu.
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