'04 suspension is excellent
Posted October 03, 2004 - 08:13 PM
This morning I did a very muddy 15 miles woods loop. Then after a lunch break decided to try my WR on an MX track. The track is hard pack with tons of table tops, one stadium type jump, some triples and a whoop section. I started out easy since it was my first time on this track, but after a few laps was clearing all of the table tops, and turning the whoop section into a 3 jump set of doubles. Just kind of cruising trying to be smooth and not get over my head.
I don't do triples after I almost gave up a kidney and my bladder to a set in '87, nor did I try to clear the stadium table top. But everything else was pretty easy on the WR. I landed a bit long on a triple and smacked the face of the third hump, but the 450 did not deposit me on the ground like I thought it would.
Given that the WR is a bit porky compared to an MX bike, and given that it is set up for woods, I was pretty damn impressed with the suspension. Sure a fast local pro would no doubt push the limits of the suspenders, but I was not expecting it to maintain its composure with the stock springs, especially with my 220+ frame, a hydration pack, handgurds, license plate bracket, and a bunch of mudd caked all over it. Good job Yamaha
Current shock settings: ~2" sag, rebound in 1 click from stock
Current fork settings: compression is 2 clicks in from stock
Posted October 03, 2004 - 08:33 PM
Glad you had a good experience on the MX track today, is the '04 suspension much different than previous years?
Posted October 05, 2004 - 07:21 AM
Posted October 05, 2004 - 11:35 AM
Khari it was the main track at Durhamtown. Playing hooky and going out there tomorrow with 3 friends. Two of them have '04 EXC450s, which I'll get to try on the track. One guy has a DR-Z400. Should be interesting, although hope all of those MX types don't mind all of those headlights on the track