wr450 '05 or '06 (mechanically)

4 replies to this topic
  • simonreeves

Posted January 05, 2008 - 10:04 AM


hi, first post so i'll try & keep it brief, I've just bought an '06 wr and my mate is looking for the same or similar. Dealer has got '05 model, brand new, for a good price but my mate wants to know if there are any mechanical upgrades or improvements other than the speedo etc. It can be difficult to get a straight answer sometimes from dealers, so i said i'd check with the people who really know wr's. thanks in advance for any advice, cheers.

  • Just_a_trail_rider

Posted January 05, 2008 - 01:00 PM


Nope no difference. The 06 has a different spedo. Thats it.

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  • clark4131

Posted January 05, 2008 - 05:54 PM


Well...almost. There was a slight design change to the swingarm brake caliper mount and the triple clamp was changed so the handlebar perches are no longer cast as part of the clamp. Lastly, there were minor tweaks supposedly done to the fork internals. The motor is identical however...SC

  • simonreeves

Posted January 06, 2008 - 03:12 AM


Thanks for the help, i'll let my mate know the info, he didn't want the '05 if it wasn't mechanically as sound or reliable as the '06. We'd assumed it was the same but it's nice to know for sure, cheers.
P.S. great owners club.:banghead:

  • SXP

Posted January 06, 2008 - 01:14 PM


Weren't there handlebar changes? Isn't 06 the year they changed to the regular size Renthal from the previous year OEM POS?


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