That's because there is none! Perhaps the Yamaha engineering people are now reporting the weight rather then the marketing types! In fact, the 05 rework has made for a lighter "feeling" bike if not an actual lighter bike. But I sure wouldn't be rushing out to trade just yet if you are happy with the bike.
I've got the 06 and have ridden the 04, you can't feel the extra weight..
is 05 wr450 the best yet?
Posted January 19, 2006 - 01:15 PM
Posted January 19, 2006 - 02:41 PM
i fixed it for you...
this may be very true mousemeat. im not horribly tall, but at 6', the 05 and 06 bikes feel retardedly small to me. A very cramped position in the seat, and i feel terribly low to the ground on it...a very un-nerving feeling for me.
That being said, you would be hard pressed to find a WR of ANY year or displacement that is a "bad" bike. They are all excellent bikes, with strong engines, and good geometry.
I have serious reservations however, about the innevitable switch to aluminum frames. Im afraid the temptation to be "cutting edge" just may ruin what i consider to be the finest off-road bike out there.
Posted January 20, 2006 - 12:22 AM
Yep, the real proof is in the sales figures!
I know it's only a magazine article, but the newest issue of Dirt Bike has a story on the '05/'06 WR's. It goes on to say how great an off road bike they really are and that Yamaha never really got the praise it truly deserved for creating such a winner. Kind of slipped in under the radar, so to speak. As if we didn't know that already ...SC
Posted January 20, 2006 - 03:18 AM
When you say it feels cramped, do you mean vertically, or are the bars closer to you as well?
I'll probably be getting an '06 at some point, i'm on an '04 at the moment. I'm 6'2" with ridiculously short legs (32" inseam) and a tall torso. The height is fine for me, but i wouldn't want the handlebars getting any closer. If the seat gets lower that means i can put a taller, softer seat on and end up with the same ride height, which would be great.
Posted January 20, 2006 - 05:53 AM
1. ARin is right on the money with the tank, and the hand position IMHO.
2. I have made changes to my WR, and since I am used to it, anything is going to feel less than perfect. I changed to a set of pro-taper bars, and I have a set of power pegz moved to the lower position, at 6'2 I felt cramped on my 04. sandman does not want to ride mine anymore- because of the pegz.
The bottom line- both bike are great- sandman's bike does run better(for now) as he has jetted and has the GYT-R pipe- I am jetting and putting the same pipe on mine this weekend. I bet if I traded out and got an 06, I would get used to it, and what ever I did not like, I would change the parts out to make it work for me-
Posted January 20, 2006 - 06:34 AM
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Posted January 21, 2006 - 12:36 PM
Posted January 21, 2006 - 05:16 PM
Well, at a seat height of 38.0" the 05/06 WR is still much taller than all the KTM RFS's (36.42") and still taller than the Honda 450X (37.90"). Actually, the only bike in its class that I've found that's taller is the Husky and it's only a half an inch taller than the newest WRs. It's hard to believe that the size of the 06 WR is a handicap for some of you when it's one of the tallest enduro bikes you can buy.
seat height alone is not a very meaningful measure. ktm's are pretty good tall-guy bikes (with tall seat and low pegs) because the bars are fairly far forward. note that the yamahas typically have an extra inch of groundclearance compared to a ktm, so that's where some of that seat height comes in.
to me, every bike i ride seems small, and the handlebars seem like they're in my lap, but my bikes both have tall seats, low pegs and tall low-sweep bars in the forward position. i guess i'll have to sit on or ride one of these newfangled wr's to see if it seems like it can be made comfy.
Posted January 22, 2006 - 11:47 AM