How are the WR450's for the East Coast trails?
Posted February 01, 2007 - 01:30 PM
Posted February 01, 2007 - 02:17 PM
I find the bike to be pretty mild mannered though if you control the throttle. I like to stay a gear up and flow as much as possible, it isn't nearly as dramatic as the point and shoot but, in the end tends to accomplish a comparable speed overall. The bike is a bit heavier than the 2 smokes but, again, if you aren't trying to horse it and let the bike do the work it is a great tight woods bike (it will lug and chug as desired). As an example too - a buddy of mine in MI who rides A enduros blasts around on a KTM 525. That is a big bike with lots of torque and power and he rides it somewhere in between smooth and point/shoot. He's not a physical specimen either (not meant as derogatory by any means) yet, the 4-6 hours doesn't cash him in physically even with the bigger bike and power. Point being that even with the bigger bike and more power the rider can make a huge impact on how much of a handfull the bike is regardless of the terrain.
Posted February 02, 2007 - 04:54 AM
Posted February 02, 2007 - 02:30 PM
Posted February 02, 2007 - 03:35 PM
My buddies all ride small smokers (EXC200's) and I find that we all start out riding about the same speed in the tight stuff, but by sunset I'm lagging. However, when we find the odd hillclimb or sand-pit they are very jealous: "Shifting? You have to shift on those little bikes?"