wr vs. xr
Posted August 17, 2001 - 08:48 AM
Posted August 17, 2001 - 09:15 PM
Well, almost. It depends om what you want to do. (Don't you hate that answer?) If you plan to do JUST trail riding, liesurely paced, maybe slow, through really rough terrain, then get an XR. The maintenance of an XR would probably be a lot easier. If you want to be competitive (race), ride hard, go over woops and jumps with the greatest of ease, push yourself and the bike to the limits, then get a WR. If you want a flat out faster bike, get a WR.
I've got a 99 WR and I've ridden a friend's XR400 for a few hours. At first, I thought it was a dog. Once I figured out how to ride it (rev the heck out of it) I got a lot faster and more comfortable. Not a bad bike, just not a WR. I've now ridden just about the entire range of current "trail bike" offerings: XR, DRZ, 520 EXC, and the WR has, hands down, the best suspension and handling of them all. And the motor is fast and strong, too.
Posted August 17, 2001 - 09:18 PM
The Yamaha WR and YZF's are much higher performance bikes. They rev much quicker, have more horsepower, and are better suspended for aggressive riding. They are also more stable at speed because of a longer wheel base than the XR 400. Either Yamaha will loft the front wheel with a twist of the throttle. This is not the case with the XR 400. The Yamahas are probably better for you if you want a bike that you will probably never outgrow, except when its time to buy a KTM. JUST KIDDING guys! I know Im in the BLUE forum right now. The Yamahas will be slightly harder to learn on if you are just starting out because they rev so easily.
The XR is definitely easier to start than both the Yamaha WR and YZF. Im guessing that you will have to spend more $ for the same year to get a Yamaha than the XR 400. Good luck in your search.
1995 EXC 400
AMA Dist 37
02 520 EXC (soon)
Posted August 17, 2001 - 09:46 PM
"It's a Yellow 99' YZ400!!"
[This message has been edited by sirhk (edited 08-17-2001).]
Posted August 18, 2001 - 05:55 PM
the xr is a nice trail bike in the right conditions. it likes the middle ground, not to tight, not to wide open. it has good power but is heavy and in my opinion doesn't carry it well. it is a lazy bike that you can just sit down and ride. for most east coast type trail riding i would buy the xr 250.
the wr is a good real fast trail bike or racer. it's slightly lighter than the xr and feels it. with the right front tire it will humble the xr in any type of corner, but like the xr real tight woods require you to work harder than you should have to. my wr starts better than my xr particularly when it is cold out or after a crash.the wr likes an aggresive active rider. which is good because you will get serious monkey butt if you stay in the saddle. both bikes seem reliable but the wr takes crashes better. my xr now sits a lot