How does the WR do in sand?

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  • dano7

Posted April 09, 2008 - 04:30 PM


Hey Guys, I'm going down to the sand dunes to ride this weekend. I've ridden ATV's in the sand but never a bike. I have a 2000 WR400. How does it do in sand? Do I need a paddle or are the regular dirt tires sufficient? If I do need a paddle, do I also need a front mohawk or is the regular front tire ok?

Also, anything I need to know when taking the rear tire off? It looks like I can just remove the main bolt, remove the brake caliper and then take the chain off. Am I missing anything else? Thanks for any help you can give....sorry for the flurry of questions.

  • MaxPower

Posted April 09, 2008 - 04:35 PM


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  • redswr

Posted April 09, 2008 - 04:40 PM


i LOVE bikes in the sand! both my 99 and 07 have seen a million (well almost) miles of the dunes. if your running a knobbie drop the pressure to 8 and 8, no need for a paddle unless you get serious about duning (i have a whole spare wheel and i havn't modded anything on either bike because of the sand and have yet to have any problems. Have fun!

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  • dano7

Posted April 09, 2008 - 06:11 PM


Thanks for the tips MaxPower and redswr.

  • DeeCee

Posted April 10, 2008 - 01:09 AM


I run a 400 in sand on knobbies. Just keep the tyre pressure down 8-10 psi and you will do fine 99% of the time. Going to a paddle for the remaining 1% just isn't worth it.

I have routed my breather into the airbox, if you haven't done this I suggest you do (see threads in the forum on this - some good ones in the YZ forum)

  • Nostalgic

Posted April 12, 2008 - 01:25 PM


I've run mine as is in the sand. She runs loose for sure but it's fun. Prefer dirt but the sand is fine too.


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