OK you WR guys let me have it
Posted August 24, 2004 - 03:30 PM
I ride good old fashioned difficult Montana singletrack and race(Vet A) as much as possible in GP's, very occasional mx and enduro. I love the bike, but it is a beast and the power is just too much for serious racing.
I rode a friends 04WR450F, that is only slightly modified (mainly just the pipe insert changed I think)
I really enjoyed riding it! However, it did cough and stall on me on a mountain trail, and it was underpowered, but everything is compared to my CR. I am seriously considering a 05 but:
1. It doesnt seem to have the chug power of my CR...is this just a matter of getting used to the fact that it doesnt respond off of dead idle? Funny final gearing?
2. What silencer setups for quiet riding? Those four stroke exhaust systems sure are cool, but holy crap are they expensive!
3. How are the WR's holding up to serious racing? I ride hard but am able to conserve the bike, and the CR is one tank of a bike. No matter how tough I am on it, it craves more...and holds up!
4. Is it just me or is the yamaha tranny far inferior to the Honda's?
Thanks for any info!
Posted August 24, 2004 - 03:47 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 04:30 PM
It still wouldn't hang with a CR500 though. I've ridden one of them bad boys.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 05:19 PM
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Posted August 24, 2004 - 06:54 PM
Question 2- I have a FMF Q that makes it under 96 DB and makes decent power. All of the options out there are going to take away a little power. I have tried several inserts, and they are cheaper, but they even take more power away.
Question 3- I too race in the Vet A class, enduros. I did all of last season on mine. I do 2 series also, plus well over a thousand miles of practice and play. I have never done any more than normal maintaince stuff. Indy is the milage king though.
Question 4- Never had a Honda but the tranny seems to be holding up well, shifts well. Never had to replace any tranny parts (knock on wood).
Good luck with your decision.
Posted August 25, 2004 - 08:50 AM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 10:34 AM
I had a 96 KX500 and I love my Wr450, its a different beast thats all, you will have to set it up for you and get used to it and you will never miss the two-stroke!
I too had a 1996 KX500! Loved the purple plastic...hehe. One thing about the 500 2-stroke is by the end of the day it was all I could do to hang on to it!! I bought a 02 WR426 having never ridden one and worried that it wouldn't stack up to the 500. Except for in the sand (and hillclimbing) the WR is everything the 500 was and more. Plus, it's easier to ride. Bye-bye KX...Hello WR's!
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