Help me return to the fold!
Posted June 12, 2001 - 10:56 AM
I am 45, 6’3”, 220 lbs, strong and healthy. I was racing expert level desert/hare scrambles on 250cc Huskys and KTMs when I retired. I now need a new bike that will perform well on National Forest type single-track and fire roads 80% of my riding and open desert the remaining 20%. Most of my riding will be recreation trailriding, with an occasional desert race thrown in.
My choices for a new bike are: the Honda XR650R, the Yamaha WR 426 and the WR 250. I have ridden a YZ 400 & 426, as well as a XR 600. All three rides were brief. I have not been able to catch a ride on any of the specific models I’m interested in. Now I call on your expertise to help me make a decision. Thanks for your input
Posted June 12, 2001 - 11:56 AM
IMHO the 250 is out, your to large, remember it is a 125 class bike. Espeically on fire roads and the desert. The 650 would be great for fire roads and desert and you have the size and strength. Obviously I would recomend the 426, it's fast enough for open terrain, less weight, more aggresive suspension and really is race ready.
97 KDX220, 86 TTR225, 99 WR400f, WR timing, MX-Tech suspension, throttle stop trimmed, air box lid removed, White Bros head pipe, silencer and air filter. De-octopussed. Works frame guards and Thumper Rad Guards, Scotts steering damper. Odometer and headlight removed. Cycra Pro-Bend hand and mud guards. YZ stock tank, IMS seat and number plate. Renthal Jimmy Button "highs" and Renthal Soft half waffle grips. AMA, SETRA, Happy Ramblers MXC, Rausch Creek MXC, Tower City Trail Riders.
Posted June 12, 2001 - 03:44 PM
At Reno I witnessed a guy that normally rides a KTM 380 & makes me look petite (I'm 6'4"/250 - sorry Kevin ) rocket up a hill climb on a YZ250F. His comment was the thing had plenty of power for him. I didn't ride it
Do a search on Clark Mason - he has a WR400 & an XR650 (BRP - big red pig). He has listed some very valid reasons for having both bikes for different types of riding.
The 250 may not be the bike the types of riding you do but only you decide what you're willing to compromise on.
I sure wish I had your problem. Have you considered a KTM 400/520?
Posted June 12, 2001 - 04:35 PM
Posted June 12, 2001 - 07:22 PM
I am 41, 6ft 3 and weigh 215lb. I also thought about XR650 vs WR426 ( I didn't even consider a 250, as good as they might be )
I went for the 426 (thank God). Bikes have come a long way in the last 10-15 years, and they are all good. but some are more "good" than others. The WR is an awsome bike that IMO does everything well and I couldn't be happier on any other bike.