looking at buying a dirt thumper
Posted July 09, 2000 - 12:06 PM
I am looking for any owners of a WR400 who could give me feedback on how these bikes ride and how they compare to the suzuki and honda. As I understand it the WR has much more power than the honda.
How about price...what would be a reasonable price for a 98 WR400?
Posted July 10, 2000 - 12:38 PM
If you haven't rode for 13 years, be prepared for some serious adjustment time on the WR400. For that matter any bike. I know, I was in the same boat two years ago. I found the height and weight to be detrimental when racing in harescrambles. I am only 5'8" & 160 pounds. The WR was very reliable and a great bike, but it certainly is not the most nimble of rides. If you ride out west, you will probably love the bike once you get use to it. The power is very user friendly and the bike is remarkably stable. However, if you are planning to ride in tight twisty trails there are better bikes out there. Sorry guys, just my opinion.
I currently own a 200EXC and I've got to tell you it fits me like a glove. I actually beat a 98WR400 in a drag race, and yes it was YZ timed and jetted nearly perfect along with all of the other mods on this forum. Don't feel bad guys, I was just a couple of inches away from taking a hoeshot on my 200 in my first harescramble and I was lined up against 250's, 400's, 520's and who knows what.
I know it is hard to do but try to find a couple of bikes you are intersted in and test ride them before shelling out the cash. It's amazing how much more enjoyable riding is when the bike fits you.
Posted July 10, 2000 - 08:32 PM
As for the ride...the only other bike I have ridden is a Honda XR and in the two trips around the yard I could not believe how little low end rip it had. Quite disappointing.
I have found a 98 near where I live for $3400 that has been run for 6 tanks of gas and has been maintained well. I am going to get it and see how well it fits...the only way to know is to ride it right?
I am one excited rusty rider!