Should I dump my YZF for an 05 WR?
Posted August 24, 2004 - 06:16 AM
Thanks in advance.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 07:29 AM
But I'm not sure if it is worth $3000 more to get a new 450 over your 426. If money is not an issue, then hell yes you should do it. you'll be glad you did. Or if you can get a used 04 for a good deal I would do it. Also if you are a taller rider I would get a used 04 cause they made the 05 smaller. If you are a smaller rider than an 05 is great. But the 426 is still a great bike and maybe there is no reason to dump it if you really like it.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 08:44 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 08:56 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 09:59 AM
I saw the truth this weekend!
We were out on a PNW "TT" ride, and we had 4 different bikes show with auto-clutches.
The first one I rode was a KTM EXC300 (2 smoke) and it made the bike a trials bike. It was impossible to stall, and made "technical" stuff laughable!
Next I rode a KTM EXC 250, then the 200. They only reaffirmed what I found with the 300. The power was there, right off idle, and it made the most difficult stuff easy. You simply CANNOT stall the bike!
I then rode a WR426 with auto-clutch, and the 4 stroke power was HEAVEN! Such a broad band, coupled with "fanning the clutch" I could never acheive!
I think that mating an auto-clutch with the de-compression cam is the ticket. You start it once, easily, and have fun the rest of the day.
It was as easy as e-start, without the weight.
I have an '01 426 that I got last week, and it will be auto-clutched and de-compression cam'ed in the VERY NEAR future.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:29 AM
Sweet! thats what I wanted to hear. I'm going to try to drop about 30 lbs weight off my WR 450. I have already lost 18 lbs so far and jumping it is WAY better. If I can get it close to the weight of the yz 450 then I'll be set. I haven't ridden any real tracks yet, but have gotten pretty good at jumping natural jumps and want to get into motorcross a little. Not too serious, just some light competion, more for fun. I want to be somewhat competitive though. I was worried the wide ratio tranny would suck for motocross, and you would always feel like you were in the wrong gear, and have to shift like hell.The only reason I don't get a yz 450 is cause i do mostly trail, dez, and moab type riding where the 4 speed would not cut it. Thanks
I have had it on a mx track. The trans felt fine. The bike is heavy for MX and the suspension is to soft.
It was still fun though.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:06 AM
A question I have about the auto-clutch is flywheel effect. I like the massive engine braking I get on knarly downhills with the 12 oz. flywheel I have. Does the auto-clutch kick in on downhills if the throttle closed?
Although $3k-$3.5k is a pretty big difference in cash for what might not be a huge difference in bike, I've rarely been accused of having more sense than money.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:23 AM
Had I known this mod would have such a dramatic effect on the bike, I'd have probably bought a CRF450 and put one in instead of the KTM 300 EXC. I don't even think you'd need the heavy flywheel weight for bottom end. The 4-speed on the YZF450 just won't hack it for me.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:28 AM
you might want to hold off a while and see what the near future holds!
Posted August 24, 2004 - 12:30 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 12:45 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 01:07 PM
The high up thing was my biggest issue with the WR426. The KTM 450's probably feel lighter to me since their weight is down lower. Being as short as I am, this caused me a lot of problems in the tight, slow stuff. It also seemed to magnify my high speed crashes as I'd get catapulted even farther than I'm used to.
This is the main reason I wish you could get these bikes with or without the e-start. I don't need it as much as I need the 10+ lb. weight reduction.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 01:28 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 02:19 PM