Are 01-03 WRs Reliable?
Posted April 21, 2004 - 11:45 AM
Posted April 21, 2004 - 11:52 AM
Posted April 21, 2004 - 12:31 PM
But then again, I'm biased.
Posted April 21, 2004 - 12:51 PM
I dont think it is reasonable to compare the two. The XR is a trail bike, the WR is designed and built much more for racing.
I would also say the XR might look more reliable simply because the limits of the bike were so much lower. The XR's started losing trannies when the power was pumped up at all.
Personally, I would go for the Yamaha unless you do all low speed riding. At low trail speeds the Honda was very pleasant and nice.
I am not knocking the Honda. It is a great trail bike and has its purpose, but beating Yamaha's is not one of them.
Posted April 22, 2004 - 07:22 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:31 AM
I know this is like asking a guy if his favorite hunting dog is any good, but seriously, I am looking at buying a 01-03 WR 400 or 426 and my buddies (who all ride XR400s) are telling me to go Honda (more reliable, less maintianence, more comfortable, better power band, etc.) I've ridden their bikes and they are nice but I think I want a little more. How do the WRs compare for reliability, maintanence, etc.? I ride a XR250 now but it is WAY underpowered for me - I ride mostly woods/trails in N. Cal. Thanks for your help.
You will not be disappointed in getting a 02 WR426, Maintenance is maintenance no matter what you buy. I have had mine now for 2yrs and am very happy with it I just change the oil every 4-5 rides, wash & lube everything after every ride, still on my stock spark plug
I have raced a lot of bikes with my WR, and 1 in paticular was a XR400, as soon as I hit 2nd gear i pulled him with my front tire in the air, as I hit 3rd with wheel still in the air, I began to walk away. Even my 94 CR500 would have a very tough time keeping up with my WR. The Yamaha WR450 is a great bike as well, but racing my buddy on his 04 WR450 and walking him until we hit 5th(he was catching me) still I would lean toward the 02 426
Just my .02 Cents
Posted April 26, 2004 - 11:12 AM
Well after two years and only very regular oil changes the bike is still solid as a rock.
I have over 2700 miles on my bike and never adjusted the valves until I had a Hot Camshafts cam installed. Get this. The Valves were still in spec!
I have overheated the crap out of my bike and it still ran like a champ. Don't be concerned that just because it's such a modern bike that it's not as reliable.
I did manage to bend my header into one of my radiator lines. The header burnt a hole into the line and I was loosing coolant like crazy. But the WR has a over flow tank that got me back to camp. Which was 20 miles away.
Don't be afraid. The WR series has proven itself as a reliable mount since it's introduction. They are the modern day benchmarks that all new 4-stokes are judged against. But I would stay away from the 03 first year electric start model. Starters seemed weak in that year. 04 and better got it right.
Posted April 26, 2004 - 11:28 AM
My WR has given me no (knock, knock,knock) trouble. The suspension it so much superior to the XR4. It flooded starting cold TWICE is all... other wise NO problems. Gets a little hot spring riding in the mountains busting snow drifts, pinned in 3rd going 4mph but any bike will do that. I played with the suspension clickers and got it where it works well. It is a bit heavy... 275#'s with gas. Also, would suggest the Zipty tank to lower the gas weight and flatten out the seat.
Posted April 26, 2004 - 11:45 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 09:43 PM
I've had mine a little over a year now and she still amazes me with the power and sheer grunt. I change oil every 3 tank fulls and a wash and scrub after every ride and she goes great. I remember when I first baught it I thaught how can something have so much grunt and be so highly strung yet be so reliable. Just do them oil changes and a bit of tender loving care and she'll treat u the same. you'll obviously be buying a 2nd hander. Ask about oil changes and if he's like me he may of even kept the old boxes that the filters come in. (good selling point later)
Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:31 PM
Posted April 27, 2004 - 02:32 AM
Posted April 27, 2004 - 03:36 AM
You will deal with the extra maintenance.....
Posted April 27, 2004 - 03:59 AM
Issues that are well known and are a must easy fix from this forums collective genius :
04 starter upgrade is required approx $260.
Gray wire & throttle stop.
Air box mod & replace factory exhaust cork with GYTR
Real tires (stock units were dseigned for pavement?)
Real chain and sprockets
Real handlebars ( not stock swizel stick )
Real skid plate (not plastic stock unit)
Real radiator gaurds
JD jetting kit & Zip-Ty adj fuel screw
Once you have done these minor minimum mods you have an extremely reliable machine.
And the 03's are a real god buy if you can find one left over at a dealer.