I rode an 04 yesterday
Posted February 22, 2005 - 08:53 AM
The first thing he said to me is "man, this bike's small"... There really is a big difference. My 05 turned faster and overall just cornered faster while his bike was roomy and handled the whoops probably better than any bike I've ever ridden... It's time to get my suspension dialed in now that the bike's broken in, it feels too soft and needs more rebound.
I usually dislike "Vs." threads because they can sometimes get into pissing matches but I wanted to post my thoughts because they were so apparent..
Time to get a real pipe....
Dan (I mean)
Posted February 22, 2005 - 10:14 AM
Like you, I also really like the suspension and power on my 04, but wish it were a little more agile in the tight stuff. All things considered, Yamaha probably did the right thing with the '05 in creating a bike with more universal appeal. I wouldn't worry too much about the power, since most of us aren't able to ride WFO 100% of the time.
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Posted February 22, 2005 - 11:32 AM
I think I broke my all time wheelie record on his 04... I want my bike to be the same way (it's close) but not the same.
Posted February 22, 2005 - 11:49 AM
As far as wanting a pipe for more power, it's going to be a while before I can use all of the power in mine the way it is.
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Posted February 24, 2005 - 05:52 AM
As far as my personal best wheelie record? I thought a lot about this one.. I would say (on dirt) that it was no shorter than a 1/4 mile or 20 seconds, standing up in 4th. I figure I'm going close to 60mph. Don't get me wrong, I can do just about that on my bike, but with a loud exhaust system you gain better throttle response and control which is (in my opinion) is the most important aspect of keeping your front end up.
Posted February 24, 2005 - 05:59 AM
So Dan after your back to back comparison/switch 04 to 05.......how would your old 03 model measure up??
I would rate the 03/04 behind the 05 model simply because the bike turns so well and doesn't fall in corners like previous models. It's smaller too, for me that's a big one. I personally don't think Yamaha has ever gone backwards with their WR line, even though the 03 had its issues it was still a big improvement over the previous years. I had a great time on my 03, it was set up real nice...
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Posted February 25, 2005 - 10:26 AM
I don't have a clue if I need a new header pipe, like the powerbomb, etc. -- any opinion on that?
Posted February 25, 2005 - 10:45 AM
I guess I'm an idiot. I installed a Dr. D slip on pipe and what a change! The bottom end snaps now. I didn't think it was going to make that much difference and was a bit disappointed after I read the DirtBike review as I had already installed the pipe but not ridden it yet. After riding it this weekend it was definitely money well spent with better than expected performance returns. The Dr. D pipe w/o the quiet insert is just a touch louder than the uncorked stock pipe.
The 04 is overall probably a beter bike for most. Sounds like it gets more power to the ground quicker. I'm 6'2" 250lbs and though the 04 is taller the 05 is not a small bike. It fits me very well and there is the green sticker.