Can an Old man handle a WR400
Posted November 07, 2000 - 02:58 PM
I am stuck between a XR 400 and a WR400.
IS a WR400 just too much bike for a average joe like me? Would I be better off with a more tame XR400? Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
Posted November 07, 2000 - 03:11 PM
Posted November 07, 2000 - 03:14 PM
Posted November 07, 2000 - 03:54 PM
The XR will give you a softer ride and is a simpler air cooled and low maintenance bike. Easier to steer in tighter trails.
The WR fits bigger and faster riders best. It is better in wide open spaces. Water cooled, higher tech, and better for stand-up riding.
--> Riding with the kids: XR
--> Serious riding with friends: either
my 2 cents..
Posted November 07, 2000 - 05:25 PM
I am opposite of you but i think it kind of evens out. I am 15 years old and a bought a 2000 WR 400 three days ago. I was really concerned if i could handle it. I finally decided to buy the darn thing. To my surprise it is the most comfortable feeling bike that i have been on as far as handling. Once you take the thing off road it rides more beautiful than anyone could possibly imagine. It is not too much for you at all. You only have to use as much power as you want. I felt exactly the same way as you. JUST BUY IT you will be extremely happy with your decision. I know I am.
I repeat IT IS NOT TOO MUCH. you will thank yourself for buying this bike.
The only complaint I have is starting the darn thing. I am still learning the 4 stroke starting procedure cause I have flooded it 3 times but once it gets goin' it purrs like a kitten.
Hope this helped
YOU WILL LOVE IT
Posted November 07, 2000 - 05:54 PM
Posted November 07, 2000 - 07:39 PM
Posted November 07, 2000 - 08:04 PM
But hey, I'm biased
Seriously, I don't think the XR4 is that great of a step up from the wonderful little XR250 you have today. More torque, but that's about it.
If you test rode the XR4 and the WR back to back, I think it will something along the lines of Mustand v-6 vs. Mustang Cobra. Or maybe more like Toyota Camry 4 cyl vs. BMW M5. Both are good in their own right, but the WR is just that much better.
BTW, WR400_Jay on this site is selling his his extremely clean and well-kept '00WR for a great price. It has all the cool goodies-YZ tank/seat, two pipes, and much more. Check down a few listings from him for his phone number and talk to him. Either that or by my '00 and I'll buy Jay's!
Posted November 08, 2000 - 02:04 PM
I'm 43, 5'9" (and shrinking), 140 lbs. I upgraded from my XR4 to the WR4 about 1 year ago, and I've never looked back. The WR has much better throttle response, power, handling, and suspension. It's easier to ride, and a lot more fun too. On the negative, it's a little too tall for me in tight stuff, and it dies easily at low RPM. So now I slip the clutch, but am thinking of adding a flywheel weight as well. I highly recommend the WR.