WR450 on the road
Posted September 17, 2005 - 05:47 PM
Posted September 17, 2005 - 06:39 PM
If anyone with a WR450 has good road experience, hopefully they will read your post and respond.
Posted September 17, 2005 - 09:14 PM
I have had a 03 crf450r 03 525sx and a 04wr250f plated and have had no problems with any of them.
Posted September 18, 2005 - 12:29 AM
I realize that not all of us can afford more that one bike but if you do your homework and choose a bike that will satisfy 85% of your needs then you've at least got 85% of the value of your bike and the maintenance that goes with it is purely karma
Posted September 18, 2005 - 04:37 AM
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Posted September 26, 2005 - 06:15 PM
Posted September 26, 2005 - 06:24 PM
Posted September 26, 2005 - 07:35 PM
If going from 70mph too 100mph in a few seconds isn't enough, then no, it doesn't have enough power
Posted September 27, 2005 - 04:23 PM
get some excels on it and you'll love the flick-ability and balance these bikes have. My gearing is 15/40 on the 17" Excels and coupled with Maxxis Supermoto Street tyres she handles like a dream and sticks to the road like sh#t to a blanket. Even with this gearing it has bags of grunt and loads of mid/top end speed but i rarely enjoy going over 90mph as being so upright the faster you go the harder the wind is trying to blow you off and the front becomes very twitchy, but a soon to be fitted stabiliser will sort that out. To be honest, going fast for a sustained period on one of these on the open road when converted to road/supermoto use is pretty boring and tedious, but when the corners/roundabouts come..... Woohooo! Let rip and chuck her in there you will be amazed at the level of grip and the amount of lean these things have, awesome fun.. Then when you want to do the tracks, throw your enduro rims back on and a quick fettle with the gearing/suspension and your good to go in the dirt and have some fun too, best of both worlds. I wouldn't trade my WR in for any other bike, unless it's an upgrade to an an elecky start model? Now that is a pain, no elecky start when on the road which is no fun if you stall it at the lights i've got around this problem though. take the lights like the starting grid and ROAR off them once you get the green u gotta love the startled looks of the car drivers too.........
Just my 2 cents worth, not everyones cup of tea to do this to their WR's but i'm real glad i did it to mine
Posted September 27, 2005 - 05:36 PM
Posted September 27, 2005 - 09:41 PM
it seems like these 5 valves motors are built to last!!
Posted September 27, 2005 - 11:06 PM
Posted September 28, 2005 - 01:58 PM
If going from 70mph too 100mph in a few seconds isn't enough, then no, it doesn't have enough power [/QUOTE]
Mine jumps from 55 to 75 in 4th gear (15 t front) VERY quickly. There will be plenty of passing power in most instances
Posted September 29, 2005 - 12:50 PM
works great, much lighter than a real dual sport, so I can blaze the sand washes in the desert or ride single track stuff in our Idaho mountains ( the tough technical trails I use my 200ex-w) lowered the bike 1.5" I'm short so this helps in being able to touch the ground. Gearing 15/46 cruise at 65mph smooth very little vibration, at 45 to 55mph on desert two track stuff, I can get 50 miles pre gallon if I'm easy on the throttle. You have to keep your speed up on the single tracks because of the gearing, if only they would put a six speed in like my Husabergs had( four, Husaberg 501s, my favorite bikes of any, in forty years of riding)
I'm using DOT Pirelli tires, dropped rear fender, stock muffler small restricter remover, balanced the tires.
I put a primary gear set from the 4wheeler in a few weeks ago, this got rid of the knock I had and the clutch has torsional springs for pavement use, works great.
I have checked oil temperature and after running 30 miles at 75 mph the temp was 185 degrees F this is great! I wrapped the exhaust and put the cool-it blanket between the exhaust and the carb, e-line skid plate with six one inch holes for air flow, this all helps the engine to run at the right temperature. 20/40 or 20/50 good quality oil,depending on air temp.
5000 miles and the valve setting is still within spec, great engine, just needs a six speed.
the bike has been a lot of fun, I rode it 300 miles one day(the furthest I rode my RI in a day was 230 miles) I used a pro gel pad their smaller one, works great on the narrow seat for two track and pavement riding, when I hit the trails I put it in my back pack or the soft saddle bags that hang from the pro billet rack.
have a great ride /haskell in Idaho
Posted January 15, 2006 - 11:18 AM
I have just purchased a 2005 WR450 and want to convert it to the road. Can anyone help with procedures or a website that sells a kit.
What is involved?? Lights, indicators and plates?? Can I use existing light?
Thanks for your help.
Posted January 16, 2006 - 10:57 AM
bought at drz400s last year and its a powerless peace of crap not worth the
money i spent on it .
lofting the front tire not an option unless ur sitting on the rear fender and
dump the clutch at 9000 rpm at a stand still then maybe it might... down a
hill it will go 150kmph wide open screaming like a little girl.
me my self am tradeing it in and going Ktm 525 and plateing it 6gears baby...