First Yamaha

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  • Damndirtbiker

Posted May 24, 2004 - 12:47 PM


I'm looking at buying a 98 WR 400 and need some info. I have always bought Honda's so this is my first Yammie. Any advise on that year bike or comments? Any help would be great.

  • yamaha.dude

Posted May 24, 2004 - 09:06 PM


Welcome to TT... :thumbsup:

That bike is now 6, nearly 7 years old, was the first of the model and although many are still running strong, I suggest having it checked over, or be prepared to spend a few bucks to give it a new lease of life.

Good luck,


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  • The_Missile

Posted May 25, 2004 - 06:00 AM


Clutch basket was reported as weak...mine still going strong though.
Beware the dreaded throttle slide. More and more 98/99 seem to be suffering from this. Not such a big deal if you catch it first. Check if the idle hangs after its warmed up and ridden a while. If it does and a blip of the throttle fixes it, it needs changing. 140$.
Otherwise....just give it a good once over for wear & general condition. Might want to pull the plug to check if its been running rich/lean if you know how to read a plug.
Also check/ask if the free mods have been done. If not, you probably have a winner as it wont have been ridden hard - a gem - buy it.

  • Broken_Bones

Posted May 25, 2004 - 05:56 PM


Can't go wrong with the WR. Its a great bike.


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