Why Does My Wr-450 Suck
Posted July 17, 2005 - 01:19 AM
CASE 2 Today I rode another mates WR250 (03) with stock suspension and it blew me away, he's bike is so much better then mine in the handling department, which again lead to me being able to ride harder and faster, I can't describe how impressed I was with the 03 it lifted my confidence up dramatically and I was flogging his bike with ease and never felt like loosing it. (my bars are stock and he has GYTR bars and clamp)
I set my clickers to match the 03 but it still sux compared to his bike.
Posted July 17, 2005 - 02:20 AM
nothing handles like a 250 so forget the comparison!
P.S. Whats with your avatar?? it's a bit small to read!
Posted July 17, 2005 - 02:44 AM
With the 250 v 450 isn't the only difference the weight of the motor
Posted July 17, 2005 - 03:10 AM
Posted July 17, 2005 - 03:28 AM
When is the last time you changed your fork oil???
WR250's are easier to ride because the suspension and handling determines where you go but the on the WR450's, it is the motor which determines where you go (or often where you end up!).
Posted July 17, 2005 - 03:48 AM
Posted July 17, 2005 - 04:16 AM
Buy an '06 YZ450 and put your headlight and number plate on it. I am thinking about it myself!
Posted July 17, 2005 - 05:08 AM
More power = less handling
But you definitely have some suspension issues.
Posted July 17, 2005 - 05:16 AM
My 426 was a sack of shit, until I got a stiffer rear spring, and heavier weight fork oil. My forks are still a bit soft, but i've got a million things to do around the house. When I get time, i'll fit heavier fork springs too.
Posted July 17, 2005 - 04:33 PM
My rider sag and static sag have been set to suit my weight (125kg) and they measure fine on the original spring
I went to a 6kg shock spring and .50kg fork springs for my 110kg weight.
Just this alone has made the biggest improvement on my bike ever.
Something is not right with my fork dampening at the moment, so I am going to bite the bullet and send my suspension away to get revalved and set up properly.
I suggest you do the same and send your suspension away. It is the easiest and BEST way to do it.
My springs cost me about $300 from Ballards. Racetech gold valves for both ends cost about $300. Servicing for both ends cost about $300. The best mod you can ever do for under $1000.
Posted July 17, 2005 - 04:39 PM
Thanks for your input Matty
Posted July 17, 2005 - 04:44 PM
My nearest bike shop is 1000kms away! Yeah, go talk to them first.
Posted July 17, 2005 - 11:22 PM
Posted July 18, 2005 - 02:31 AM
Posted July 18, 2005 - 02:41 AM
After speaking with my mechanic, I will spend $$$ on my 450 to improve it's handling, I may even buy a 250 for the times I ride the tighter trails, just have to clear that purchase with The Minister Of Finance (the wife).
I know understand that I can not expect the 450 to handle like a 250, so I will have both, that should fix the problem.
Posted July 18, 2005 - 02:52 AM
Posted July 18, 2005 - 02:57 AM