Newbie - Should I get the WR250F or WR450F
Posted February 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM
Posted February 22, 2007 - 04:24 PM
Posted February 22, 2007 - 07:49 PM
Posted February 22, 2007 - 07:52 PM
Posted February 23, 2007 - 09:03 AM
I felt the 450 was a little more forgiving. It's always got power to get you outta trouble. The 250 you'll have to rev it out much more to keep the power up.
Posted February 23, 2007 - 10:28 AM
Posted February 24, 2007 - 07:57 AM
If money isnt an issue, get the 450 but leave it completely stock. It will act like a 250, just 10 pounds heavier. They are almost identical in most other ways except power. They when you want to trade up, just do the free mods.
This is a great idea to consider. I feel a beginner should ride a smaller bore bike until he gets some experience.
I rode a 250 at first and out grew it within a year. Then I had to sell it and get a bike with more power.
Sounds like a cost effective concept.
Posted February 24, 2007 - 09:25 AM
Posted February 24, 2007 - 10:44 AM
I have both. Depending on your size and intended use, the decision will become clear. If you into hill climbing, dunes, and enduros the 450 hands down as the extra power is bonus. 250f is can be timed yz and raced mx if you revalve the suspension. 250f is lighter, great for tight enduros and jumping especially if you are under 6ft. tall. I like both but ride the 450 almost exclusively. Ask yourself if riding an R1 on the street, could you go back to a 600?
Canuck is spot on. Each bike excells in different riding conditions. Since you are in Calif. you won't have the tight conditions of the East Coast. What will make a difference if you are a bigger person, the 250f will have to be modified to give the response you will desire. Either way you will get used to the luggablity of the 450 or learn to keep the 250f in the upper rpms. I do agree with Canuck the bike I pull out of the garage the most is the bigger bike. Although it always amazes me about how flickable and how responsive the 250f can be when in the upper rpms. Keep in mind you do have riding experience riding in the dirt, so adjusting to two wheels again will be easy. The bigger bike will be the better choice. When I bought my crotch rocket, everyone told me I needed a 600 to learn on, even though I had dirt bike experience, after about 150 miles, I realized the basics were the same (clutch, brake, throttle) I could of handled a bigger bike with no problems. Moral of story, do what makes you happy in the end and don't wring out the throttle too much at first (or you find yourself showing off for your friends.)
Posted February 24, 2007 - 07:39 PM
I rode 20 years ago on mini bikes (YZ80, etc) and then didn't ride for many years. Two years ago, I bought a WR450 and love it. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 195 (ok, I could diet a little more...). A 4 stroke 250 wouldn't be enough for me. I've been riding once or twice every week since, and the bike and I get along great.
If you weigh more than 190 lbs, don't waste time on a WR250...unless you ride PRIMARILY in slow, tight, or muddy conditions where the bike's horsepower is less important than being able to muscle it around. If you ride in typical California desert or forest conditions though, you'll love the extra power of the 450.
If you weigh less than 190, a 250 might be a better fit...especially if you do ride in tight conditions.
Posted February 26, 2007 - 10:44 AM
Posted February 26, 2007 - 07:19 PM
Posted February 28, 2007 - 04:47 AM
As for the 250f - 450f thing, unless you weigh around 150lbs, the 450 is really the only option. I think everyone here will agree that the wr450f is easy to ride / learn on, just needs the free mods done and you got one mother of a learner bike!!!
Posted February 28, 2007 - 07:56 AM
Thats the only place the 250 outshines the 450.
Posted March 01, 2007 - 01:44 AM