Decided on the WR


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  • diverb32

Posted October 28, 2008 - 04:45 PM

#1

So after months of trying to decide whether to keep bolting stuff on to my YZ or getting a WR for a proper off-road bike I Picked up an 08 WR 450. Pretty much all the off-road goodies off my YZ bolted right to the new WR. After three rides in mostly tight single track I must say I love it! I can hardly feel the extra weight, the WR gearbox is awesome and having e-start rocks.

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  • wildman250x

Posted October 28, 2008 - 04:49 PM

#2

nice bike, good luck with it

  • mikeythefokker

Posted October 28, 2008 - 06:37 PM

#3

I have an 07wr450 and I was thinking about picking up a yz450 or 250f as a back up bike, and also as a lighter bike for a lot of the tighter single track areas where the big heavy wr seems to be too much. What didn't you like about the yz for offroad, and what kind of stuff do you normally ride? I have just found that the big fat wr seems to really tire me out in the enduros that I ride in, but pretty much only in the trees. If I did go with a yz, I would probably swap out the yz gears for a wr setup.

  • diverb32

Posted October 28, 2008 - 08:06 PM

#4

Well, the main kicker was I wanted an electric bike for night rides and to not always have to worry about making it back to the truck in time. I pretty much ride an even mix of MX (keeping the YZ for that), open desert, rocky trails-hills and tight single track. I found the WR to be a lot less clutch work and the power to be a little friendlier in the tight stuff. I have not had the WR out in the open desert yet so I can’t really comment on the suspension in the whoops but the plush ride is nice on the trails.

  • mikeythefokker

Posted October 28, 2008 - 09:20 PM

#5

The WR is going to have a higher top speed than the yz, the 5th gear is much taller. The stock suspension on the wr is going to be real soft for the desert though. The really soft initial stroke is nice, but the bottoming resistance just isn't there. You'll see what I mean. You might be lighter than I am, I weigh 185/190, so it may be perfect for you. The soft suspension sure is nice in the real slow and nasty stuff.

  • Charles De Mar

Posted October 29, 2008 - 06:07 AM

#6

I have an 06 and wondering what my next bike will be. 250 or 450. A 250f-Fi sounds about right to me:excuseme: Thanks for the post:thumbsup:

  • BIGMatt

Posted October 29, 2008 - 11:30 AM

#7

What kind of mini lights are those??

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  • diverb32

Posted October 29, 2008 - 03:26 PM

#8

They are NiteRider Hell Fire lights; I used some old hand guard mounts to mount them due to the lack of space on the bars.

  • jams229

Posted October 29, 2008 - 05:14 PM

#9

Do you like the pillow top grips? I hated mine. Gave me blisters, and I never get blisters! Just curious.

  • B_DRZ

Posted October 29, 2008 - 06:20 PM

#10

How thick is the factory skid, is an Alum. one a must? Nice bike by the way, I ride YZ but forrest officals are getting sticky with lights, I may trade up.

  • diverb32

Posted October 29, 2008 - 06:34 PM

#11

Do you like the pillow top grips? I hated mine. Gave me blisters, and I never get blisters! Just curious.


I really like the pillow tops, my only complaint is that they are hard to find sometimes.



How thick is the factory skid, is an Alum. one a must? Nice bike by the way, I ride YZ but forrest officals are getting sticky with lights, I may trade up.


The stock plastic one is actually pretty thick, I think I am going to leave it and see how long it lasts. I will let ya know how it holds up, so far so good!

  • sausage boy

Posted October 30, 2008 - 05:21 PM

#12

Do you like the pillow top grips? I hated mine. Gave me blisters, and I never get blisters! Just curious.


mine do the same, did you buy a different type? if so what did you buy? they do last a long time though!!

  • davcon

Posted October 31, 2008 - 08:25 AM

#13

What type of mount did you use for the GPS?

  • mikeythefokker

Posted November 02, 2008 - 11:51 AM

#14

If you have a spark arrestor on your yz muffler, you should throw that entire exhaust on your wr before your next ride. You will notice a pretty big difference.

  • msgbean

Posted November 02, 2008 - 07:34 PM

#15

The stock suspension on the wr is going to be real soft for the desert though. .


I added 10mm more oil in the forks and have not had a complaint about the forks bottoming in the desert since.




 
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