WR250F or WR450F or XR400 for Enduro's
Posted December 23, 2002 - 10:46 PM
Posted December 24, 2002 - 08:28 AM
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Posted December 24, 2002 - 11:07 AM
Next try to ride the WRs and see which one suits your riding style. When you ride both bikes back to back they tend to accentuate the others faults.Is a little extra weight an issue? How about high reving or a lot of engine/ tranny management while riding? They are both great bikes, with great suspension, handling, and reliability. But they are differant.
In the mean time have fun deciding.
Posted December 25, 2002 - 06:02 PM
You are making a decision on two different type of machine. The XR is a fine machine, but I don't think it can compare to a WR. There are a lot of differences between the two bikes. It depends of what you want to do. Be a serious trail rider or racer . And that goes for the 250 as well as the 450 WR.
If you choose the XR because you are tired of the wait, it is not a good decision . But if it's because you want it, then go for it .
Posted December 26, 2002 - 08:18 AM
Posted December 26, 2002 - 10:17 PM
Posted December 26, 2002 - 10:42 PM
Posted December 27, 2002 - 12:43 AM
I will ride Southeastern Enduro's in the over 40 class. I want to be quick, but not too dangerous, and I luv low end torque... P.S. Yea, that was close ...
It seems to me a 426 is what the doctor is ordering ! I'm 44 nearing 45 myself and at 6'2" and 220 lbs, this bike really rocks. Like I've said before, when I'm on it I feel like seventeen again . I love low end torque
There are really good deals around for the 2002 model. A 2002 wr 426 at a good price offers a lot of machine for the money. It must be the same way for the 250. Either way you can't go wrong .
But I'd go for the big boy.....
Posted December 27, 2002 - 05:02 AM
If you want power and torque and a lively bike, go Blue 426 or 450. The XR is bulletproof and well-proven, but it will get smoked by riders of equal ability on the WR's or YZ's in the faster tests of the enduro.
Just my 2 cents
Posted December 27, 2002 - 12:14 PM
Posted January 02, 2003 - 04:22 PM
I have ridden both a 2001 WR250F and my '00 WR400F, both YZ timed. Both are a blast in the desert or the mountains here in Ca. 250 is easier to flick around in tight stuff, but the 400 (and especially the 450) has much better low end. You gotta ride the 250 like a 125.
Your choice is between better low end and more weight, or light weight and high revs.
Tough choice for woods racing.
Posted January 02, 2003 - 08:42 PM
Posted January 03, 2003 - 06:54 AM
Boiled the oil in the frame many times in the tight woods.
This about the time the valves start chattering and have to be adjusted before the next ride. And have you ever tried to start an XR after one of these episodes? Hope you have and extra half hour.Not to mention it smokes like a 2stroke everytime you cold start it because the seals are shot.
Sorry but I will take liquid cooled any day. Thats why you have coolant to remove the heat. With the over flow bottle just keep riding...no harm no foul.
Posted January 03, 2003 - 08:51 AM
Posted January 03, 2003 - 12:33 PM
It is fairly obvious that our philosophy and experiences are completely opposite. And thats ok. Please enjoy your Honda. Its all about the fun.
Rather than debate this with you I will rest my case on the fact that 99% of the engines used in motorsport competition have a liquid cooled power plant for performance,reliability and cost efficiency.Welcome to the 21st century.
And I won't offend you with a geography lesson, but please anytime you are in the area of our great "Desert Southwest" I would be happy to show you where you can put bars on wood with the best of them.
Posted January 03, 2003 - 12:55 PM
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Posted January 04, 2003 - 04:35 AM