03 vs 05 wr450

6 replies to this topic
  • macdogg

Posted January 21, 2007 - 04:16 PM


I am in the process of changing from my banshee to a 2wheel, long story short, I will be getting a wr450, not new but hopefully reliable. The question I have for all of you is this. Should I buy a 05 with 195 miles on it only mods are the free up grades that I have read about on here, or should I buy the 03 with the following up grades: High comp piston, all new valves, chain, hot cams, big gun exhaust, & pro-taper bars? I am fairly familiar with 2 strokes and working on them, not so much with the 4 strokes. Price diff is about $1500 between the two, but my biggest concern is the reliability factor. Any help would be great.

thanks in advance

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 21, 2007 - 05:10 PM


No brainer get the 05.:lol:

  • clark4131

Posted January 21, 2007 - 07:17 PM


No brainer get the 05.:lol:

+1 :confused:...SC

Visit the ThumperTalk Store for the lowest prices on motorcycle / ATV parts and accessories - Guaranteed
  • macdogg

Posted January 21, 2007 - 08:12 PM


Thanks for the input, that what I was thinking but always nice to be reassured. Now my local yammer shop have a couple of 06's left over the price on those will be $1000 more out the door than the 05 I have been talking about. Question, are the changes enough to warrant the price difference? I will probably keep what ever bike I get and up grade in a few years anyway (I really like the Aluminum frame idea, but have never been big on buying 1st year products...hence my nervousness with the 03). I don't mean to be inquisitive but just don't want to make a mistake or have regrets.

  • kskyles

Posted January 22, 2007 - 08:12 AM


i don't know about others, but i feel uncomfortable buying bikes with lots of engine modifications.

it makes me nervous since i'm not the one who did it, or know the guy who did the work.

i'd go with the '05 just for the peace of mind.

  • ncmountainman

Posted January 22, 2007 - 11:12 AM


there weren't enough changes in the 06 to warrant $1000 more if the 05 only has 200 miles and the oil was changed after break in:thumbsup:btw the 06 wr doesn't have the alum frame.

  • macdogg

Posted January 22, 2007 - 06:41 PM


Thanks for the help. I realize that the 06 doesn't have an aluminum frame, I was just trying to point out that I will probably only have this bike for a few years and then up grade to a newer better etc ride, and since 07 is the first year for the aluminum frame I want to give it a few model to work out all the kinks. Anyway I am definitely going for the 05, just need to haggle over the price.


Join Our Community!

Even if you don't want to post, registered members get access to tools that make finding & following the good stuff easier.

If you enjoyed reading about "" here in the ThumperTalk archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join ThumperTalk today!

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the author, and have not been reviewed or approved by ThumperTalk.