How is the 450 working out for the lightweights
Posted July 26, 2006 - 05:28 AM
it would have tons more torque and could short shift more, however I haven't ridden one to compare. What I hear allot is the 450's wear you out, more power and weight. Appreciate some feedback...
Posted July 26, 2006 - 06:23 AM
Yer gona need to change your name to Dan450. Ya the 450 is a bit heavier, however the suspension is much better engineered than the 02 250. The 450 will not beat you up, they're pretty nice from the factory. Not much of a closed course track bike, however the best all around bike on the market. I've seen a few post that some guys have their 14 year old sons at 150lbs riding these things just fine. Make the up-grade to the 450 and you wont regret it. The dealers are selin the 06's for a sweet price right now. Wait a little longer and get the 07.
Posted July 26, 2006 - 06:48 AM
Posted July 26, 2006 - 07:47 AM
Posted July 26, 2006 - 08:33 AM
If the power of a WR450 is intimidating, you can leave the throttle stop, grey wire, airbox lid and baffle in until you get used to the power and can ride it fairly hard.
Posted July 26, 2006 - 08:37 AM
The bike scared the hell out of me in the beginning (and still does), so I take it easy in the beginning. Recent injuries make it easier for me to remember to take it easy.
If you can handle the weight, then the engine is great. Personally, I wish it were lighter. When you get stuck on an uphill climb, or you fall into the ditch and need to drag the bike out, you will feel the weight of the bike. However, until that happens, it will seem as light as a feather.
Posted July 26, 2006 - 09:25 AM
But . . . I am 5 ft 11 about 190 pounds. Almost 39 years old. At least for me, the 450 wears me out after a few hours of trail riding. I really love my WR and have always been a blue rider. I will keep my WR for another year but my next bike will likely be a KTM 250 or 300 2 smoke. Both bikes, particularly the 300, have almost as much grunt as the 450 but feel much lighter on the trail.
I completely agree that most 250 4 strokes are underpowered for the amount of money they cost. I have seen more big bore kits, however, to make the 250 into a 290 or something like that. More low down power and still get to keep the magic button. Another option to consider.
Posted July 26, 2006 - 02:07 PM
Posted July 27, 2006 - 06:48 AM
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