WR 4xx vs WR 400 for Reliability
Posted April 25, 2005 - 05:38 PM
Posted April 26, 2005 - 02:26 AM
Posted April 26, 2005 - 03:50 AM
The WR is a damn reliable bike, just change the oil and check the valves often.
Posted April 26, 2005 - 08:03 AM
Posted April 26, 2005 - 08:09 AM
Posted April 26, 2005 - 08:12 AM
Posted April 26, 2005 - 10:24 AM
If you can only afford one consider the maintenance cost over time and the type of riding you do.
If you are trail riding with friends on 250cc 4 strokes get the XR. If you want more performance to be competitive against 2 strokes 250's get the WR.
As far as maintenance goes remember that to adjust the WR valves you need to pull off the upper engine mount, valve cover, cams and put shims ($5 each) under the lifters then reassemble (make sure you don't drop any small parts down the cam chain opening). You need to do all but remove the cams just to check the WR valve clearance.
On the other hand with the XR you only need to unscrew the valve adjuster cap and with a 10mm wrench and flat screw driver you adjust the tappet screw and you are done. To check the Honda valve Clarence I just listen for a "clicking" sound from top end, that tells me its time to adjust (if you are good with oil and air filter changes you should not need to adjust for a long time).
Also remember that the WR has a more sophisticated carburetor that is very sensitive to jetting, the Honda has a simple carb that seems to be more forgiving. I was riding my XR and the fuel screw fell out and stalled the bike, remembering a past post on TT where a guy put his finger over the screw hole I stuffed a gum wrapper into the hole and rode like that for a few hours with out any difference in performance. I still have a mid range sputter in my Yamaha due to jetting adjustment.
Bottom line is the Yamaha is more potent but more needy, The Honda is simple and easy to maintain and adjust but it is slower and heavier.
Posted April 26, 2005 - 02:19 PM
Look at my sig.
The yamahas by their nature of performance require a bit more TLC than the XR line.
The XR are gas and forget about em bikes.....but they are heavier, slower and much more docile. Which is okay on long non technical trailrides. I always use my XR for 100+ rides.
The YZF gives you such an earthshattering thrill though. You just have to be more religious about maintenance.
The WR falls inbetween them.