I am just about nuts with indecision... HELP!
Posted February 01, 2002 - 07:10 PM
Posted February 01, 2002 - 07:23 PM
Posted February 01, 2002 - 07:52 PM
Posted February 01, 2002 - 07:57 PM
In my mind the choice is between a YZ426 & WR426. The WR is the better 'all around' bike IMO - wide ratio trans, lights, kickstand - and it is easier/cheaper to make a WR like a YZ than vice versa. But there are lots of guys riding YZs very fast in the woods.
Put tall seat foam & bar risers on whatever you decide on and you'll be much happier.
Posted February 01, 2002 - 07:59 PM
You can't go wrong with a 01 WR426
This is a bike that the dealer should negotiate on if it's still in his stock.
I got mine for $6000.00 out the door, right before christmas.
As delivered it was rather slow. I did 3 simple mods and it became a completely different animal.
I could of purchased a DRZ for $1000.00 less but was led to believe the WR is much more capable.
Although I didn't get the chance to ride both, I
would be hard pressed to see that the Suzuki offers more than my WR with the airbox off, baffle out, grey wire cut, and the throttle stop trimmed. From what I've gathered, the YZ timing and the BK carb mod also offers another noticable power gain (also a free mod if your a reasonable mechanic).
I haven't made it to our local track yet,but my stock forks & shock are so stiff that I'm sure it would suck it right up.
A 4 stroke HUSKY wouldn't be a bad choice either, if your a guy who's willing to work on his bike and order parts by mail order.
I'vr also got a bud who swears by his KTM 400, even though it's a very capable bike I believe my WR will dust his ass when we go ride together next.
NOTE, this is based on the fact that I rode his bike several times before my purchase, and after the free mods I did, I know my bike is faster.
Posted February 01, 2002 - 08:10 PM
I am similar proportions to you, and it doesn't matter if you get the YZ or the Wr, you are still going to have to change or tweak the following:
1 Bars - higher set, flatter, with bar mounts, and/or triple clamps
2 taller seat foam
3 Suspension mods - front fork springs and valves, and rear spring at least, if not revalve the shock...
You would have to do this to almost any bike you get - the YZ & WR are a good starting point, not nearly as heavy as the XR 650, and more race-bred to start with - i.e more potential in the suspension and motor.
You can get the WR to do a pretty good imitation of the YZ, for just a reasonable amount of time, very little cost, unless you hate wrenching that much and you will pay the dealer to change your cam timing...
As for reliability, if you look after them early on, they give years of trouble free service... common sense maintenance such as oil changes and airfilter hygeine, lube up the bearings, linkages and headstem, and then just keep an eye on the coolant, sprockets and chain...
Basically, I reckon it comes down to:
Do you want to ride to the track, or are you prepared to trailer it there?
The WR has lights and a wide ratio gear box, but apart from that, little to differentiate it from a YZ once you do the free mods... (free mods you ask? search the archives or hang here in the forum for a week or two, the questions always come up - cam, jetting, grey wire, airbox lids etc...)
Good luck, go blue and you will not be disappointed...
[ February 01, 2002: Message edited by: yamaha.dude ]
Posted February 01, 2002 - 08:21 PM
Posted February 01, 2002 - 08:44 PM
Posted February 01, 2002 - 08:53 PM
I was in the same position as you. I weighed 250+ when shopping, (238 now ) and my choice came down to the YZ, WR or 520SX. I went with the WR and have been very happy with it. I have ridden all kinds of terrain, raced cross countries and mx's. I have had absolutely no problems and the bike is holding up very well. Respringing the bike was a great improvement that only cost about $200. I got the RaceTech springs, .48 front and 5.4 rear.
Posted February 01, 2002 - 09:10 PM
HEY, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! I THINK THAT I'M GOING TO LOOK VERY SERIOUSLY AT THE WR FOR MY CURRENT LIFESTYLE, ASPIRATIONS AND GENERAL SANITY-SEEKING ORIENTATION...
AND NOW, FOR THE NEXT BIG QUESTION...