WR450 For Baja?
Posted January 21, 2007 - 11:18 AM
I'm looking at getting a new bike, and would like to race the 1000 with it.
There is a lot of information out there regarding Hondas and XR650's. I haven't been able to find much about the WR450 when it comes to desert racing.
I currently have a YZ400F.
The WR's seem like a great all around bike.
I am also considering Honda XR650 and KTM 525XC.
Does anybody know if pit support or parts would be a big problem with the Yamaha. I know Honda has a pretty good program for Red Riders during the race.
Help me stay Blue!
Posted January 23, 2007 - 05:59 AM
After 5 days pre-running and racing, we all agreed that the WR450 would have been a better choice than the YZ450 because of the lighting system is already there; the easier access to service the air filter, and the wide ratio trans.
However, if we raced the Big Red Pig (Honda 650) Honda Pits would have had what we needed to finish the race.
As long as Honda is the only factory supporting the race, it almost doesn't make since to ride something else for the race. A good friend of mine rides his WR450 most of the time for our Baja adventures, but uses the Big Red Pig for the Baja Races only and that is probably the smartest way to do it.
Posted January 23, 2007 - 09:07 AM
I use my WR for weekend rides and pre running down there, but when it comes time to race the 650 is the choice due to parts and service.
Good Luck and don't spend all your cash in one place.
Posted January 23, 2007 - 07:50 PM
Posted January 23, 2007 - 11:37 PM
I figured that was what I was going to hear. It was good to hear it from some people that ride WR's.
I still want a WR450, but it looks like our race effort will be centered around an XR.
Hmmm...If I can figure out a way to get both.
Posted January 24, 2007 - 01:20 PM
But the WR is still MUCH more fun to thrash on.
Posted January 24, 2007 - 04:41 PM
Or do what we did. Race the RECORD series or CODE chit maybe ever the ZR races. way less money and all are done on the same trails/dirt roads.
Posted January 24, 2007 - 09:04 PM
Posted January 25, 2007 - 06:47 AM
Posted January 25, 2007 - 11:43 AM
I'm sure the factory engines had lots of "special" parts in them. .
You got that right!! not even the frame was stock on those bikes!