Taming the beast
Posted March 05, 2005 - 11:08 PM
After the first few rides, I uncorked the exhaust and cut the throttle stop screw to YZ length and I've been riding this way ever since and have put about 300 miles on it.
I'm realizing that this bike is a LOT of bike and was considering trading in on an '05 WR 250. After talking to a few dealers, though, it's not a very good thing to do financially (one dealer wanted me to pay $300 more for a '05 250 than I paid for my '04 450 brand new! )
Does anyone have any suggestions on making the 450 an easier bike to ride in trails? I'm in WA so I ride mostly woods. Would adding a tooth or two to the rear sprocket be any help? How about a new top triple clamp and bars to change the steering feel? What about suspension setup? Are there any ways to make the bike a little more ridable so I'm not completely beat after an hour long ride? My buddy on his CR250F can ride all day and not feel winded...'course he's in better shape than me and there's no substitute for working out, which I begin again Monday.
Posted March 05, 2005 - 11:58 PM
WR400F 2000 FOR ME AND TT-R125L 2003 FOR MY DAUGHTER
and she is faster!
Posted March 06, 2005 - 12:02 AM
How tall are you?
Check out the suspension forum to give you some pointers on how to set it up for your weight.
I weigh 120kgs and can ride all day no probs.
Posted March 06, 2005 - 01:00 AM
Posted March 06, 2005 - 08:07 AM
I'm 6' tall. When I'm standing, it feels like the bars are pretty low and I have to bend over pretty far to reach them. But when I'm sitting or in "attack position" while riding, they seem to be about the right height.
I'll post in the suspension forum too. Thanks for the tip.
Keep them coming guys!!
Posted March 06, 2005 - 08:40 AM
Keep the bike! I'd change sprockets and stuff before trading for anything less.
Posted March 06, 2005 - 06:13 PM
Posted March 06, 2005 - 07:10 PM
However, I miss several things about the 426. Number one is the suspension, the WR was plush in the jumps - I really miss that about the WR. The other thing is the throttle accelerator, you hit the gas and it goes, no studdering!
I have had lots of bikes and that 426 was definately the most performance oriented bike I ever owned.
I think you would be very unhappy with the WR250. I test rode several, it did not have enough GRUNT for me. I am 6'1", 210 lbs. and dealing with a surgically fused back.
You have a wonderfull bike, I think it will just take some getting used to. If your riding style doesn't fit the bike, you might try an XR400.
Posted March 06, 2005 - 08:32 PM
Second: Heavier flywheel.
Third: Check the jetting forum and get JD's spreadsheet. Choose needles and jets to keep mixture just above the midline, not too rich and certainly not lean. This will "flatten out" the power a bit. Begin by charting your existing jetting. 10-20% rich jetting really wakes up the power in these beasts. You seem to want it a little mellower.
Fourth: I'd add either taller bars or a kit that raises them 3/4" to 1". It made a big difference for me.
Fifth: Soften your compression damping a little at a time until you begin to bottom, then stiffen it up one click. Get the correct springs, unless you already have them. Springs that are too light will cause you to ride too low in the travel and damping will be too harsh. It will also turn better with correct springs, so you don't have to wrestle with it in turns.
Sixth: if it makes your butt sore, use a SDG soft or medium saddle.
Oh yeah, higher gearing will help, but you can take that too far and wind up not having a first gear any more.