Advice: WR450 vs WR250?
Posted May 02, 2005 - 11:51 PM
I'm getting back to the dirt after a lengthy departure. I sold everything bike related to race sports cars. I'm rusty but confident of my abilities.
I'm 44 years old, 6'1" tall and ~235lbs.
I've decided I want a "WR" but I'm getting conflicting signals from the "sales guys" and thought I'd ask the guys who know and ride these bikes.
I have absolutely no plans to race. I will ride the trails with my buddies and putt around with the kids. I want to buy the "right" WR for my size and needs. Ideally I would like to by one bike and hold onto it for awhile. I only want to make minor mods .... and I appreciate a quieter bike. The cost differential is not a big factor in the decision.
Is the WR450 too much bike for me? Do I need the extra power? (I know I want it!)
Does the WR250 have enough power to lug my rearend around? Especially if I only want minor mods?
Which bike will I be happier with both in the short and long term.
Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated ... I hope to buy my new WR this weekend!
Posted May 02, 2005 - 11:56 PM
Posted May 03, 2005 - 12:04 AM
Why the 450 over the 250? Greg .... why did you decide on the 450 vs. the 250?
Posted May 03, 2005 - 01:18 AM
I mainly do trails and single track and it's spot on for just riding with my mates(if I had any)
What one liner's?--------------------------------------you fat bastard!!
Posted May 03, 2005 - 01:46 AM
It's not a one liner but it's the best I can do on short notice
Yes I'm a newbie!
I'm after a length from the "sales guys" and I will ride my buddies for awhile. The cost is not a big factor in the decision.
(I know I want it!) I only want minors?
Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated ... I hope to buy this weekend!
Posted May 03, 2005 - 01:54 AM
Revs are the enemy of racing 4 stroke longevity. A lugged 450f will be much less maintainance than a revved 250f.
Posted May 03, 2005 - 04:46 AM
You will have to do the free mods, and the jetting to get it running right though. If you are worried about noise, you can get an exhaust insert (I've got the PMB) which is supposed to keep it around the 96 db level. good Luck.
Posted May 03, 2005 - 05:21 AM
The 450 was my first off road bike ever, I love it, and feel that it is completely manageable. At your height, You may consider a set of low boy pegs.
Posted May 03, 2005 - 07:00 AM
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Posted May 03, 2005 - 08:26 AM
I agree with all of the posts. I went from an old IT200 to a WR450. I was concerned about it being too much but after a few minutes on it I wanted more power. Did the free mods and a few of the not free mods and now it is perfect. Plenty of power when I need it but totally controllable at all times. IMO the 450 would be a better all-around bike for you unless all you did was ride very tight trails.
Posted May 03, 2005 - 08:47 AM
I also hadnt been on a bike for almost a decade before buying my 450, the power is deffinatly there if you want it, but very tame and controlable for a new rider (or old rider returning to 2 wheels) once you get more comfortable, just crack that throttle open and have all the power you could ever wish for
Posted May 03, 2005 - 10:16 AM
I am reading each post and appreciate the feedback tremendously ...
Posted May 03, 2005 - 10:34 AM
2002 426(all mods and YZ pipe/timing). I put on about 250-300 miles
in some wild terrain from 4000 to 8000 feet. My brother in law just bought
the CRF250( which I'm assuming is like a WR250) and the difference
was huge in this area. From climbing huge volcanic hills from a dead stop to
wide open 5th gear on flat graded roads, the 426 just dominated the 250!
I rode his bike a few times( I'm 6'1 190 lbs) and I must say the CRF is a nice bike,But the power difference very noticeable. I think you'll regret not
getting the bigger motor.
Posted May 03, 2005 - 11:04 AM
Posted May 03, 2005 - 11:12 AM
Seriously, you will be happier with the 450. You're not a small guy so I don't think you'll have a problem handling the 450 - just dont twist the throttle to fast until you get used to it. If you do, hang on for dear life!
Have fun and welcome back to the sport!!!!