Convince me to buy a WR 250/450

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  • Beejay

Posted September 18, 2007 - 06:51 PM


Funny.... all this advice and this is the only post that addresses one of the most important deciding factors: terrain. Open desert... yes, a 450 is great, but have you ridden such a pig on anything slightly technical? My gawd it's awful. There seems to be a lot of blind advice here.

Do you like wringing out a bike for power, or do you enjoy lugging them? Riding style is pretty important as well. If you're less-aggressive, or tend to get yourself into trouble A LOT (like some people I know), perhaps a smaller displacement bike is better for you. Sit on the bikes: specifications LIE. See what "feels" lighter to you... see what ergos you like.

If I had a dollar for everytime I saw a guy on a 450 in technical terrain, overheating, pissing coolant, and tipping-over every 12 feet, I'd be rich.

Think about what's most important to you, and make your decision based on that.

Don't let the tight stuff put you off the 450 as long as you're fairly fit & strong(I'm 57,not too fit), although I agree a lighter bike makes tight riding easier. Had my 450WR now going on two years & raced harescramble/enduros for those two years without any maintenance issues except for the regular oil, filters, tyres, two new plugs & only now am I replacing steering head, wheel bearings, sprockets & chain & brake pads.

Can't beat the Yammie 4T's for reliability...........thats a fact!

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  • weathergeek

Posted September 18, 2007 - 09:13 PM


Here is another 2 cents worth. I am also a big guy 250 lbs. who likes to lug and climb and ride single track, not necessarily go 70mph in the desert. Have done all the free mods, jetting, pipe, boyesen accel pump, and larger rear sprocket. Have had bike for 1+ years and love it... But as I get better, I now find the need for a "little more". Have decided to donate mine to my son and get the wr 450 figuring that having the power when you need it would be nice. Besides the 450 is only abut 16 lbs heavier. :thumbsup:

  • Summit

Posted September 19, 2007 - 05:33 AM


I have an 05 and just love it. I ride alone a lot and never worry about it leaving me stranded and I get long ways from the truck in a hurry. I just put the GYT-R pipe on and it's sooooo much fun to ride. We ride a lot of narrow goat trails and like someone else said, once you relax and quit trying to fight the bike it goes anywhere. WR's rock!!!!!


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