WR vs Cannondale Head to Head in Cal city
Posted September 11, 2000 - 07:08 AM
Right off of the trailer I was not happy with the way the bike felt. The throttle was way to sensitive and the suspension was to stiff for the conditions. The bike wore me out in about ten minutes. We changed the suspension settings and adjusted the throttle cable. The problem was that the fuel injection is so responsive and provides such good power right off of idle, the cable didn't have any slack in it at all and any slight movement on the right hand would surge the bike forward. Very hard to control with no slack. The next ride was 100% better. With a little more time with the bike I'm sure I could have made it perfect for me. Being that I ride more off-Road than MX I can't wait to see the Off-Road version of this bike.
Listed below are my likes and dislikes about the bike.
Instant throttle response of the Fuel Injection.
Strong off idle power
Seat/Tank junction (flat and smooth Gripper type seat cover and medium/soft foam)
Bike feels light and narrow
Positioning of the controls
Color and graphics (simple stuff)
Engine noise (exhaust note is mellow, engine noise is louder)
Oil breather hose to short (dumps oil out in front of your right boot)
As far as the ability to handle terrain it did well. High speed was a little shaky but it turned better than the WR. I feel better on the WR in a sand wash but like I said the MX400 turns better (not a lot though).
The drag race went like this.
My WR 400, YZ timed WB E-series 180 main lost consistanly by about 3 bikes from rolling 2nd gear start to WFO 5th, but would start to catch the MX 400 on the top.
My buddies 98 WR 400 YZ timed FMF Power core 175 main. would beat the MX 400 by several Bikes, and continue to pull away on top.
For comparison we each rode all of the bikes to make sure it wasn't the rider.
We had no Mechanical failures during the day, the bike fired when the green button was pushed and it stopped when the red button was pushed. Although Dennis kept stalling it in the slow stuff, I didn't have that problem.
All in all I would say it is well looking into if you are looking for a new bike. A better bike than WR? Overall I don't think so. But maybe I'm Just partial. I haven't riden the KTM so I can't compare.
[This message has been edited by Pyroted (edited 09-11-2000).]
Posted September 11, 2000 - 04:38 PM
Also, why so much difference between the two WR's? I see you have a bigger main jet, I know a bigger jet makes my bike feel sluggish, maybe you should try a 172?
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Posted September 11, 2000 - 06:19 PM
I was running with a stock geared KX 500 and I was way faster! Again gearing on the KX needed to be upped to be competititve.
[This message has been edited by Clark Mason (edited 09-11-2000).]
Posted September 12, 2000 - 06:59 AM
Posted September 12, 2000 - 02:53 PM
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Posted September 12, 2000 - 06:16 PM