Why did Yamaha have to mess with a good thing?
Posted July 03, 2002 - 06:54 PM
P.S. I like the idea of electric start, but I really don't think I need it or want the extra weight. I have never had my 426 take more than a few kicks, and it usually is a one kick deal!
Posted July 03, 2002 - 06:59 PM
Posted July 03, 2002 - 07:38 PM
Posted July 03, 2002 - 07:54 PM
Take off the starter(2lbs), headlight(1), taillight(1), kickstand(1), and battery(4), then get a lighter silencer(3-5), bars(?), and rear sprocket(?) to reduce the weight by about 15lbs.
The end results are going to be lighter and more powerful than the WR426. I think Yamaha has made the right move, giving you all the possible options.
These are easy mods and some are free. It's much easier than starting with the YZ.
Posted July 03, 2002 - 09:06 PM
Posted July 04, 2002 - 02:06 AM
Next WR has five speed. 4 Speed is YZ only.
New WR has 5 speed and e-button but almost same weight as your WR426.
Go new blue !!
Posted July 04, 2002 - 02:27 PM
seems fair to say none of you guys are happy about this 4 speed B.S. So do not buy one single solitary one of em' get Wr's put the YZ timing on them and have fun. Leave the YZs sitting in the showrooms till hell freezes over. You'll get your point across. oldasdirt
PS. You can always pull off the e-start and put a kicker on from a Yz or Wr 426. Sure would make them think.
[ July 04, 2002: Message edited by: oldasdirt ]
Posted July 04, 2002 - 06:13 PM
Posted July 04, 2002 - 06:22 PM
Posted July 05, 2002 - 08:47 AM
The WR 450 is one or two pounds lighter than the WR 426.
The YZ 450 is 15 pounds lighter than the YZ 426.
So the WR 450 is about 30 pounds heavier than the YZ 450.
I wonder if it will have the catch bottle and steel subframe? The latter will be costly to replace but should account for a few more pounds. Here's to guessing (hoping??) the WR has an AL subframe.
Add to that the fact that the WR will get here at least 3 or 4 months after the YZ, and the choice becomes harder still.
If I knew I could get the transmission parts before I could get the WR (not likely but possible, the gearsets may be unchanged from '02, but what about the shift drum etc.?) I'd happily buy a YZ and split the cases to put (WR) fifth gear in.
We shall see.
[ July 05, 2002: Message edited by: Hick ]
Posted July 05, 2002 - 12:05 PM
The changes for '03 seem to make both bikes more suited to their intended purpose, but not as good for the cross-discipline thing.
Posted July 05, 2002 - 03:17 PM
Posted July 05, 2002 - 08:57 PM
Posted July 07, 2002 - 08:23 AM
I bet this will be the case and if you like the YZ426 you'll love the new 450. I have to believe that they want a better machine than the previous models...
Posted July 07, 2002 - 06:39 PM
Posted July 07, 2002 - 07:04 PM
PS: I still find my WR400F with the 5 speed works great in the desert. I do need 5 or more wide ratio gears to go from super-tight technical stuff to high speed washes and roads all in the same event.
Posted July 08, 2002 - 12:53 AM
I was thinking the same thing about a wide ratio 4 spd being perfect, but maybe next year. Mike
Posted July 08, 2002 - 05:50 AM