WR426 compared with WR450


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  • poster72

Posted March 23, 2005 - 01:47 PM

#1

Ive been trying to locate an '04 WR450 for a while (hard to find) and recently found a deal on an '01 WR426. Im not familiar with this bike, can some of you give differences, advantages, disadvantages of the two bikes? Other than the 450 having the estart I know no other difference, oh other than the obvious displacement.

  • FTD

Posted March 23, 2005 - 02:22 PM

#2

I believe a correctly tuned and set up WR426 runs better than a WR450.
I refuse to talk smack but I have seen it lots of times... just being honest. :)
The WR450 feels more nimble for sure. It has a smoother power and doesn't "hit" like the 426. Cam I guess...
I still prefer my WR426 over the 450. I like the hit.
I have rode both in most terrains... desert to single track.
I do wish I had the "button." :)
I would like to put my legs over an '05.

  • dirtr1der

Posted March 23, 2005 - 06:49 PM

#3

FTD, nice signature!

I think they lowered the compression on the 450 by changing piston shape and that mellowed the "hit" a bit. I haven't been on one, but got the jump on one last year on a gravel road. He never caught my '02 426. He was right on my tail, though.

Both are great bikes. I'd love the magic button, but if you learn how to start these bikes, they should start on the first or second kick every time.

  • cruise

Posted March 23, 2005 - 06:58 PM

#4

I rode my friends 426 and it had nothin on my 04 wr450 :)
Get the 450 do a few mods and you will love it :)

  • FTD

Posted March 24, 2005 - 08:57 AM

#5

I rode my friends 426 and it had nothin on my 04 wr450 :)

Too bad I'm not vacationing to Aus. anytime soon... darn. :)
I agree the 450's "feel" like they have something over the 426... the 450's do feel gruntier.

  • Cedric

Posted March 24, 2005 - 09:52 AM

#6

The 450 also has improved bodywork, especially the tank and seat, so you won't have to go out and buy a YZ seat and tank just to make it handle decently.

  • FTD

Posted March 24, 2005 - 09:57 AM

#7

Sucks that the '05 WR450 has such a tiny tank.

  • PBDBLUE

Posted March 24, 2005 - 12:27 PM

#8

Having owned all of of them IMO each generation of 4xx has been a significant inprovement over the previous one. I currently own both an '01 WR426 and an '04 WR450. The 450 it will spank the 426 hands down. To be fair both are equipped with YZ exhaust cam timing. Handling and suspension are also significantly better on the 450 as well as having a lower center of gravity. I still like my 426 which I currently use to dual sport but for all out cross country the 450 is definitely the favorite.

  • tree77

Posted March 24, 2005 - 12:29 PM

#9

I think you fave to factor in the $$$ difference between the two bikes.

Although I have never ridden the 450 I do own a 01' 426. I cannot say anyting negative about this bike. It is flat out incredible! Before I bought it I was worried about the "hit". It turns out that there is very little and it is VERY manageable. In fact, to me the bike is VERY fast yet VERY manageable.

Again, although I have never ridden the 450, I have a VERY hard time thinking it could be much better than the 426. The magic button on the 450 is definitley a plus but once you learn the starting procedure for the 426 the bike is a piece of cake to start. Again, how much money do you want to spend for an e-Start?

It is actually MUCH easier to start than my XR250. The 426 usually starts on the second or third kick. If you do buy the bike PM me and I will send you the starting procedure. Or you could also do a search here on TT. There are several posts relating to the starting procedure.

Tree

  • Sylvain

Posted March 24, 2005 - 12:29 PM

#10

Take a 2002 426 wr with YZ seat and large Clark/Acerbis tank, add the auto decomp cam and other personal add ons and you get a hell of a ride :) .

But the newer 450 is awesome, and cost more.

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  • CORKER

Posted March 24, 2005 - 04:17 PM

#11

I have an 01 and an 05. Rode them back to back. 01 was more plush because the suspension has been broken in and set to my liking. It is a great bike.....but, since I got the 05 I haven't ridden the 426 since. I have gone on a couple of long weekend rides and the 426 stayed home. I love the 05 power delivery, quiet,quiet,quiet, and the suspension cruises right over the rough stuff. Now of course the 05 is new so that has alot to do with it, but also, if both were in the same condition with no preference as to which year was which, the 05 goes on the truck and the 01 goes on the selling block.

  • FTD

Posted March 28, 2005 - 07:25 AM

#12

Take a 2002 426 wr with YZ seat and large Clark/Acerbis tank


Go with the Zipty Lowboy tank... sets the gas weight lower. :naughty:

  • Gadsen

Posted March 28, 2005 - 07:36 AM

#13

FTD, nice signature!


Heck, I like his avatar even better! :naughty:

  • Gadsen

Posted March 28, 2005 - 07:42 AM

#14

Ive been trying to locate an '04 WR450 for a while (hard to find) and recently found a deal on an '01 WR426. Im not familiar with this bike, can some of you give differences, advantages, disadvantages of the two bikes? Other than the 450 having the estart I know no other difference, oh other than the obvious displacement.


Well, I owned a 2001 WR426F which was YZ timed and all the free mods. It did rip real nice. I sold it only to purchase the 04 WR450F, and the only reason I did that was for the electric start. The 450 is WR timed, and the power delivery is more "linear" or even, from bottom to top, while the 426 being YZ timed had a little more ooopmh feeling, but lack in the bottom. This was all from the cam timing, otherwise, I'd say they were pretty close. I have added some extra like pipe and jetting and the 450 has more snort for sure now. But you cant go wrong either way. But you may want to consider the e start, it was a big factor for me.

  • bigdrtrdr

Posted March 28, 2005 - 04:30 PM

#15

. I sold it only to purchase the 04 WR450F, and the only reason I did that was for the electric start.

Tell you the truth Rick I was a little confused as to why you didnt wait for the 05 Wr 450 instead of a late 04.
Not getting that boat anchor of a muffler would have been enough for me.
The 05s come stock world wide with the nice aluminum can Plus the new forks to boot.
"Quiet Power Stock" Thats a new statement for Yamaha.
There all great bikes though, I'm Just jealous you got a newer one. :naughty:
See ya at the D-100 in 4 days!
Eric

  • Gadsen

Posted March 28, 2005 - 05:21 PM

#16

Tell you the truth Rick I was a little confused as to why you didnt wait for the 05 Wr 450 instead of a late 04.
Not getting that boat anchor of a muffler would have been enough for me.
The 05s come stock world wide with the nice aluminum can Plus the new forks to boot.
"Quiet Power Stock" Thats a new statement for Yamaha.
There all great bikes though, I'm Just jealous you got a newer one. :naughty:
See ya at the D-100 in 4 days!
Eric


Eric, I got it new in the crate for $5399, smoking deal, as it was a model that was ending and thats why I made the move. As for that muffler, I removed it and added the FMF Powercore4 with the quiet insert and tossed in the JD kit. The FMF was atleast less than half the weight of the stocker anyway. I still have the stocker just in case. Hey, I only did it for the e-start! Oh, and I got it "plated" too! :naughty: I didnt even sell my other bike till this was a done deal and plated! In fact, it was a TT member that bought my plated 426 from me. And I'll look for your trailer over in Odessa and stop by and say hello again!

  • GasAHolic

Posted March 28, 2005 - 05:57 PM

#17

I had an '02 WR426 and now have an '05 WR450 and think the 450 is a superior bike hands down. Sure if you're talking cost, it's significantly more. But if it's bike vs. bike, the 450 is more nimble, even smoother power curve, estart, better cam timing, no hot / cold start BS. Love the 450.

  • DANHAUG

Posted December 19, 2005 - 08:17 PM

#18

which one will tractor along at 2 mph up, a steep rocky incline, without the clutch pulled in, better?

  • Indy_WR450

Posted December 20, 2005 - 03:11 AM

#19

which one will tractor along at 2 mph up, a steep rocky incline, without the clutch pulled in, better?


Neither! Get a trials bike! :applause:

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted December 20, 2005 - 09:00 AM

#20

which one will tractor along at 2 mph up, a steep rocky incline, without the clutch pulled in, better?


Without a doubt a WR timed 450.




 
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