Red rider turning blue?
Posted July 10, 2002 - 11:11 PM
I currently ride an XR250 and an XR400. However, I am a little frustrated by Honda's failure to bring out an equivalent product to the new WR450, therefore I am considering swapping my 400 for a Yam WR 450 if I can get one.
My only concern is that my XRs will run and run. Provided I put oil and fuel in, lube the chain, I am sorted. A friend of mine has a WR400 and he's on his second engine already. He would also tell you that he has to spend quite a bit of time on maintenance.
Honest opinion here guys. If I buy a WR, will my I find myself doing a lot more major engine work, or is my mate just unlucky? I apreciate that the WRs are a different beast to the XR, but I need to undestand the implications of ownership.
Thanks in advance for you advice.
Posted July 11, 2002 - 12:07 AM
One thing that has been a burden however, is getting the jetting sorted out. When Yamaha decided to modify and detune the (99) YZF into the (99) WRF, they created a headache.
Once our jetting has been sorted out, thanks to Clark Mason, James Dean and Taffy, these bikes ARE maintenance free.
If you look at other 4 strokes (KTM, Suzuki, etc) there are tremendous gains from toying with the jetting, and much to learn as well.
Good luck on finding a 2003WR. It sounds as though Yamaha is having a short assembly run of them.
Posted July 11, 2002 - 09:35 PM