Posted February 27, 2006 - 09:20 AM
WR450 in the sand:
The bike sucks A$$ in the sand. The front end wants to dive all the time and it seems so front end heavy! Is this a matter of riding technique or do other WR riders feel the same way?
I didn't have this issue on my CR500 or CR250? It rides very well everywhere else, but once the ground gets soft (even loam on the MX track), the front end feels like it wants to wash out. It seems like a lot of the problem is bike weight - too heavy up high and foreward. Would making a switch to an '05 seat/tank or YZ seat/tank help? would a damper correct this? how about pulling the fron light, odometer assemble?
Or do I need to simply change my riding style on the sand?
Posted February 27, 2006 - 10:05 AM
Posted February 27, 2006 - 10:47 AM
Posted February 27, 2006 - 11:23 AM
4 strokes have heavier front end weigth bias. You have to stay on the gas and accelerate more on a four stroke then you do on 2 smoke. The 4 strokes are very good in sand once you get adjusted to them.
That is what I needed to find out - so the heavy feeling I am experiancing is 4 stokes in general, not just the WR.
I havn't done any dunes riding yet, I am mostly seeing the issue when I am in the sand washes or crossing dunes to get to other trails (read Moab) - so adjusting tire preassure is not really an option. I was beginning to think it was just an issue with the WR being a little heavier than the YZ, (thats why I thought about stripping off some of the weight with a YZ tank) but if 4 strokes are front end heavier in general I guess its me that will have to adjust.
Posted February 27, 2006 - 11:26 AM
WWW.Offroad.com went with an aftermarket triple clamp for thier 03 project bike to lessen the angle of the forks and feel it has done wonders, so outside of adjusting technique (keeping the front end light) I'd go:
1)keep tire pressure 4-8psi
2)better front tire
3)aftermarket triple clamp to lessen angle
But hey I'm a newb, and this is the only bike i know so take it with a grain of salt.
"I'm helping"- Sea Lab 2020
Posted February 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM
You just have to lean back and open the throttle. You should be able to float right through it. Be smooth on the throttle to stop.
Posted February 27, 2006 - 02:17 PM
1)keep tire pressure 4-8psi
Unless you are only riding in sand dropping the pressure that low is not a wise thing to do. You will encounter a whole new set of handling problems after you get a pinch flat from having such little air in the front tire.
A lot of learning how to turn the four strokes in the sand is throttle control. Once you learn how to do it most of your steering can be controlled by how much or little throttle you use.
Just my .02
Posted February 27, 2006 - 02:54 PM