Your opinion requested
Posted September 14, 2005 - 05:13 PM
I am 44 yrs old, got my 1st bike in '72, currently ride about 12K miles a year on the street (current bike is an '02 Honda Interceptor). I sold my last dirt bike in 1980, and it was a Husqvarna, still made in Sweden at that time. The point is I really, really want another dirt bike.
I am looking at (3) used bikes now trying to decide on which one to get. The first is an '03 WR450, looks to be in good condition. Pros: Motor; suspension; relatively lightweight. Cons: not street legal; premium gas?; maybe not the best bike to ride with my 6 year old son when I teach him to ride an xr50 next yr. The second bike is an '04 DRZ400S, and the pros are: street legal (can ride in nearby Blackwater St. Park); can use cheaper gas; better for riding with son. Cons: really soft suspension; heavier than WR450. Bike #3 is an '04 KX250F, which I am only including because it is lighter and maybe easier to ride in Hare Scrambles (which I haven't done in a long time and want to do soon). I have ridden drz400S & E models, a YZ400 but not the Wr450, and no modern 250 thumpers. Obviously I am posting in the Blue forum, so you can see how I'm leaning.
What do you think?
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Posted September 15, 2005 - 09:27 AM
Is there a 'woodruff key issue' I should be aware of? Thanks to all for your input.
I have not had a problem with my woodruff key, but I did the 04 starter upgrade as a preventative measure anyway. If it hasn't happened yet, or it hasn't already been corrected, it probably won't happen. The problem is that the 03 starter clutch will not freewheel backward in the case of a backfire while starting. This breaks the woodruff key and throws the timing off. The 04 upgrade allows for the backward freewheeling, which should eliminate the chances of shearing the key.
Posted September 15, 2005 - 11:07 AM
Off road, weight is everything, the difference after you've picked it off the floor for the tenth time that day, or dragged it out of a mud-hole, will more than make up for the extra maintainance you'll do.