All right Mac, all the answers are right here, can you pick them out? I read all these posts, and all the ones on the DRZ forum as well. How many DRZ riders said get the WR? Not too many, but a few. OK, now, how many WR riders said get the DRZ? That's right, NONE.
If you read carefully, you will notice that the strongest supporters of one bike over the other fit into two distict and different groups.
The guys that just like to go out and enjoy a nice ride, sit down most of the time, and *occasionally* let it hang out a little like the zuke.
The guys that hate getting beat in a drag race, that ride standing up as much or more than sitting down, like to ride a track more than once in the lifetime of the bike, like the single track as much as the logging roads, and don't consider it a real "ride" unless you hit the rev limiter at least once, all prefer the Yamaha.
Which guy are you?
Out of the box, the Yamaha has a better motor and a better suspension. The Suzuki has a better seat. The maintenance on both bikes is the same, period.
If performance is an issue, it's a no brainer. Spend the money to make the Zuke keep up with the WR, and you are now probably $1000 over the WR price. Now, take that grand and see what you can do to the WR! For the same money, you will have more bike.
Now, if you go out and screw this all up, it won't be on my consciounce(sp?)!
Thanks for the help "oldbones."
I just read thru both threads myself. I wasn't sure who was more honest, the Suzuki guys or the Yamaha.
You are correct, several of the DRZ guys said hands down get the WR450F, which btw surprised me. I didn't think people would be that honest even though they owned a DRZ.
All the Yamaha guys said buy the WR450F or possibly the Honda
450. Not one said to buy the DRZ.
I think part of my problem is that I rode Suzuki dirtbikes back in the 70s & 80s when Suzuki ruled. Yamaha sucked back then.
Now, Yamaha and Honda rule the dirtbikes and Suzuki is not even in the picture. What happened there?
I am riding the WR450F next week, the problem is that is will be 100% stock, not opened up. But in reality, even corked it will be the same HP or more than a stock DRZ, correct?
I guess it will give me a good chance to evaluate the 2 at about the same HP levels.
I have always had a bias towards Suzuki and never really liked Yamaha. I guess I need to accept changes and accept the fact that Suzuki is behind in technology.
I think my only real choice is the WR450F.
I like the comfort of the Suzuki and easy to ride, but the Horsepower
and new technology of the Yamaha.
I guess I am trying to have both.
One thing I can't figure out though. Why do people say the Yamaha is harder to ride and more tiring? I spoke to a guy who owns a DRZ and he said he can ride for hours without being tired. However, when he rides his friends WR450F he can only last an hour or two before he is too tired.
Can someone elaborate on this?
Thanks for everyones help. Both bikes are nice and I can't find any real faults with either one. The people on this board have been very helpful on both Suzuki and Yamaha.
Maybe I'll be riding BLUE next week?