WR426 vs 450EXC results!!!!
Posted October 19, 2002 - 08:43 PM
THIS BIKE IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I rode my wr400 for half the day and then my dad finally let me ride his '03 450EXC. There was also a crf450R there (You might be able to find his bike now for sale in the recycler, or at your local KTM dealership as a trade in).
Back to the 450...I felt like I was on a 2 stroke. It sincerely felt like I had shed 50 lbs of bike...I probably did come to think of it. Where I would have had to work in some nasty spots (California Desert) the 450 just sucked it all up like I was on a DRZ 400; except that I had about 7 inches more travel, 60 lbs diet, and a motor that never wanted to say die. I thought I was going to run out of motor, but the power just kept coming. I was racing my dad down a road...Holy *$#%$*, I love 6th! You can lug any gear, unlike the WR, and still pull the front up. I have not ridden the 525 yet, and I wish I could, I need to know if I should get that one instead. But I also ask myself the question, that if I am so happy with this bike, why ask for more. I think it's all I will ever need!
Did I mention that it was awesome. KTM has outdone themselves! You can lie to yourselves all you want, but it's not just me saying so. These bikes are the future of motorcycles.
Posted October 19, 2002 - 09:45 PM
Sorry to hear the 400 wasn’t up to par that day. I’ll wager after it’s fixed you’ll come to your senses!
Posted October 20, 2002 - 03:54 PM
That reply sounded as if there might be a little jealousy involved.
Iain, a few year old WR400 might not be the best contender in a Yamaha -vs- KTM cross country racing bikes showdown.
I'm certain that the new WR450 will give the XC a good run for the money.
As for 6th gear, all my old WR Husky's have 'em and I also love the extra gear. I think Yamaha could easily slip in another gear if they wanted to.
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Posted October 23, 2002 - 04:51 AM
rode a 02 520 sx at a local mx track after spinning multiple laps on my 98 wr400. on a scale it was probably lighter than my 400, but on the track, it felt so much bigger that it felt heavier. and the power was way soft on the bottom where my 400 makes gobs of tractable lug (with the pipe/silencer combo), which is where i think this bike shines. yeah, the sx did have a second gear that could be used for everything onthe track, cuz it never ended, but it jsut felt too weak on the bottom almost so that i thought i was gonna stall it.
handling was weird, too. you felt like you were sitting on top of it, whereas the yamaha you sit more "down and in" it and feel more "at-one" with the bike. handybars felt a little low and forrward cuz of this. something you'd just get used to, but felt very pushy in turns. i don't care what any magazines say. this is my opinion, and i'm not getting paid to advertise for anyone.
i would choose a yamathumper over a katoom if given the choice, but should a 400 or 450 exc come along at a decent price or be given to me, heck yeah i'd ride it.
probably not hte 520, cuz it is just too much engine once it gets going. way to easy to get into trouble. if this makes sense, you whack the throttle open, and "it goes way too fast, way too fast." (it gets there too quickly for my riding preference)
Posted October 23, 2002 - 11:42 AM
I have ridden the 520's many times, love the motor, love the electric start, love the light weight. Don't care for the suspension, too soft. Don't like the way they handle, just different than the Japanese bikes I have ridden.
As far as speed, my WR will stay very close to them in any speed contest.
Just my two cents.
Posted October 24, 2002 - 08:50 AM
Theres gonna be a Orange possee forming in your fron yard....
Posted October 25, 2002 - 05:40 PM
Ahhh Dude....you just compared the 450 EXC to that giant scrap iron pig DRZ......
Now Now the DRZ I admit is not an EXC but it aint no scrap iron pig. Orange Posse...please