Anyone ridden the 06 WR450 AND the 06 YZ450??
Posted November 23, 2005 - 09:32 AM
The reason I want to trade up my 03 WR is because:
1) It is heavy and it FEELS heavy. Even worse... it's top heavy.
2) It doesn't nail the desert whoops nearly as well as a MX bike.
3) It is an 03.
My WR is a very competent bike. It handles technical terrain very well despite its weight. But it just doesn't like to hit big whoops or jumps hard at all. I am not an MXer, but I am exited about the incredible reviews of the new YZ. If anyone has ridden both, I'd like to hear your assessment of how much of a pig the 06 WR is compared to the new YZ. It looks like they are going to cost about the same (the YZ may be a bit more expensive after adding kickstand, larger tank, etc.) so cost isn't really the issue.
Thanks for any opinions...
Posted November 23, 2005 - 10:12 AM
Posted November 23, 2005 - 12:52 PM
You better look at the YZ. There is not that much difference in the new WR's to make it feel as light as the new aluminum frame YZ.
The differences are huge!!!
Posted November 24, 2005 - 01:04 PM
(virtually ALL DIRT not pavement), all over Northern Baja, Mexico, the SoCal desert and in Utah (Paiute and Great Western Trails). It was a great bike that was top heavy, as well as heavy in the front, and was too tall even for my 6Ft frame and 32In inseam. Also, the suspension was too stiff, even after professional suspension work was completed ---$$$$.
I have 60 miles on my 2006 WR450F, all in the SoCal desert --- first break in rides. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!! The bike is light in the front end, steers and turns better than the 2003 and does not feel top heavy, even with the Acerbis 3.4 Gal tank installed. It has plush stock suspension (for a savings of hundreds of dollars in after market suspension work) throughout the travel and the best part is the bike is 1In lower, so I can touch the ground when I need to. It starts much better cold when compared to my 2003, and after incorporating all of the GYT-R AIS Removal Kit modifications to the timing, carburation, and exhaust, it is a rocket ship. I like this bike, as well as the 2003, with a 52 tooth rear sprocket versus the stock 50 tooth sprocket, because I think the bike with stock gearing goes too fast in fifth gear to be useable and first gear isn't low enough for the type of tight trail riding with two track roads mixed in that I usually ride on. Even geared 14 X 52, the bike will go 65 down the pavement.
Go for the WR vs the YZ in my opinion. Aluminum frames are fine for motocross, but you need some flex in the frame for offroad riding. Also if you crack or bend that aluminum frame, there is NO REPAIR --- ask a Honda owner. Finally, why would anyone give up the magic E start button!!!
Posted November 24, 2005 - 09:16 PM
Posted November 24, 2005 - 11:03 PM
What is the modification to do to get the throttle to response all the way?
Is it to unscrew a little part 61 SCREW
Posted November 25, 2005 - 02:17 PM