Posted December 15, 2001 - 02:16 PM
Posted December 15, 2001 - 02:41 PM
Of course you are going to get generalisation from media tests - the good oil is here at TT.. Plenty of experience to tap into.
You would expect to have to tweak any bike, firstly suspension and ergos like handlebars etc. Then, you need to invest some time in jetting it and making a couple of simple mods to get it running sweet for your conditions and needs. This is an investment in time, because the payback is great.
What to do to the engine? Hang around for a week or two, look at old posts, do a search - it wiil become clear what you can do, and of course, you can do it in stages as time allows. As a minimum, do the throttle stop, the BK accelerator pump mod, do the grey wire mod, take off the airbox lid, remove the exhaust restrictor and get your jetting right.
Then, figure out if you want to go to the next stage of performance, and a bigger investment in time, and look at YZ timing mods/pipe etc.
Ride the bike for a while, and get it dialled in to your needs, then look at the major mods...
Good luck with it all...
[ December 15, 2001: Message edited by: yamaha.dude ]
Posted December 16, 2001 - 02:09 PM
The media are a strange subsection of the dirtbike world. They have to make a living and sell magazines. Goes without saying that they are not going to get too nitty gritty in their testing, and they want to include a big 'gosh' factor - a bit of hyperbole, some more than others... It is not often that the magazines get a bike for a long term test, and actually do anything to it to make it "better" - and all bikes can be made better... If a mag has a bike for 3 months, they will tell you what broke, or wore out, not how they dialled it in to be the sweetest thing for one particular rider... those guys are just glad to have a new bike on loan, some free gear and the occasional lunch or big-event pit pass to give to their mates.
As with most of the media, you need to look deeper, and form your own opinions - and I believe that the depth of experience here at TT is an excellent starting point... Real world experience, and not biased by the 35% (or more) of pages that have to be paid adverts...
Good luck, the WR is the prime candidate for you, but that is only my humble opinion...
Posted December 16, 2001 - 02:53 PM
Posted December 16, 2001 - 04:40 PM
If you want a lighter bike with no lights, smaller gas tank and more zip straight from the crate look at the YZF it is intended to wrap and pass bikes like your old YZ.
If you want a bike that needs a light, has a larger gas tank and you can deal with the extra weight it Will Rip too.
I have a WR426 2001 and have done very few modifications. I love it. It has a great powerband stock. I can see in the dark. I can run it until I'm out of gas not the bike. I can deal with the weight.
It just Wrips.
Ride them both! Look at what you want after that.
If you want to loose weight after you buy a Wr426
you'll have to loose it yourself.
Also post this question to the crew on the YZF page I am sure they will have some usable feedback
TTR 125 L
Posted December 16, 2001 - 07:29 PM
Either way you decide. Welcome to this band of brother's