How busy is the 07 WR450 at 60mph?
Posted August 16, 2007 - 07:55 PM
Posted August 16, 2007 - 10:28 PM
In 4th, its in the midrange
This is with the stock gearing. Personally, I wouldn't run this bike with the stock gearing on the freeway for too long. Yeah it'll top out in the 90mph range, but the bike needs a 6th gear or a 15t front sprocket for extended cruising.
Posted August 17, 2007 - 12:12 AM
An issue for highway riding - the water temperature is only 60F above ambient when cruising (I have a Vapor computer that displays water temp). So the water temp is only 100 to 150 F which makes for an engine and oil temp that is possibly too cold for running the engine at continuous relatively high rpm. Blocking half the radiator adds another 40F. I usually run about 85%blocked to get my water temp to 190 - 200F. You could just stick in a couple pieces of cardboard in the front guard fins while on the road, then take them out on the trail. I made white plastic sliding radiator shields that I can adjust on the fly, but then again I spend a lot of time on the road.
Posted September 13, 2007 - 12:55 PM
Also for those that Dual Sport, how long do you go b/t oil changes? Could the bike possibly do a 800 mile Dual Sport ride w/o changing the oil?
Posted September 13, 2007 - 01:00 PM
Posted September 13, 2007 - 03:02 PM
Posted September 13, 2007 - 05:02 PM
Posted September 13, 2007 - 05:33 PM
Think the WR450F could handle that without causing some issues? It won't be putt putted that is for sure.
Posted September 13, 2007 - 06:51 PM
Posted September 13, 2007 - 07:15 PM
The WR can handle it, but it is not a KTM. The KTM and its 6th gear make highway cruising much more easy/comfortable.
Yeah, I know you are right. I think this might be a waste of money.
My wife gave me the idea of just renting a bike for that one trip. I looked into it and sure enough there are several outfits that rent Dual Sported DRZ's for about $110 a day. I think that is the route I am going to go instead of buying another bike. It would also allow me to fly up and back, which probably would cost the same as driving.
Also for the Vegas to Reno race I want to do, I going to hook up with BajaBound for a rental bike and support. I am digging this rental stuff. It solves a lot of problems for those of us who don't live out west.
I will just put all the lights and stuff back on my GasGas and go plate it for the other stuff I do.
I can rest now.