WR250 vs 450
Posted December 27, 2006 - 11:17 AM
Has anyone ridden both of these bikes that can give a review of the differences, especially in the woods, singletrack, etc?
I'm getting sign off from the wife, and as soon as I can sell my XR400, I'll be ready to move on a newer tech bike. I was sold on the WR250, but given the weight difference, I'm starting to wonder. I really like the low end grunt of my XR, and would like to keep that. I'm also thinking the 450 would last longer, and not rev so high.
Given my weight (215, but heading down a tad) I'm wondering if I can get by with the stock springs on either of these bikes, at least for a while. It doesn't seem they are that far off for me, and I am 99% woods, very little jumping at all.
I'm also wondering how the Honda CRF250X is going to compare to these bikes. I'm hearing that the reliability issues are few and far in between, and it comes in light at 225.
Has anyone come up with a license plate mount for the '07 WRs? It looks like making a nice mount might be tricky as it's pretty skinny back there.
Posted December 27, 2006 - 12:36 PM
Posted December 27, 2006 - 01:16 PM
Posted December 27, 2006 - 02:27 PM
The 450 will have significantly more rotating mass and gyroscopic force because the size of the piston and cylinder. That is what you will feel as the difference between the two.
I'm 210lbs and I can ride the wr450 just fine. I really like it. Second gear will get you up any hill that you have the guts to attack. My test rides on a wr250 were also nice, but you just have to wind it up more. It still pulled me up the hills I tried, but the engine was definitely working a lot harder.
I had to put new springs in my 450. They were $200 from racetech. This should be one of the first things that you do.