I like my 05 WR450
Posted December 24, 2004 - 08:55 PM
In super challenging survival trails the bike is still a pig. Having to pick it up a bunch of times I found it to be a tall, heavy, lumbering beast but not as heavy as my old DRZ or my ultra light XR650L. Both days riding it I had it boiling over for miles. It was either that or sleep in the jungle. It has a great recovery system for the radiator fluid. I killed the battery and had to kick it for the last couple hours. Kicks over pretty easy. In the brutal Lava fields the bike was OK but still boiled over. I'll try better fluids in the future but honestly, I think it will always boil over in certain long sections we do.
I really liked the fun factor such as wheelies, jumps, berms etc. The bike rips after the throttle stop screw, snorkel mods. The power was nice with the baffle out but way to loud. I put the baffle back in for sound issues till I get the GYTR thingy. No biggy. I can wait at the cost of being loud and kicked out over stealth and undetected.
Overall I find the bike to be great for what its made for and just tolerable in the nasties. The faster you can go, the better the bike likes it. The slower you go the bike cries out of its overflow hose. Even with its slow speed puking its my favorite ALL AROUND Big Island bike right now... Very happy with it.
The bike was fun in open places like this no matter if it was rough or smooth...
Fun fast stuff
Link to full ride report. Worth looking at!
Posted December 24, 2004 - 09:36 PM
I wonder why Yamaha made the radiators smaller on the 05's?
My 03 with boyesen pump only over heats in slow deep mud bog clutch happy rides. Otherwise it never pukes. Your overheating may aso be related to the corked up exhaust and lean stock jetting.
I agree with your handling observations. You may want to try to raise the forks up in the tubes to improve low speed handling I run the tubes 15mm up in the clamps. The bike is extremely top heavy and picking it up from a fall is about as easy as picking up a Goldwing. I had one of those days when I fell 5 or 6 times in a deep mud ride and picking that thing up wears you out!
Glad you had fun on her! I think it is a great all around bike that can do everything.
Posted December 24, 2004 - 09:46 PM
Posted December 24, 2004 - 11:53 PM
Looks like you guys had an awesome adventure ride ! Great pix ! I hear the blue beast boiled over a few times on you. You probably did a lot of clutchingn in those lava fields and nasties ,huh ? I ended up going down 2 teeth on the front sprocket(12). It still boils over every now and then but I think maybe having to clutch it in the technical stuff that we do will definitely create a lot of that heat, resulting in boil-overs.( I have a 13 tooth sprocket that you can have if you'd like to try that)
Merry Christmas !
Posted December 25, 2004 - 06:09 AM
Posted December 25, 2004 - 08:15 AM
Posted December 25, 2004 - 08:48 AM
Merry Christmas all my TT brothers!