Can The Wr450 Cut It?????
Posted January 13, 2007 - 02:59 PM
I narrowed my choice of machine down to the XR650L and the WR450.
Because of my location I want a dirt bike that can be used on the road , not the other way round.
I have followed the Dakar for a number of years and saw Freteniie ride one in 04.
It was impressive to say the least.
I also know that the WR can be made street legal with out the usual addition of after market gear.
What I would like to know.
Do those of you who ride WR's think it can handle a trip such as this???
Inuvik is as far north as one can ride in North America and the Dempster is a dirty and if wet slimmey strip of road. No gas for 250 miles.
I know of all the add-ons I will need etc.
To be sure the Dakar machines are hauling a lot of weight and gear plus they make it to the finish.
So can any of you tell stories of the day to day nuts and bolts of the bike.
The main reason I want this type of machine is the thousand or so miles of trails that start and end at my back door and when I finish the trip I plan a lot of off road D/S fun.
Posted January 13, 2007 - 03:36 PM
Posted January 13, 2007 - 04:55 PM
BUT, and this is a big one, for a bike you are going to keep and use to ride trails and such later on, then the WR is the only choice. It'll do the trip to Inuvik just fine, you'll be standing more than sitting though.
Posted January 13, 2007 - 05:11 PM
Posted January 13, 2007 - 08:24 PM
He has a lot of experience with the WR's in the fozen north and lots of miles.
Search for his posts on the track & ski kit he has for winter riding!
Posted January 13, 2007 - 09:06 PM
Posted January 14, 2007 - 11:19 AM
He has some great pics of the trip on the website, you'll want to see them.
You could email or call (ask for Phil) and pick his brain.
Posted January 14, 2007 - 12:01 PM
Posted January 14, 2007 - 09:40 PM
Posted January 17, 2007 - 09:33 PM
As far as the XR/L goes, don't bother with the L version. Take the XR and make it street legal if you go XR. Remember that bike was designed for Baja, all kinds of terrain, but mostly the long rides, down to Cabo and back 2,000 miles with just adding gas. It is very well balanced and can absorb more fatigue causing small bumbs with its frame design and weight than the WR. If you are going over gnarly whoops the lighter bike would cause less fatigue. I don't know but I don't think there are hundreds of miles of whoops up there.
I've never owned a XR 650 but have ridden them. More power and better balanced than the 600, still not as fun as a WR on anything other than hundreds of miles of riding.
Buy or rent a used XR 650 for your trip then sell it and get a WR. You can transfer some of the good stuff like steering stabilizer, hand gaurds, and street legal components.
Just remember you asked this question on the WR forum. What ever you go with, you'll still have fun as long as you are prepared.
Posted January 18, 2007 - 08:23 AM