Getting a feel for the WR.
Posted August 25, 2001 - 04:31 AM
I have ridden a two YZ, a '98 400 with full exhaust and a mostly stock '01 with heavy flywheel added. Both felt nimble & and carrried the weight quite low compared to my '96 Husaberg. I can get a new '01 WR or YZF for the same price but have never ridden the WR. All the WR stuff is important to me and would eventually go on the YZ, like kickstand, flywheel weight, lights. I just don't want to take a step backward in weight from my Husaberg.
I'm 6'1", 200 lbs, play ride mostly woods.
Posted August 25, 2001 - 05:13 AM
I haven't really ridden a YZ, but if you are going to mod the YZ to be like the WR I would go with the WR. Especially if you are going with the 01 model. I am an eastern (NH) woods rider and the 01WR is perfect in the woods. If you were mostly track riding, I would lean towards the YZ. You can YZ time the WR easily as well. I would go with a WR. If you are getting the WR at a YZ price, that is good. If you are getting a YZ at the WR price, not so good. Change the rear sprocket to a 52t and it will feel like you just shed another 15lbs. The 01 pulls and handles different from the 99/00 also. Can't go wrong with the WR. I ride with the stock tank and do well with it. You will need new bars and maybe a riser no matter which bike you ride. I am on the short side and have no problems with the WR in the woods. I do cras alot, but mostly trying things a little faster than I should or things I shouldnt try ay all.
[This message has been edited by *mike68* (edited 08-25-2001).]
Posted August 25, 2001 - 05:13 AM
Posted August 25, 2001 - 07:43 AM
Posted August 25, 2001 - 07:46 AM
Sounds to me like the WR is for you. The power is AWESOME, the suspension is great for anything you can throw its way.
Perform the simple free mods, ride the bike for a while, and decide if you want the YZ seat/tank. I feel that is the nicest mod yet for me. I am able to ride farther up front, and turn the bike alot easier than w/ the WR tank. It will never feel as light as the YZ, but your only talking a few pounds anyway. It also doesnt feel as top heavy. I feel the YZ seat-tank makes the bike alot more nimble and feels a good 10 lbs lighter.
Mike68-Gimme some smack on that 52t sprocket. Where do you feel this helps you the most? How different is the pull?
Posted August 25, 2001 - 09:17 PM
Posted August 25, 2001 - 06:20 PM
Posted August 26, 2001 - 10:34 AM
Thanks. I need just what your describing. Sometimes it feels like Im between gears, and usually find myself upshifting before a rhythm section. Its either scream it out in 2nd, or upshift to 3rd when Im not really in the power. That sucks! I need to be more in the revs when I hit certain sections. Were you able to still get some life out of your orig chain, or did you just buy another? I dont know how much I'll get out of my current chain, but would like to use it as long as possible. Its also a pain in the a$$ adding links-
Posted August 27, 2001 - 12:27 AM
Posted August 27, 2001 - 02:07 AM
On the rear sprocket, try pulling the chain off the sprocket near the (chain) adjuster. If you expose half a tooth or more, the chain is shot. In this case, the entire chain and sprockets should be replaced.
On my bike, I opted for a 1 tooth smaller countershaft sprocket, and am very pleased as well.
'99 WZ/YR (you choose!) with ALL YZ mods, de-octopused, DSP Doug Henry airbox w/ velocity stack, FMF PowerBomb header, Stroker SX-1 silencer, SS front brake line, OEM YZ tank, IMS YZ seat.
Posted August 27, 2001 - 02:42 AM