WR450 vs 524MXC vs XR650R
Posted January 20, 2005 - 01:22 AM
Let me explain why somewhat:
A) I blast down the freeway about 2 miles (at 75mph speed limit) to commute to work, once in a while when I ride in to work.
On weekends, I do 10 miles of road (45 to 55mph) to get to the trails I ride (very technical, averaging 5mph for 20 t 50 miles. Getting there sucks, but better than putting a dirt bike on a trailer or in a truck. Once there, the WR450F is ok, sometimes I wish it was lighter on the tight technical stuff. Sometimes I wish it was more MX or SX for suspention work out I give it.
C) I’m a BIG guy, 6’3” and 270lbs. Stock suspention cranked to it’s max doesn’t quite handle me.
D) The stock gas tank is slightly on the small side. I know this is an easy fix with an aftermarket tank, but it makes me wonder if THIS bike was really meant for the kind of riding I do.
E) There isn’t a single time I ride that I don’t thank my lucky stars for that magic E-Start button!!!
F) I live in Southern Arizona. It gets to be 40F (4C) some mornings when I go out, and up to 120F (49C) some afternoons when I am riding. Water cooling is a must. Sometimes I think the WR is close to overheating, I ride SLOW, and there isn’t a lot of air moving over the radiator. Maybe it is just my paranoia, it hasn’t overheated yet, but, it scares me.
But, I guess I sometimes wonder, a Honda XR650R or KTM 525 MXC Desert Racing.
Posted January 20, 2005 - 04:46 AM
The WR450 is the best do all bike!
If I were you I would do the following:
Boyesen water pump ( helps drop coolant temp)
13/50 gearing to save the clutch (still OK for short blast down freeway)
Install a KTM optional radiator fan with an on off switch ( turn on for crawling)
Run Two2Cool oil additive in the summer ( helps drop oil temp a lot)
Get a 5.8 Kg rear spring and have the rear shock revalved and Ohlins fluid
You got the best package for a 270 lb rider! Beats the KTM 525 and XR650R in overall performance. The WR is the best of them at 5 mph crawling in rocks.
If you were 180lb you could look at more options.
Posted January 20, 2005 - 07:15 AM
Posted January 20, 2005 - 08:10 AM
What options would come in to play for a 180lb rider?
WR250F or competitive brands. At 270lbs of rider you need the grunt of the WR450 at rock crawling.
Posted January 20, 2005 - 08:28 AM
Posted January 20, 2005 - 12:52 PM
I've been tempted myself at the 525 KTM's because I really love power all over the spectrum. Yeah the 450 is already more than I can effectively handle all the time. I don't care though, power wheelies at speed and throwing roost 20 yards directly into my friends helmet makes it worth while to me.
A bigge for me with KTM is the dealer network is too small to get parts in the same amount of time as Yami. I get stuff from Yamaha in a day! (I live in Bumble Fart Egypt too!) There are more Yamaha dealers than there are McDonalds.
Last rant for blue ("you're my boy Blue....you're my boy!) the 5 valve motor is just killer. I'm not a futser that lubes everything every ride, I clean the filter and play with the oil when it should be changed. I can't kill that bike. She runs great. Just tinker with some of the mods on yours, and maybe change gearing (like Indy said) and be happy. Dream of a six speed WR for '06, that's all I could ask for. ( OK maybe 2-trac and an aluminum frame, but that's really it.)
Posted January 20, 2005 - 04:07 PM